Suncor undertakes community development in a number of ways. The Sustainable Community Initiative (SCI) focuses on building community capacity and long-term community sustainability. An example of this is a safety training program that Suncor provided to surrounding Aboriginal communities this year to enhance their safety knowledge and the importance of a safety mindset before working on any oil sands site.
Earlier this year, Jackie Stoyles, an Aboriginal leader at Suncor’s Learning Centre and contractor trainer, Michelle Avery, travelled to Janvier and Fort Chipewyan to deliver safety training to youth and young adults. The Oil Sands Safety Association (OSSA) Basic Safety Orientation (BSO) provides participants with a general awareness of critical safety initiatives found at all participating industry sites. Upon completion, a worker will be able to present their lifetime credential, as proof of their course completion.
Fifteen youth from these communities successfully received their certificates in 2017. Another successful session was held with the Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, where 14 youth received their certificates.
“Initiatives like these provide opportunities that assist in creating relationships with the communities,” said Rose Bilou, senior advisor, Stakeholder and Aboriginal Relations. “This work builds capacity by developing youths’ skills and confidence and preparing them to be future leaders.