Kim Williams

Vice President EH&S/Regulatory/Security, Ovintiv

Kim Williams is currently Vice President EH&S, Regulatory and Security at Ovintiv Canada ULC. Kim joined Ovintiv as a 19-year-old Chemical Engineering student and spent her early career learning the business from the ground up in a variety of engineering roles including Production, Reservoir, Development, Facilities and Strategic Planning. In 2010 she took on her first formal leadership role and was promoted again only two years later. As a newly minted senior manager, Kim helped her teams navigate some of the Canadian oil and gas industry’s darkest days. She led the Canadian Operations portion of Ovintiv’s portfolio transformation, accomplishing over $5B in property divestitures. In the next few years, she further proved her combined talents for building teams and achieving results, and in 2019 she was named Encana’s first-ever female vice president of environmental health & safety, regulatory affairs and security.

Kim makes it a point to regularly schedule time for mentorship with new grads, and she encourages everyone, but specifically young females not to wait to be asked to demonstrate their abilities. Her advice to them is to take the initiative, learn the business from the ground-up and demonstrate leadership from any chair in the organization. Kim enjoys giving back in the areas she serves, and in the past two years has hosted many “Volunteer with Kim” events throughout Canada and the U.S. Kim also believes strongly in the power of music. She serves as principal oboist in two Calgary bands, both of which perform concerts in the community throughout the year. Kim and her husband Zane enjoy travelling, scuba diving, camping and fishing together with their two dogs Cooper & Doug.