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The mobile simulators will provide HEO students with hands-on learning. Charles
Nokohoo, with Athabasca Tribal Council, tried his hand at operating a dozer in
the mobile unit.

Community Investment Program

“The mobile simulators offer an exciting opportunity to diversify Keyano College programming while meeting the needs of our region's Aboriginal and rural communities,” says Kevin Nagel, President and CEO of Keyano College.

Mobile HEO learning announced for Aboriginal students

Keyano College’s Industrial Campus was booming with excitement on June 25 when Honourable Michelle Rempel, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, announced a $1.5-million investment towards the College’s Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) training.

“By investing in mobile, specialized equipment that enhances skilled labour training, we are ensuring Aboriginal students acquire the experience necessary to secure quality jobs in the communities where they live,” says Minister Rempel.

Federal funding will help with the purchase of four mobile simulators and equipment, allowing Keyano to deliver hands-on training to Aboriginal students pursuing HEO careers.

“The mobile simulators offer an exciting opportunity to diversify Keyano College programming while meeting the needs of our region's Aboriginal and rural communities,” says Kevin Nagel, President and CEO of Keyano College.

It is anticipated close to 150 Aboriginal people will be trained through this initiative, preparing for the high HEO demand over the next four years.

“This federal funding is an important investment in our students and the sustainability of post-secondary education in Wood Buffalo. Through our industry partners, like Syncrude, we look forward to bringing this new high quality training and skill development initiative to all parts of our region,” adds Mr. Nagel.

Syncrude’s support is part of previously announced $2.5-million donation to support Aboriginal education and arts programming at Keyano College. Syncrude is proud to be one of Canada’s largest employers of Aboriginal people, approximately nine per cent of our total workforce.


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

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.