FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Over $14,000 Raised by the Petroleum Services Sector to Support Post-Secondary Education
Calgary, Alberta (July 25, 2017)– The Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) today announced its annual Education Fund Golf Classic tournament raised over $14,000 thanks to the generosity of oil-patch employees and their guests as well as the numerous sponsors who took to the fairways in De Winton yesterday. Over 100 golfers participated in the tournament, which took place at the Carnmoney Golf & Country Club.
The annual tournament is the primary fundraiser for the PSAC Education Fund which was established in 2001 to promote the awareness of careers in the petroleum services sector and to create a labour pool for the upstream petroleum services sector. Since 2001, the Fund has awarded over $375,000 in scholarships and grants to deserving recipients.
“Once again, the petroleum services sector came through with their generosity to support continuing education despite the persistent difficult economic times in this sector,” says Mark Salkeld, President & CEO of PSAC. It’s inspiring to see the spirit of community giving here at our Education Fund Golf Tournament and in the communities where our members work as they still want to contribute understanding that the challenging economic times affects not only them, but all Albertans.”
PSAC awarded Core Member scholarships to ten students this year. They are:
The 2017 Roger Soucy Legacy Scholarship Funded by KPMG was awarded to Tyler Blanchette of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, affiliated with Gibson Energy.
The PSAC Education Fund also provides financial support to PSAC scholarship programs for students enrolled in petroleum services related programs at Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton; Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary; Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon; Keyano College in Fort McMurray, and Northern Lights College at various campuses throughout northeastern British Columbia.
The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is the national trade association representing the service, supply and manufacturing sectors within the upstream petroleum industry. As the voice of the sector, PSAC advocates for its members to enable the continued innovation, technological advancement and in-the-field experience they supply to Canada’s energy explorers and producers, helping to increase efficiency, improve safety and protect the environment. PSAC member companies represent a significant portion of the business volume generated in the oil and gas services industry.