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Team McEwen was all smiles after winning the Syncrude Elite 10

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Team McEwen was all smiles after winning the Syncrude Elite 10

McEwen edges Edin to capture inaugural Syncrude Elite 10 title 

Mike McEwen and his Winnipeg rink cemented their status as one of the world’s best men’s curling teams with a 2 & 1 victory over Sweden’s Niklas Edin in the inaugural Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling Syncrude Elite 10. The four day event concluded Sunday afternoon in front of sold out crowd at MacDonald Island Park.The event was a great way to showcase the community to the rest of Canada.

The victory marked the second Grand Slam title this season and fifth career for McEwen, B.J. Neufeld, Matt Wozniak and Denni Neufeld.

“It’s been a crazy year,” stated Mike. “We’ve also won every World Curling Tour event (five) we’ve played this year. That’s insane.”

Similar to a skins game, the Elite 10 introduced a new format to the circuit. Teams played to win each end by scoring two or more points with hammer or stealing one or more points without hammer. If neither happened, no points were awarded and the hammer switched. It made for great action, whether watching live or on television, in nearly every end of every game with the number of rocks in play.

“I hope the crowd and TV viewers enjoyed the format because you don’t see shots like that tried and made very often,” said Mike, who defeated Alberta’s Kevin Koe in the semi-final. “I was a bit tentative at first and had a bit of anxiety trying to figure out the winning formula. But midway through the tournament, all the teams started to get comfortable with the format. It’s a lot of fun when you have a great surface like this to try some amazing shots.”

The event received praise from curlers, fans and organizers, including a Tweet posted by the official Team Mike McEwen Twitter account thanking the “amazing” event, community and corporate support.

Syncrude CEO Mark Ward was on hand to present Team McEwen with the Elite 10 championship trophy and thank fans, volunteers and organizers for a great event. McEwen is now looking forward to the Players’ Championship, the final Grand Slam of Curling event of the season, starting April 7 in Toronto.

The Elite 10 was the first in a series of major sporting events planned for Fort McMurray in 2015 and supported by Syncrude. Others include the 2015 Canadian Ringette Championships, which start March 29, Northern Kickoff, PGA TOUR Canada’s Syncrude Boreal Open and the Western Canada Summer Games.

Syncrude is proud to support organizations

Syncrude is proud to support organizations and endeavours in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Edmonton that improve education, environment, health and safety, science and technology, Aboriginal and community development, arts and culture and recreation.

We donate $6 million annually to community organizations and initiatives.

How we provide assistance

We may provide assistance in the form of funds, materials/equipment or employees' time and expertise for projects that fall within these categories:

  • Education and lifelong learning projects which can’t be funded by local school boards and/or institutions of higher learning.
  • Organizations or events dealing with the environment and health and safety.
  • Community development projects that enhance community facilities and activities. Projects must be self-supporting in the future and reflect the needs and interests of a wide number of people (within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo only).
  • Arts and culture projects or organizations such as theatre, concerts, film and exhibitions that further the arts, entertain or inform (within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo only).
  • Recreational projects that promote health and fitness and organizations promoting amateur sports (within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo only).
  • Science and technology projects or organizations that encourage partnerships and promote oil sands technology.

Over the last five years, we’ve donated over $23 million to the communities in which our employees work and play.


Selection Criteria

Syncrude considers a number of criteria when selecting community investment projects, including:

  • Privately-initiated projects or programs (rather than government-funded)
  • Potential benefit to the community and community support
  • The applicant’s contributions to the project
  • The applicant’s initiative, planning, assessment of community need and collaborations with other organizations
  • Support from multi-stakeholder groups
  • Relationship to the oil sands industry, ability to encourage broad public support for Syncrude and opportunity for our employees to use their talents and expertise
  • Sound and measurable objectives, a well-planned approach and a high probability of producing meaningful, positive results
  • Financial need based on assessment of past revenue sources and use of funds
  • One-time contributions are favoured over recurring needs but long term, multi-year projects are considered based on significant corporate exposure and enduring benefits
  • Other criteria may also be considered

The largest single donation we ever made was $5 million to Keyano College in 2008.

Ineligible Organizations and Projects

The following organizations and projects are not eligible for community investment funding from Syncrude:

  • Individuals in pursuit of activities wherein that individual is the sole beneficiary;
  • Organized Labour, Political Parties, Election Campaigns and Religious or cultural organizations in nature;
  • Organizations solely designed to provide a service to other Syncrude employees, i.e. Club 63 North Social Club;
  • Expenses and fees related to travel, meetings, conferences, forums, registration, remuneration, honourariums, fellowships and living;
  • For-profit organizations regardless of its mandate, function or service;
  • All "sanctioned" fundraising campaigns conducted on Syncrude's property during scheduled working hours wherein employees are asked to participate in the campaign while receiving their regular salaries will not be eligible for this program; i.e. Syncrude Employee United Way Campaign;
  • Syncrude employees that are on secondment.

Syncrude’s Community Investment Online Application Form

Click here for Syncrude’s Community Investment Online Application Form

NOTE: Only applications submitted online will be considered. We are unable to respond to any paper, fax or e-mail funding requests. No representative of any group will be permitted to solicit individual employees at Syncrude's plant site or offices.