FORT MCMURRAY, AB, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Aboriginal students attending
MacEwan University will benefit from the new Stephen Mandel Aboriginal
Business Award, established through an endowment from Syncrude Canada
The award was created to recognize and support the efforts led by
Edmonton's outgoing mayor. During his nine-year tenure, Mandel
established Edmonton as a benchmark among Canadian cities in the area
of Aboriginal Relations, receiving recognition from the Canadian
Federation of Municipalities and UNESCO.
"Mayor Mandel's commitment to ensuring the long-term success of
Aboriginal people living in the Capital Region mirrors Syncrude's
long-held vision for Aboriginal people in Alberta," said Scott
Sullivan, President and CEO. "On behalf of Syncrude, I would like to
personally thank Mayor Mandel for his leadership and all his
Beginning in 2014, the annual $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to one
student who is enrolled full-time or part-time in any program in the
School of Business, who provides proof of confirmed First Nations,
Metis or Inuit heritage, is in good academic standing and who submits a
completed application form including the identification of their
For more than 40 years, Syncrude has been working to ensure local
Aboriginal people achieve success in all areas that affect quality of
life including education, employment, leadership and business. Of
Syncrude's total workforce, about 9% of employees are of self-declared
First Nations, Metis or Inuit descent, making the company one of
Canada's largest employers of Aboriginal people.
Over the past six years, Syncrude has invested close to $4.5 million in
Edmonton-based programs that serve northern Alberta. This includes a
$250,000 donation to MacEwan University's Bachelor of Science in
Engineering Transfer program in 2012.
The Syncrude Project is a Joint Venture undertaking among Canadian Oil
Sands Limited, Imperial Oil Resources, Mocal Energy Limited, Murphy Oil
Company Ltd., Nexen Oil Sands Partnership, Sinopec Oil Sands
Partnership and Suncor Energy Ventures Partnership.
SOURCE: Syncrude Canada Ltd.
For further information:
Cheryl Robb, Syncrude, 780-717-9638 or Syncrude's website at www.syncrude.com