Charlene Johnson

Current work title            

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Noia (Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Industries Association).

Degree(s) or Credential(s) Earned

Master of Business Administration (with Distinction), Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland (2017) 

Master of Applied Science in Science and environmental engineering from Memorial University (2001)  

Bachelor of Science in forest engineering from the University of New Brunswick (2000) 

Description of current professional role.

I began as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Noia on January 9, 2018.

As CEO, I am responsible for the overall day-to-day operations of Noia. I develop and foster important relationships with a wide range of stakeholders and represent the best interests of our members and the overall offshore oil & gas industry in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

I advocate on behalf of Noia’s core membership – the supply and service sector –as well as work with all parties – including operators, the regulators, trade associations, educational institutions and government bodies – to advance timely development of the industry in our province.

What hobbies or activities outside of work do you enjoy?

I enjoy many activities in my spare time such as volunteering as an official for swim meets, reading and yoga. I am also an avid traveler. 

During most of my free time I can be found spending quality time with my 12 year-old daughter, Jorja. 

What is/was your connection to the Student Summer Employment Program (SSEP)?

I am a proud graduate of the WISE Student Summer Employment Program (SSEP). 

When I completed grade 11, at the age of 16, I left rural Newfoundland and moved to St. John’s to begin this incredible program.

My personal hands-on work experience came from working at Salmonier Nature Park and collecting water samples. I worked under a highly skilled and knowledgeable mentor, Dr. Moire Wadleigh.

I can honestly not say enough about all this program has done for me personally and for my career. It provided invaluable mentors and work experience, as well as important networking opportunities. It gave me the chance to explore my interests and hone in on those skills in the field of science and engineering.

What advice would you like to share with women who are considering a career in science or engineering?

I would encourage any young women interested in pursuing a career in science and engineering to sign up for this program.

It is an invaluable opportunity to dig deeper into the field and explore your personal interests. 

I also encourage any young women interested in science and engineering to follow your passion and pursue any and allopportunities available to them. 

Always believe in yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve something. Be sure to put in the hard work and dedication required and the career possibilities will be endless. 

Any other thoughts you would like to share?

Outside of help from family I always say there are two key things that have helped me to get to where I am today. One is my public speaking coach throughout high school and the other is the WISE program. Don’t think twice – you will love and 30 years from now the memories and influences will be just as vivid for you as they are for me.