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CWC Energy Services Corp. Announces the Release of Inaugural ESG Report

CALGARY, ALBERTA – (TSXV: CWC) CWC Energy Services Corp. (“CWC” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the release of its inaugural Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) Report for 2021. The ESG Report covers performance metrics for the 2018 to 2020 fiscal and calendar years and is available on the Company’s website at

“For over 16 years, CWC has provided contract drilling and well services to exploration and production (“E&P”) companies in the oil and natural gas industry in Western Canada and more recently in the United States. From the beginning, CWC has had the goal of providing “Quality People Delivering Quality Service” for our E&P customers. Never has this tag line and statement been truer than today as we extend this to our ESG commitments,” said Duncan Au, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In this inaugural ESG Report, CWC’s objective is to highlight our Company’s ESG profile using the framework established by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (“SASB”) for Oil and Gas Services. This allows us to identify, manage and report on material ESG factors specific to our industry.”

The inaugural ESG Report for 2021 outlines CWC’s approach to responsible ESG practices in three key areas that the Company considers meaningful and material to its business:

Environment: CWC is doing its part to protect and ensure a sustainable future. We are committed to meeting the highest standards and utilizing new technologies, where possible, to further reduce our environmental footprint.

  • With an average age of 11 years, CWC’s nine telescopic double drilling rigs are one of the youngest and most efficient fleets in the WCSB and the U.S. Our newer fleet reduces the drilling time per well by about 50% over historic levels and decreases the land footprint by about 30% compared to a typical AC triple drilling rig; and
  • 99% of CWC’s 145 service rigs have free standing systems, thereby eliminating the need for ground disturbance from guyed wires resulting in stability of the mast while removing a safety hazard on the job site.

Social: At CWC, we believe our people are our greatest asset. The health, safety and well-being of our people – staff, contractors, customers and communities, is our highest priority. Some social accomplishments that we are proud of include:

  • CWC’s Total Recordable Incident Frequency (“TRIF”) has consistently decreased over our 16 year history;
  • CWC promotes a high performing safety culture with the completion of over 32,000 employee and contractor training hours since 2018; and
  • CWC consciously makes an effort to employ local individuals, contractors and service companies within the areas that we operate. In 2021, 7.1% of all CWC employees and contractors identify as Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit).

Corporate Governance: Honesty, integrity and vigilance are core beliefs that guide how we do business. We are committed to fostering a safe and ethical work environment for our shareholders, customers and local communities.

  • Components of material significance are embedded in our strategy for success. For example, we have a robust Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (“QHSE”) system that proactively monitors, measures, adjusts, and reports on our safety program;
  • A portion of executive compensation is linked to QHSE performance; and
  • We strive to create a culture without discrimination, and provide a respectful workplace for all employees regardless of age, ethnicity, religion and gender.

About CWC Energy Services Corp.

CWC Energy Services Corp. is a premier contract drilling and well servicing company operating in Canada and the United States with a complementary suite of oilfield services including drilling rigs, service rigs and swabbing rigs. The Company’s corporate office is located in Calgary, Alberta, with a U.S. office in Denver, Colorado and operational locations in Nisku, Grande Prairie, Slave Lake, Sylvan Lake, Drayton Valley, Lloydminster, Provost, and Brooks, Alberta. The Company’s shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “CWC”.

For more information, please contact:

CWC Energy Services Corp.
610, 205 – 5 Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta   T2P 2V7

Telephone: (403) 264-2177
Email: [email protected]

Duncan T. Au, FCPA, FCA, CFA
President & Chief Executive Officer

Stuart King, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer


Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council recommendations

The Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council has released its recommendations on how to address racism in the province.

The recommendations submitted to the Government of Alberta were based on research from subcommittees on four priority areas: a government that reflects Alberta; preventing and responding to hate crimes and hate incidents; teaching respect for each other; and valuing skills and experiences in the workplace.

“Thank you to all of the members of the Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council for the hard work and time they put into developing these recommendations. I am looking forward to working closely with the council and my colleagues in cabinet in addressing the recommendations to build a safer, more welcoming Alberta and eliminating racism in our province.”

Leela Sharon Aheer, Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

“It is an honour to work alongside such passionate advocates to help guide anti-racism work in this province. These recommendations reflect their dedication to their communities and all Albertans. I look forward to continuing this work alongside the other council members and the Government of Alberta.”

Mohamad Awada, co-chair, Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council

“These recommendations are the culmination of thorough research, community engagement and thoughtful consideration of how the Government of Alberta can better serve racialized communities. I am proud to help lead this council into the next phase of our work to promote more inclusive communities in Alberta.”

