Community is important to us, and the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't changed this. Read on to see how we continue to support our communities across the globe during these unprecedented times.
Here what we've been up to in the community! Thanks to ATB CEO Curtis Stange for the #3Things4Neighbours challenge nomination.
Our team has been busy in the community delivering meals to seniors, providing shelter for family gatherings and holding a drive-thru grad. Our CEO Nancy Southern invites TransAlta's Dawn Farrell, Cenovus's Alex Pourbaix & CANA's Luke Simpson to take part.
Supporting seniors in our communities
Since 1930, ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen has been here sharing recipes and advice with you. Our original aim was helping homemakers get the best results when using natural gas. Back then, it was an exciting and new fuel to most Albertans. We taught them how to use new appliances powered by natural gas and offered recipes best suited for this “wonder fuel.”
Today, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are sharing our meals with isolated seniors. ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen is proud to work with the Calgary Seniors’ Resource Society to provide meals to isolated seniors in Calgary. Physical distancing has left many seniors feeling particularly isolated and alone. That’s why our talented and caring culinary team has committed to provide more than 5,000 nutritious and delicious meals to seniors who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and live alone, with a caregiver or in a seniors’ complex in Calgary.
Our partnership with Alberta Health Services
In addition to meals, we’re sharing the chance for families to stay connected. Through our Equipment Loaner Program—a program that has for many years allowed various community organizations to borrow ATCO tents, BBQs and soundstage set-ups, free of charge—we’re dedicating our suite of equipment exclusively to support Alberta Health Services (AHS) in the face of COVID-19.
Our partnership with AHS began in April 2020 when provincial health care staff from Grande Prairie and Peace River reached out with a need for outdoor shelter to support drive-thru COVID-19 testing, which we were pleased to deliver.
Later, the province of Alberta expressed a need to provide seniors and their families some shelter from the outdoor elements in order to support outdoor visitations and smaller physical-distancing gatherings. Our ATCO canopy tents are now providing some shade and comfort for seniors at care centres across Alberta!
Care centres can apply online to request canopies at their location and, if required, our people will help deliver and set up the tents onsite.
ATCO's Spruce Meadows Mobile Experience
If you're like us, we were sorely missing the beauty, sights and smells of world-class sport and entertainment venue, Spruce Meadows, after COVID-19 pandemic restrictions led them to cancel their 2020 Tournament season, so we decided to do something exciting and bring the experience to five lucky contest winners nominated by their peers.
The Choy, Desjardins, Black, Sesay, Barker and Bischke families were selected to experience “ATCO’s Spruce Meadows Mobile Experience”, bringing the sights, smells and tastes of Spruce Meadows right to their doorstep.
As a proud partner of Spruce Meadows, ATCO is excited to bring this experience to Calgarians. Learn more here.
Drive Thru Grad 2020
Drive Thru Grad 2020 was created when a local Calgary events company, a group of parents, and sponsors like ATCO, joined forces to create a memorable experience for high school grads whose graduation ceremonies were cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The goal was to provide graduates to walk across stage and celebrate with their classmates at a safe social distance.
See more here.
ATCO responds to Fort McMurray Floods amidst COVID-19 precautions
Fort McMurray is no stranger to Mother Nature’s whims. Flooding is a regular spring-time occurrence; however, the most recent one to hit the city in April 2020 was the worst they’d seen in years. Add to that a global pandemic and it’s safe to say residents and responders have had a lot on their plates.
It was all-hands-on-deck in Fort McMurray with our Utilities crews working around the clock to ensure gas valves were turned off, outages responded to, and–first-and-foremost–that customers and employees stayed safe, all while maintaining COVID-related protocols.
We want to extend a HUGE thank you to all our people in Fort McMurray helping to keep residents and each other safe in these unprecedented “pandemic + crisis” circumstances. We salute you.
Photos of the flood can be found here.
ATCO team lends their expertise to Alberta Health Services
Early conversations with Alberta Health Services (AHS) revealed help was urgently needed in the form of engineers, armed with their disciplined project planning skills, critical thinking and attention to detail. Enter two of ATCO’s best and brightest: Margaret Kulinski, EIT, and Stephen Melle, Engineer, were seconded to two temporary roles within AHS on April 15. Since then they have been supporting AHS to streamline processes and procedures, bolster community initiatives and prepare for the province's phased reopening plan.
Dr. Jia Hu, medical officer of health for AHS' Calgary Zone, says that bringing in outside perspective during a time of crisis and uncertainty can be just what's needed to push through gridlocks in processes that have a critical impact on preparing our healthcare system to handle something as far-reaching and largely unfamiliar as a pandemic.
Margaret and Stephen will be completing research work, a deep-dive into the effects of re-opening various parts of society on case counts, comparing data from other parts of Canada and countries around the world that are at different stages of reopening their economies throughout their work term.
ATCO operating health screening checkpoint at Canada/USA border
ATCO Frontec is pleased to support Alberta’s pandemic response efforts through a contract with the Government of Alberta to provide a new health screening checkpoint as travellers cross the border from Montana into Alberta.
Coordinating with Alberta Health Services, Alberta Transport, and the Canadian Border Services Agency, we will be operating the COVID-19 screening checkpoint to the north of the Coutts Port of Entry. ATCO is providing the command and control organization, medical screeners and logistic services. The checkpoint is scheduled to operate until at least September 30, 2020.
Our experienced Disaster and Emergency Management team is managing this opportunity to serve Albertans through this pandemic as restrictions as lessened. Prioritizing safety is integral to our ATCO culture and the chance to expand our work through serving the Government of Alberta is one we take seriously. As we see restrictions from the COVID-19 shut-down being lifted, it’s important to remain vigilant to reduce the risks of a new wave of infections.
ATCO develops and installs new turnkey medical solutions for Mexico
On the frontlines, through these difficult times, health professionals around the world are working day and night to help those suffering from COVID-19. Our incredible team at ATCO Espaciomovil in Guadalajara, Mexico has stepped up in a big way to help these modern-day heroes.
ATCO is the largest manufacturer of modular products in the Mexican market, with the second largest fleet of rental assets in the country. Most recently, as part of a two-part contract, we are designing and constructing medical clinics for group Grupo Modelo, one of the world's top breweries. These clinics will be donated to support ongoing medical efforts in Mexico City and Tijuana.
The first project was recently completed in just five days—a small modular clinic for the Government of Mexico´s National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER) in Mexico City–which was the first hospital in the country to receive and treat COVID-19 patients. The unit will function as a standalone reception and initial examination area.
The second project, currently underway, is much more ambitious—a full modular hospital for the city of Tijuana in the northern state of Baja. We hope to have this building completed in 14 days or less.