We support innovative educational and training programs that help develop the leaders of tomorrow and enhance employment opportunities and access to employment pathways.
We support programs that provide basic educational skills, including literacy and numeracy, as well as those that improve school attendance and address barriers to employment.
In Canada, Chevron has provided contributions to Coast Mountains School District, Fort Nelson Literacy Society, Fort Nelson Family Development Society and multiple scholarships including the North West Community College’s Trades Bursary Fund We also support a variety of education programs including:
Chevron Open Minds
Chevron Canada’s flagship program, Chevron Open Minds, has been running for more than 20 years. Open Minds is an innovative, international award-winning learning program that provides a hands-on, out-of-classroom experience for students, focusing on observation, writing and critical-thinking skills. By stepping out of the classroom for a week of learning, students are able to slow down, develop critical thinking and observation skills and build confidence. In 2016, the 100,000 student will attend the Campus Calgary / Open Minds program which includes 11 sites in Calgary funded by a variety of organizations. Chevron supports four Open Minds sites in Alberta and one in Newfoundland and Labrador. To learn more, please visit:
- Cross Conservation School, Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area - Calgary, Alberta
- Heritage School, Fort McMurray Historical Society - Fort McMurray, Alberta
- Museum School, Glenbow Museum - Calgary, Alberta
- Open Minds at The Rooms - St. John's, Newfoundland
- Science School, TELUS Spark - Calgary, Alberta
- Zoo School, Calgary Zoo - Calgary, Alberta
Fuel Your School
The Chevron Fuel Your School program was launched in Canada in 2013 in Surrey, British Columbia. The Fuel Your School program has since provided over $1.3 million in funding for classroom projects and resources that support learning in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In Canada, the program is run in collaborative partnership with the My Class Needs Foundation. Chevron is expanding the Fuel Your School program throughout the Lower Mainland in 2016. In 2015, Chevron invested $565,000 in British Columbia schools.
Watch Fuel Your School in Action:
Since 2010 Chevron has had a multi-faceted partnership with Calgary Reads which includes the donation of time, money and talent. Calgary Reads supports literacy in Calgary-area schools through programs for kids, teachers and parents. Chevron employees have volunteered as tutors and visiting readers, and offered technical skills such as graphic design to the organization. Each year the Calgary office donates thousands of books to the annual Book Drive fundraiser.
The Chevron Learning Pathway is an environmental educational walk in a popular downtown park in Calgary. By travelling along the pathway, visitors can learn how a wetland works and discover meaningful information about wildlife, habitat and water quality. The Chevron Learning Pathway combines two important community objectives: environmental protection and education. Chevron was a founding partner of the Learning Pathway in partnership with Parks Foundation Calgary and the City of Calgary Parks.
Chevron provides a number of scholarships for engineering students at the University of Alberta, University of Calgary and through our University Partnership Program with Memorial University. Chevron also sponsors the Chevron Canada Outstanding Student Paper in Seismology through the Canadian Geophysical Union and has created a scholarship program for students attending Aurora College in the Northwest Territories.
Memorial University of Newfoundland Memorial University of Newfoundland
joined Chevron’s University Partnership Program
in 2008. Since then, the company and the university have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship. Chevron funds the Chevron Chair in Petroleum Engineering and the Chevron Chair in Reservoir Characterization, and in 2011 committed $2 million in funding for student scholarships and awards over a ten-year period. Many interns, co-op students and new hires come to Chevron Canada from MUN and become valuable members of the Chevron team.
Let’s Talk Science
Chevron Canada’s partnership with Let’s Talk Science is focused on building awareness of STEM-related career opportunities with junior high and high school students. A variety of Chevron employees will share stories about their education and career paths through CurioCity, Let’s Talk Science’s free, web-based program filled with career content and exciting STEM resources. In addition, we are supporting a pilot program in two schools in northern British Columbia. The goal is to establish an integrated, school wide approach to STEM and career awareness programs with students, educators and families.
NSERC/Chevron Industrial Chair at the University of Calgary
In 2015, Chevron Canada entered into an agreement with the University of Calgary and the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada to establish the NSERC / Chevron Industrial Research Chair in Microseismic System Dynamics. Chevron and NSERC are each contributing $900,000 over five years to fund the chair. The chair will be held by Dr. David Eaton, a professor of Geophysics in the department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary and an internationally renowned seismologist. The chair is aligned with Chevron’s technology research around the increased use of microseismic data to help understand reservoir characterization, and to optimize development of the company’s unconventional shale resources in the Horn River/Liard Basins in northeast British Columbia and the Kaybob Duvernay area of Alberta.
Junior Achievement Aboriginal Financial Literacy Program
Chevron sponsors Junior Achievement’s Aboriginal Financial Literacy Program which helps Aboriginal youth improve their skills in money management, credit, savings, tax, and insurance issues.
Leadership Development Program - The Banff Centre
Chevron supports scholarships for individuals with non-profit backgrounds to attend leadership development programs at The Banff Centre, equipping them with the skills to help them achieve change in their organizations and communities.
HR MacMillan Space Centre “Star Lab”
Since 2014, Chevron Canada has partnered with the HR MacMillan Space Centre to bring Starlab 2.0, a digital portable planetarium, to communities in Northern British Columbia. This innovative STEM education program allows students and communities to be inspired by space and the world around them.
Wet’suwet’en “Bridging to Trades”
Chevron provided support for the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s “Bridging to Trades” program. This holistic approach to learning helps address the broader challenges that can exist for students and helps set them up for success in both their education and future careers.