$100,000 Centennial Gift to the Lower Thames Valley Conservation
CHATHAM, ON, June 20, 2011 /CNW/ - Union Gas is celebrating 100 years of
providing safe, reliable and affordable service to customers and
communities across Ontario. To mark its Centennial, Spectra Energy, the
parent company of Union Gas, is awarding a $100,000 Signature Grant to
the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA), to fund new
biodiversity education, conservation and restoration programs and an
expanded community trees initiative.
Collectively, these programs will raise awareness of the benefits of
variety in the natural ecosystem, provide cleaner air and water, reduce
soil erosion and add green space within ten member municipalities
served by the LTVCA, including Chatham-Kent, West Elgin and Southwold.
Bill Esrey, Chairman of the Spectra Energy Board of Directors, presented
the cheque to Brian King, Chair of the Lower Thames Valley Conservation
Authority, at a Centennial Reception held today at the Chatham Armoury
Banquet Conference Centre. Greg Ebel, President and Chief Executive
Officer of Spectra Energy, Julie Dill, President of Union Gas, members
of the Spectra Energy Board of Directors, Union Gas employees,
retirees, government officials, community leaders and other community
partners joined in the celebration.
"It is indeed a privilege to be part of a company that has served
communities like Chatham-Kent for 100 years," said Esrey. "Stewardship
and win-win relationships are central to our business culture and
operations. We are pleased to recognize this occasion by investing in
an organization whose programs so closely align with our company values
and that will improve the quality of life in the communities where we
work and live."
"One hundred years is a momentous milestone," added Ebel. "And it also
affirms our long-term commitment to be the partner of choice for
communities across North America."
"Our success as one of North America's premier natural gas storage,
transmission and distribution companies is shared with the communities
we serve," added Dill. "We're proud of our 100-year history with the
Municipality of Chatham-Kent and we look forward to continuing this
strong partnership as we strive to be the partner of choice in this and
all the communities we serve."
"Union Gas has been a positive corporate citizen in this community for
100 years and I want to congratulate them on this remarkable
milestone," said King. "And on the occasion of our 50th anniversary, we couldn't be more excited that Union Gas is supporting
the delivery of important environmental programs in this and all the
municipalities covered by the Lower Thames Valley Conservation
Union Gas, a Spectra Energy company, was founded in 1911 through the
amalgamation of three southern Ontario local gas distribution
companies. Over the past 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to
work in more than 400 Ontario communities, including the Municipality
of Chatham-Kent. In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes
and businesses in Chatham-Kent, Union Gas has contributed to the region
through significant economic investments, hundreds of jobs, millions in
municipal taxes, thousands of volunteer hours for community
organizations, major charitable giving, sponsorships and energy
efficiency programs, Today, Union Gas, selected as one of Canada's Top
100 employers in 2011, is the second largest natural gas utility in
Canada serving 1.3 million customers across Ontario.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited, a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company, is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and
distribution company based in Ontario with assets of $5.6 billion and
approximately 2,200 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.
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