Our sincere thanks and congratulations!

In 2020, everything changed—except your incredible dedication to your local community.  As we look back on the past year, our Community Impact Awards celebrate organizations that have exceeded all expectations of what it means to be an outstanding corporate citizen.

By coming together to meet crisis with kindness, you helped ensure our most vulnerable family members, friends, and neighbours were not left behind and improved the lives of countless Calgarians. That is community impact!

Explore all awards, recipients and nominees below.

President’s Award

Honoured for exceptional contribution to United Way and our community, this organization has been chosen for this special recognition because of its inspiring commitment and efforts in support of our city.

The 2020 recipient is:

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AltaLink ran their best campaign yet, exceeding last year’s contributions by matching all donations 1:1!
They transformed their plans quickly to meet the needs of a virtual workforce, offering a plethora of engagement, volunteering, and fundraising initiatives online—including a fun Hollywood Square-inspired event that involved employees and leadership alike.

Award of Excellence (over 250 employees)

This award recognizes candidates that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative campaigns with active Leadership giving programs and a commitment to making Calgary a resilient and caring community where everyone thrives.

Nominees:

  • AltaLink
  • Canada Energy Regulator
  • Canadian Natural Resources Limited
  • Keyera Corp.
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation

The 2020 recipient is:

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Pembina stopped at nothing to ensure an engaging experience for employees, all while transitioning to a virtual campaign. They offered employees the opportunity to learn about social issues, participate in volunteering through United Way’s Community Hubs, contribute to collection drives, and try their luck at a 50/50 draw. Pembina also raised funds through a silent auction, wine raffle, record-setting cheese bun sales, and an exciting wrap-up event at Zoolights. Pembina matched 100% of the money raised at special events to bolster the success of the campaign.

Award of Excellence (under 250 employees)

This award recognizes candidates that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative campaigns with active Leadership giving programs and a commitment to making Calgary a resilient and caring community where everyone thrives.

Nominees:

  • AltaGas
  • McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • NuVista Energy Ltd.
  • PwC
  • Trimac Transportation

The 2020 recipient is:

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Nuvista’s early campaign boasted good weather, fresh air, food trucks, and physically-distanced events—including their own unique take on an Amazing Race! In this exciting event, participants embarked on an adventure around downtown Calgary and enjoyed a little friendly competition. Their campaign was bolstered by strong executive support, match incentives, and the power of technology, with Nuvista employees being engaged through the Philanthropy Cloud platform.

Power of One

This award recognizes a United Way volunteer who has exceeded expectations in creating greater awareness of United Way through their personal involvement and initiative in their workplace campaign.

Nominees:

Sarah Chen – AltaLink

Laurie Elliott – carya

Roxanne Cote – Distress Centre Calgary

Sherri Merkel – Nova Chemicals

Karlyn Stuart – Nutrien

Dave Passingham – PCL Construction

Cindy Graham – University of Calgary

The 2020 recipients are:

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As a donor, volunteer, and supporter of United Way for more than a decade, Cindy Graham has graciously volunteered and participated in every element of United Way campaigns over the years. She is also a competitive force when it comes to periodic table bingo, a special event within the Faculty of Science, where she is the Vice-Dean. With enthusiasm, determination, and a willingness to go above and beyond, she shared United Way’s impact with leadership, staff, and key stakeholders to create momentum, secure support, and engage the entire campus.

Sherri has been a dedicated United Way ambassador for many years. She excels at incorporating new engagement activities in Nova Chemicals’ campaign to educate employees on social issues. Without a campaign committee, Sherri’s contributions are unparalleled—she truly carries the campaign by herself every year.

Quantum Leap (over 250 employees)

This award recognizes organizations and their employees who have achieved significant growth in the current year over the previous year, including an increase in funds raised and number of donors. Candidates also demonstrated significant management support.

Nominees:

  • Brookfield Residential
  • Imperial
  • Nova Chemicals
  • PCL Construction
  • Shell Canada Limited

The 2020 recipient is:

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Imperial joined forces with The Social Impact Lab during their campaign, tapping into their employees’ expertise to help solve the issue of food security by hosting a Disrupt-athon. Seven teams signed up from across the company to participate, with many more joining to watch and listen! By giving employees a chance to get involved, innovate, and have their say in the issues they care about, Imperial saw increased donation and participation rates, keeping their donation links open a month longer than originally planned!

Quantum Leap (under 250 employees)

This award recognizes organizations and their employees who have achieved significant growth in the current year over the previous year, including an increase in funds raised and number of donors. Candidates also demonstrated significant management support.

Nominees:

  • ARC Resources’ Ltd.
  • Catholic Family Service
  • Intact Insurance
  • Sagium
  • Wawanesa Insurance

The 2020 recipient is:

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ARC Resources’ campaign was made possible by a small but mighty planning committee, who worked tirelessly to engage employees in events, facilitated education activities, Day of Caring opportunities, and more. Backed by leadership support, employees were empowered to participate in volunteerism and learn about United Way’s partner agencies over the course of this expanded campaign.

Spirit of Volunteerism, Education, and Engagement

This award recognizes organizations that have demonstrated remarkable creativity and passion in engaging employees during United Way campaigns. Recipients of this award have transitioned to offering meaningful opportunities to staff both virtually and in person.

Nominees:

  • AltaLink
  • BMO Financial Group, including BMO Capital Markets
  • ENMAX
  • EY
  • Fluor
  • Imperial
  • Nutrien
  • RBC, including RBC Capital Markets
  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation
  • PwC
  • Shell Canada Limited
  • Wawanesa Insurance

The 2020 recipient is:

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University of Calgary’s campaign was a campus-wide highlight, creating buzz and engagement across multiple departments and faculties. U of C was quick to get involved in relief efforts for COVID-19, highlights United Way as a key community partner in their strategic plan, and shares the impact of United Way’s work far and wide.

Workplace Excellence

This award celebrates noteworthy campaigns that demonstrated industry excellence by exhibiting strong management support, a significant increase in both Leadership giving and total donations, a surge in employee involvement, and/or has taken a fresh and innovative approach to their United Way campaign.

Welcome to United Way

This award recognizes organizations that are supporting United Way for the first time. To be eligible, the organization must not have conducted an employee campaign during the past five consecutive years.

Help us celebrate with #BeUnited

In the coming days and weeks, we will be celebrating all our award winners on social media. Help us celebrate by sharing their accomplishments and join the conversation using the hashtag #BeUnited.

Don’t forget to follow us so you don’t miss a thing. You might even find some inspiration for your next employee giving campaign!

Adam SlaterCommunity Impact Awards