For Children and Youth

Arts Commons

For many years we have been a strong supporter of Arts Commons, one of Canada’s largest arts centres. The ConocoPhillips Hub for Inspired Learning – a partnership of Arts Commons, Campus Calgary, the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Catholic School District – is an innovative, curriculum-based program that moves the classroom into Calgary’s premier arts and cultural setting for a week. The Hub provides more than 500 students annually with applied learning and integrated educational programming, including opportunities to develop creative thinking and conceptual learning, cultivate practical problem-solving skills and empower personal development.


We support Beakerhead’s Ingenuity Challenge, an initiative that engages classrooms across Alberta to encourage creative and innovative ways of thinking.

Calgary Board of Education

The ConocoPhillips Innovation Incubator is designed to build teachers’ design thinking capabilities, so they are better able to provide innovative learning experiences for students. Sponsoring the Incubator and promoting STEAM education to students is a logical fit for us given that innovation is essential for our business success and our employees apply science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics to their work every day.   

We’re proud to support Books for Kids, a CBE initiative that gives books to kids who may have limited access to reading materials at home. Approximately 7,500 kids in 50 CBE schools benefited from the program last year.

Calgary Zoo

We support the Calgary Zoo’s Biofacts Interpretive Collection, which enhances learning opportunities for visitors to the zoo while delivering a conservation message. Our support for the program also helps to build and expand learning kits for the zoo’s school programs, including summer camps. In 2018, our support helped the zoo connect with more than 1.48 million public visitors and 59,000 participants in registered programs.

The Educational Partnership Foundation

We are pleased to support The Educational Partnership Foundation’s programming for Alberta youth from kindergarten to Grade 12. The Foundation’s programs strive to help students grow their confidence, knowledge and skills so they can become creative and thoughtful leaders.   

Inside Education Wetland Program

Inside Education is a non-profit organization that helps Alberta teachers and students better understand the science, technology and issues related to our environment and natural resources. In 2017 and 2018 we sponsored wetland field trips facilitated by Inside Education for elementary students in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. During these field trips, the students learned about wetland ecosystems in their area, including how to identify the plants and animals living there. As a company committed to environmental stewardship, we are proud to sponsor the Inside Education Wetland Program that promotes this value in the next generation.

Project Heavy Duty  

Project Heavy Duty is a valuable hands-on training program offered to high school students by School District No.60 in Fort St. John, BC. In the program, students learn about and get the opportunity to operate many kinds of heavy equipment under the close supervision of qualified operators. The students receive training on heavy equipment, including crawler/dozers, excavators, graders, rock trucks and a variety of logging equipment, on a real job site.  

TELUS Spark Prototype Project

The Prototype Project is a four-month learning opportunity for junior high and high school students to develop prototypes to communicate complex science topics. TELUS Spark experts and corporate volunteers mentor students and their teachers throughout the project to help students design, build, test, and refine their own interactive science centre exhibits. Through the design thinking process, students explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) concepts while immersed in a hands-on, project-based learning opportunity. 

For Young Adults / Post-Secondary

ConocoPhillips Low Pressure Steam Room (SAIT)

We were proud to support SAIT with the commissioning and capital requirements necessary to open its new state-of-the-art, fully-automated Power Engineering training facility. The facility provides students with hands-on training with the same equipment they will be expected to operate upon graduation.

NAIT Power Engineering Technology Program

Industrial development continues to result in the expansion of work responsibilities for Power Engineers. We’re proud to support the NAIT Power Engineering Technology program, which is vital to building the skilled workforce Alberta needs.

University of Calgary Engineering Safety & Risk Management Program

We support this program that provides safety and risk management training for students in the four-year engineering program.

University of Calgary International Resources Industries & Sustainability (IRIS) Program

Sustainable resource development has become a high impact and high priority research area for the University of Calgary and members of IRIS have been creating, translating and disseminating leading-edge research on the topic. The ConocoPhillips IRIS Seminars have expanded to include topics on partnerships with First Nations, life-cycle analyses of oil sands products, nuclear power, and sustainability and corporate ethics.  

Indigenous Communities

Indigenous Leadership Management Program at The Banff Centre

We are pleased to provide scholarships for indigenous leaders living in communities near our Surmont oil sands joint venture to participate in The Banff Centre’s Indigenous Leadership Management Program. This world-renowned program provides indigenous leaders with opportunities to develop the necessary skills to lead their communities toward better social, economic and cultural futures. The program combines traditional cultural practices and values with the core competencies required for success in the business world. 

Janvier Sekweha Youth Centre

Sekweha supports youth-led programming and services for indigenous children and young adults in the communities of Janvier and Chard. It offers after school programming, collaborates with the community on events like Dene Days and Treaty Days, runs an annual Youth-Elder Dinner, and organizes trips out of the community so youth can participate in sporting, educational and entertainment events, land-based learning activities and cultural camps. Camps are especially important as they connect community, culture and curriculum for youth, and provide opportunities for youth to spend time with and learn from Elders. We are pleased to support Sekweha’s important work to improve literacy, school attendance and school achievement.    

Land Based Learning Course at Bill Woodward School

We are proud to support indigenous education initiatives such as the Land Based Learning course at Bill Woodward School in Fort McMurray. Led by a local Anzac resident and Elders from the Fort McMurray First Nation #468, the course teaches students about animal harvesting, trapping and wildlife management, survival tactics, and fishing in lakes and rivers. This course helps ensure that students learn the traditional ways of respecting the land, themselves, the animals and their history.   

Sunchild E-Learning Community

The SCcyber E-learning Community provides indigenous youth and adults living in remote locations with the opportunity to take online courses that follow the Alberta school curriculum. Students attend classes via their mobile devices and interact with teachers through a live teaching interface. This e-learning model helps to keep students in school and enables adults to upgrade their own skills to increase their ability to participate more fully in the economy. We are proud to support this important program.   

Women Building Futures Society

Women Building Futures (WBF) is an organization focused on generating economic prosperity for women through assessment and skills training, workforce training and coaching, and job search training and retention support. We are proud to support their work with indigenous women in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.