Community Investment

At AltaGas we strive to excel as responsible corporate citizens by giving back to the communities where we live, work and do business by providing funding for non-profit organizations, projects and initiatives that help build and enhance communities. We look to create shared value through mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations that concentrate on our three core areas: Healthy and Safe Communities, Bright Futures and Environmental Champions.

Cross Country Canada (CCC)

Cross Country CanadaIn partnership with Cross Country Canada since 2007, AltaGas helps support elite-level coaching and associated services necessary for the success of Canada’s National Ski Team and Para-Nordic program. As a platinum sponsor of CCC, we support elite athletes, local ski group coaches and volunteers across Canada who are sparking Olympic dreams in amateur cross-country skiers. CCC is an organization whose culture and journey resembles our own. Teamwork and commitment are values that our organizations share, and this has resulted in a very successful partnership over the years and we are excited to support them in their journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

AltaGas is the proud sponsor of the Ski-at-School program. The program launched in 2010 with the goal of bringing cross-country skiing to schools in Calgary. In 2016, AltaGas expanded the program to include schools across Canada. This will knit together communities of teachers, students and local ski clubs, and encourage children to participate in an active lifestyle through cross-country skiing.

Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS)

STARSOver the past 19 years, AltaGas has partnered with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS) to help bring emergency medical services to residents of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Last year, AltaGas surpassed the $1million mark in giving to STARS.

The United Way

United WayAltaGas is proud to be a part of the communities where we live, work and do business. Our employees have strong ties to their communities and it shows through their generous contributions to community initiatives.

The United Way continues to be an important part of AltaGas’ culture. Since 1994, AltaGas has received platinum or gold awards in Calgary for its involvement in the United Way. In 2015, AltaGas won the Spirits of Gold – President’s award from the United Way of Calgary and area. This award recognizes businesses that are long-standing partners with the United Way that show innovation and commitment in the community. In 2016, AltaGas contributed $100,000 in Calgary.

 

2017

May 15

AltaGas Celebrates Partnership with Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service (STARS)

Over the past 19 years, AltaGas has partnered with STARS to help bring emergency medical services to residents of Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan. Recently AltaGas' aggregate contributions to STARS surpassed the $1 million mark. On May 15, representatives from AltaGas and STARS celebrated this long-standing partnership with a logo unveiling event at the STARS’ base in Calgary.

“Safety is a core value and an integral part of everything we do at AltaGas,” said David Harris, President and Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. “We are proud of our long-standing support of STARS and their commitment to saving lives. STARS delivers quick access to medical rescue, which complements our safety program by providing our western Canadian worksites quick access to medical help.”

STARS’ Emergency Link Centre (ELC) is a 24-hour emergency medical communications centre that offers timely information to emergency service providers for critically ill and injured patients as well as a range of services for industry partners. As part of AltaGas’ unwavering commitment to safety, AltaGas' worksites are registered with STARS’ ELC to ensure one call begins the coordination of an emergency medical response.

“Much like AltaGas, STARS knows excellence isn’t achieved by resting on your laurels. It’s achieved by researching, innovating and always improving. As a charity, STARS can only do this because of steadfast support from donors like AltaGas. From the highly specialized equipment in the back of our aircraft to our blood-on-board program, AltaGas has bolstered STARS’ ability to respond to dire critical situations with world-class talent and tools,” said STARS’ President, Andrea Robertson. “With a partnership that dates back to 1998, AltaGas has always understood and believed in the STARS mission. The support we’ve received from AltaGas over the last 19 years enables STARS to be there for the next patient who needs us. STARS is grateful to have AltaGas as a partner in our fight to save lives.”

STARS
Apr 26

Utilities Win National Safety Awards

AltaGas is proud to announce that two Utilities in the Company’s portfolio, Heritage Gas and AltaGas Utilities (AUI), have received safety awards from the Canadian Gas Association. These safety awards recognize companies and employees for their exemplary commitment to health and safety excellence.

“We are very proud to be recognized with these awards.” says Greg Johnston, President, AltaGas Utilities Inc. “Safety is the cornerstone of all we do at AUI. To achieve such a remarkable year behind the wheel, and to have one of our employees recognized for his efforts in keeping our customers and employees safe, demonstrates the unwavering commitment to safety held by the entire AUI workforce.”

