CON­NECT­ING WITH THE FU­TURE

PLAINS MID­STREAM CANADA’S CHIEF IN­FOR­MA­TION OF­FI­CER IS GIV­ING TECH PROVIDERS A SEAT AT THE DE­CI­SION-MAK­ING TA­BLE

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To say that Dan Rein­bold has an un­con­ven­tional back­ground is al­most cer­tainly an un­der­state­ment. Af­ter all, the di­rec­tor of in­for­ma­tion ser­vices for Plains Mid­stream Canada has a de­gree in his­tory and political sci­ence from the Univer­sity of Al­berta and a back­ground pro­vid­ing IT ex­per­tise in the health­care sec­tor. But Rein­bold, who moved to Cal­gary in 2008 to take on the role of ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor and chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer with Al­berta Health Ser­vices, even­tu­ally de­cided it was time for some­thing dif­fer­ent. “I’d been in health­care for 10 years, and I was look­ing to broaden my hori­zons. And in Cal­gary, oil and gas was an ob­vi­ous op­por­tu­nity.” He was brought in at Plains Mid­stream Canada, a work­place that he de­scribes as a “small shop,” in De­cem­ber 2010. But it didn’t stay that way for long. In early 2012, Plains Mid­stream bought BP Canada’s NGL busi­ness, and Rein­bold was re­spon­si­ble for in­te­grat­ing the IT as­sets into a sin­gle en­tity. “We had to do a num­ber of re­ally fast IT im­ple­men­ta­tions in or­der to close the deal in 90 days,” he says. But the more im­por­tant part of the deal was the fact that it gave him an op­por­tu­nity to change the way the en­tire com­pany thought about IT and its role in the strate­gic process. “When I came into the role, I saw a lot of the dis­con­nect be­tween the busi­ness and IS [in­for­ma­tion ser­vices]. IS re­ally wasn’t seen as a strate­gic part­ner what­so­ever. I think in health­care, we were a lit­tle more evolved from an align­ment per­spec­tive. A lot of our sys­tems were heav­ily in­volved in de­liv­er­ing pa­tient care, so there was a log­i­cal con­nec­tion there.”

One of Rein­bold’s big­gest ac­com­plish­ments at Plains Mid­stream Canada, he says, was cre­at­ing that same con­nec­tion. “We do play a piv­otal role, strate­gi­cally, at the ta­ble. For me, the lines of OT [op­er­a­tional tech­nol­ogy] and IT [in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy] have blurred con­sid­er­ably. It’s not su­per sexy, but I think it’s one of the big­gest things that I’ve been able to do.”

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