A ‘Blissful’ Announcement for Local Cancer Society

On Tuesday March 5th, Sandy Martin, VP East Coast, was joined by Geoff Davis, Chairman of the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation, to announce a significant investment of $500,000 to the local Cancer Centre’s TrueBeam campaign.

TrueBeam radiation is the latest and most advanced radiation treatment technology in the world. Approved by Health Canada in late 2010, TrueBeam is able to deliver the highest radiation dose available, with the most flexibility, precision and speed. The Newfoundland and Labrador government contributed 3.5 million to the project, and the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation accepted the challenge of raising the remaining $2.5 million. The TrueBeam installation is one of three in Canada.

“Suncor Energy is pleased to make this contribution to the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Care Foundation which will support leading-edge treatment equipment in the fight against cancer,” said Mr. Martin. “The availability of the most current technology will enable cancer care teams to deliver high quality treatment and care to patients in Newfoundland and Labrador.”



Spin For Kids 2013

On Saturday March 2, 2013, sixteen Suncor Energy East Coast employees pedaled on indoor cycles in the 2nd annual Spin 4 Kids event, Canada’s largest one-day spin-a-thon, in support of the GoodLife Kids Foundation.

The event featured over 7,500 riders, on teams of up to eight (beginners to experts), spinning for an hour each over eight hours in GoodLife Fitness Clubs, local malls, and hotel conference rooms from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia. 100% of the money raised goes to help children across Canada become active and healthy! GoodLife Fitness Clubs covers all administrative and operational expenses so that every dollar raised can make the biggest impact on the lives of Canadian kids.

Suncor East Coast participated with two teams of spinners: the Suncor Road Rash Junkies and the Suncor Gear Grinders. The two teams contributed $3,705.00 of the $508,027 raised country wide.

Not only did the teams raise a significant amount, but Suncor’s very own, Carl Schofield (Senior Valve Engineer, east-coast), was chosen as the Spin 4 Kids Team Captain of the Year for 2013. Big thanks to Carl for organizing our Suncor Teams, and motivating the team to surpass its original goal.

Congratulations Team!


Donation ‘Deal’ Provides Safety Incentive for Offshore Workers

For six months last year, hundreds of Suncor employees and contractors worked on an extended turnaround on the Terra Nova FPSO in Marystown, Newfoundland. As in all Suncor operations, safety performance was a top priority for the project. In fact, before the vessel was brought to dock side for its maintenance, a new incentive was implemented – The Safety and Performance Recognition Program.

Since the project hosted a significant number of new workers at the dockside facility, Suncor and PKI developed this program as an incentive to achieve top safety performance. Personnel were encouraged to proactively identify and mitigate potential hazards and risks at the worksite. Both Suncor and PKI agreed to fund local charities chosen by the work force if top performance was achieved.

During the execution of the turnaround project, there was very strong participation and commitment from all personnel at the worksite. It was this commitment to safety that directly contributed to the overall success of the turnaround project.

In recognition of this outstanding support and commitment to safety, and as a token of appreciation to both the workers and the local community, Suncor and PKI is making three donations of $35,000 each to the following charities:

  • Marystown Chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation.
  • Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation.
  • Burin Peninsula Healthcare Foundation – Lions Operating Room Campaign

“Early in the program, it was clear that executing the IST safety, within budget and on time, were priorities,” said Mike Dyke, IST Commercial Advisor. “It’s always nice to give back to the community that supported you when you were there, and the safety performance by personnel on the turnaround enabled us to do that.”



Suncor Energy Hall named

In 2005, our company -through its predecessor Petro-Canada- invested $1.2 million from the creation of the School of Music’s Petro-Canada Hall. The hall was constructed and furnished to enhance the study and performance of music in Newfoundland and Labrador. On March 20th, in recognition of Suncor Energy’s continued investments in Memorial’s School of Music, Petro-Canada Hall was officially renamed Suncor Energy Hall.

A $50,000 contribution from Suncor Energy to Dare To: The Campaign for Memorial University was also announced. This contribution supported repairs and upgrades to core technologies in Suncor Energy Hall, including audio recording, sound reinforcement, theatre-style lighting, and audio-visual presentation and production. This contribution is helping to maintain the hall’s status as a state-of-the-art facility.

“Our support reflects the diversity of our organization, and the community in which our employees live,” said Sandy Martin, vice-president, east coast, Suncor Energy. “Suncor Energy Hall reflects the quality of our relationship with Memorial University, and the pride we feel to be a part of this community.”



Biomedical researcher named Terra Nova Young Innovator

The Terra Nova Young Innovator Award recognizes and supports an outstanding and emerging researcher whose innovative work has the potential to significantly impact society. The prestigious award, valued at $50,000, is funded by the Terra Nova partners through held operators and positively Suncor Energy.

In commenting on the award, Sandy Martin, vice president East Coast, Suncor Energy, said: “We are pleased to support Dr. Larijani’s achievement of the 2013 Terra Nova Young Innovator Award. His research to better understand the factors that make the cod fish vulnerable to disease could have important economic and ecological implications, which is the intent – to support research that has the potential to create a positive impact for society.”


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