We have an active program to monitor and comply with health, safety and environmental laws, rules and regulations applicable to our operations. We are committed to constantly evolving and improving our health, safety and environmental management program and conducting our activities in a manner that safeguards our employees, contractors, representatives, the environment and the public at large.
Our corporate policies require operational activities to be conducted in a manner which meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and industry standards to safeguard the environment and protect employees, contractors and the public at large. All employees receive pertinent health, safety and environmental training for their role. The Corporation conducts operational audits and assessments to identify risks and takes steps to reduce or prevent incidents. We develop emergency response plans in conjunction with local authorities, emergency services and the communities in which we operate in order to be prepared to effectively respond to an environmental incident should it arise. Once in place, we rigorously conduct exercises and training for our staff.
We participate in Alberta’s Certificate of Recognition (“COR”) Safety Program and have received and maintained a COR certification since 2011. A COR certification evidences that the employer’s health and safety management system has been evaluated by a certified auditor and meets provincial standards, which standards are established by Occupational Health and Safety (Alberta). The COR Health and Safety Auditing and the COR Safety Program requires a commitment to continuous improvement in the environment, health and safety management practices, including sound planning and implementation. The program is audited externally every 3 years and internally every other year.
We have increased our focus on maintaining the integrity of our assets and in 2015 we hired a full-time asset integrity coordinate whose responsibilities include proactively managing the testing and preventative maintenance operations in respect of our pipelines.
As part of our fundamental values, we recognize the importance of our responsibility for environmental stewardship. We endeavor to maintain excellence in environmental reporting and response and to take proactive steps to eliminate or reduce our environmental impact. As an organization which strives for continuous improvement, we continue to look for and develop new technology, systems and processes that will help improve efficiency, reduce our environmental footprint and create a safer work environment.
Environmental assessments are undertaken for new projects or when acquiring new properties or facilities in order to identify, assess and minimize environmental risks and operational exposures. We conduct audits of operations to confirm compliance with internal standards and to stimulate improvement in practices where needed. Documentation is maintained to support internal accountability and measure operational performance against recognized industry indicators to assist in achieving the objectives of the described policies and programs.
We recognize the role that communities play in our success and look for opportunities to “give back”. We are a staunch supporter of the community and the business and educational initiatives of the First Nations who live in areas in which we operate. Every year, we participate in a number of community support endeavors in the areas surrounding our field operations and in Calgary.
In 2015, we 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.
STARS Air Ambulance is an important partner in trauma care for the Grande Prairie region of Alberta. To date, we have raised more than $850,000 to support STARS Air Ambulance in the Grande Prairie area.
Each year, we raise funds for the United Way and the YMCA. We make an annual contribution to Home Front Calgary, a community-justice response team dedicated to helping families experiencing domestic violence. We support the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Big Brothers, Big Sisters. 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. We volunteer with Feed the Hungry, providing healthy meals in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. During the holiday season, our 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 as part of their Christmas campaign.
Through these activities and numerous others, we create and maintain long-term, positive partnerships and relationships, while promoting employee engagement in the communities where we live and work.