THE NAV­I­GA­TOR

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

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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

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