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December 20, 2021

CNL ‘crowdfunding’ in support of community causes

In recognition of CNL’s outstanding performance in 2020/2021, our parent company, Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA) decided to do something different with the morale fund allocation this year. While the money, which is provided by the consortium members – SNC Lavalin, Jacobs, and Fluor – is typically used for team events, company apparel or other personal items, this year CNL ran a “crowdfunding campaign” to see how the money could be better spent through investments into local communities or important causes.

Following a week long ‘idea submission’ stage which generated over 90 ideas, a CNL review team then shortlisted and condensed the ideas into 53 eligible applicants, which were then moved forward to an ‘investment stage.’ Each CNL staff member was provided $250 to invest into the project of their choosing. In only four days, employees fully funded 29 ideas that will now receive financial support through the program.

In total, approximately $180,000 is being donated to a number of causes below, many of which directly benefit those in needs within our local communities, including investments in schools, in parks and outdoor trails, in mental health and homelessness, in the protection of animals, and financial aid for the less fortunate.

  • The Northumberland Humane Society
  • Anishinaabe Cultural Circle
  • Child Poverty Action Network (CPAN)
  • The Renfrew County SPCA
  • The Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (Alqonquin Trail)
  • Junior Farmers of Ontario
  • Hospital Health Care Workers in Renfrew County
  • The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County
  • The Laurentian Valley Skating Trail
  • Local Food Banks
  • Bonnechere Museum Geoheritage Trail
  • The Grind
  • Emergency Extraction Equipment
  • St Anthony’s School
  • Outdoor Seating at Port Hope Area Initiative
  • Petawawa Terrace
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)
  • Water First Education and Training for Indigenous Communities
  • Community Turtle Crossing Signs
  • The Tiverton Fire Department
  • Watch My 6 Service Dogs
  • Whitewater Ontario
  • Lac du Bonnet & District Arena
  • Seven Sisters Falls Community Club
  • Dumoine River Canoe Route and Tote Road Trail
  • CNL Ski Day / Mount Martin Ski Club
  • Mackenzie Community School
  • North Renfrew Family Services
  • Petawawa Predators Swim Club


Pictured:  CNL’s Geoff Waddington (L) and CNEA’s Lou Riccoboni (R) present a cheque in the amount of $10,000 to Tracy Russell, Executive Director of North Renfrew Family Services.

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