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Keynote Sessions

AIMCO: Navigating The Disjointed Corporate Ladder

Friday, March 12, 2021

4:00 - 5:00 PM MST | 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST

In the Instagram v. Reality of climbing the corporate ladder, the truth is typically much messier than the stock images you see at career fairs or in organizational behaviour text books. The corporate ladder can be more like a game of Donkey Kong – full of obstacles with no direct route to the top. How do we navigate the "barrels and fire" in our career and life to reach our goals? I'll share some of my key failures and successes that have worked, so far.


Sarah Esler

Senior Portfolio Manager 

Mortgages, Alberta Investment Management Corporation

As Senior Portfolio Manager, Mortgage Investments for Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), Sarah’s primary responsibilities currently include origination and investment in commercial mortgages in Canada, the United States and Europe, while contributing to the strategic direction and portfolio management of the $4.5 billion portfolio. Sarah also serves as AIMCo’s representative at the Investor Leadership Network’s “Diversity in Investment” initiative and is a member of AIMCo’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.  


Sarah was previously a Director at Bellwoods Centres for Community Living, a non-profit organization providing community-based, client-directed support services and independent and affordable housing for the physically disabled in Central Toronto. She currently volunteers as Parent Council Treasurer for her sons’ public school and is Co-Chair/Treasurer of the Commercial Mortgage Lenders Association based in Toronto. 


Sarah holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

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BP: Lessons Learned From a Leader

AIMCo (Alberta Investment Management Corporation) is a high performing investment manager that finds the best opportunities from around the world and delivers results. We are one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment managers and are responsible for the investments of pension, endowment and government funds in Alberta.

Saturday, March 13, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 PM MST | 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST

Join Dawn Constantin from BP Energy Company as she discusses what it’s like to be a woman in any field; and how to relate to your co-workers, find your voice and stay true to yourself. Dawn will be sharing stories and learnings from her own career for the first 30-minutes, with the remaining time allotted for you to ask Dawn any questions you may have.

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Dawn Constantin

VP Regulatory Affairs, Partnerships & Low Carbon 

BP Energy Company


Dawn Constantin is vice president of Regulatory Affairs, Partnerships & Low Carbon at BP Energy Company, based in Houston, Texas. In her role, Dawn leads the company's Regulatory

Affairs team across North America. She is sought after internally and externally for her insights, often speaking at customer and industry events. Dawn is also an active mentor within the

organization, sharing her time and advice formally and informally with up-and-coming employees.


Dawn's Regulatory Affairs team advises on evolving policy developments that impact the trading & shipping businesses in Canada, the U.S, Mexico and Brazil. Dawn is also currently

chairman of the Natural Gas Supply Association (NGSA) Business Leadership Committee.


Dawn's remit also includes acting as a liaison between BP's trading & shipping organization and its Production & Operations and Gas & Low Carbon Energy affiliates (among others) on flow assurance and strategic initiatives in support of our company’s net zero


Prior to joining BP, Dawn spent four years with TransCanada Pipelines in Calgary, Alberta. She holds her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie University). Dawn's 25 years of experience in the energy industry has primarily focused on analytics and influencing corporate planning and strategy.


Dawn is an avid sports enthusiast, along with her husband and 13-year-old daughter.

About BP

At bp, we’re reimagining energy for people and our planet. With operations working across almost every part of the energy system, we’re leading the way in reducing carbon emissions and developing more sustainable methods for solving the energy challenge. We’re a diverse team of engineers, scientists, traders and business professionals determined to find answers to problems that must be solved. But we know we can’t do it alone. We are looking for people who share our passion for reinvention to bring a fresh perspective, collaborative spirit, and challenge our thinking in our ambition to achieve net zero.

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