STEP Awards

Kate Heiken named 2022 Honoree

The Manufacturing Institute’s (MI) STEP Women’s Initiative Annual Awards continue to recognize women from Ovintiv. Kate Heiken, drilling manager (AROA), has been selected as a 2022 STEP Ahead Honoree. She will be recognized as part of a prestigious group of 100 women leaders for her outstanding contributions to Ovintiv and for being a leader in her community. 

The MI’s STEP Ahead Awards honor the accomplishments of outstanding female leadership in science, technology, engineering and production (STEP) careers. The goal is to shrink the gender gap and increase innovation by building networks and developing skills for women in the industry and to identify and elevate the role models who can inspire the next generation.

Bruce Darlington, Ovintiv’s senior manager of drilling and completions, offered the following comments with respect to Kate’s achievement.

“It is great to see Kate acknowledged with this award. Kate has many remarkable qualities as highlighted during the nomination process, such as her technical understanding, mentoring, ethics, philanthropy, and support for diversity. Kate encourages the drilling team to work without borders and quickly transfer lessons learned in each area to help drive performance. Improving wellbore architecture to make better wells is a great example of this collaboration. 

Congratulations to Kate on this distinctive award from the Manufacturing Institute—your Ovintiv teammates are proud of your tremendous accomplishment!”

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the STEP Ahead Awards. To celebrate this milestone, this year’s event theme is “shattered glass,” as women leaders continue to shatter the glass ceilings above them and pave the way for continued success.

Four other outstanding Ovintiv women were also nominated for this year’s STEP awards: Lene Jacobs (Operator, COA), Katie Anne MacInnis (Director, EH&S), Maria Campbell (Advisor, EH&S) and Meghan Fleck (Advisor, EH&S). Their nomination is a testament to the contributions they provide to the company and the leadership qualities they reflect.

The 10th Annual STEP Ahead Awards ceremony will take place April 28, 2022, in Washington, D.C., and will recognize honorees and emerging leaders.

Read more about Kate below. If you are interested in finding out about The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Women’s Initiative, visit their website

About Kate:

Known for her ability to lead within multiple disciplines, Kate Heiken continually delivers top-tier results. Kate has been with the company for over 13 years and is Ovintiv’s first female drilling manager in Oklahoma, North Dakota and Utah. Her unwillingness to accept the status quo drives her and her team to try new technologies, processes and dynamics, to continuously improve both safety and performance. Among her career achievements, Kate’s team holds the record for 17 of the 20 fastest wells drilled in Oklahoma; and has achieved tens of millions in cumulative capital cost savings over her career.

Kate’s ability to lead has earned her the distinction of being one of Ovintiv’s most dedicated mentors. She supports recruiting efforts to obtain diverse, talented interns and entry-level engineers for the company. Not only does Kate mentor young professionals, but she is also instrumental in helping her experienced colleagues develop in their roles and achieve their career objectives. Kate is seen as a career counselor by young professionals, keeping her schedule open to work with them and practicing her “success is succession” leadership philosophy. She has been a critical member of multiple company initiatives including Ovintiv’s Diversity & Inclusion Working Group, Foundational Leadership, and other talent development discussions. She finds great joy in seeing others be successful and achieving greatness within their own careers.

In addition to her career with Ovintiv, Kate is also a mother of two daughters and an active member in her community. She serves on the American Association of Drilling Engineers Casino Night committee, which raises money for scholarships. Additionally, Kate serves on Montana Tech’s Industry Advisory Board and has volunteered for five years on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Swing For Kids’ Sake charity golf tournament committee.