November 08, 2005 23:59 ET

CAWST and Petro-Canada recognized for 'Water for Life' partnership

Program helps improve water and sanitation for the world's poor

TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 8) - Imagine Canada today will recognize the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (CAWST) and Petro-Canada for their Water for Life program - an initiative aimed at providing improved water to the poor of developing countries. The partners will receive an honourable mention at Imagine Canada's New Spirit of Community Partnership Awards in Toronto tonight.

"The support of fellow Canadians will bring CAWST closer to its goal to impact over 30 million people with improved water by 2015," says Camille Dow Baker, CAWST President & CEO. "Petro-Canada has supported CAWST from the very beginning, and has been a major contributor to our results by investing both funds and professional time that we believe is truly priceless."

Imagine's New Spirit of Community Partnership Awards were established in 1996 to recognize and celebrate outstanding partnerships between Canadian businesses, nonprofit organizations and charities that are making a significant contribution in Canadian communities. Each year, a jury of senior leaders from across the country selects five award-winning partnerships and five honourable mentions.

The Water for Life program was established in 2002 when Petro-Canada partnered with Mount Royal College to support the development of CAWST's water and sanitation curriculum that, to date, has been delivered in 36 countrues. The partnership between CAWST and Petro-Canada evolved to include sponsorship of CAWST's Youth Summit, leadership for CAWST's fund development program and a five-year financial commitment to CAWST's operational growth.

Today CAWST is closer to achieving its goal. With the support of Canadians, to date:

  • 500,000 people have been impacted with improved water in 36 countries, an increase of more than 40% since 2004;
  • 700 people have been trained and 50 organizations are currently implementing independent community-based programs, doubled since 2004;
  • 175 in-country community-based organizations are working with these implementing organizations, almost quadrupled since 2004.
  • CAWST is a Canadian humanitarian organization that provides training, technical consultation and network facilitation and acts as a centre of expertise in water and sanitation for the world's poor (

    Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating in both the upstream and the downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and internationally (

    Contact Information

    • Alison Pidskalny
      Director for Resource Development
      (403) 243-3285 (x223)
      Hazel Gillespie
      National Community, Investment Manager
      (403) 296-8476