TINA ANTONY HAS BUILT A REPUTATION AROUND HER INTEGRITY AND CREATIVITY – AND SHE’S USING EVERY BIT OF BOTH TO KEEP HER CAREER POINTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Part magician, and part contortionist.” That’s how Tina Antony, the vice-president and general counsel at Sanjel, describes her role amid the downturn. It’s a role that’s turned out to be very different than the one was she was initially recruited for back in 2014. But it’s one that has helped Sanjel navigate the market turbulence with more success than it might otherwise have had. The strengths that she brought to the company – “adaptability, resourcefulness, and an ability to distill complexity into strategy,” she says – will ensure that it’s wellpositioned when the market inevitably swings back.
Antony, a graduate of the University of Calgary’s LLB program with over 20 years’ experience in international corporate finance and governance, has steered Sanjel through multiple challenges across a variety of jurisdictions in 2015. In addition to the successful settlement of a highly-contentious cross-border lawsuit, Antony’s team reworked international joint ventures to ensure they remained efficient and viable and retooled commercial contracts with customers and suppliers in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the Caribbean, Luxembourg, and Iraq – all to align the company with the new economic reality. “I don’t think we can talk about success in its normal sense of the word in relation to this past year,” Antony says. “The most satisfying part for me, beyond all the actual work, is the privilege to work with a well-functioning positive team that brings its best each day.”
Success, it should be noted, is a concept in which Antony is well-versed. She was a founding member of the Calgary office of Heenan Blaikie LLP, where a positive reputation and record of success saw it grow into a full-service national firm. Prior to joining Sanjel, Antony was the first General Counsel (and, at the time, the only female executive) at Caracal Energy (formerly Griffiths Energy) where, under her guidance, Caracal’s achievements included an IPO, a listing on the main board of the