We seek to work together with these communities to help build a sustainable future. As part of taking this responsibility seriously we consult with First Nations on every project through the Aboriginal Consultation Office of the Government of Alberta.
We believe that by continuing to build our valuable natural gas resource safely and responsibly for long-term sustainability we will provide substantial benefits to our neighbouring communities for many years to come.
NuVista is passionate about supporting the communities in which it operates. And we also recognized that we are part of that community too – it’s the home for our employees too. In Calgary, we employ 75 employees and contractors. In the greater Grande Prairie area we employ an additional 70 employees and contractors, plus we indirectly employ in the order of 300 more people in our operations through the drilling rigs, pipeline crews, completions crews, and the many other important services for which we contract daily in order to conduct our operations.
Every year, we make substantial contributions to a variety of organizations through employee volunteering, sponsorships and donations. We seek to support organizations that create positive impacts in the communities where our people live and work. Our primary areas of investment are education; health & wellness, safety and the environment. We particularly like to focus on children/youth and education/capacity building for their future. In 2018 we donated over $380,000 from both NuVista and employee donations.
The Executive team is updated quarterly on new donations and progress on existing projects, and also provides guidance on requests for large donations.
NuVista is proud to support the following organizations and many others:
NuVista does not generally provide financial support to religious, labour or fraternal organizations, political parties, lotteries, and trips or tours.
NuVista provides funding to the Breakfast Program at the Hythe Regional School and the Nutrition Program at the Wembley Elementary School. We support these programs because we believe there is a direct link between healthy food and optimal learning. We are very proud to be a part of these communities and to support the local families.
NuVista's Ryan Paulgaard, vice-president of production, left, and Jamie Gerein, production superintendent, right, presented $15,000 from the energy company to the Town of Wembley with mayor Chris Turnmire accepting. "NuVista is active in the Wembley area and we wanted to show our support to the community, and we feel this is a good partnership." Paulgaard said. Turnmire said the money would go to putting a new roof on Wembley Community Hall. "We're very pleased with NuVista (and) they have been good corporate citizens." Turnmire said. The company had inquired about what needs the town had that a donation could go toward, Turnmire explained. He said the town is looking at various improvements at the municipally-owned hall. While the new tin roof will likely be fully funded by the donation, proposed new siding, steps and a ramp will go to budget deliberations soon. NuVista is involved with the development and production of oil and natural gas reserves and is focused on the Wapiti area, according to the company.
NuVista works closely with the various First Nations that occupy or closely border our development blocks. Through various initiatives NuVista invests directly and indirectly in First Nations’ communities through sponsoring athletic programs and technology, through employment opportunities, and through sponsoring education from primary to post-secondary.
In addition to our investments in First Nations communities, NuVista is reliant on First Nations businesses for much of the work we do in and around their communities. In 2017, First Nations businesses were responsible for over $3.4 million worth of services. These businesses continue to be critical to our operations and to NuVista’s ongoing success.
NuVista strives to develop natural gas resources in full collaboration with stakeholders. For example, in preparation for a hydraulic fracturing operation NuVista contacted all neighbors in the area that might potentially be affected by a temporary increase of vehicle activity on a local road during operations.
After listening to the concerns of one neighbor who had extended family visiting at the time of planned operations, NuVista delayed the timing of the operations by three days to alleviate concerns the neighbor had with road activity during their family visit.
But don’t just take our word for it. Here’s an excerpt from a signed letter that one of our neighbours gave us permission to share:
I would like to say a huge THANK YOU to NuVista! Once again you have gone above and beyond to work with the people in our area to make sure we are involved and informed. And you have made a point to be in touch personally.
Not only do you make sure never to run equipment an hour before or after school bussing hours, you also got in touch personally in August before school even started. As a parent this tells me that you do care.... So thank you!
I know that you are very careful about j-braking: I am outside for many hours of the day, including every day from 5am-7:30am, and I have never heard your drivers use their engine brakes.
Recently NuVista provided us with an update on their rig moves, keeping us informed about what would be happening out here.
NuVista has been a standout company out here and you deserve to know that. Make sure that your crew that are out here on the ground know that we recognize how they are bending over backwards to be good neighbours. Please continue your face-to-face visits with people in our community. And please continue to do what you are doing.
Please call NuVista Energy's 24-hour emergency call-in number at 1-403-538-8500 to report any general and emergency inquiries regarding health, safety, or environment.