With Fun and Integrity - Employee Initiatives

Corporate Responsibility

With Fun and Integrity - Employee Initiatives

Community Leadership and Volunteerism

Employees across Canadian Natural take pride in supporting local communities. They show their leadership and generosity by volunteering their time and skills, and contributing to the areas where they live and work. Canadian Natural‘s management takes pride in supporting their efforts. 

Here are just a few of the programs that made a difference in 2019: 

30+ Years Supporting the United Way

For 31 years, we have put the fun in fundraising for United Way. With the help of hundreds of volunteers organizing and participating in campaign events, our 2019 workplace campaigns raised $2.1 million with corporate matching, bringing our year-to-date total for the United Way to over $28 million.

Left: Calgary employees at the United Way parade. Right: Seeing is Believing 2019 tour of Wood Buffalo local organizations for Horizon management and employees.

Local Employee-Led Programs

Our field-based employees live in the communities where they work and have a firsthand perspective of the communities’ needs. They connect with our donation programs in a personal way by contributing to and volunteering with several organizations. Their knowledge lies at the heart of our corporate giving. 

Every year, our staff coordinates employee donations, fundraisers and volunteer support to a wide range of organizations identified in their communities. These efforts are coordinated through Field Matching and Charitable Donations Committees (CDC). Personal contributions to the Field Matching Program in Canada and the Charitable Donation Committees in our International operations are matched by the Company. In 2019, these programs raised more than $230,000, providing direct support to more than 150 organizations, including the Bonnyville Health Foundation, Haying in the 30s Cancer Support Society, Lloydminster Rescue Squad, MS Society of Canada, Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation in Western Canada, as well as the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in the UK and the Plateau Dokui school in Abidjan, CDI. 

(Left) Supporting Ardmore School to help build their outdoor classroom. (Right) To support the British Heart Foundation, 47 employees from our International division took part in the 26-mile Aberdeen Kiltwalk.

Assisting Families, Individuals and Seniors

Our teams work with neighbouring communities to understand their priorities and support grassroots efforts. Some of our 2019 initiatives are:  

  • From Western Canada to our International operations, employees donate much needed hampers and gifts to families, seniors and food banks every year. For example, through our Adopt-a-Family program, we sponsored 34 families, 29 seniors, and 74 individuals, making some of their Christmas wishes come true. Our Calgary Adopt-a-Family program started more than two decades ago. 
  • We collected 1,688 stuffed animals for our 24th Annual Teddy Bear campaign. The stuffed animals are donated every year to children and families in need, through an initiative by Scott Land and Lease Ltd. 
  • Canadian Natural is one of the largest donors from the oil and natural gas sector in Alberta and Northwest Territories under the Canadian Blood Services ‘Partners for Life’ program. Employees from across our Canadian operations donated 700 units of blood that have the potential to save more than 1,900 lives, and have been part of the program since 2005. 
(Left) Employee Roxanne Wood (aka ‘Momma Bear’) poses with teddy bears. (Right) Canadian Natural employees by one of the Mobile Blood Donor Clinics/vans to be transported to Canadian Blood Services.

Read more about employee and community investment initiatives in our Working Together newsletters

On Call for the Community

Canadian Natural employees demonstrate commitment in the communities where we operate. Our teams actively practice safety both on the job and off. By working together, our employees continue building meaningful relationships with communities, especially in times of need. 

Canadian Natural Employees On Duty: Hays Volunteer Fire Fighter Department 

At least 55 Canadian Natural employees are pulling double duty by volunteering their time for local fire departments. At our Taber operations in southeast Alberta, for example, the majority of members in the Hays Volunteer Fire Department report to work at the Hays natural gas plant. 

“Canadian Natural is a great community-minded business so it makes sense that so many of us are heavily involved in the community,” explains field foreman Jim Yaroslawsky, who has been doing this for 30 years. “The Hays Fire Department is small, but full of big hearts, and with 8 out of 10 guys reporting to work at Canadian Natural – that just shows a commitment to the greater community. It fills you with pride.”

Canadian Natural employees, members of the Hays Volunteer Fire Department

Supporting Fort McMurray Emergency Services During the Flood Response

Canadian Natural Emergency Services (CNES) supported Fort McMurray Emergency Services in water response activities with two boats and water rescue gear. CNES assisted during the 2019 flood for four days and four nights, with four emergency response personnel on duty throughout each rotation, providing essential emergency response including: building checks, rescuing homeowners from their homes due to rising water levels, pet rescues and retrievals, and assisting business owners in securing and retrieving pertinent documentation.
Canadian Natural Emergency Services team responding to flood emergencies.

Read more about employee volunteering and our support to fire departments in our Working Together newsletters.