Member Spotlight

Pam Kvellestad

Q: When did you graduate from the CAPPA Certificate Program?

A: I graduated from the SAIT CAPPA program in April of 2013.

Q: Were you new to industry when you took the PA course?

A: Yes, I was very new.  I had raised and homeschooled our children for the previous 12 years, and once our youngest was starting high school, my husband encouraged me to take the opportunity to go back to school as well.  I hadn’t worked in almost twenty years prior to attending SAIT, so there was a big learning curve and adjustment. Oil & Gas was pretty foreign to me as well, because I had only worked in banking, and that was a LONG TIME AGO!!

Q: How did you come to choose a career in Production Accounting?

A: I had friends that were production accountants, and I knew that they had done quite well in the industry. I also have a love of numbers and had a bit of an accounting background already. Overall, it seemed like a natural fit for me.

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 Cheryl Mahoney

Q: When did you receive your Certificate in Production Accounting?

A: I graduated in 1994

Q: Tell us a little bit about your history with CAPPA

A: As a member I first volunteered to be on the CAPPA education committee in the late nineties. After 2 years on the committee, I was nominated to the CAPPA board. I was elected to be the Education Director which I held for about 8 years. During that time we developed level 5; it was massive amounts of work.  Ultimately this led me  to teach at SAIT and MRU.

Q: Tell us about some of the ways you are currently involved with the work of CAPPA

A: I’m still a CAPPA instructor and sit on the Education Advisory Group with CAPPA.

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Amrit Dosanjh, CPA, CGA

Q. When did you receive your Certificate in Production Accounting?

A. 2014

Q. What is your current role/company?

A. PA System Conversion Analyst, Financial Acct & Controls – Operations Accounting at Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

Q. How does your understanding of Production Accounting help you in your work?

A. Knowing Production Accounting help’s me truly understand Oil and Gas accounting. I like to refer to Production Accounting as the “ground up”. In the last 5-6 years I have noticed that any Accountant who knows PA truly understands where the numbers come from – whether you work in Royalties, Tax, or Financial Reporting.

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Cindy Bourgaize2

Q: How long have you been a Production Accountant (PA)?

A: I started doing Production Accounting in 1985. I was working at BMP Chart Service reading gas charts and had an opportunity to move into the PA group.

Q: What is your current role/company?

A: I presently work as a Senior Production Revenue Accountant for Perpetual Energy.

Q: What do you most enjoy about your current role?

A: It is the variety. From month to month I find that my job is never the same. I’m presented with the opportunity to be continually learning something new such as new rules, regulations or changes to my desk (properties).

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Val Pinard

Q: Tell us how long you have been a Production Accountant (PA)?val-pinard

A: I have been a Production Accountant since 2007.  I started as a Student at Talisman (now Repsol) right after I finished my CAPPA certificate.

Q: What is your current role/company?

A: I am a Senior Production Accountant for Husky Energy doing full cycle production accounting for a complex gas plant.

Q: Tell us what you most enjoy about your current role.

A: I love a desk with some complexities.  I like the challenge of digging in and solve problems.

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