Anna Leyva’s favorite award she ever received came after her grade 7 basketball season: “brightest smile even after losing a game.” It is with this positive attitude and outlook that Anna has carried forward to today. She is a strong proponent of community involvement and an advocate of female empowerment.
Over the past year and a half she has served as the co-founder and co-chair of the Network of Empowered Women; a student group that hosted its inaugural conference at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in January. The conference was a tremendous success and brought 80 delegates from across Canada to take part in the three-day conference.
Anna was first introduced to the energy industry when her family moved to Fort McMurray in 2002. It was that experience combined with two internships at Syncrude that piqued her interest in the energy and environment fields where she wanted to learn more about the effect the oil industry has on Alberta and the broader world. Aside from spending time with family and friends and conquering the business world, Anna spends time walking her Shepherd Cross at the local dog park, recreational running, reading the news, researching stocks, brushing up on her Spanish and Russian, and learning about other cultures. Her time as a U of A student is coming to a close, and it is clear that she will make a dent in Alberta and communities abroad in years to come.