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Annual Spirits of Gold Awards

This annual awards and recognition gala celebrates the spirit and generosity of the people, organizations, agencies and workplaces that displayed outstanding leadership and dedication during our annual campaign.

Award Categories  Nominees & Winners          

Awards for the 2016 campaign were presented on February 13, 2017. Take a look at our Facebook album to view photos from last year's awards gala.

2017 Award Categories




This award recognizes candidates in the over 500 employee category that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative campaigns with 40% average participation over 3 years, and candidates in the under 500 employee category that have demonstrated outstanding and innovative campaigns with 50% average participation over 3 years. They have an active Leadership Giving program and a commitment to making Calgary a great city for everyone. One award will be given to organizations with over 500 employees and one to organizations with under 500 employees.



This award recognizes organizations that have engaged the next generation (20 and 30 year olds) in their campaign through specific events, educational activities and on their Campaign Committee.



This award celebrates noteworthy campaigns that demonstrate industry excellence. Appreciating the diversity in size and scope of our 900 workplace supporters, the winning organization may have exhibited strong management support, a significant increase in Leadership giving and total donations, a surge in employee involvement and has taken a fresh and innovative approach to their United Way campaign. All candidates embody United Way’s philosophy of making Calgary a great city for everyone.



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 at any time within the past five years. Eligible candidates demonstrate a commitment to the community by empowering their employees or the community to give, volunteer, and act.



This award recognizes a United Way Campaign Volunteer who has exceeded expectations and created a greater awareness of United Way in the community and workplace through their personal involvement and initiative.



This award recognizes organizations and employees who have demonstrated outstanding support of the Core Giving Program. Core donors are those who give up to $1,199 per year. The nominated organizations have demonstrated excellent use of the Core Giving materials, have high participation and engagement rates, and have shown an increase in their Core donor base and Core dollars raised over the previous year.



This award recognizes organizations and employees who have demonstrated outstanding support of the Leadership Giving program. Leaders are those individuals who give $1,200 to $9,999 on an annual basis. Candidates have shown a significant increase in Leadership donors and dollars over the previous year.



This award recognizes companies or groups that have taken a unique, innovative, and refreshed approach to fundraising for United Way. Companies nominated in this category have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to United Way by engaging their employees and the community in an exciting way.



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 an increase of donors. Candidates also demonstrated significant management support. One award will be given to organizations with over 500 employees and one to organizations with under 500 employees.



This award recognizes organizations and their employees who have demonstrated outstanding support for employee volunteerism. Examples include United Way Day of Caring® projects (year-round), inviting United Way speakers to events, hosting or attending an Immersive Experience, having a strong campaign planning committee and/or ambassador group, and utilizing engagement activities which all demonstrate strong volunteer spirit with the work of United Way in the community.



This award recognizes an initiative or agency that has implemented a socially innovative idea which led to a community or organizational change. Eligible candidates will demonstrate extraordinary inventiveness of a solution and how it breaks from traditional approaches, clearly defined metrics and a measurable record of improvement, and a plan for promoting and continuing innovation.



This award recognizes agencies and their employees who exemplify a commitment to support the Aboriginal community and build awareness to both the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community through their services. Eligible candidates will demonstrate an internal policy to actively include Aboriginal peoples; implement inclusion and consultation practices of Aboriginal peoples in service design, cultural practices, and governance; and include knowledge and awareness of the topic of intergenerational trauma.



This award recognizes a collaborative initiative which has developed significant partnerships with community agencies, community groups, government, businesses and/or citizens to address and alleviate complex social problems that can’t be solved by one sector or organization alone in order to achieve large-scale, lasting social change. Eligible candidates will identify a community gap in collaboration; collaborate with others toward influencing systems and policy change; develop collaborative approaches that strengthen the network and capacity of non-profits; and achieve outcomes that would not be possible alone.



