A pair of hawks at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) undergoing rehabilitation.

December 5, 2011

Nexen has donated $70,000 to the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) to support the protection of bird species and other wildlife. The investment of $35,000 in 2011 and $35,000 in 2012 to the AIWC – located in Rocky View County – is part of Nexen’s Balzac Heritage Project. This initiative is spearheaded by employees Bob Simpson, GM, Balzac Operations, Glenna Ferguson, Administrative Controller, Ray Rowland, Manager, Special Projects Field, Brian McAusland, Manager, Responsible Care and Lynn McQueen, Analyst, Social Responsibility.

The team’s focus is to find community investment opportunities to further strengthen the ties Nexen has with Rocky View County, having operated a sour gas processing plant in Balzac for 50 years. The plant stopped production in the spring of 2011 and is now in the hands of a team of environmental and reclamation professionals who will safely and responsibly manage decommissioning, reclamation and remediation activities.

“This generous donation will be used towards housing, rehabilitation and the purchase of equipment to provide care to a variety of species including bald eagles, hawks, great horned owls, red fox and beavers,” says Diana Segboer, Executive Director of AIWC which provides assistance to over 230 species of wildlife, helping to rehabilitate approximately 2,000 wildlife patients a year.

"The funds we have received from Nexen will have an immediate impact on our ability to purchase items and complete projects that will positively affect the wild patients who need care now and in the future,” she adds.

Pierre Alvarez, Nexen’s Vice President of Corporate Relations explains, “We wanted to find a way to help protect wildlife in the local community and also build on the strong relationship we have with Balzac and Rocky View. This investment is an excellent way to achieve both those goals.”