Media Advisory - Women Building Futures, North West Redwater Partnership and Local 720 to welcome first graduating class of female apprentice ironworkers to Sturgeon refinery

EDMONTON, May 17, 2016 /CNW/ -


Women Building Futures (WBF), Alberta's premier trades training organization for women, will be holding a press conference to celebrate its first graduating class of apprentice ironworkers on Thursday, May 19, 2016 together with program partners North West Redwater Partnership (NWR) and the Alberta Ironworkers Apprenticeship and Training Plan (Local 720). The presentation will take place at the NWR Sturgeon Refinery and the Government of Alberta will also be present to mark the occasion, with remarks from the Minister of Energy. A short media tour of the refinery site will commence following the formal program with photo opportunities.


The Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Alberta's Minister of Energy

JudyLynn Archer, President & CEO, Women Building Futures

Ian MacGregor, President & Chairman, NW Refining, a 50 per cent partner in NWR

Scott Papineau, Apprenticeship Coordinator/Training Instructor, Local 720

Students from the WBF graduating class will also be available for media interviews


Thursday, May 19, 2016

9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. MT

Please arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. Formal program to begin sharply at 10 a.m.

**For security purposes, please ensure you bring media credentials and personal identification (i.e. Driver`s license) AND RSVP to so that your name can be added to the security list at the Refinery site.**

Event Program:

  • Remarks by The Honourable Margaret McCuaig-Boyd, Minister of Energy
  • Remarks by Ian MacGregor, President & Chairman, NW Refining, a 50 per cent partner in NWR
  • Remarks by JudyLynn Archer, CEO, Women Building Futures
  • Remarks by Scott Papineau, Apprenticeship Coordinator/Training Instructor, Local 720
  • Questions/media scrum
  • Media site tour/photo ops


NWR Sturgeon Refinery

56216 RR20, AB-643

Sturgeon County, Alberta

T0A 1N0


DIRECTIONS (Please read carefully):

To ensure ease of access through security, please RSVP to and bring your media credentials with you.

Please meet for media registration in the Central Administration Building (CAB). You will be greeted at the security desk once you have parked, per the directions below, and entered the building.

Identification is required for orientation (Driver's License or similar), otherwise no special instructions, dress or safety equipment/training will be required. We do recommend some form of sturdy footwear as the site does not have paved roads, and depending on weather conditions, may be a bit muddy.

Directions to the site can be found either with Google maps (NWR Sturgeon Refinery (56216 RR20, AB-643, Sturgeon County, AB T0A 1N0)) or Directions to Sturgeon Refinery.

**NOTE OF CAUTION: Both the link and Google maps will take you to the GATE 2 entrance of the site across from Agrium, which is NOT the correct Gate for this event. Instead, you will be entering GATE 4. If you follow the above directions, once on Highway 643, watch for signs that read NWR Media Event Gate 4 Entrance. These signs will lead you to the proper gate entrance.

As you are driving East on Highway 643, watch for and follow marked signs that read NWR Media Event Gate 4 Entrance. You will approach a set of train tracks. Slow down as you approach the tracks and prepare to turn left immediately after you cross the tracks. The GATE 4 entrance will be directly ahead on Range Road 220 (it is after Evonik but before the Access Pipeline Terminal).

You will come to a security box at the gate entrance where you will need to state that you are a member of the media there to attend the press conference at the Central Administration Building (CAB). It is important that you RSVP to so that your name can be added to the security list.

Security will let you through and direct you to visitor/event parking at the CAB Building, which will be on your left once you go through Gate 4.

SOURCE North West Redwater Partnership

For further information: Erica Morgan, Brookline Public Relations, Tel: 403-538-5641 x 106, Cell: 403-478-1357, Email:

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