Suncor Energy Inc.

Suncor Energy Inc.

28 mars 2006 23h59 HE

Suncor Energy recognizes safety and environmental leaders

Calgary, Alberta (March 28, 2006) — Suncor Energy Inc. presented its President's Operational Excellence Awards at a gala dinner last night to employees and contractors who showed exceptional health, safety and environmental leadership in 2005.

"Employees and contractors have embraced our efforts to make health, safety and the environment key drivers of operational excellence at Suncor," said Rick George, Suncor's president and chief executive officer. "These awards recognize their commitment and I applaud and appreciate the work they do every day."

The upgrading team at Suncor's oil sands operation and the employees of Jacobs Catalytic received the divisional awards for achieving exceptional health and safety performance in 2005. Both teams demonstrated a strong commitment to safety during a challenging year that included fire recovery work, a maintenance shutdown and major expansion work. This commitment helped upgrading employees and contractors reach a major milestone in 2005 — 10.5 million hours worked without a lost-time injury.

This year's 28 award recipients were chosen from more than 100 nominees. They included:

  • Rick Blackwell, a supervisor with Jacob's Catalytic Maintenance, whose strong leadership helped his team achieve one million hours without a lost-time incident at Suncor's Sarnia refinery
  • Suncor employee Dan Crowley, production foreman, Grande Prairie, AB, for installing equipment to improve natural gas recovery and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Commerce City refinery employees Greg Fletcher and Tony Congram for initiating and supporting work to restore wetland habitat in Sand Creek.
  • Members of the Oil Sands Turnaround Team, whose extensive planning, diligence and unwavering commitment to safety led to 847,000 hours worked with no lost-time injuries.

For profiles and a full list of President's Operational Excellence Award recipients, visit

Suncor launched the annual President's Operational Excellence Awards in 2002 as part of its Journey to Zero initiative to eliminate occupational illness and injuries. The program was expanded in 2004 to include recognition for environmental excellence. 

Suncor Energy Inc. is an integrated energy company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. Suncor's oil sands business, located near Fort McMurray, Alberta, extracts and upgrades oil sands and markets refinery feedstock and diesel fuel, while operations throughout western Canada produce natural gas. Suncor operates a refining and marketing business in Ontario with retail distribution under the Sunoco brand. U.S.A. downstream assets include pipeline and refining operations in Colorado and Wyoming and retail sales in the Denver area under the Phillips 66 brand. Suncor's common shares (symbol: SU) are listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges.

Suncor Energy (U.S.A.) Inc. is an authorized licensee of the Phillips 66® brand and marks in the state of Colorado.Sunoco in Canada is separate and unrelated to Sunoco in the United States, which is owned by Sunoco, Inc. of Philadelphia.

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