Women Building Futures

Women Building Futures

May 09, 2008 15:37 ET

Petro-Canada Helps Women "Trade Up" to a Brighter Future

Company Contributes $1.5 Million To Help Bridge Alberta Labour Gap

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Women make up half of Alberta's labour force, but just 4% of the trades. Today, Edmonton's Women Building Futures (WBF) and Petro-Canada announced a solution to change that statistic with the grand opening of the WBF Petro-Canada Training Centre and Housing Facility.

"Our new training centre substantially increases our student capacity and our housing facility means we can accommodate women, and their families, from across Alberta," says JudyLynn Archer, CEO, WBF. "We are dedicated to helping women achieve their dreams of a brighter future through training, workplace conditioning, job placement and job retention support. Our graduates make excellent trades people, and through them we give companies new competencies and new work resources."

To date, WBF has helped over 330 women prepare for entry into construction-related jobs and apprenticeships. The new training centre will allow the organization to increase that number to 400 graduates each year.

"Alberta's construction labour shortage is the biggest challenge we face in building world scale oil sands developments, such as the Fort Hills project," says Neil Camarta, Senior Vice-President, Oil Sands, Petro-Canada. "We're pleased to sponsor Women Building Futures - an organization with a plan to develop an untapped pool of talent right in our own backyard."

Established in 1998, WBF is a registered charity that serves women who are serious about pursuing a career in trades, and the employers who hire them. WBF graduates enter the trades workplace with realistic expectations and a tool kit of essential safety training, theory, hands-on practice and workplace conditioning that ensures they are job-ready on day one.

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. The Company creates value by responsibly developing energy resources and providing world class petroleum products and services. Petro-Canada is proud to be a National Partner to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PCA and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PCZ.

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