Michelle Kohr

2020 STEP Ahead Honoree

EHSS Leader

Manufacturing provides challenges and opportunities to learn and grow.  These challenges and opportunities allow interaction with many different people within the site as well as outside the company.  All the different interactions help shape and mold you.

As manager site EHSS at SABIC’s Ottawa site, Michelle has set herself apart with her positive peer leadership, responsiveness to concerns from the site and her team, and commitment to displaying company values. Her inclusive leadership style has led to an even stronger, more consistent and more visible approach toward site partnership, and her vision and execution on her strategy have resulted in year-over-year improvement in safety and environmental standards. Known for her technical expertise as a wastewater engineer, she has developed, led and executed projects that protect SABIC’s site as well as the larger environment.

Michelle is an active sponsor of SABIC’s early-career Engineering Development Program, mentoring young engineers through the SEED program as they start their SABIC careers as well as young college students through the site’s cooperative education (COOP) program. She takes every opportunity to include these young people in her teams, serving as a trusted resource for them upon graduation and advancement throughout their career. From checking in as they rotate assignments to sharing her insights and tools from her years of experience, she ensures that the next generation of talent is connected and heard throughout the organization.

Michelle has a passion for sustaining the world for the next generation. A certified auditor for Responsible Care, she extends her time and talent to support other SABIC sites, helping them identify how they can be better stewards of their resources and protecting the environment. She has also led her team to set the standard for Operation Clean Sweep, World Clean-Up Day, and Earth Day. Outside of work, she engages with her local Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders by organizing and supporting events within the community. She also volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, helping support the next generation of leaders within her community.