China Sochi Ogbonna, co-chair, Alberta Anti-Racism Advisory Council

Alberta’s government has begun work on a number of anti-racism initiatives, including: establishing a hate crime liaison and a Hate Crimes Coordination Unit; formally recognizing First Nations policing under The Police Act; banning the practice of carding; introducing the Alberta Security Infrastructure Program; enacting the Fair Registrations Practices Act and creating the Fairness for Newcomers Office, which helps new Albertans get their credentials recognized; and developing an inclusive communications policy for government. These recommendations will help guide the government’s work on anti-racism initiatives going forward.

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Le Conseil consultatif de lutte contre le racisme de l’Alberta a publié ses recommandations sur la façon de lutter contre le racisme dans la province.

Les recommandations soumises au gouvernement de l’Alberta sont fondées sur les recherches effectuées par des sous-comités sur quatre domaines prioritaires : un gouvernement qui reflète l’Alberta; la prévention et la réponse aux crimes et aux incidents haineux; l’enseignement du respect mutuel; la valorisation des compétences et des expériences en milieu de travail.

« Je remercie tous les membres du Conseil de lutte contre le racisme de l’Alberta du travail et du temps qu’ils ont consacrés à l’élaboration de ces recommandations. J’ai hâte de travailler en étroite collaboration avec ses membres et mes collègues du cabinet pour donner suite à ces recommandations qui permettront de bâtir une Alberta plus sûre et plus accueillante, et d’éliminer le racisme dans notre province. »

Leela Sharon Aheer, ministre de la Culture, du Multiculturalisme et de la Condition féminine

« C’est un honneur pour moi de travailler aux côtés de défenseurs aussi passionnés dans le but d’aider à guider le travail de lutte contre le racisme dans cette province. Ces recommandations reflètent le dévouement des membres envers leurs communautés et toute la population albertaine. J’ai hâte de poursuivre ce travail aux côtés des autres membres du Conseil et du gouvernement de l’Alberta. »

Mohamad Awada, coprésident, Conseil consultatif de lutte contre le racisme de l’Alberta

« Ces recommandations sont l’aboutissement d’une recherche approfondie, d’un engagement communautaire et d’une réflexion profonde sur la façon dont le gouvernement de l’Alberta peut mieux servir les communautés racialisées. Je suis fière de contribuer à diriger ce conseil dans la prochaine phase de notre travail, qui vise à promouvoir des communautés plus inclusives en Alberta. »

China Sochi Ogbonna, coprésidente du Conseil consultatif de lutte contre le racisme de l’Alberta

Le gouvernement de l’Alberta a commencé à travailler sur plusieurs initiatives de lutte contre le racisme, notamment la création d’un poste d’agent de liaison sur les crimes haineux et d’une unité de coordination de lutte contre ces crimes, la reconnaissance officielle des services de police des Premières Nations en vertu de la loi sur la police (Police Act), l’interdiction de pratiquer le fichage, la mise en œuvre du programme de financement des projets d’infrastructure de sécurité de l’Alberta (Alberta Security Infrastructure Program), la promulgation de la loi sur les pratiques d’inscription équitables (Fair Registrations Practices Act) et la création du Bureau des pratiques d’inscription équitables (Fairness for Newcomers Office), qui aide les nouveaux Albertains et les nouvelles Albertaines à faire reconnaître leurs titres de compétences, et l’élaboration d’une politique de communication inclusive pour le gouvernement. Ces recommandations aideront à orienter le travail du gouvernement sur les initiatives de lutte contre le racisme dans l’avenir.

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Federal Lands Initiative calls for proponents to acquire lots at the Village at Griesbach for affordable housing

Edmonton, Alberta – The Federal Lands Initiative, led by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) with support from Public Services and Procurement Canada, Employment and Social Development Canada and Canada Lands Company, is seeking proponents to acquire properties at the Village at Griesbach to create affordable housing projects.

The two lots at 6440 Laubman Street NW and 6409 Laubman Street NW are in the north Edmonton community of the Village at Griesbach, a 620-acre/251-hectare neighbourhood master-planned by Canada Lands Company. The properties are currently vacant.

The Federal Lands Initiative is seeking proponents to make a significant investment to develop the properties into affordable housing projects. Proponents that have an interest in acquiring the lots are invited to submit an application and all supporting documentation via CMHC’s secure portal.

The Federal Lands Initiative is a $200-million fund that supports the transfer of surplus federal lands to eligible proponents to create affordable housing. To date, Canada Lands Company has enabled seven affordable housing projects through the initiative.

Since 1995, the company has facilitated the creation of more than 1,900 affordable housing units across Canada.

Marvin Neumann
Senior Director, Real Estate (Edmonton)
[email protected]


CER joins the Aboriginal Liaison Program in British Columbia

The Canada Energy Regulator (CER) is joining British Columbia’s Aboriginal Liaison Program (ALP). This one-year pilot project aims to expand and enhance the innovative partnership between regulators, government and Northern B.C. First Nations.

