Husky can’t succeed without the support of the communities where we operate, and we strengthen those relationships through our Community Investment program. Our employees and contractors live where they work, and we recognize their volunteer efforts in giving back to their communities.
In 2018, we supported these communities through corporate and employee donations, sponsorships and in-kind contributions of more than $4 million.
We enable initiatives that provide access to education and skills, enhance safety or improve community resilience.
Our Employees Care
We recognize our employees’ dedication to their communities.
Through our Community Grant Program, employees who volunteer 50 hours a year with a community organization earn a $1,000 grant. In 2018, 234 community grants were awarded to local organizations, including the Rainbow Lake Family Centre, Daffodil Place in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince George Hospice Society, the Hardisty Fire and Rescue Department, the Elida Wheels baseball team in Lima and the Children’s Cottage in Calgary.
They also volunteered more than 12,000 hours, through individual and team efforts. This wouldn’t include the countless hours they donate and don’t track.
Our employees participate in annual giving campaigns, allowing them to come together to raise awareness and funds for causes they are passionate about. In 2018 we set a record, donating more than $1.3 million to charities in communities where we live and work, including $850,000 raised by employees.
Supporting Education and Skills Training
We believe in encouraging education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with a focus on youth, Indigenous Peoples and women. We do this through our support of education and skills training programs, sponsorships, scholarships and mentoring.
Every year a team from Lima Senior High School in Ohio participates in NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge, an international engineering design contest with a focus on designing, building and testing technologies to move and explore on moons, planets, asteroids and comets.
At the Calgary Youth Science Fair, more than 900 students participated in 2018, developing about 650 experiments and projects, which our employees helped adjudicate.
Through Techsploration, our employees in Newfoundland and Labrador introduce young women to the possibilities of careers in science and technology.
Technovation, through the University of Calgary, challenges young women from 10 to 18 to build an app addressing a community problem, develop a business plan and enter their project into competition. Each team works with an adult team leader and a mentor.
We work with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) at the University of Calgary, sponsoring its outreach program to make students aware of opportunities available in STEM. WISE members are invited to participate in Husky events and our Women’s Leadership Network.
We provide power engineering scholarships for female and Indigenous students at Lakeland College in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In 2019 we will be awarding three STEM scholarships of $5,000 to women already in a post-secondary course. Students are encouraged to apply to our co-op and summer work positions, with access to our mentoring programs.
In rural China, we support a skills training program that helps women become independent through earning a sustainable living. Through the Captivating International Foundation, each year the tailoring program focuses on teaching 30 young women a skill that will allow them to work their way out of poverty.
Supporting Safety and Our Communities
We know strong communities are essential to the growth and stability of the people who live there, and the companies operating nearby. We, along with our employees, support these communities so everyone can thrive.
In Lloydminster, a helipad adjacent to the hospital means more timely transport for patients requiring urgent care. Previously patients had to be transported to the airport to be transferred to a STARS flight, adding risk as additional care teams were involved. Our $150,000 in funding and in-kind support, including the land where the helipad sits and earth moving, helps ensure residents in Lloydminster and area have access to this vital service.
Every year our Superior Refinery employees adopt local families through the Society of St. Vincent DePaul, which provides people with emergency food, clothing, household goods, furniture and money to assist with basic needs. The refinery raises money and wraps presents for the families.
The new Perry Webb Student Life Building at Ohio State University in Lima is a home away from home for students attending the college. Our $100,000 donation supports activities, programs and infrastructure needs at the hub, which houses a café, wellness center, collaborative workspaces and an information commons.