7 schools across province supported at Ontario events
NORTH BAY, ON, March 28, 2014 /CNW/ - Union Gas is increasing our
support of FIRST Robotics Canada (FRC) and elevating our commitment by
becoming a Gold Level Sponsor. Through a $50,000 grant, Union Gas will
support seven Ontario school teams as well as three competitions across
the province, including the first ever North Bay competition on March
In the annual FIRST Robotics Competitions (FRC) run by FIRST Robotics
Canada, high school students team up with technology companies and
build the most impressive robots you've ever seen to compete in
high-intensity "robo-sports". Volunteer professional mentors are
assigned to each team. In just six weeks, the teams of students raise
funds, design a team "brand," and build and program robots to perform
specific tasks against competitors in regional events held in several
provinces. FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of
science and technology.
The $50,000 Union Gas sponsorship, announced today at the North Bay
competition by Steven Jelich, Union Gas district manager for the
northeast is supporting FRC events in North Bay, Waterloo and Windsor
and seven student teams across the province. Union Gas is proud to be
sponsoring a team from Nbisiing Secondary School, the first-ever all
First Nations and Métis team in Ontario. Team eNimkki will participate
in the North Bay regional competition being held at Nipissing
University. Union Gas is also mentoring several of the teams, with
company employees taking time to give direction and support.
"We are excited to support these seven teams as well as the competition
itself. It's a thrilling, fun-to-watch event which has the added
benefit of educating young people about technology and showing them the
benefits of working as a team," said Paul Rietdyk, Union Gas'
vice-president of engineering, construction and storage and
transmission operations. "It's a rewarding partnership for us at Union
Gas, for the school kids and for the FIRST Robotics Competition. It
will be a positive, motivating experience for all those involved."
"FIRST Robotics Canada is very pleased to be partnering with Union Gas
at the Gold sponsorship level. This funding will greatly assist our
mission of inspiring young people to pursue further studies and careers
in the fields of science, technology and engineering," said Mark
Breadner, executive director from FIRST Robotics Canada. "It has aided
our expansion to Northern Ontario and the Windsor region."
In addition to natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses
and contributing to the province's economy through investment, job
creation, municipal taxes and energy efficiency programs, Union Gas has
a clear set of best practices regarding community investment. This
value is reflected each year, as the company supports communities
across Ontario through thousands of volunteer hours for local
charitable and non-profit organizations, major charitable giving and
sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed close to $3
million to charitable organizations across the province. For more
information visit uniongas.com/community.
About FIRST Robotics Canada
FIRST Robotics Canada runs the FIRST program in Ontario and supports the
program in other provinces. Our mission is to inspire young people to
be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting
mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology
skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life
capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
We pursue this mission primarily through running high-energy robotics
competitions. For more information, visit firstroboticscanada.org. You can find us on Facebook and on Twitter @CANFIRST.
About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission
and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience
and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4
million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than
400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario.
Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers for 2014, is a
Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $5.8 billion and
approximately 2,200 employees. 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
For further information:
Manager, External Communications and Media Relations
Ph: 519 436-5490 or 1-800-571-8446 ext. 5005490
Cell: 519 365-1010
FIRST Robotics Canada
Mark Breadner, Executive Director
Ph: 416 453-6844