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Community Investment

Suncor Energy FoundationSuncor has a strong history of supporting communities. This support ranges from product or in-kind contributions, sponsorships and employee giving, and volunteer efforts, to investments made by the Suncor Energy Foundation.

Now in its twelfth year of operation, the Suncor Energy Foundation is a private, non-profit, charitable foundation established in 1998 to receive Suncor's contributions and support registered Canadian charitable organizations.

In 2009, Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation continued to invest in four focus areas:

Community

Our community investments and contributions were directed towards:

  • Programs that addressed social issues in communities where Suncor operates.
  • Capacity-building initiatives that supported Aboriginal Peoples and non-profit organizations.
  • United Way campaigns that supported community development.

Community Investment

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Education

Our investments in education were directed towards:

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Environment

To further our commitment to environmental responsibility, we invested in projects that:

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Employees

The charitable giving and volunteer efforts of our employees and retirees strengthen the communities in which Suncor operates. In 2009, Suncor continued to support those efforts though our employee grants program.

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Impact of 2009 Merger

The merger of Suncor and Petro-Canada in 2009 brought together two companies with a long history of investing in the communities where they operate. The companies shared four key focus areas for investment:

  • Community
  • Education
  • Environment, and
  • Employees.

Petro-Canada was also a longtime supporter of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic movements.

Suncor is currently developing an integrated approach to community investment and reviewing its funding objectives going forward. We plan to build on the synergies that exist as a result of the very similar funding priorities of the two legacy corporations, with an increasing emphasis on initiatives that help build leadership capacity within communities. Read the Q&A with Cathy Glover, director, community investment and Suncor Energy Foundation

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Olympic and Paralympic Games Support

Petro-Canada’s support for the Canadian Olympic movement dates back to the 1988 Winter Olympics, held in Calgary, when the company served as the official sponsor and organizer of the Olympic Torch Relay. Petro-Canada extended its ongoing support to Canadian Paralympic athletes, starting in 1999. Following the merger, Suncor agreed to honour Petro-Canada’s support for Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes through agreements that remain in effect until December 2012. That, in turn, set the stage for Suncor to play a major role as a national partner for the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games held in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.

Among the major initiatives supported by Suncor:

  • Fuelling the Games. As the official Oil and Gas Sponsor of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Suncor provided about 25 million litres of fuel. We supplied gasoline for some 4,500 cars and light trucks, diesel for about 1,100 buses and fuel products to operate facilities at various Games venues.
  • The Canadian Athlete Family Program. Suncor hosted two immediate family members of every Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athlete (with the exception of the Canadian me’s hockey team). All of the family members received four night accommodation, meals at their hotel, ground transportation and premium tickets to watch their athlete compete.
    Read the Canadian Athlete Family Program blog
  • The Petro-Canada 2010 Legacy Pole. The 2010 Winter Games were held within the traditional and shared territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh—the Four Host First Nations. We commissioned Aboriginal carver Klatle-Bhi to design and create a 22-foot totem pole in honour of the Four Host First Nations. The pole stood outside the 2010 Aboriginal Pavilion during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and is to be moved this year to its permanent home in the atrium of the Suncor Energy Centre in Calgary.
  • The Fuelling Athlete and Coaching Excellence (FACE) Program. Every year, we provide financial support to 50 developing Olympic and Paralympic athletes and 50 paired coaches. Each athlete and each coach is given $4,000 to improve the athlete’s chances of achieving carded status (carded athletes receive funding through Sport Canada).

Our cash and in-kind support for the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic programs in 2009 totaled more than $20 million. That was more than double the average funding for the previous two years—a reflection of our very strong involvement in preparing for the Canadian-based 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Visit our social media sites for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Games:

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Recognizing Sustainability

From the outset, the organizers of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games wanted to encourage the highest standards of sustainability through positive and measurable social, economic and environmental outcomes. Suncor was recognized by Games’ organizers with two Sustainability Star Awards.

The first award was for the Petro-Canada 2010 Legacy Pole. “The Pole raises awareness for First Nations culture,” says Suncor’s Steven Keith, director, Olympic Activation. “In addition, Klatle-Bhi, the pole’s designer and carver, used several apprentices on the project, each of whom developed skills they can take forward.”

The second Sustainability Star recognized the Petro-Canada Paralympic Schools Program, now known as ‘It’s the Real Deal.’ The program, in partnership with the Canadian Paralympic Committee, provides a free online resource for Canadian teachers. The information is targeted to children in Grades 4 through 8 and is meant to help them learn about Paralympic sports and athletes—and to foster tolerance and understanding.

“We’re very proud of both these programs,” says Keith. “We’re also pleased to be recognized for our sustainability initiatives—a great fit with Suncor’s core values.”

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