Lakeland Energy Centre

Lakeland College had a lot to celebrate this fall. Beginning construction in July of 2013, the $17.5 million Energy Centre celebrated its grand opening in August of 2015.

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We were fortunate to get a tour of the lab in April during the final stages of construction and commissioning. The brand new, two-story, 2400 sq metre building includes a large power engineering and heavy oil lab with four types of boilers.  (Once through, D-type water-tube, O-tube, and fire-tube)

The lab includes breakout training rooms, water treatment technology, and HVAC refrigeration equipment in addition to the boilers.

Students using the lab will be able to see the direct benefit of their trade. The work they’re completing in the lab will provide electricity and heat for the Lloydminster campus allowing students to see the direct benefit of their skills.

Although students were not currently using the facility, they were able to participate in the commissioning and start-up of the new lab. An experience Kara Johnston, the Dean of the Energy, Entrepreneurship and Aboriginal Programming at Lakeland College suggested is a unique opportunity that will benefit the students for the rest of their careers. Historically, many power engineers do not have the chance to participate in commissioning throughout their careers.

In 2012, Canadian Natural pledged $500,000 to Lakeland College’s Centennial Campaign. This money was used to help the college offer more petroleum-related programming through the construction of the new Energy Centre. You can learn more about the initial donation here. Donations such as this one align with our education and training initiatives, one of the top priorities guiding Canadian Natural’s community investment decisions. We strongly believe that education and training are fundamental to our mission of developing a more skilled workforce and creating more sustainable communities in the areas where we operate.

We would like to congratulate Lakeland College on their new Energy Centre. The facility truly is state of the art and the students who use the lab will be gaining hands-on practical knowledge that will aide them in their career path in the field. Congrats!

Canadian Natural and the United Way!

Each October, Canadian Natural runs our annual United Way Campaign. During this two week period events take place with the goal of raising money for a great organization. Our company takes great pride in helping build stronger communities and providing diverse opportunities for employees to play a role in those efforts.

The theme of the 2015 Campaign is “Working Together” and the company will match $1 for $1 on all money raised by employees.

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Festive balloons filled with prizes! Employees donated $20 for a chance to win big at the kickoff party

Over the duration of the campaign employees get to partake in multiple fun initiatives that help raise funds, including:

  • 50/50
  • Jeans Day
  • Bingo
  • Direct Donations
  • Myth Busters
  • Silent Auction
  • CNQ Bay
  • Days of Caring

Employees look forward to the United Way Campaign each year as an opportunity to give back to the community and have some fun!

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Canadian Natural volunteer’s at WIN (Women in Need) one of several Days of Caring events we participated in