This award recognizes agencies and their employees who exemplify a commitment to making their services open and accessible to the diverse citizens in our community. To be eligible, five areas will be assessed including: leadership - raising awareness of equality, diversity, and inclusion issues; a dedicated approach to increasing diversity and inclusion, specific engagement strategies to encourage employee, community, and stakeholder engagement; integration of diverse populations in service design; and a demonstrable impact on the creation of equality, diversity, and inclusion.



This award recognizes a United Way Campaign/ Cabinet Volunteer who has exceeded expectations and given their time to create greater awareness of United Way within their industry.



The President’s Award is awarded annually at Spirits of Gold and can be awarded to individuals, corporate partners or other groups and is our most prestigious award. It is at the sole discretion of the President with insight provided by staff.  Recipients are not eligible if they have won the award in the past 5 years.


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2017 Event sponsors

Thank you to these amazing sponsors who have made our February 13 event possible!

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2016 Campaign Cabinet

Our volunteer Campaign Cabinet develops plans and strategies for our annual workplace campaign. They also play a pivotal role in mobilizing Calgarians to give locally and support the community where we all live and work. These volunteers lend their unique business expertise to their sector and ensure we're meeting the needs of our workplace donors.


Deborah Yedlin,
Business and Energy Columnist,
Calgary Herald

Mick Dilger
President & Chief Executive Officer, 
Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Cabinet Members

Community Individual Giving

Leaders Cabinet

Dave Fillo,
Business Manager, 
Shell Canada Limited

Janet Soles,
Community Member

Major Donor Cabinet

Noralee Bradley

Shane Fildes,
Executive Managing Director,
BMO Capital Markets

Workplace Giving

Major Energy & Industry

Al Monaco
President and Chief Executive Officer,
Enbridge Inc.

Alex Pourbaix
Chief Operating Officer, President, Energy and Oil Pipelines,
TransCanada Corporation

Oil & Gas & Services

Kent Ferguson
Managing Director & Co-Head Canadian Energy, Global Investment Banking, 
RBC Capital Markets

Ryan Kubik
Former President & CEO, 
Canadian Oil Sands Limited 


Mike MacSween
Executive Vice President, Major Projects, 

Simon Nottingham
Vice President & General Manager,
Fluor Canada Ltd.


Ken Davies
Lumina Management Consultants

Rick Begg
Vice President & Chief Information Officer,
Parkland Fuel Corporation

Financial Services

Marc Joiner,
Deloitte LLP

Paul Smith
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice-President, Corporate Development,
Vesta Energy


Kim Ruse,
Executive Director,
Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter

Jeff Loomis,
Executive Director,

General Business

Robert Hayes
Head of Personal & Commerical Banking, Western Canada,
National Bank of Canada

Christine Mihailedes
Executive Vice President, Retail Distribution & Channel Strategy,

Professional Services

Alan O'Brien,
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Company Secretary, 
Nexen Energy ULC (a CNOOC Limited Company)

Susan Jones,
Senior Vice President & Chief Legal Officer,
Agrium Inc.

Construction & Real Estate

Dwight Jack,
Vice President, Office Leasing,
Brookfield Office Properties

Nicholas Darling,
Director, Construction Strategies,
Chandos Construction Ltd.

Public Sector Giving


Diane Kenyon
Vice President, University Relations, 
University of Calgary

Elka Walsh
Director, Institutional Planning & Analysis


Rick L. Brown,
Executive Vice President,
Corporate Services,
Alberta Energy Regulator

Paula Futoransky,
Executive Vice President,
Business Integration,
National Energy Board

Kurt Hanson,
Director of Recreation, Community Services & Protection Services,
The City of Calgary


Julie Kerr,
Senior Operating Officer,
Alberta Health Services

Outreach Initiatives


Bryan Arthur,
Managing Partner,
DHR International



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2016 Spirits of Gold Award Recipients & Nominees

United Way's Spirits of Gold Awards recognize and celebrate the spirit and generosity of the people, agencies, and workplaces that displayed outstanding leadership and dedication during our Annual Campaign. The celebration of our 2016 campaign took place on February 13, 2017.

