Eric Newell just seeded $100K into a new initiative to get Fort McMurray’s youth back to work

Eric Newell, former CEO of Syncrude and chair of CAREERS: The Next Generation, is contributing the first $100,000 to the cause. Image: Canada 2020

CAREERS: The Next Generation Foundation is launching a $1,000,000 campaign in Fort McMurray on August 30 to rebuild Fort McMurray and create promising futures in trades and technologies for youth and young apprentices throughout Alberta.

The first priority of the Rebuilding Fort McMurray initiative is to ensure that CAREERS young apprentices in Fort McMurray are back to work as quickly as possible following the wildfire earlier this year.

One of the key priorities of the campaign is to facilitate workforce development partnerships that support youth and young apprentices, including Aboriginal youth throughout the region. On Aug 9, CAREERS entered into partnership agreements with Fort MacKay First Nations and Metis Council 1935.

“This program will help ensure our youth have the necessary tools to transition into the workforce and remain close to home,” said Fort McKay First Nation chief Jim Boucher.

The wildfires in the Fort McMurray region have far reaching effects. CAREERS programs throughout the province may experience a shift of resources to Fort McMurray, diminished resources in other regions, and long-term changes to demands for skilled workers.

Partners like the Electrical Contractors Association of Alberta (ECAA) ensure that young apprentices are encouraged and supported to pursue a future in trades, CAREERS says.

“The wildfires affected all of Alberta. ECAA and our Member Contractors will do what it takes to support Fort McMurray, young apprentices, and CAREERS to assist in the rebuilding, “said Tim Brundage, president of the ECAA Fort McMurray Chapter.

Eric Newell, former CEO of Syncrude and Chair of CAREERS, pledged the first $100,000 and is challenging friends, colleagues and any journeyperson that got their start in Fort McMurray, to join him in supporting this campaign.

“We need to support young apprentices to continue to choose trades and to continue to choose Fort McMurray for lifelong success,” said Newell.

“A lot of people have passed through Fort McMurray in the last 20 years. I encourage them all to consider giving back now to help Fort McMurray youth rebuild Fort McMurray’s future.”

Donations to the Rebuilding Fort McMurray – Creating Youth Futures campaign will support students, young apprentices, employer programs, and partnerships.


Article Compliments of August 26, 2016