Living Our Purpose

Caring for each other during COVID-19

In these unprecedented times, we are focused on the well-being of our people, our families, and communities.

Our Purpose – To provide trusted energy that enhances people’s lives, while caring for each other and the earth – calls on us to act together and do all we can to help reduce the spread of the virus and the burden on public health organizations – and of course to ensure that we are able to continue providing services and products that are essential for society.

We are #StrongerTogether and will be sharing good news from our communities here.

The “Suncor Salute” is a way of honouring workers across all industries who are making sure people have vital goods and services they need as their communities respond to COVID-19. We are #StrongerTogether

Suncor employee Tawfik Elhadad, seen here in a cave in Madrid, contracted COVID-19

It’s in him to give: Tawfik’s story

As a regular blood donor, Suncor employee Tawfik Elhadad always knew each of his donations might help save a life. But he never imagined his blood could help contribute to global efforts to treat a virus that has infected nearly five million people worldwide.

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A collage of photos showing the impact of Petro-Canada's $3 million program to help Canadians during COVID-19

Suncor Responds and Petro-Canada Delivers – With $3 Million to Support Canadian Communities

A small act of kindness goes a long way, which is true now more than ever. Whether it’s picking up groceries for your elderly neighbour, supporting someone in self-isolation, or cooking meals for those in need, we’re all doing our part and are in this together.

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Dr. Martin Flatley, a senior project manager at our Sarnia refinery, his helping develop, test and apply for government approval of COVID-19 home-testing kits.

Changing the game with COVID home-testing kits

Testing for COVID-19 is critical to stop the spread of the virus. While there are many different test kits going around, one of our own scientists is working on a home antibody testing kit – another innovative solution to combat the spread of COVID-19.

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Emma and her fiancée Ross pose for a picture in Madrid.

COVID-19 no “walk in the park”: Emma’s story

Emma Erskine will never take her sense of taste for granted again. Five weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, the senior contracts administrator is still recovering from the virus, which left her with body aches, fatigue and a sinus infection, in addition to weakened senses.

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Tyrell Callioux, an environment and regulatory advisor at Suncor who specializes in air monitoring and regulatory compliance, specializes in beekeeping as a hobby.

Hive you heard it’s Earth Day?

If you’re a fan of the television show The Office, you know Dwight Schrute would never use a bad apiarist (a fancy word for beekeeper). But he might turn to the likes of our own Tyrell Callioux for advice about honeybees.

And today on Earth Day, it’s good to bee aware of the importance these little pollinators have on our environment.

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Strathcona County Robotics Association and a team of students developed a hand sanitizer bottle holder that can attach to a belt.

Robotics team to the rescue

Dean Kennedy, operator, pipeline maintenance, serves as the President of the Strathcona County Robotics Association. He sent a note to his students asking them to think of ways we can respond to the crisis. Within an hour, he learned the EMS crews were looking for a hand sanitizer bottle holder they can attach to their belts. We they have four printers working on the project.

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Dr. Tyler Amell speaking to a Suncor camera

Working with experts to #stopthespread

Dr. Tyler Amell is chief medical officer and chief relationship officer at CoreHealth Technologies. He works with companies to investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury, and implements strategies that reduce the risks. He’s working with us to provide advice on the measures we need to take to keep our people and their families healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Stacks of donated clothing to be used to make protective COVID masks

Every contribution counts

Some of the best ideas come out of challenging times. Like many of you, we’ve been doing everything we can to help the community during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Suncor and the Suncor Energy Foundation recently donated outdated SunCares T-shirts to be repurposed into face mask ties (non-medical grade) for front-line responders and local communities in southern Alberta.

The T-shirts were donated to Mask Makers YYC, which was formed by a group of Calgary community members eager to give back during COVID-19.

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Iordanka Petzanova, a registered psychologist who works at Suncor as a mental health specialist

Tips for taking care of your mental health

COVID-19 has created new, unprecedented challenges, and as we adjust to our new normal with an emphasis on our physical health, it is also important to take care of our mental health.

Iordanka Petzanova, a registered psychologist who works at Suncor as a mental health specialist, has been providing support to our employees as they deal with the changes.

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Suncor employees and contractors at Base Plant honoured their fellow essential workers across all industries.

“Let’s go get loud”: a salute to front-line workers

More than 100 trucks, light vehicles, buses, ambulances, fire trucks, shovels, and heavy haulers honking their horns and flashing their lights – this is how Suncor employees and contractors at Base Plant, north of Fort McMurray, honoured their fellow essential workers across all industries who are caring for their communities by continuing to provide essential services through these unprecedented times.

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Health Canada recommends we all practice a two-metre physical distance, which is one moose length.

