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Growth is exciting but difficult. Whether it is turning a small business into a multi-national company or leading trends that will shape the future of the energy sector, Parkland Corporation is on the move towards growth.
Curious about what goes on at one of the world’s most innovative energy companies?  Wondering if you’d be a good fit at Parkland? Join Tara Overholt as she learns about Parkland’s leading-edge developments in technology, practices, and culture that power the journeys of thousands of customers, communities, and employees across 25 countries.  

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Episode 1: A Canadian home-grown success story
Guest: Bob Espey, President and CEO, Parkland
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Summary: How did a penny help a humble company based in Red Deer, Alberta, grow into a leading international distributor and retailer serving over one million customers a day in the fuel, food, convenience, and energy sectors across 25 countries?  Parkland’s President and CEO, Bob Espey, sheds light on how to grow a company organically, how to integrate new businesses into the fold, the driving force behind the company’s success, and the new avenues Parkland is exploring in the energy transition.

 

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Episode 2: The Future of Convenience
Guest: Jay Erickson, COO, Parkland USA
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Summary: What you can buy at a convenience store has changed dramatically over the past two decades, and so has the way you get your fuel and snacks. No one knows this better than Jay Erickson, COO of Parkland USA, who grew up working in the retail industry, following in the footsteps of his parents. A good convenience store isn’t just about a better selection of foods, it’s also about the experience, and the amenities attached. Jay shares his wisdom on how COVID and technology have already changed the customer experience, and what the next evolution of convenience stores will be.

 

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Episode 3: Ecolution, not revolution
Guest: Jeff Bush, VP Business Development, Parkland USA 
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Summary: Taking care of our planet is paramount. Every good business looks for ways to lessen the impacts of its operations on the environment and society. Jeff Bush is a driving force behind Parkland’s desire to improve at every level and scale. From solar panels to an Electric Vehicle charging network, to renewable fuels, Jeff offers a fresh perspective on how small steps in many regions can add up to a lot of work on the journey towards sustainability.

 

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Episode 4: If This Sounds Like You, You’ll Love it Here
Guest: Brandon Wood, Sr. Government Relations Lead, Parkland 
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Summary: Humble, hungry, and smart. Parkland employs roughly 6,000 people across 25 countries, and they describe it as a place where they can truly grow. Branon Wood knows all about the opportunities available at Parkland - for both new hires and veterans like himself. Starting his career in recruitment, Brandon now leads in government relations and understands why employees love to work at Parkland. From the corporate programs used to bring the right people on board, to retention, he gives us a look at why Parkland is a great place to work.

 

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Episode 5: Energizing Communities 
Guest: Deborah Edward, General Manager SOL, St. Lucia & Dominica 
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Summary: Giving back gives us purpose. When a company operates across 25 countries, it relies on its employees to give them insight into the communities they serve. One of the ways Parkland does this is through the Parkland Pledge program. Deborah Edward is a community advocate in St. Lucia leading the way in making her community better for young girls and has been instrumental during times of crisis, like Hurricane Maria, in the Caribbean. She shares how a company like Parkland has helped her make a difference.

 

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Episode 6: What’s in the way, is the way 
Guests: Monica Mochoruk, Vice President, Talent Management, Parkland 
             Simon Scott, Director, Corporate Communications 
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Summary: The quickest paths often leave the most behind. Everyone wants to jump ahead to a time when sustainability is easy, but the energy transition is not going to happen overnight, which is why we must celebrate the small steps along the journey. Monica Mochoruk and Simon Scott share the importance of developing today’s technologies and infrastructures to be more sustainable, and how these developments embody Parkland’s vision of not leaving anyone behind on the path to sustainable end goal solutions.

 

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Episode 7: All About: The Charging Destination of the Future
Guest: Scott Sharabura, Vice President, Electric Vehicle Charging, Parkland
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Summary: Electric vehicles are more commonplace than ever before, but they still make up about 1 percent of cars on our roads. One of the biggest reasons behind a lack of adoption – is a lack of infrastructure. Scott Sharabura sheds light on Parkland's plans to re-envision the public charging experience for customers with electric vehicles.  From on-site activities and food offers to amenities to location, the charging destination of the future will be a place people want to go.

 

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Episode 8: All About: Co-processing 
Guest: Grace Goble, Renewables Trader 
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Summary: Can bio-waste power our vehicles? What are renewable fuels? How do they get made? What does this mean for our carbon footprint? Grace Goble gives us a primer on how Parkland takes waste – and co-processes it to make lower carbon emission fuels. It sounds super complicated, and it is, but Parkland is making leaps and bounds in the renewable fuels sector and Grace gives us some insight into where co-processing can go in the future.

 

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Episode 9: All About: Carbon Offsets
Guest: Chelsea Erhardt, Environmental Products Trader
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Summary: The term “carbon offset” – you've likely seen it or heard about it, but perhaps you don’t know what it really means. Chelsea Erhardt breaks it down for us, sheds light on what it means for the environment, and explains how companies like Parkland ensure they are choosing reputable projects to invest in. Chelsea also has a way you can easily get involved with carbon offsets, and at no cost to you.

 

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