Community Initiatives

We support programs and initiatives whose goals include building a self-sustaining legacy in the community.

Our employees also play a major role in selecting and determining the projects we invest in through our community engagement program. Many of our employees volunteer their time as Inter Pipeline Ambassadors at sponsored events. 

Overview

Community Outreach

You’ll find us at local community events – alongside our neighbours.

Our Community Outreach Program began as a new initiative in 2014, and Inter Pipeline’s employees actively participate in at least one local community event annually in each of our operating areas. The events are chosen by the various field office locations. To date, we’ve attended over 30 community events with assistance of more than 200 employee volunteers.

Here’s a sample of some of the events we attended in 2019:

  • 27th Annual Ardmore Duck Race – Bonnyville, AB
  • Cochrane Pumpkin Lantern Festival – Cochrane, AB
  • 46th Annual Kindersley Goose Festival – Kindersley, SK
  • Gooseberry Lake Rodeo – Consort, AB
  • Fort McMurray Half Marathon – Fort McMurray, AB
  • Vermilion Art in the Park – Vermillion, AB
  • Stettler Triathlon – Stettler, AB
  • Aboriginal Day Celebrations – Stony Plain, AB

Inter Pipeline (iCare) Fund

We support organizations with basic social needs of food, shelter and wellness.

Inter Pipeline Cares is our banner fund where the majority of our community investment donations are directed. This fund aims to primarily target charitable organizations that support the basic societal needs of food, shelter and wellness for the vulnerable or underserved in our Canadian operating areas. Through this program we also aim to cultivate a stronger connection between our company, our staff and our communities by participating in volunteer opportunities. The charities supported under this banner program see us make significant multi-year commitments generally in the areas of community infrastructure enhancement. 

Our Community Investment Committee is composed of employees and management representing a sampling of departments and offices from our Canadian operations. All Inter Pipeline field offices as well as the Calgary office operate a community investment committee. The committees evaluate and fund charitable organizations in our operating areas that support the objectives of Inter Pipeline Cares as described above. Donations at this level are generally smaller in amount and for shorter commitment periods than for our legacy charities. 

To support and build constructive, lasting relationships with our fellow community members, we encourage employees to volunteer for a charity that falls under our Inter Pipeline Cares and Community Outreach programs. For more details visit our employee volunteering page.

APPLE Schools

The Alberta Project Promoting Active Living and Healthy Eating, also known as APPLE Schools, is an innovative school‐focused health promotion initiative. The program improves the lives of more than 16,500 students annually in 63 schools across Northern Alberta by improving healthy eating, physical activity and mental health habits. The APPLE Schools program has been established in many vulnerable schools throughout our northern operating areas in Alberta, providing services for Northern and Central Albertan communities.

Making an impact to transform eating habits in schools, communities and for families is a long-term project – one that takes a solid commitment from donors to see this journey through. Inter Pipeline has supported APPLE Schools since 2015 and is proud to continue the relationship to strengthen and improve the health and well-being of these northern school communities. 

Discovery Awards

Inter Pipeline is committed to supporting youth development and education in the communities where we operate. Our Discovery Awards Program provides bursaries to high school students who require financial support to pursue a post-secondary education in an industry-related field. The fields include the following fields or any other field associated with Inter Pipeline’s business: Accounting, Automated Systems Engineering Technology, Business and Finance, Engineering and Engineering Technology, Industrial Instrumentation Technology, Instrument Mechanic, Investor Relations, Machinist, Millwright and Welder Apprenticeships, Process Operations and Public and Community Relations. 

To put forth a student for the Discovery Awards bursaries, the high school or Indigenous community nominates a student that has been consistent academically, has contributed to his or her school or community and who the counsellor or principal determines has financial need. First year recipients may apply for an additional award for their second year of post-secondary education. In 2018, forty-two bursaries were awarded to high school students and six scholarships were awarded to second year post-secondary students.

Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre

Since 2017, Inter Pipeline has supported the Dr. Margaret Savage Crisis Centre (DMSCC), a not-for-profit organization that provides safe and secure shelter as well as support to women and children who are in crisis within Cold Lake, Bonnyville and surrounding areas. DMSCC focuses on educating the public and creating partnerships to prevent family violence and build a stronger community. Inter Pipeline is proud to support various DMSCC programs, including Community Kitchens, Healthy Babies and the Bonnyville Community Support Outreach Program. 