Heritage Gas received the Corporate Safety Award for Employee Safety for their work in reducing workplace injuries and increasing vehicle safety. In 2016, Heritage Gas was injury-free.

“Our employees put safety at the centre of everything they do. That commitment to safety makes Heritage Gas a better company for our workers, our customers and our partners in the community,” said John Hawkins, interim President of Heritage Gas. “Our management team is grateful for the tremendous effort put in by our employees to make Heritage Gas a national leader in safety.”

AUI was awarded the Corporate Safety award for Vehicle Safety because of their work in reducing injury and vehicle damages at the company.

Jeff Walter, Supervisor, Quality Assurance & Damage Prevention at AUI also received the Individual Safety Leadership Award in Public Safety. This award recognizes Jeff’s great work in increasing public awareness on damage prevention. Jeff has attended various farmers' markets and community events in AUI’s service area, displaying samples of pipe and other utility lines damaged by excavating without a line locate. He also works with local greenhouses and nurseries to remind everyone to Click Before You Dig, even before undertaking routine things like planting a tree or digging a garden.

Safety is at the core of AltaGas’ business and is integral to how we operate. These awards recognize our ongoing commitment to safety and highlight our employees who continue to work hard demonstrating these values every day by creating safe and healthy work places.

Canadian Gas Association
Apr 04

2017 AltaGas Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician Bursaries

On April 4, 2017, Brock John, Director of Business Development, presented three aspiring wind turbine maintenance technicians with bursary cheques to continue their studies at the Northern Lights College, Dawson Creek Campus.

“Awards such as this are very helpful to our students in their pursuit of their academic goals,” said Donna Kane, Executive Director of the Northern Lights College Foundation. “Thank you to AltaGas and our other industry partners for their commitment to our students.”

In the last seven years, since the Bear Mountain Wind Park became operational, AltaGas has awarded bursaries to 21 students enrolled in the Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician program who demonstrated academic excellence and leadership in their community.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to communities, AltaGas is proud to be able to provide these annual bursaries to students to assist them in developing new skills and advancing their career goals,” said Brock John, Director of Business Development at AltaGas.

This year’s recipients of the AltaGas Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician Bursary (from L to R): Jamie McAllister, Mathew Bowen, Christian Haab with presenter, Brock John, AltaGas.

AltaGas Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician Bursary recipients
Mar 24

ENSTAR supports safety on and off the ice

On March 24th, ENSTAR sponsored a safety night at the Alaska Aces’ hockey game. ENSTAR Communications Manager, Lindsay Hobson, addressed the crowd of 4,000 plus from the ice to reinforce the importance of 811 and safe digging. Employees handed out foam hockey pucks with the ENSTAR and 811 logos, hosted a booth with 811 print material, and organized the 1stintermission entertainment which also focused on the 811 message.

ENSTAR supports safety on and off the ice
Jan 24

AltaGas donates to the Women’s Resource Society in Fort St. John

The Fort St. John Women's Resource Society provides a supportive environment, promotes awareness regarding violence against women with rigorous campaigns and events as well as community workshops and information sessions, free of charge, on various issues pertinent to low-income residents. They also provide necessities such as food and shelter to those in need.

Domestic violence threatens the lives of millions of North Americans each year and crosses all ethnic, racial, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic lines. Over the past year, the organization has seen a rise in men utilizing some of these services. It’s important to remember that abuse is not gender-based and men can also be victims.  

AltaGas recently provided a $2,500 donation to the Society, which will be used to stock the shelves with food to help with the increasing demand in the community. “In our current economic state, every donation, big or small, counts towards helping feeding families and individuals who need it most.  The contribution made to our Society will go towards hungry tummies this Christmas Season, thank you!,” says Phallon Stoutenburg, Outreach Coordinator, Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society.

women's resource society

2016

Oct 26

Help on the Water

The Stewiacke and District Volunteer Fire Department can now help people in trouble on the water, thanks to a recent donation from the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project.

Earlier in October, the department added a new rescue boat to its equipment, with Alton providing the funding for the boat, outboard motor and trailer.

“The boat is a very helpful addition to the equipment we have here at the Department,” says Fire Chief Brent Murdock. “The boat will help us as volunteer firefighters to be better able to respond to calls to help the public.”

On the water, a rescue involving the boat will involve three trained volunteer firefighters, one to run the engine and two to help with the rescue. They will be supported by firefighters on shore as needed.

