Union Gas helps Windsor host the Canada-Wide Science Fair

$3,000 grant supports national championship for grades 7 to 12

WINDSOR, ON, May 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Union Gas is helping students explore their interest in science and technology at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), courtesy of a $3,000 grant. Within the National Science Fair Program, the Canada-Wide Science Fair constitutes the national championship round, where finalists from Regional Science Fairs across the country meet and compete.

The Windsor Regional Science, Technology, and Engineering Fair (WRSTEF) partnered with Youth Science Canada to bring the annual Canada-Wide Science Fair to Windsor, from May 10 to 17, 2014.  Over 1,000 participants will attend including 500 of Canada's top young scientists, adult chaperones, professionals who will judge the projects, VIPs, and volunteers who will ensure the fair runs smoothly. The exhibit hall, accommodations and opening ceremonies will be at the University of Windsor, with the awards ceremony and closing banquet at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts.

"At Union Gas, we believe that investing in education creates lasting benefits for people and communities," said Andrea Seguin, Union Gas district manager for Windsor/Chatham. "That's why we are excited to support the Canada-Wide Science Fair, which is helping students from across the country develop their interest in science and technology."

"It's been a dream of the WRSTEF to co-host a Canada-Wide Science Fair and now it's our opportunity to showcase the University of Windsor, St-Clair College and the Windsor-Essex region to the brightest young minds in Canada," said Michel Larocque, host committee co-chair.  "This wouldn't be possible without the generosity of our sponsors, including Union Gas. For this you have our thanks."

For more than 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. Each year, the company supports the communities where its employees live and work through thousands of volunteer hours for local charitable and non-profit organizations, major charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year, Union Gas donated close to $3 million to community and charitable organizations in Ontario, including over $928,000 to United Way.  In addition, Union Gas employees, retirees, family and friends provided over 17,000 volunteer hours to help strengthen the communities where they live and work. For more information visit uniongas.com/community.

About Canada-Wide Science Fair
In bringing Canada's top young scientists together, the Canada-Wide Science Fair aims to accomplish two primary goals: to help participants benchmark their scientific and technological achievements against those of peers and to create a positive scientific and social experience for all the young people involved. A secondary goal is to expose other students in the CWSF's geographic area to peer role models - the best young science and technology minds in the country. The CWSF takes place in May in a different Canadian city each year.

The public is invited to view the project on Sunday, May 11, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., on Thursday May 15, from 9 to 12 p.m., and again on Friday May 16, from 9 to12 p.m. For more information visit:  cwsf.youthscience.ca/.

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 100 years of experience and service to customers, assets of over $6.4 billion and approximately 2,200 employees. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across Ontario. Union Gas is one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2014. For more information, visit uniongas.com or find us on Twitter: twitter.com/uniongas, Facebook: facebook.com/uniongas and YouTube: youtube.com/user/uniongas.

SOURCE: Union Gas Limited

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CONTACTS:

Union Gas Limited 
Andrea Stass
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
astass@uniongas.com

Canada-Wide Science Fair 
Barb Tate
Media and Communications
Ph: 403 381-0748
barb.tate@youthscience.ca


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