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Suncor Energy Inc.

October 28, 2008 00:00 ET

Suncor Energy Foundation and TELUS World of Science partner to benefit Calgary youth

This news release was issued by TELUS World of Science — Calgary

Calgary, Alberta (October 28, 2008) — The Suncor Energy Foundation is pleased to announce a five year, $2 million investment in TELUS World of Science — Calgary that will be used to fund a gallery dedicated to teens in the new science centre.

The Suncor Energy Foundation Design It! Gallery will create an environment for teens and young adults where unusual combinations of art, science, technology, style and music collide to inspire thinking outside the box. Design It! is about seeing, making and exploiting connections to solve problems.

"The mission of TELUS World of Science is exactly what the Suncor Energy Foundation wants to encourage — stimulating interest among youth in science, technology and the arts," says Margaret Byl, Suncor Vice President and Chief Information Officer. "That is precisely why we are involving youth in the creation of the gallery. These young Calgarians will come from diverse backgrounds and possess the expertise and insight required to develop a gallery that will get their peers excited about scientific and artistic learning."

The two organizations also announced a call for Calgary teens aged 14 to 17 to be part of a 15 member Youth Advisory group that will help shape the New Science Centre 2011 Project. As Youth Advisors, teens will be involved in brainstorming, engaging other teens and sharing their thoughts with TELUS World of Science staff about what will resonate best with the teen demographic.

"We are very grateful to the Suncor Energy Foundation for their commitment to the New Science Centre 2011 Project," says Jennifer Martin, President & CEO of TELUS World of Science — Calgary. "It's clear that our organizations share mutual values when it comes to engaging teens in the fields of science, technology and art. By giving Calgary teens the opportunity to advise us on what they are looking for in a science centre, we are staying true to those values."

The first three Youth Advisors were introduced today, including Suncor—related teens Mudhuri Sharma and Kathleen Mullrooney and TELUS World of Science—associated teen Himmi Cheruvu. All participants have a variety of interests ranging from sports to arts, science to music. Twelve Youth Advisor positions are still available and applications will be accepted up to December 1st. Application requirements and forms are available at:
www.newsciencecentre2011.ca.

TELUS World of Science and the Suncor Energy Foundation thank Child and Youth Friendly Calgary for their input and assistance with the formation and recruitment of the Youth Advisors.
 
About the Suncor Energy Foundation
The Suncor Energy Foundation, celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2008, is a private, nonprofit charitable foundation established by Suncor Energy to receive Suncor's contributions and support registered Canadian charitable organizations. Its funding priorities are educational, environmental and community—based initiatives that primarily support Suncor's operating communities. By the end of 2008, the Foundation will have contributed more than $57 million to Canadian communities.

About TELUS World of Science — Calgary
The new TELUS World of Science — Calgary, scheduled to open north of the Calgary Zoo in 2011 will be Canada's first purpose—built science centre in over 25 years. The worldclass facility will sit on a 15—acre parcel of land and will be over 140,000 square feet in size. It will encompass four permanent learning galleries in addition to a feature exhibit hall, a 240 seat dome theatre and the Creative Kids Museum. For more information about the New Science Centre Project, please visit:
www.newsciencecentre2011.ca.

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Media Contacts:

Cassandra McAuley
TELUS World of Science — Calgary
Office: (403) 268-8328
Cell: (403) 651-4043
E—mail: cassandra.mcauley@calgaryscience.ca

Karen Fantin
Office: (403) 241-3965
Cell: (403) 815-4883
E mail: k.fantin@shaw.ca

Shawn Davis
Suncor Energy Inc.
Office: (403) 920-8379
E—mail: sdavis@suncor.com