In 2016, Kinder Morgan Canada received approximately 270 requests and contributed approximately $400,000 towards organizations and for initiatives that enhance or improve communities and assist those in need. We are always pleased to receive requests from community organizations and support those organizations that have a focus on environment, education and community.
Investing in Environment
One of the priorities of our community investment program is to support and recognize the importance of environmental sustainability. For the past two years, we have partnered with the Fraser River Discovery Centre on the Working River exhibit, which will showcase the socio-economic importance of the Fraser River. This exhibit will complement the centre’s three pillars approach, which also includes emphasizing the environmental and cultural importance of the river. The exhibit is anticipated to be completed later this year in New Westminster, BC.
We continue to be involved with and support the Stoney Creek Environment Committee in Burnaby, BC, particularly with the planning and implementation of its annual Great Salmon Send Off community event. We contributed to fundraising drives in support of the development of two recreational parks in Jasper, AB that will contribute to the community life of local residents and visitors alike. We also supported the Dufferin Park wetlands restoration project in Kamloops, BC in partnership with the City of Kamloops. When completed, the project, which is currently underway, will serve to increase local awareness of and promote education about wetlands, wildlife and conservation to the local community.
Investing in Education
We support education-based initiatives locally and through the Kinder Morgan Foundation. We were pleased to provide funding towards the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (NAIT) annual Industry Day last spring in Edmonton. We assisted Hope Search and Rescue, a local volunteer-based emergency responder in the Fraser Valley, with covering costs of training programs to enhance its members’ skills of search and rescue operations and tactics. The Kinder Morgan Foundation continued its mandate to support K-12 arts and education programs, including the Junior Achievement Southern Alberta ‘Company Program,’ the Brookside Elementary mobile computer lab program in Edmonton, the Calgary Youth Science Fair, Skills Canada BC and the Edmonds Elementary coding and robotics program in Burnaby, BC .
Investing in Community
We supported a number of community-minded initiatives throughout Alberta and BC in 2016. We made contributions to local community events including Valemountain Days in Valemount, BC, Jasper Heritage Rodeo in Jasper, AB, Clearwater Children’s Arts Festival in Clearwater, BC and Hope Brigade Days in Hope, BC. For the past three years, we have sponsored the Crossroads Hospice Society annual fundraising Gala in Port Moody, BC. We also supported the Simon Fraser University Robert Malcolm Memorial Pipe Band in its preparations to compete at the 2017 World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland. We also supported several Aboriginal cultural and community events, including Pow Wows, National Aboriginal Day celebrations and community Christmas fundraising campaigns.
Employees are a vital part of our community investment program. Each year, Kinder Morgan Canada participates in the United Way campaign. In 2016, with our corporate head office matching employee funds by 50 per cent, we raised $92,000 for the United Way Calgary and Area chapter. Our Vancouver Wharves employees co-hosted the annual North Shore Waterfront Gala in North Vancouver, BC, with other waterfront industry members with event proceeds going towards the North Shore Neighborhood Association and the Learning Disabilities Association North Shore. Our employees also contributed and volunteered their time towards a number of important causes last year including Fort MacMurray wildfire relief (Canadian Red Cross), Movember, University of Calgary Pi Week (in support of the Calgary Urban Project Society), Santas Anonymous, Salvation Army and Burnaby Community Services).
To date, 18 Community Benefit Agreements along 95 per cent of the pipeline route have been signed by communities who will be impacted by Trans Mountain Expansion Project construction activities when construction commences later this year. The agreements will be funded on receipt of all approvals for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project and will provide the communities with funding to develop or improve infrastructure, environment and education initiatives.
If you are interested in submitting a funding request, please contact [email protected] for more information. If your request is for a youth arts or education initiative, please contact the Kinder Morgan Foundation at [email protected].