George Blondeau Indigenous Support and Awareness Builder

Recipient: Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary

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Boys & Girls Clubs of Calgary

Catholic Family Services

Social Innovation

Recipient: Women's Centre

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Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse

Calgary Women's Emergency Shelter

Foothills Academy Society – Camp Amicus

Wood's Homes

Together We Can

Recipient: Circle of Supports

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CMHA - Calgary Council for Addiction and Mental Health

Refugee Resettlement Advisory Committee

Welcome to United Way

Recipient: ORLEN Upstream Canada Ltd.

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Canbriam Energy Inc.

Parex Resources Inc.

Core to the Community

Recipient: The City of Calgary

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Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.

Enterprise Rent-a-Car


Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.

Employees Making a Difference in the Community

Recipient: Bonavista Energy Corporation

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Canadian Natural Resources Limited

Fluor Canada Ltd.


Keywest Projects Ltd. & Northridge Projects Inc.

Gen Next

Recipient: PwC

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PCL Construction Management Inc.

Shell Canada Limited

Campaign Innovation

Recipient: 101.5 KooL FM and WILD 953

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Concorde Entertainment Group

Do Gooders: Lourdes Juan, James Boettcher, Mandy Balak, Gareth Lukes, Aly Velji, Gill Co, Mike Morrison, Ken Lima-Coelho, Amber Schinkel

Quantum Leap

Over 500 Employees

Recipient: Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.

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BMO Financial Group



Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

University of Calgary

Under 500 Employees

Recipient: Blakes

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ISL Engineering

Veresen Inc.



Leading the Way

Recipient: Imperial

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Alberta Electric System Operator

Perpetual Energy Inc.

Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc.

TD Bank Group

University of Calgary

Xerox Canada Ltd.

People Power

Recipient: Whilna Stewart-Franklin, UPS Canada Ltd.

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Andrea Bosnjak, Nexen Energy ULC

Gail Dalrymple, Mona Bartsoff & Jo-Anne Longworth, FortisAlberta, Inc.

Jennifer Foxley & Jon Faber, Pason System Corp.

Kelly Knight Dasko, University of Calgary

Joanne Lipinski, AltaLink

Sari Paterson, ARC Financial Corp.

David Sandoz, Human Services Alberta

Josh Smith, Spectra Energy

Awards of Excellence

Over 500 Employees

Recipient: BMO Financial Group

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Deloitte LLP

Enbridge Inc.

ENMAX Corporation

Fluor Canada Ltd.


Pembina Pipeline Corporation


Under 500 Employees

Recipient: Perpetual Energy Inc.

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Alberta Utilities Commission

Keyera Corp.

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

TransAlta Corporation



Award of Excellence (Individuals)

Recipients: Craig & Cara Senyk


President's Award

Recipient: RBC

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Division Excellence

Our Division Awards recognize those running outstanding campaigns within their sector. Congratulations to this year's winners!

Agencies: Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre

Engineering & Technology: WorleyParsons

Financial Services: Scotiabank

General Business: Costco Wholesale Canada Inc.

Major Energy: TransAlta Corporation

Oil & Gas: Gibsons

Professional Services: Deloitte LLP

Public Sector: Canada Revenue Agency

Real Estate: Ferguson Corporation


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Thank You!

Thank you to all the organizations listed below who so generously supported United Way of Calgary and Area! 

Outstanding Workplace Campaigns

Thank you to all the organizations who invested $5,000 or more with United Way in 2016.

2016 Sponsors & 2017 Sponsors

A huge thank you to the individuals and companies who sponsored United Way in 2016 and 2017. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, no donor dollars are ever used for United Way events. 

Sponsored Employee Program Sponsors

Last year, these organizations participated in United Way's Sponsored Employee Program by seconding an employee or providing sponsorship.

President's Circle and Corporate Million Dollar Round Table

United Way is pleased to acknowledge the tremendous cumulative gifts of our corporate partners.

Thanks A Million Awards

Congratulations and Thanks a Million to Canada's leading corporations, employers and labour organizations that—together with their employees or members-raised $1-million or more in 2014 in support of United Way Centraide.