AltaGas fuels Canadian cross-country skiers' drive for the international podium



    - National team athletes roller ski training leg marks largest ever
    donation -

    CANMORE, AB, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Canada's elite level National and
Para-Nordic Ski Team athletes embarked on a marathon quest through the Rocky
Mountains where, after roller skiing from Canmore to the Kananaskis Country
Golf Course, they received the ultimate reward at the finish line - one of the
largest ever financial contributions for the national program, Cross Country
Canada announced on Tuesday.
    AltaGas Income Trust (AltaGas or the Trust) (TSX:ALA.UN) announced a
significant, multi-year financial commitment to support the nation's
high-performance cross-country skiers and fuel their drive to the podium. The
commitment, valued at more than $500,000, is the largest philanthropic
contribution ever by AltaGas Income Trust. The two organizations made the
announcement prior to AltaGas' annual corporate golf tournament at the
world-renowned Kananaskis Country Golf Course, an hour west of Calgary.
    "This is truly a thrilling and exciting day for our program that will
ensure Canadian cross-country skiers remain amongst the best athletes in the
world at the development and elite levels," said Al Maddox, executive
director, Cross Country Canada. "AltaGas shares our vision and commitment to
winning, and with their support, we can deliver the resources Canadian
athletes need to propel them to the international podium, while also
supporting the development of our future cross-country skiing heroes. We are
delighted to have them on our team."
    With this significant financial contribution, AltaGas becomes one of the
official partners of Cross Country Canada. As a result, AltaGas will help
support elite-level coaching and associated services necessary for the success
of Canada's National and Para-Nordic Cross-Country Ski Teams. More
importantly, the partnership ensures the success of cross-country skiing well
into the future by supporting the next generation of athletes. AltaGas will
also fund the employment of two new assistant coaches - one at the National
Team Training Centre in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and the other at the Pierre
Harvey National Team Training Centre in Quebec City. It will also sponsor
youth training and development camps across the country. In addition, AltaGas
donated a GMC Envoy vehicle to Cross Country Canada during the media
conference.
    "We are extremely proud to extend our financial commitment to help these
great athletes achieve success on the world stage," said David Cornhill,
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of AltaGas. "It is our hope
that this contribution will not only help put Canada's elite cross-country
skiers on top of the podium, but will build strong grassroots programs across
Canada so that amateur athletes have the skills, coaching and backing they
need to realize their potential."
    In recognition for their generous contribution to the national program,
the Canadian National and Para-Nordic Men's Teams will be sporting the AltaGas
logo on their race toques. The logo will also be prominent on the entire men's
and women's team race suits, training and casual wear.
    "Having new opportunities to pursue excellence through sport will change
the lives of aspiring Olympians in every corner of this country," said Brian
McKeever, who has racked up a plethora of Paralympic medals, and last year
became the first Canadian athlete with a disability to ski in an able-bodied
World Championship event. "This much needed funding will ensure Canadian
cross-country skiers remain competitive with the best in the world, and we are
proud that AltaGas will be with us on the nordic trails across Canada and
around the world."
    McKeever was joined at the media conference by 13 other athletes and
three coaches on the National and Para-Nordic Teams including: Olympic gold
medallist Chandra Crawford; Olympic silver medallist Sara Renner; and World
Cup medallist Devon Kershaw.

    AltaGas Income Trust is one of Canada's largest and fastest growing
integrated energy infrastructure and services organizations. The Trust creates
value by growing and optimizing assets and services across the energy value
chain to serve North America's energy demand. Since 1994, AltaGas Income Trust
has expanded its business to include natural gas gathering, processing and
transmission, extraction of ethane and natural gas liquids, power generation,
marketing of natural gas and natural gas liquids, as well as retail energy
services to commercial, industrial and institutional end-users across Canada.
    AltaGas Income Trust's units are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange
under the symbol ALA.UN. The Trust is included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index,
the S&P/TSX Income Trust Index and the S&P/TSX Capped Energy Trust Index.

    Cross Country Canada is the governing body of cross-country skiing in
Canada. Its 45,000 members are athletes, coaches and officials, including
members of the Canadian Cross-Country Ski Team and Canadian Disabled
Cross-Country Ski Team. Cross-country skiing is Canada's optimal winter sport
and recreational activity with more than one million Canadians participating
annually.





For further information:

For further information: Chris Dornan, Media and Public Relations, Cross
Country Canada, T: (403) 470-9546; C.J. Wilkins, Communications and Community,
AltaGas Income Trust, T: (403) 826-7944

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