Alberta’s Best Workplaces: Volunteerism And Community Service
Alliance Pipeline runs a charity partners program
Best Workplace for Volunteerism And Community Service
Head office: Calgary
CEO: Terrance Kutryk
Number of Alberta employees: 387
Photograph Ryan Girard; Lego Colton Ponto
Through the Alliance Pipeline Charity Partners program, employees vote on a charity to support over two years. In 2013 and 2014, Alliance is partnering with Inn from the Cold, a Calgary-based organization that assists homeless people. So far, Alliance has raised more than $119,000 and has committed to raising an additional $100,000 to help people find a home.
Alliance will donate up to $5,000, once every three years, to first responders, such as fire and police departments, in the communities surrounding its pipelines. The money goes towards training or equipment, such as search and rescue dogs, training for volunteer firefighters, or new ambulances or fire trucks
In 2013, Enbridge’s community investment reached $14 million, or about two per cent of profits. The company also supports employee volunteer opportunities through $500 grants to non-profits where employees have volunteered at least 40 hours.
Lakeland Credit Union, Bonnyville
Also a finalist as Best Overall (fewer than 100 employees), Lakeland has designated a minimum of 1.5 per cent of pre-tax profits to support local charities.
Syncrude Canada, Fort McMurray
A three-time finalist this year (Best Overall, More than 750 Employees; Aboriginal Employees), Syncrude employees are eligible for a pension after two years of continuous service.