One ‘moose’ length, eh?

Physical distancing…sounds simple, right? So, what is it, and why does everyone keep talking about it? Physical distancing is a conscious effort to reduce contact between people to decrease community transmission of an illness. It is one of many actions everyone can take to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. If we continue to focus on good hygiene, cleaning surfaces and physical distancing, we can all help flatten the curve.

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Suncor Sarnia refinery employee helps shield health-care workers from COVID-19

Suncor Sarnia refinery employee helps shield health-care workers from COVID-19

What started as a hobby for a Suncor employee could soon be protecting front-line health care workers in Sarnia, Ont. as they provide care to those infected with COVID-19.

A few years ago, Gerry Cadotte purchased a laser cutter with plans to start a small business. While the business never took off, he still made use of it to make wedding favours for his brother, wooden house signs and countless arts and crafts projects for his family.

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A view down an airplane aisle with many of the seats labelled as unavailable

Sorry, that seat’s taken

Pre COVID-19, “Sorry that seat’s taken,” meant something else – you were holding the spot for a travelling companion or friend, but today it means we’re holding it in order to keep our essential workers safe.

‘Essential’ can be used to describe a lot of different roles in the community, but to our workers it’s continuing to provide the energy needed to get fundamental goods and services to healthcare workers, communities and businesses.

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Stop the spread - wash your hands for at least 20 seconds

Protecting our people

While essential personnel such as healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, truckers and first responders are still working to keep us safe and healthy, Suncor's front-line employees are also working every day to keep our operations running smoothly.

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The eating area at a Suncor lodge facility

Keeping our lodges safe

Our people have an important role in providing the energy needed to get critical goods and services to healthcare workers, communities, and essential businesses. The health and well-being of Canadians and communities where we operate remain top of mind for us as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation. That’s why, along with our service providers, we’re taking extra precautions across our operations, transportation and lodges.

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A Suncor worker on a platform at Base Plant

A letter to community

For more than 50 years we have had the pleasure of being part of the Wood Buffalo community. We’ve been through many challenges together over the years, but few compare to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through everything we’ve faced, the community continues to come together stronger than ever. The following letter shares our commitment to the safety and well-being of our people and their families, and the steps being taken by Suncor and Syncrude to help protect the local community. We truly are stronger together.

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Our team at the Edmonton airport, ready to check temperatures.

Keeping our fly in, fly out employees healthy

Our people have an important role in providing the energy needed to get critical goods and services to healthcare workers, communities, and essential businesses. While we’ve reduced staffing levels to those essential to keep our operations running safely and reliably, some of our people continue to go to work, and for some, this requires air travel.

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Physical distancing shields at a Petro-Canada retail location

Petro-Canada is keeping business moving during COVID-19

While most of us are driving less, our Petro-Canada locations remain committed to keeping people and business moving during this time. Whether it’s first responders and essential service workers who need to get to work, the truckers making sure your groceries get to the stores, or the courier bringing that Amazon order to your doorstep, our business and the health and well-being of Canadians remain top of mind as we all respond to the COVID-19 situation. That’s why we’re taking increased measures to keep our customers and our site staff safe.

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Suncor front-line workers

Thank you to our front-line workers for keeping the lights on

As COVID-19 continues to spread, governments around the world are asking non-essential businesses to close and non-essential workers to stay home to help flatten the curve. Health-care workers, grocery store clerks and first responders are among many workers who remain essential during these challenging times. We also have heroes among us at Suncor. We have them to thank for keeping our operations running smoothly despite the challenges we’re facing.

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Julia Herbert's son Brooks

“Your ‘only’ is my everything”

As a nurse on our health and wellness team, Julia frequently recommends employees reach out and use the resources available to get the support they need with all sorts of challenges. But she didn’t expect she’d have to take her own advice for a potentially life-threatening situation in her own family.

Julia’s two-year-old son Brooks has trisomy 21, also known as Down Syndrome, so he is at high risk for severe illness, should he contract COVID-19.

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Workers unloading a Suncor plane filled with donated N95 masks

Suncor donation helps northern communities prepare for COVID-19

When Sam Ksienski, our chief pilot, was asked to deliver 40,000 N95 masks to communities in need, his first thought was: will they all fit in the plane?

It’s not every day that Suncor is delivering medical supplies to the most northern parts of Canada, but when it became clear that we could fast track procurement and distribution of these much-needed supplies, it just made sense to do this.

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The Ward family posing for a photo on the couch

This Suncor family is making the most of self-isolation

The Ward family has spent the past two weeks in self-isolation facing the same challenges that are now so familiar to many of us – working from home, and doing so with children.

“Truth bomb here – working from home with small children is extremely challenging,” says Ashley, who works in communications.

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