Katie Smith manages proposals for Spartan Controls Ltd, an employee-owned, industrial technology company that sells, applies and services process control, automation and instrumentation solutions on behalf of Emerson and other leading manufacturers in Western Canada. Her background includes business development, marketing and public relations. Katie is also the Executive Director of Young Women in Energy (YWE), a non-profit organization that champions the increase in presence and leadership development of young women working in the energy industry. With over 4,000 members, YWE offers thought leadership events with industry experts and a variety of programs to increase both industry and business acumen. YWE’s annual awards program recognizes and rewards exceptional young women working to ‘change the face of energy’. Katie received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary and a Public Relations Certificate from Mount Royal University. She is currently pursuing her Executive MBA in Leadership at Royal Roads University.