The ALP began in 2014 as a partnership between Doig River First Nation and the BC Oil and Gas Commission (BCOGC). Since then, the ALP has grown to include 10 government agencies in British Columbia and 12 Indigenous liaison positions representing 15 First Nations in northern B.C. The ALP and its participants are supported by the BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society.

“The CER’s participation in the ALP is another way we can collaborate with Indigenous communities to ensure Canada’s federally regulated pipelines are safe, the environment is protected, and Indigenous rights are recognized and respected,” said CER Chief Executive Officer Gitane De Silva.

“Being part of this well-established program in Northern B.C. will further our awareness and understanding of the traditional and cultural worldviews of these communities by honouring their expertise in traditional land use, sacred sites, and historical knowledge.”

The Liaison positions are hired by Indigenous communities participating in the ALP. They take part in training to increase their knowledge and understanding of northeastern B.C.’s resource development activities and impacts. Liaisons, as employees of their First Nation, will have their own knowledge and may share community knowledge with participating natural resource agencies and regulators, including the BCOGC and CER.

“As an ALP Liaison, I have worked with a lot of government agencies to build my knowledge and understanding of development activities and impacts, as well as inform community members with objective, reliable information,” says Lori Lineham, a member of the Doig River First Nation and a Liaison since 2015.

“I love working with agency staff to help them understand First Nation’s values and traditional ecological knowledge, and to learn firsthand about my culture and community. Building relationships between First Nations and all Government agencies is important, and I am looking forward to working with the CER and their staff to learn and share knowledge and experiences.”

The northeastern B.C. region is one of Canada’s most active natural gas producing regions. The majority of B.C.’s natural gas production currently comes from the Montney formation and is where virtually all new drilling in the province is occurring. The related pipelines and infrastructure to move this resource to markets is regulated by the BCOGC, the CER, and sometimes the Alberta Energy Regulator when B.C. gas is processed in Alberta.

“This agreement helps build the Aboriginal Liaison Program and expands our ability to develop meaningful relationships between the CER, Indigenous communities participating in the ALP, and provincial agencies. I am pleased to welcome the Canada Energy Regulator to the ALP and look forward in working together to further enhance the program,” said Jacques Corstanje, Executive Director, Northwest Operations, BC Oil and Gas Commission.

Partnerships like this help the CER become a better regulator. Together, the CER and ALP Liaisons will co-develop a plan to build capacity and knowledge of the CER in participating Indigenous communities. CER staff will learn about the unique cultural knowledge and histories of Indigenous peoples in northeastern B.C., while in return hoping to provide Liaisons with objective, reliable and sound information on the CER’s regulatory role in the area.

The CER is committed to the ongoing process of Reconciliation, building a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples based on recognition of rights, respect, cooperation and partnership. The CER will use the learnings and experience from this partnership with the ALP to shape and inform our work in future. The CER will work hard to earn the confidence of the Indigenous communities participating in the ALP. The CER’s participation in the ALP is separate from other ongoing Indigenous partnerships in B.C., such as the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee for the Trans Mountain pipeline and expansion project.

The CER has begun a journey to transform the way we work with Indigenous peoples throughout Canada and is committed to meaningfully involve them in our work to improve regulatory outcomes for all Canadians.

More information on the Aboriginal Liaison Program can be found on the BCOGC website.


New Poll Confirms that a Majority of Indigenous People Support Resource Development

CALGARY, AB, June 14, 2021 – The Indigenous Resource Network, a non-partisan platform for Indigenous workers and business owners involved in resource development, commissioned a poll by Environics Research on Indigenous support for natural resource development. 549 self-identified First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons living in rural areas or on reserve across Canada were interviewed by telephone between March 25 – April 16, 2021.

The poll found that a majority, or 65%, of Indigenous respondents said they supported natural resource development, while only 23% indicated that they were opposed. Asked if a new project were to be proposed near their own community, supporters outweighed opponents 2 to 1 (54% to 26%).

When asked more specifically about types of resource development, majorities supported both mining (59% support vs. 32% oppose) and oil and gas development (53% support vs. 41% oppose). The reason for such high levels of support are clear: job opportunities from resource and economic development were tied with access to health care as the most urgent priority for respondents, as compared to other issues including governance, education, traditional activities, and federal transfers.

“This helps confirm what we’ve seen and heard in our communities. Most of us are not opposed resource to development. We are opposed to being left out,” said John Desjarlais, IRN advisory board member. “In particular, the poll finds that best practices in environmental protection, economic benefits and high safety standards lead to increased Indigenous support for projects.”

“Indigenous peoples have been using their lands and resources for thousands of years. This is not new to us,” stated Arnie Bellis, Chair of the IRN advisory board. “What we want is meaningful inclusion and ownership in the development of our own resources. This will create jobs for our young peoples and provide them with opportunities to develop their intellect.”

