Community Involvement

07.30.2012 @ Municipal Building, Fort McMurray

Melissa Blake

Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

“At the municipality, we hope to achieve sustainability by making sure today's decisions don't compromise future choices. This has been a challenge as Wood Buffalo has grown tremendously in the past decade and there's no sign of this slowing down. Syncrude has been a community mainstay long before this period and continues to help us with decisions on everything from the municipal development plan to city centre redevelopment to bus lanes that move commuters more quickly and efficiently. Syncrude is at the table and is making a difference in how we execute those plans.

The property taxes paid by Syncrude and other industry members enable us to do tremendous things in terms of the infrastructure that's required.

The other area where Syncrude has helped is through investing directly in the community. Facilities such as the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre and the Syncrude Timberlea Athletic Park improve the quality of life in the community.”

People

08.13.2012 @ Syncrude Upgrader

Narry Ramnath

Safety, Health & Environment Coordinator

“I've been with Syncrude for over 10 years and can attest that the safety of employees is the organization's most important priority. I've worked in safety for three years and prior to that I was a front line supervisor, so safety has always been at the forefront of everything I do. Safety is everybody's responsibility and it's something that we have to make sure is a fundamental cultural value; that everyday workers are looking out for one another and that leaders are ensuring their workers are following the proper procedures and requirements. At the same time, employees are encouraged to provide feedback to their leaders about what is working well or what may need improving.

It's great to work for a company that listens and has the best interests of its employees in mind.”

Labour Relations

07.31.2012 @ Syncrude Fabrication Shop

Tabitha Quintal

Graduate, Syncrude Aboriginal Trades Preparation Program
Apprentice Instrumentation Technician

Melissa Harasym

Instrumentation Technician

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“I'm from Conklin and was raised in this area. I decided to go back to school because in my previous work I wasn't going to go any further. I decided to explore a trades occupation because I have family in the oil sands industry and I've been exposed to it my entire life.

The Syncrude Aboriginal Trades Preparation Program was a lot of hard work. What helped get me through was the prize at the end—a career with Syncrude.”

“In instrumentation, it's very important that we are detailed and thorough, and do it right the first time. That's why I believe Tabitha will succeed.”

Stakeholder Relations Non Aboriginal

07.30.2012 @ Municipal Building, Fort McMurray

Melissa Blake

Mayor, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

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“Since I entered public office, the region has gone through an incredible period of growth, and the potential in the future is even greater.

To help properly manage the issues associated with growth, it's integral the municipality walks hand in hand with industry and maintains very strong partnerships with the oil sands operators.

Certainly I know that companies are very interested in ensuring a good quality of life in order to attract and retain their employees. And companies like Syncrude continue to play a major role in that endeavour.”

Aboriginal Relations

07.31.2012 @ Syncrude Fabrication Shop

Tabitha Quintal

Apprentice Instrumentation Technician

“I heard about the Syncrude Aboriginal Trades Preparation Program at Keyano College through my Aunty Marty who also works at the company. I had brought the kids over to her place for a play date and she casually brought it up that Syncrude was offering this course where you can learn a trade, get a paid work placement, and if successful, get a guaranteed job at the company when you graduate.

I found it was a lot of hard work and it took a lot of dedication to get through it, but it's paid off. It's been absolutely rewarding and, as a graduate, I would definitely recommend the program to others. I love getting up every morning and coming to work.”

Safety And Health

08.13.2012 @ Syncrude Upgrader

Narry Ramnath

Safety, Health & Environment Coordinator

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“Employees expect to go home safely at the end of their work day.

A strong safety culture is a must when you have some of the largest pieces of equipment in the world working in your mines and you operate a complex plant with different units that process hydrocarbons at high temperatures under pressure. Syncrude is one of the safest organizations I've worked at in my career because the organization is always striving to improve in this area. To manage the risks to safety, health and the environment, Syncrude is implementing the Operations Integrity Management System (OIMS) developed by ExxonMobil and used in their plants around the world.”

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