Through programs like the Community Kitchens, individuals and families receive the resources and skills to cook on a budget, prepare healthy meals and ensure affordable lunches are packed for their children to take to school. Low‐income and at‐risk, pregnant women are supported through the Healthy Babies Program, providing resources and supplies that they would otherwise not receive, including milk, fruit, vegetables, vitamins, nutritional counselling and support with lifestyle changes. The DMSCC’s Bonnyville Community Support Outreach Program focuses on violence prevention, public education and assisting those who do not require DMSCC’s in‐house services in Cold Lake.

e4c Hallway Café and Takeaway 

Since 2015, Inter Pipeline has supported e4c, a non-profit charitable organization that moves vulnerable people towards positive, healthy and lasting change. E4c focuses on the areas of food security, shelter and housing, community and collaborations, and education and skill development.

In addition to providing volunteer hours in support of e4c, Inter Pipeline has most notably supported The Hallway Café and Takeaway, a one-of-a-kind program that gets kids in the kitchen and off the street by providing valuable skills and work experience to Edmonton youth. Inter Pipeline’s funding commitment over the years has helped e4c renovate the bistro to allow for new elements that support participants on the path to success. Through educational programs and training, The Hallway Café provides high risk youth, from ages 16 to 24, an opportunity to get real hands-on restaurant and catering experience, mentorship and training with the goal to secure full time employment. 

Inn from the Cold 

Inn from the Cold is an organization borne from a concern for the significant number of families that face homelessness in Calgary. What started out as a small shelter program has grown to become Alberta’s largest family homeless-serving agency, providing assistance to thousands of children and their families each year. For more than twenty years, the Inn’s mission has been to provide emergency shelter, support and programs to homeless children, their families and others in need, with the goal of building healthy, stable families and ending homelessness. In 2019, the Inn provided nearly 25,000 nights of shelter, served nearly 75,000 nutritious meals and served over 1,100 family members.

Inter Pipeline has been a proud supporter of the Inn from the Cold since 2008. Our employees volunteer regularly at the Inn, helping to serve evening meals and providing more than 1,500 volunteer hours. Corporately, Inter Pipeline supports various initiatives at the Inn, most notably providing funding to operate their kitchen facilities, provide monthly dinners and groceries and help renovate Journey House 2, which provides families with clean, safe apartments for their use during the transitionary period between shelter and rebuilding their lives. 

Kids Kottage

Kids Kottage is a crisis prevention and early prevention services organization that keeps infants and children safe and families strong, supporting the most vulnerable in the Edmonton region. When a family is under toxic levels of stress from job loss, homelessness, the effects of poverty, mental or physical health issues or abuse, the children are hidden victims, and Kids Kottage is there to help. Since opening its doors 25 years ago, Kids Kottage has provided safe refuge for over 27,000 infants and children and has helped over 14,000 caregivers. It is home to the first and only crisis prevention centre in Edmonton, which provides emergency childcare to families in need. The past 25 years of partnering with loyal supporters and donors have enabled Kids Kottage to prevent families from falling further into crisis.  

Since 2018, Inter Pipeline’s iCare program has proudly directed funds to organizations like Kids Kottage that provide the basic societal needs of food, shelter and wellness for the vulnerable or under-served, including support of the 24-hour crisis line and building renovations to improve Kids Kottage’s services for families in need. 

Missing Children Society of Canada 

The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) has unique and comprehensive programs that have assisted police and families in active and ongoing searches for missing children, hoping to bring answers and safely return missing children. There were more than 42,000 children reported missing in Canada in 2018 and in nearly all of those cases, police reached out to MCSC for help to bring those children home. 

Inter Pipeline’s support since 2017 has most notably been for the MCSC Child Search Network, a Canadian-made tool developed in consultation with and tested by police services. It provides police services with a quick, easy and cost-effective way to share information and collaborate with one another, as well as with the general public, to find missing children quicker and reunite them with their families. MCSC has also developed the Indigenous Resource Network, an interactive technology platform capable of delivering real-time support and information to vulnerable youth and at-risk adults directly from police and NGOs. Inter Pipeline’s funding further assists MCSC to develop a flexible program and kit with Tsuut’ina Nation Police that can be used to provide this support to other Indigenous communities across Canada.

The Alex Community Food Centre 

The Alex Community Food Centre is a partnership with the Alex and Community Food Centres of Canada and is Alberta’s first Community Food Centre. Through the power of good food, the Alex Community Food Centre effectively tackles issues of hunger, poor health and social isolation – issues that affect too many Calgarians. Impactful and multidimensional programs offered under one roof support our community to learn healthy food skills, improve physical and mental health, and become more empowered and engaged citizens. 

Inter Pipeline has proudly supported the Alex Community Food Centre since it began operating in 2016 through funding and hundreds of employee volunteer hours. Many low-income Calgarians struggle to meet their basic needs and the Community Food Centre provides a place where they can receive a healthy meal in a communal setting, take home food from an affordable market or participate in a class such as the “make and take” meal program. Inter Pipeline is proud to commit its support to helping those experiencing food insecurity in Calgary.