The coverage area for the Stewiacke and District Volunteer Fire Department covers large sections of the Stewiacke and Shubenacadie rivers, as well as local lakes. But until now, if a person was in trouble on the water, the department would need to call a neighboring fire department with a boat to help out, losing valuable time during a rescue.

Murdock says the boat also adds a new aspect to training for the volunteer firefighters at the department, and may help recruit new volunteers who are interested in helping with water rescue. He adds that the department is in the process of acquiring waterproof suits and safety gear for the firefighters operating the boat. As well, additional training will take place before the boat is fully operational in a few weeks. The rescue boat, motor and trailer were purchased through Seamasters Marine Services in Dartmouth, NS and are valued at approximately $7,500.

The health and safety of our staff and the public and the protection of the environment are top priorities for Alton Natural Gas Storage.

“We are pleased to support the fire department with the acquisition of the boat,” says Charles Lyons, Vice-President of Environment, Health and Safety for AltaGas, the parent company of Alton. “Helping volunteer firefighters in our operating areas is an investment in community safety for everyone.”

Members of the Alton Project team were on hand October 12 with members of the Stewiacke and District Volunteer Fire Department for the official unveiling of the new rescue boat supported by the Alton Natural Gas Storage Project
Oct 26

San Joaquin Energy provides funding to Tracy Seniors Association

AltaGas’ San Joaquin Energy, the Canada-based firm that operates the gas-fired electrical-power plant southwest of Tracy, contributed $1,700 to the Tracy Seniors Association to support its Safe at Home project.

The funds will be used to purchase and install bathroom “grab bars” in the homes of seniors and also other safety items, including shower benches and poles near beds to provide stability.

John Archibald, AltaGas San Joaquin Energy plant general manager said, “The support and services that Tracy Seniors Association provides to senior citizens are invaluable. We are proud to be able to provide support for their organization with funding that allows it to keep providing these services to seniors.”

Tracy Seniors Association
Aug 02

Helping families get back on their feet

In Alberta’s current economic downturn, many families are struggling to put food on the table. Non-profit organizations providing much-needed services to families are also feeling the squeeze with more people using these services. To assist these organizations, AltaGas has committed to providing a $2,500 donation to Inn from the Cold for 2016 and 2017. Through donations such as these, homeless children and their families will be offered programs and support to stabilize and rebuild their lives as well as receive some much needed items such as: baby supplies, recreational items, personal hygiene essentials  and gifts.

Inn from the Cold
Jun 14

Blythe Energy donates to Friends of the Library

AltaGas’ Blythe Energy has donated $500 to Friends of the Library, an organization that raises funding for programs, materials and equipment for the local Palo Verde Valley District Library. With the funds received, the Library will purchase non-fiction books to expand the current collection and supplies for arts and crafts and recreational activities.

“It’s an honour to work for a company that cares about our local community and contributes to these types of organizations. The summer reading program is great and offers so many activities throughout the summer for kids,” says Olivia Godinez-Lopez, Administrative Assistant, Blythe Energy. “There aren’t a lot of recreational options for youth in our community and these programs give kids options.”

“Donations, such as these, provide much needed support to the Library. It not only funds books, but equipment needed for the upcoming events that the library will be hosting. The main goal is to encourage literacy for our children,” says Dawn Williams, Treasurer of Friends of the Library.  

From left to right: Mike Ludwin, , AltaGas, Kime Williams, Library Director, and Friends members, Emily Colby, Dawn Williams, Jennifer Hope and Nancy Terlitsky.
May 18

AltaGas provides funding to bring conservation curriculum to schools

It’s never too early to start educating children about the environment and conservation. Teaching kids from a young age about sustaining our planet will help create a generation of environmentally aware individuals who share a common goal of protecting and conserving our resources. This is exactly the mission that Earth Ranger’s aims to accomplish – educating and empowering children to start protecting the environment today.

Earth Rangers offers a school outreach program across Canada. Funded by donations, they tour elementary schools with a fun and interactive science-based curriculum highlighting a variety of conservation initiatives. AltaGas committed $5,000 to bring the program to five schools – four in Fort St John and one located in Taylor, B.C. Earth Rangers completed the Northern B.C. tour in May, reaching 1,502 children.

Check out this video to learn more.

Travelling with four animal friends, Earth Rangers staff teach a group of students about bio diversity programing.