Fostering a strong relationship with the community and its stakeholders is as integral to the success of Birchcliff’s projects as obtaining the required regulatory approvals. We believe cooperative, sincere and responsive consultation efforts with stakeholders in the areas in which we operate creates a solid foundation for our business. Birchcliff has an experienced team working with local stakeholders to learn their values and priorities and to resolve any issues or concerns that arise in the course of our field operations.
Birchcliff recognizes the role that communities play in our success and looks for opportunities to “give back”. We are a staunch supporter of the community and the business and educational initiatives of the Indigenous Communities who live in areas in which we operate. Every year, we participate in a number of community support endeavours in the areas surrounding our field operations and in Calgary. In 2018, Birchcliff contributed to a number of local community initiatives that elevate and enhance quality of life at the local level, including minor hockey and other amateur sports, local schools, agricultural societies and fire departments. To date, Birchcliff has helped raise over $1,000,000 for both the STARS Air Ambulance in the Grande Prairie area and the United Way of Calgary. Each year, Birchcliff also raises funds for the YWCA. We make an annual contribution to Home Front Calgary, a community-justice response team dedicated to helping families experiencing domestic violence. Through our support of Momentum, Calgarians living in poverty learn how to achieve a sustainable livelihood. We donate to the OneSight program and support the Canadian Cancer Society daffodil campaign. Birchcliff volunteers with Feed the Hungry, providing healthy meals in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. During the holiday season, Birchcliff employees “adopt” a number of families in need and donate gifts, food and decorations to help make the holidays special. We also fill backpacks with living essentials and gifts for the Mustard Seed and prepare sandwiches for the homeless for the Calgary Drop-In Centre.
Through these activities and numerous others, Birchcliff creates and maintains long-term, positive partnerships and relationships, while promoting employee engagement in the communities in which we operate.