The Robb Nash Project 

The Robb Nash Project is an immersive concert experience that engages young people through the power of music and storytelling. The Project’s engaging presentations address topics related to mental health, including depression, anxiety, self-harm, addiction, bullying and suicidal ideation, striving to help normalize the importance of seeking help from appropriate professionals when needed. The Project’s shows are hosted in performing arts theatres and arenas from coast to coast and organized with participating schools and communities. 

Since 2018, Inter Pipeline has proudly supported the Robb Nash Project through volunteer hours and funding to help the charity share their message of hope and empowerment at no cost to schools. We have directly supported the Project’s Super Shows in Killam, Red Deer and Calgary and we look forward to supporting them to reach more communities within our operating areas.

West Central Crisis & Family Support Centre 

The West Central Crisis & Family Support Centre has been serving West Central Saskatchewan residents since 1984 and has helped more than 22,000 people from its local communities. The Centre’s goal is to empower clients to take responsibility for their lives and to create workable solutions for individual or family problems. As the only crisis and family support centre in the mid-Saskatchewan area, the Centre provides valuable services for individuals and families in need, including in-person crisis intervention, counselling and mental health support. 

For individuals looking for support from domestic violence, the Centre houses individuals or families in hotels in 8-hour rotations for 48 hours to determine a plan for relocation or safety planning to re-enter their home. For youth, the Centre works directly with them to develop a plan for finding places to temporarily stay until they can return home or relocate to a shelter nationally. Inter Pipeline has been proud to be a supporter of the Centre since 2017 and continues to fund the growth and expansion of the Centre to provide much needed resources to the local communities.

Women Building Futures (WBF)

Women Building Futures (WBF) is a non-profit organization with the mission of empowering women’s economic prosperity by removing barriers and providing industry recognized training in the construction trades, maintenance, transportation industries and more. Empowering women to pursue careers in industrial trades was the objective of a partnership built between Inter Pipeline and WBF. In late 2019, Inter Pipeline announced its investment to support WBF in raising awareness and providing pre-apprenticeship training to women in Alberta’s Heartland area. This training is offered through WBF’s Journeywoman Start program, a 17-week classroom and hands-on pre-apprenticeship training program that introduces students to six different industrial trades. 

As women are generally underrepresented in construction and operations in our industry, this partnership is a great opportunity to assist women to enter the trades and unlock rewarding careers. It also aligns with Inter Pipeline’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity.

Hear from several graduates talking about the difference the program and the opportunity is making for them by watching this WBF video.

Community Sponsorships

We are committed to enhancing the well-being of the communities where we do business.

Our community investment program focuses on areas where our unique involvement can produce a tangible and measurable result. Employee involvement is key to our program and Inter Pipeline encourages employees to be actively involved in the decision making process.

Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL)

The Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL) has been in existence since 1963 and is in 16 communities across Alberta. In each of these communities, junior hockey is recognized as a vehicle to enhance the quality of life, providing an opportunity within each community for volunteer participation, family enjoyment and activity and community involvement. Inter Pipeline proudly signed on as the new title sponsor of the League Championship for the 2018-2019 and 2020-2021 seasons.

The AJHL is committed to helping players continue their education through the game of hockey. As part of our sponsorship, we award the Inter Pipeline Scholarship Program. This program provides one current or former AJHL athlete with a scholarship towards their post-secondary education and is awarded to the player with proven qualities in the areas of leadership, sportsmanship, dedication and citizenship. By supporting the players, every opportunity is provided to ensure AJHL student athletes are able to pursue their hockey dreams. We are proud to support the AJHL because they empower their players to deliver excellence—both on and off the ice.

Volleyball Canada

Inter Pipeline is a proud platinum-level sponsor of Volleyball Canada. This national level agreement supports all of Volleyball Canada’s teams which includes indoor, beach and sitting volleyball. The sponsorship also supports teams training for the Olympics, as well as development initiatives to help create future National Team athletes, fostering the growth of the sport in Canada.

Inter Pipeline is pleased to align with an organization that can leverage our funding to gain competitive advantage on the world stage. We value Volleyball Canada’s dedication to healthy activity on home court, and will connect volleyball to our communities through Inter Pipeline’s Community Engagement program.

Volleyball Canada is the National Sport Organization for volleyball, and has approximately 64,000 registered participants. Volleyball Canada fosters the growth and development of the sport in Canada, and oversees the national programs for indoor, beach and sitting volleyball. For more information, see volleyball.ca.

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