June 10, 2010
Keyera is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with the Province of British Columbia, Northern Lights College and Lakeland College with respect to the ongoing development of petroleum related training and education programs for the oil and gas industry.
A signing ceremony was held at Keyera's offices on June 9, 2010 to commemorate this landmark event. Participating in the signing ceremony were Robin Junger, the newly appointed Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources for British Columbia, Jean Valgardson, President and CEO, Northern Lights College, Alice Stewart, Vice President of Innovation and Research, Lakeland College and Keyera President Jim Bertram.
"This is a great example of how industry can work together with educational institutions and provincial governments to develop innovative career-based programs," said Jim Bertram, Keyera President and Chief Executive Officer. "We at Keyera are very proud to be an industry leader in training and education and are excited about the opportunities to bring our Competency Management and Development System ("CMDS") to British Columbia."
Keyera originally developed CMDS as a training and development program for its employees as part of its commitment to a safe and healthy work environment. Since that time, through unique partnerships with educational institutions and the support of the petroleum industry, CMDS has evolved to include College Certificate and Diploma programs that recognize employee competence. CMDS has been recognized by the Conference Board of Canada as an outstanding education and lifelong learning initiative that addresses the impact of workplace literacy and essential skills on employee health and safety.
Keyera's longstanding relationship with Lakeland College has played an important role in the evolution of the CMDS program. With Keyera's expanded operations in the Caribou region of northeastern British Columbia, the opportunity to build further partnerships with Northern Lights College and the Province of British Columbia and to extend the reach of the program in that area is an exciting opportunity.
Find out more about our CMDS program and other initiatives on the Corporate Responsibility page of our website.