Highlights from the Environics poll:

  • Support for resource development was higher for working age (35-54 years) respondents (70%) than their younger cohort (18-34 Years) (56%)
  • Indigenous men were more likely to oppose resource development (28%) than Indigenous women (19%).
  • Strong support for natural resource development was consistently higher among those who felt they were well-informed about the topic. However only three in ten (30%) described themselves as very or extremely informed about the topic. More than one-third felt somewhat well-informed (38%), while three in ten did not feel well-informed (30%).
  • Half of respondents (49%) believed that resource development can definitely be done while respecting the land and the environment definitely can, with another third (36%) indicating that it may or may not be possible. Only one in ten (11%) believed being successful at both was definitely not a possibility.
  • Indigenous people were more likely to support resource development if the project: included best practices in protecting the environment (79%), provided economic benefits such as jobs, business opportunities and revenues for the community (77%), had best practices in safety (77%), consulted the community (69%) and received community support to proceed (62%).
  • The percentage of respondents who identified the following as an “urgent” priority to improving the quality of life in their community included: better access to health care (56%), job opportunities from economic or resource development (55%), better access to education and training (53%); focus on traditional activities such as ceremonies or being on the land (39%); better governance (36%); increased transfer payments from the federal government to the community (33%).

For further information: For media inquiries contact: JP Gladu, Acting Executive Director, IRN, [email protected]


Protecting vulnerable Albertans from hate crimes

Jun 11, 2021

The new Alberta Security Infrastructure Program will help protect targets of hate-motivated crime with funding for security upgrades.

Starting this fall, religious and ethnic organizations and Indigenous groups that are at risk of being targeted by hate-inspired violence or vandalism will be able to apply for grants for security and technology improvements.

Funding for upgrades to facility infrastructure, including security and monitoring systems, will help protect both individuals and property from vandalism and other criminal acts. The program will be flexible and accessible enough to address a range of protective measures, such as security planning, education and training.

“As we tragically witnessed this week, religious and ethnic minorities in Canada remain at risk of being targeted with hate-motivated crime. These cowardly acts of bigotry have no place in our province. Alberta’s government stands shoulder to shoulder with these communities and is proud to deliver on our election commitment to help keep them safe.”

Jason Kenney, Premier

“Complex problems such as hate crimes and racism place an incredible burden on vulnerable Albertans. The Alberta Security Infrastructure Program will empower these Albertans and their communities by providing additional layers of protection for those in need. Empowered communities are safe communities.”

Kaycee Madu, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

“The Alberta Security Infrastructure Program is vital to the safety and security of all Albertans. Racism and hate-motivated crimes impact us all and this program demonstrates our government’s commitment to protecting all Albertans.”

Mickey Amery, MLA for Calgary-Cross

The initial call for grant applications will take place this fall. A total of $500,000 will be available, with applicants eligible for up to $10,000 to assist with training and security assessments, as well as up to $90,000 for security infrastructure. More information on program eligibility and the application process will become available in the coming months.



Willow Lake Métis Nation CEO Discusses Indigenous Energy Corridor – WLMN

Jun 11, 2021

Willow Lake Métis Nation CEO, Justin Bourque, joined Jefferson Humphries on CTV Morning News to discuss the key role in the transformation of Canada’s energy sector Indigenous communities have to play.

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Indigenous Sport Council Alberta running summer fitness challenge – Global News

June 11 2021

Jake Hendy with the Indigenous Sport Council of Alberta explains how the group is encouraging families to stay active with a summer challenge.

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Child welfare worker ‘on leave’ after confrontation with Indigenous advocate caught on video – APTN News

Jun 10, 2021

A profanity-laced video that shows a staff member with Children’s Services Alberta (CSA) making comments to an Indigenous child welfare advocate has led to the worker being put on leave according to the ministry.

The video, shared widely on social media, was taken earlier this week in the parking lot of the Forest Lawn children’s services office in southeast Calgary.

In the video the staff member says “you get in my f***ing face and I’ll punch you in the f***ing head” and “If you don’t like children’s services taking your f***ing kids maybe you should treat them right.”

The video was recorded by Cheryl Wozniak, who is part of the advocacy group Preserving Families: The Fight Against Alberta Child and Family Services.

She was at the Forest Lawn office to “chalk” the parking lot.

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Council endorses reconciliation process with its Indigenous neighbours – Morinville News

Jun 11, 2021

The Town of Morinville is seeking to begin a reconciliation process with its Indigenous neighbours.

At its meeting Tuesday, Council unanimously passed a motion calling on Administration to bring forward a report to initiate a comprehensive community consultation.

To take place in collaboration with Alexander First Nation, the consultation would be in support of and in alignment with calls to action in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.

The move follows the recent location of 215 bodies of children buried in an unmarked mass grave on the grounds of a former residential school in Kamloops, which has created a national outcry.

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