We acknowledge the need of the communities, where we operate, to be engaged in the planning of our projects and to participate in the benefits arising from them as they are built and operated.
Grande Prairie Region
We brand ourselves, Seven Generations Energy – Grande Prairie’s Energy Company. We seek to establish strong community ties by tapping the energy, diligence and creativity of the people in the City of Grande Prairie, home to our operations headquarters. Our Kakwa River Project is located about 100 kilometers south on Alberta Highway 40.
Our staff of operations, management and engineering personnel oversee our construction, completions, production, environmental protection and worker safety initiatives together with several service and supply companies in the Grande Prairie region.
Grande Prairie is the business, infrastructure and commercial hub for Canada’s oil and natural gas industry in northwest Alberta and northeast British Columbia. This vibrant region has the potential to generate a similar impact on the economic well-being of Alberta and British Columbia, and Canada, as oil sands projects do on Alberta – in terms of employment, capital investment, infrastructure development and economic benefits. Maintaining a large operations presence in Grande Prairie is vital to our company’s ongoing success, and, through our Grande Prairie staff, we engage and consult the people of the region as we plan, build and operate the Kakwa River Project.
Grande Prairie is the launch point for our extensive field tour program which gives our stakeholders – community members, Alberta and local government officials and regulators, industry partners and suppliers and shareholders, capital providers and investment analysts – an up-close and first-hand look at how we generate energy for North American consumers. We have also hosted community leaders from West Coast First Nations seeking to understand natural gas production aided by hydraulic fracture stimulation.
In addition to regular field tours, Seven Generations conducts extensive consultation with a variety of groups, hosting open houses and delivering presentations to business and community members, including:
- The City of Grande Prairie
- County of Grande Prairie
- Municipal District of Greenview
- The Northern Alberta Development Council
- Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce
- The four Rotary clubs
- Grande Prairie Regional College
- Salvation Army
- Numerous local schools
Seven Generations leaders are active participants in regions conferences such as Growing the North, the 55 North Conference and the Grande Prairie Petroleum Show. 7G also supports the Festival of Trees, the GPRC Presidents Ball, STARS GP Hangar Dance, the Scarecrow Festival, First Nations cultural camps, pow wows, and conferences, plus the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Wembley, about 10 kilometres west of Grande Prairie. In an endeavour to foster longer-term interest in employment in our industry, we foster learning and science education by having Seven Generations staff deliver geology presentations at community schools.
Grande Prairie Region Community Initiatives
Seven Generations Golf Tournament, Supporting the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation
Support for health care in Grande Prairie is a key community initiative for Seven Generations. Our annual golf tournament is a showcase event that has raised about $1.7 million for the Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Foundation in its first five years. Held annually in September, Seven Generations invites its business partners, suppliers, service companies, contractors, community members and capital providers to participate and contribute to this significant fundraising event, which is helping build a better foundation for public health care for the people of northwest Alberta and northeast British Columbia.
"The incredible generosity of Seven Generations Energy Ltd. and all the participants, staff and sponsors is absolutely remarkable and we are so thankful for the opportunity to partner with the oil and gas industry sector of this region. One hundred percent of all funds raised will be directed to the new Grande Prairie Regional Hospital campaign where patients and families of this region will benefit greatly."
Cindy Park, former Hospital Foundation Executive Director
"The success of this fund raising event demonstrates the power of the positive thinking and community pride that prevails in the Grande Prairie region. We feel privileged to be so warmly welcomed by this amazing community. We thank everyone for helping make this community contribution possible, the volunteers who donate time, and our friends, employees, competitors, partners, suppliers and service providers who donate money and auction items."
Pat Carlson, 7G's founder and former Chief Executive Officer
There are four First Nations communities that have a historical presence in overlapping portions of our operating areas – Sturgeon Lake Cree First Nation, Aseniwuche Winewak First Nation (AWN), Horse Lake First Nation and Sucker Creek First Nation. We recognize our obligation to consult with these communities, as defined by the Government of Alberta and Canadian law. We engage with the communities through their chiefs, councils, elders and community members. Through generations, our operating region has held special significance for these First Nations. Our First Canadian communities love and value the beauty of our natural environment, and we work to increasingly engage their members directly and indirectly through consultation, employment and participation in our work. We support and participate in a number of employment training programs and we work directly with the First Nations to identify areas where we can expand their involvement in our work.
First Nation Community Initiatives at Seven Generations
Operator Training Program
This three-month, live-in program provides eligible candidates with foundational training to be oil and gas field operators. The course includes training in gas processing, instrumentation, measurement and operating production equipment. Students receive an hourly wage, reside in the Seven Generations field camp, are paired with a Seven Generations staff member and train at production facilities. Running since January 2014, the program hosts members of Seven Generations’ First Nations communities.
Aboriginal Job Shadow Program
Supported by Grande Prairie Regional College and Careers NEXT Generation, Seven Generations sponsors high school students to get a direct and real life look at working in the Canadian oil and natural gas business. Shadowing 7G staff members, summer students spend four weeks at work with a variety of work teams in our Grande Prairie office, including production, operations and administration.
Environmental Training for Aseniwuche Winewak Environmental Corporation (AWN) Environment Staff
Seven Generations funds BackCountry Training for staff of the Aseniwuche Winewak Environmental Corporation, and offers job shadowing opportunities with Seven Generations’ environmental contractors and service providers.