Community Involvement

Our commitment to the communities in which we live and work is motivated by our responsibility to be a good corporate citizen and our desire to be a good neighbour.


Community Investment Highlights – Syncrude’s investments in the community amounted to $4.3 million in 2006, a 60 per cent increase compared to 2005. Among the projects we supported:


  • The Syncrude Timberlea Athletic Park, which will feature four soccer pitches, six ball diamonds, an outdoor hockey rink/lacrosse pitch, a cricket pitch, and a new clubhouse. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2007. In celebration of the completion of Syncrude’s Stage 3 expansion project, Syncrude donated $2.5 million over two years for the construction of the clubhouse, which will encompass meeting rooms, a concession, outdoor patios, and a variety of rooms for other programs.
  • The Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre at Keyano College, which will be a community-use complex offering state-of-the-art recreation and training facilities. Syncrude announced a multi-year investment of $500,000 in 2005.
  • Robbins Pavilion—Centre of Cardiac Services at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. The Pavilion, now under construction, will improve access to women’s health services and cardiac medicine and surgery. Currently, nearly all cardiac patients from Wood Buffalo requiring angioplasty are referred to the Royal Alexandra Hospital. Syncrude’s support of $250,000 over three years has been directed to help construct one of four new cardiac catheterization laboratories.
  • The Fort McMurray Food Bank, which provides relief and short and long-term solutions for hunger and poverty. Syncrude donated $50,000 to the organization in 2006, and a group of mining employees (Team 502) raised an additional $1,000.
  • The Fort McKay School, which received $75,000 from Syncrude to help increase the learning capacity of its students. Funds will help support: a counsellor skilled in assisting children with development issues; nutritional meals for the hot lunch program; and the purchase of new audiovisual and computer equipment for the school.


community investment

Syncrude provided $4.3 million in community investment funding in 2006.


Syncrude’s corporate and employee donations to the United Way peaked at a record $880,000 through the help of such fundraisers as the President’s Cup hockey game. Pictured here is the winning Syncrude Bison team.


donations to united way

Syncrude and our employees again registered an outstanding show of community support in 2006, helping to raise annual contributions to the United Way by more than $90,000 to $888,000, a new record. Employee donations of $738,000 were supplemented by a corporate contribution of $150,000 from Syncrude. The overall United Way fundraising target in Fort McMurray in 2006 was $2.5 million and more than $3 million was ultimately raised. Syncrude and our employees typically contribute between 30 and 40 per cent of the campaign goal.


Leadership Wood Buffalo – Syncrude has provided significant support for a new initiative to develop current and future leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the Wood Buffalo region. Leadership Wood Buffalo received $50,000 to help establish and implement its program of leadership training, which will develop and enhance the personal skills needed to address community capacity issues and take on the challenges of community leadership. In the program’s first year of operations (2006-07), the program is providing training for 17 participants, including two Syncrude employees, who have come from business, government, community service and not-for-profit sectors. Kjersti Powell, a leadership development expert and Syncrude employee, was instrumental in initiating Leadership Wood Buffalo.


Community Programs 1

  2006 2005 2004 2003 2002
Corporate Giving ($)2 4,315,650 2,693,478 2,777,700 2,852,740 2,047,672
Consultation and Monitoring ($)3 3,023,785 2,940,597 3,962,000 4,201,000 2,946,025


1 Includes donations made under the Community Investment Program, Aboriginal Community Investment Program, sponsorships, and gifts in kind.

2 Syncrude’s corporate giving programs are subject to formal audits and are also governed by three committees of Syncrude employees to ensure strategic objectives are met.

Figures shown include Syncrude funding for Aboriginal Industry Relations Corporations; the Athabasca Tribal Council; and community monitoring and management groups including the Regional Issues Working Group, Wood Buffalo Environmental Association, Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program, and Cumulative Effects Management Association.