Education and Training
We strongly believe that education and training are fundamental to developing people and sustainable communities. We support initiatives that increase the number of children participating in preschool, elementary and high school.
As the oil and natural gas industry continues to grow, a more qualified workforce will be needed. Canadian Natural also promotes increased participation of individuals entering trades programs and supports education and training, career expos and student fairs.
Through the Canadian Natural Building Futures Scholarship program, financial assistance is awarded to students enrolled in trades and technical programs related to the oil and natural gas industry. Since 2001, over 700 students of all ages and from a wide range of disciplines were awarded scholarships. To find out more about eligibility and to apply click here.
Canadian Natural and other companies partner with Career: The Next Generation to provide educational opportunities that result in a supply of skilled and motivated people to meet industry's needs now and in the future. Since 2005, Canadian Natural has focused its investment on the Aboriginal Youth Initiative which helps students transition from school to work. Learn more about this initiative at http://nextgen.org/.
Canadian Natural Donates to the University of Calgary
Canadian Natural has made a $7 million donation to the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering to be used towards expansions, renovations and improvements to teaching. We are pleased to have the opportunity to work together with the University of Calgary and the Schulich School of Engineering toward their vision of becoming a leader in engineering education, innovation and research.
Canadian Natural has been working together with the University of Calgary for more than 25 years and many of our over 5,800 employees are proud University of Calgary alumni, donors and stakeholders. As leaders in the oil and gas industry, investing in the future of engineers and the engineering profession is important to the growth, success and safety of Canadian Natural’s operations. To learn more about this donation click here.
Canadians want to know more about the energy we produce, distribute and use. They also expect a balance between energy production, environment and social factors. To reinforce the message that industry is taking a responsible and sustainable approach to oil sands development, our staff participated in an advertising campaign featuring real employees working on oils sands projects. To see Our People in action, click here.
We share and discuss information about economic, environmental and social issues around energy development to communicate what industry is doing to address issues of public interest that arise around resource developments.
To learn about some of our industry energy initiatives, check the 2011 Oil Sands Fact Book and download the Oil Sand mobile application to your phone.