The Technology Community Gives Back

Impacting the communities where we live and work.

01, Dec, 2014

Throughout Alberta, we sometimes forget how interconnected we all are. We often live our lives without thinking about how we fit within our own community, and the impact our work has on our province’s progress. We are fortunate to be in a province that provides a wealth of opportunities, and so it comes as no surprise when companies choose to give back.

Associated Engineering, ASET’s 2012 Technical Employer of the Year, has a long history of innovative and technological success. Recognized six times as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, the company has embodied their vision of being a leader, and creating effective solutions to build better communities. But their efforts to build better communities go beyond the services they provide – it’s also the time, effort and money they give to charities throughout Canada.

“With so many groups to partner with, it is the employees’ initiative and passion that really drive the charity work we do,” states Helder Afonso, P.Eng., Vice President & General Manager, Alberta North. “Associated Engineering is proud to support the causes most important to our staff.”

With such a diverse base of employees throughout Canada, it’s easy to understand why there is such an assortment of municipal, provincial, national and international charities that the company supports.

“The best part about our support of charities and non-profit organizations is we try to go beyond simple fundraising,” states Melvin Lacebal, C.E.T., Electrical Engineering Technologist, and one of the many ASET members among the 309 employees in Alberta. “Many activities we do involve using our technological expertise within the community to make it a better place.”

Here is just a sample of Associated Engineering’s charity work:

United Way
The annual United Way fundraising event is directed by a group of employees volunteering their time and effort throughout the campaign. Beyond gathering pledge forms, these employees form sub-committees for different fundraising activities such as the United Through Diversity Lunch and Wine Survivor Challenge. They also dedicate 4-5 of its employees for the United Way Engineering Day of Caring – an event bringing 15 Alberta engineering companies together each year on a collaborative community project in support of the United Way.

Calgary Flood Relief in 2013
During the emergency and recovery efforts of the June 2013 floods in Southern Alberta, many citizens displayed remarkable acts of bravery, resilience, and compassion, helping those who went above and beyond to help family, friends, neighbours, and strangers get back on their feet. In February 2014, ASET member Barry Way, C.E.T., a Senior Engineering Technologist in the Medicine Hat office was recognized as an official Hero of the Flood by the Office of the Premier of Alberta.

Philippine Typohoon Relief
With many staff hailing from the Philippines, and the scale of the tragedy at the forefront of many of their minds, Associated Engineering made a donation to the Typhoon Haiyan Relief efforts, matched by the Federal Government and the Knights of Columbus.

National Shoreline Cleanup
With participation from three of its offices, Associated Engineering cleared hundreds of kilos of garbage from Deer Lake Park in Burnaby, the Walterdale shoreline in Edmonton, and the 23rd Street Beach in Toronto, making these waterfronts a little safer and healthier.

The popular annual Movember campaign – getting men to grow moustaches – aims to fund the Movember Foundation’s men’s health programs, and start conversations about men’s health. Representatives from Burnaby, Edmonton, Regina, Calgary, Saskatoon, Victoria, Toronto, Lethbridge and St. Catharines joined together to bring awareness and understanding of the health risks men face, and encourage men to take action to remain well.

Canstruction for the Food Bank
Canstruction is a not-for-profit, friendly competition between architects, engineers, designers, contractors and the community in general to design and build amazing sculptures out of cans of food. The Edmonton CANstruction team captured the Jurors’ Favourite Award and the opportunity to rebuild their structure at the Taste of Edmonton, sharing Associated Engineering’s creative thinking and community involvement while spreading awareness about the Food Bank and the CANstruction competition.

Row for Kids
Row for Kids is a joint fundraiser for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Edmonton Rowing Club. Having trained hard over the summer, the AE team offered up strong competition to the other boats on race day, winning the first heat and finishing just short of making the finals. In the end, Associated Engineering donated funds collected through both individual efforts and by holding a variety of fundraisers. 

The support of companies, like Associated Engineering, demonstrates their power to improve the quality of individuals’ lives, in Canada and beyond. Everyone benefits from the contribution to others, and so we thank all of those who tirelessly work to impact the communities where we live and work.