Nexen's Tony Mankowski, Nadine Finch, Jim Arnold and school principal Geoff Petley-Jones look at the plaque on the front entrance to the school.

October 27, 2011

Nexen proudly attended the grand opening of the Bill Woodward School in Anzac, Alberta. Local dignitaries joined Jim Arnold, Senior Vice President, and Tony Mankowski, Vice President, Operations and approximately 150 students from grades 4 to 9 to celebrate the opening of the new school.

In conjunction with our Long Lake opening in 2008, Nexen invested $2.5 million in the school, with $1.5 million earmarked for expenses related to enhancing educational experience and an additional $1 million for post-secondary scholarships for future graduates of Bill Woodward School.

In a speech to the guests at the opening Tony said, “Putting forth a solid business case for a new school required countless meetings and phone calls and plenty of paperwork. It also required the active support of every key stakeholder group within the community, including the oil sands industry and Nexen. Given the close proximity of our Long Lake oil sands facility to Anzac -- and our desire and commitment to being a ‘good neighbour’ -- it was an easy decision to lend our voice to the ‘choir’.

“There is no better way to safeguard the future than by investing in the potential of our young people. And we, at Nexen, feel honoured and privileged to have been a part of that bright future, in Anzac and at the Bill Woodward School.”

The Bill Woodward School contribution is not the only educational investment of note Nexen has made recently in the Fort McMurray area. Nexen announced a pledge of $750,000 to boost a new campaign launched by the Keyano College Foundation. Nexen is supporting the first phase of the planned Oilsands Trades & Technology Centre. The cornerstone of the centre is the Oilsands Power & Process Engineering Lab for which the college is hoping to raise over $5 million in cash and gift-in-kind donations.

The construction of the lab will allow the college to dramatically increase enrollment as well as developing new programming to support the energy industry in areas including instrumentation, heating and cooling.

“Nexen is committed to the region of Wood Buffalo,” said Tony in a Keyano press release. “We know we need a well trained workforce available to assist us in our growth. Investing in Keyano College Foundation’s campaign is vital to our company‘s future stability.”

Construction on the lab is expected to begin in 2012.

See the media release from the Keyano College Foundation.