March 03, 2010 16:14 ET

Public Invited to the Lighting of the Celebration Cauldron

Kick off to the Arctic Winter Games

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) - Please join us in the dedication and lighting of the Arctic Winter Games Cauldron in Grande Prairie. Donated by ATCO to the City of Grande Prairie, the cauldron will stand as a lasting symbol of the spirit of the Games.

When: Sunday, March 7 at approx. 9:00 p.m.
(following the Opening Ceremonies)

Where: Muskoseepi Park, Grande Prairie

Attendees: Nancy Southern, President and CEO, ATCO Group
Dwight Logan, Mayor of Grande Prairie
Debbie Reid, President, Host Society, Arctic Winter Games
Francois Fournier, General Manager, Arctic Winter Games
(Master of Ceremonies)

Other Notes: Complimentary refreshments will be served
The first 100 will receive souvenir torches and commemorative
Outdoor event - Please dress warmly
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The Cauldron

- ATCO is donating the celebration cauldron to the City of Grande Prairie.

- The cauldron will be lit at the beginning of the Games and stay lit for the duration. The flame will be extinguished at the end of the Games.

- The cauldron will remain in Muskoseepi Park as a lasting legacy to the Games.

- The cauldron will be used by the City of Grande Prairie for future community events and activities.

- The cauldron was built by ATCO Gas at the ATCO Gas Maintenance Depot in Calgary.

- The cauldron took nearly 200 hours to complete before it was trucked to Grande Prairie.

- The cauldron and steel pedestal stands more than four metres tall with a two-metre-wide dish on top that houses the natural gas-fuelled flame.

- ATCO Gas fabricated six cauldrons for the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. The cauldrons were featured at various locations and were used at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. A cauldron atop the Calgary Tower is still used by the City of Calgary today.


- Part of the ATCO Group of Companies, ATCO Gas has been providing service to Grande Prairie since 1953.

- The Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge offices employ more than 50 people.

- ATCO Gas is the largest natural gas utility in the province of Alberta.

- Sponsor, Alberta Summer and Winter Games.

ATCO Electric

- Part of the ATCO Group of Companies, ATCO Electric has been providing electrical service to Grande Prairie since 1928.

- Approximately 100 employees including distribution, transmission, meter shop, warehouse, mechanics and administration.

- Serves 245 communities throughout Alberta.

- Sponsor, Alberta Summer and Winter Games

ATCO Group

- As an official sponsor of the Arctic Winter Games, ATCO Group is providing people, products and services to the event.

- Providing temporary modular units (through ATCO Structures & Logistics) to be used in the Athlete Village and at several venues.

- Sponsoring the Volunteer Lounges throughout Grande Prairie.

- ATCO Place in Muskoseepi Park is the home of the Dene Games and celebration activities.

- Participating in medal presentations.

- ATCO has a history of sponsoring northern sporting events. The company was an official sponsor of the 2008 Arctic Winter Games in Yellowknife, the 2007 Canada Winter Games in Whitehorse and the 2004 Arctic Winter Games in Fort McMurray.

Contact Information

  • ATCO Gas - Grande Prairie
    Barry Johanneson
    (780) 288-7621