Spectra Energy Announces Support for the University of Northern British Columbia's Northern Medical Program
October 22, 2010
CALGARY, Alberta - Spectra Energy today announced over $90,000 in support for the University of Northern British Columbia’s (UNBC) Northern Medical Programs Trust (NMPT). The NMPT helps ensure that students are able to pursue education in health care by providing vital financial assistance to students pursuing rural clinical experiences in Central and Northern British Columbia (BC).
“Spectra Energy recognizes the invaluable role that UNBC plays in supporting our northern communities and the benefit of having healthcare students pursue rural clinical experiences in Northern BC. Our contribution will have a direct, positive impact on the quality of life and vitality of Northern communities and demonstrates our commitment to being a partner of choice to the communities in which we live and work,” said Doug Bloom, president, Spectra Energy Transmission West.
As a company which has operated in BC for over fifty years and has over 670 employees and contractors working in Central and Northeast BC, Spectra Energy has been a key supporter of UNBC from the University’s early days. Spectra Energy’s involvement with UNBC has focused on creating opportunity for UNBC students and has included an endowment fund to support annual bursaries and scholarships, support for the Northern Advancement Program (which supports students from rural and remote locations - particularly aboriginal students - in transitioning to University), and funding to support technological infrastructure as a teaching aid for the Northern Medical programs. Including the funding announced today, accumulated contributions to the University over the years by Spectra Energy total almost $1M CDN.
Spectra Energy Corp (NYSE: SE), a FORTUNE 500 company, is one of North America’s premier natural gas infrastructure companies serving three key links in the natural gas value chain: gathering and processing, transmission and storage, and distribution. For nearly a century, Spectra Energy and its predecessor companies have developed critically important pipelines and related infrastructure connecting natural gas supply sources to premium markets. Based in Houston, Texas, the company operates in the United States and Canada approximately 19,100 miles of transmission pipeline, more than 305 billion cubic feet of storage, as well as natural gas gathering and processing, natural gas liquids operations and local distribution assets. The company also has a 50 percent ownership in DCP Midstream, one of the largest natural gas gatherers and processors in the United States. Spectra Energy is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes and the U.S. S&P 500 Carbon Disclosure Project’s Leadership Index for both Carbon Performance and Disclosure. For more information, visit www.spectraenergy.com.