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A volunteer signals to the crowd as eventual winner Cory Renfrew hits a shot
during the 2012 Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON.


“The course is awesome and always proves to be a great test. The community is also one of the best on tour for showing their support,” says Cory Renfrew, 2012
Syncrude Boreal Open winner.

Chip-in at the 2015 Syncrude Boreal Open

With Fort McMurray golfers getting an early start on the season thanks to summer-like weather, excitement is also building around the return of the PGA TOUR Canada to our community.

The Syncrude Boreal Open presented by AECON is back June 25 to June 28, with events such as the Monday Qualifier, pro-am and various clinics starting on June 22. The picturesque Fort McMurray Golf Club, carved out of the Borealis Forest and nestled along the banks of the Athabasca River, will once again host the event. Now in its fifth year, the Syncrude Boreal Open will see 156 of some of the best golfers from around the world competing for a purse of $175,000.

The tournament provides local fans not only the opportunity to watch some of golf’s up-and-coming-stars (multiple golfers who’ve played on PGA TOUR Canada over the past few years have gone on to play on the PGA TOUR), but walk alongside them. Registration is currently open for various volunteer positions, including marshals, scoring and admissions, as well as caddies.

Volunteers are expected to work a minimum of two four-hour shifts throughout the week in order to be eligible for volunteer benefits such as a shirt, hat, hot meals and tournament pass.

Meanwhile, caddies are considered employed by the player and will receive a minimum of $35 per round. Caddie or golfing experience is beneficial, but not necessary.  Applicants must be able to carry a large bag for 18 holes.

Syncrude Boreal Open 2012 winner Cory Renfrew says Fort McMurray is among the players’ favourite tour stops. “The course is awesome and always proves to be a great test. The community is also one of the best on tour for showing their support,” says Cory.

Renfrew, who finished tied for 59th at the PGA TOUR’s Waste Management Phoenix Open earlier this year, adds that golfers recognize and appreciate the efforts of volunteers and caddies. “We see them out each and every week,” he says. “Volunteers and caddies are what make a tournament possible.”

Volunteer and caddie positions are open to the whole community.

For more information on volunteer and caddie opportunities, tickets, parking and more, visit You can also find updates and links on Twitter by following @SBOYMM.

In 2014:

  • $2.5 million to Keyano College to support Aboriginal education and arts programming.

  • $2.48 million raised during 2014 United Way Campaign supporting the United Way in Fort McMurray, Edmonton and Calgary.

  • $500,000 to the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation to support the development of a Brain Imaging and Treatment Unit that will include Gamma Knife radiosurgery, an advanced, incision-free procedure for patients facing brain tumours, epilepsy and other complex neurological conditions.

  • $75,000 donation to kick off the 2014 Syncrude Food Drive in support of the Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association
  • $50,000 in donations decided by Syncrude employees through the Give with Heart campaign, including the highest gift of $25,000 going to Fort McMurray SPCA.
  • $128,000 to 74 non-profit organizations and another $94,000 through busing grants in 2014 - Our Good Neighbours program recognizes employee and retirees who volunteer in the community. Individual grants of $500 each are awarded to those organizations for which they volunteer.


Each year, Syncrude invests more than $6 million to community organizations working to make a difference. Whether it’s investing in local infrastructure, stocking the food bank or opening the doors to learning, Syncrude is committed to making a difference in the communities where our employees live and work. We also support our 5,000 employees in their individual volunteering efforts to create better communities, and provide scholarships at educational institutions across Alberta. 

We're proud to be making a difference in our community, including investments to:

  • Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation - Uncle Fred Youth Elders Lodge
  • Alberta Cancer Foundation
  • Art Gallery of Alberta
  • Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business
  • Careers: The Next Generation
  • Compassion House
  • Fort Chipewyan Historical Society
  • Fort McKay First Nation - Youth Summer Employment Program
  • Fort McMurray Catholic Board of Eduction
  • Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society
  • Fort McMurray Historical Society
  • Fort McMurray Public Library
  • Fort McMurray Public School District
  • Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta
  • Grant MacEwan University
  • Indspire
  • Inside Education
  • Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women
  • Keyano College
  • Mikisew Cree First Nation Elders Care
  • Northern Lights Health Foundation
  • Regional Aboriginal Recognition Awards
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
  • Science Alberta Foundation
  • Skills Canada
  • Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
  • The Children's Centre
  • United Way
  • University of Alberta
  • Vista Ridge
  • Wood Buffalo Food Bank