Cindy Bourgaize

Q: How long have you been a Production Accountant (PA)?2

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).

Q: What have some of your roles/companies been over the years?

A: While working at BMP I had the opportunity to open their first satellite office in Edmonton integrating gas charts. When I moved into Production Accounting I was involved in testing their two Production Accounting systems (CPAS and PAGR). After leaving BMP I worked full-time for Canadian Occidental and SaskOil. I then started consulting for the next 22 years at companies large and small doing everything from payables/receivables, Joint Venture, GCA, Allowables, Oil Forecasting, EPAP, SOX, CSOX, master file cleanup and amendments. I have done PA for AB, BC, SK, MB including the reporting of oil, heavy oil, gas, shallow gas and gas plants. I have worked on most programs including CPAS, PAGR, Triangle, Macro, Prism, Metrix, Petronet, Petrotranz, SAP, QBFM (just to name a few). I also held the position of Production Accounting Supervisor at IOGC and Seneca Energy. I have now been with Perpetual since 2007, with the last 4 years as an employee.

Q: Tell us about some of the roles/activities you have done as a CAPPA Volunteer.

A: I have enjoyed several volunteer opportunities. I volunteered on the Conference Committee, the Golf Committee (including leading this committee the past two years), served on the Board of Directors and represented CAPPA at both the Mount Royal Job Fair and the Canadian School of Hydrocarbon Measurement for several years.

Q: What do you like to do outside of your career?

A: I enjoy golfing. So much so, that I took a job at a golf course for 4 summers while I was working a part time Production Accounting contract!

Q: What is the key benefit you see in CAPPA membership?

A: It would definitely be the networking and opportunity for learning that you receive attending luncheons, conferences and Industry functions.

Q: Do you have any advice to Junior PAs just starting their careers?

A: Diversify and learn as much as you can about all the components that make up working on a desk such as measurement and Regulatory.

Q: Anything else you would like to tell us?

A: Yes, a word of advice….. Always leave a desk or a property in better shape than you found it in.