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CALGARY, Oct. 30, 2018 /CNW/ – How can industries create accident-free workplaces? How can we build and maintain infrastructure like bridges, pipelines, and railways so they never fail?
A $400,000 investment by Chevron Canada to support the University of Alberta’s Engineering Safety and Risk Management (ESRM) program will help answer these questions.
This investment, made jointly through Chevron Canada and Chevron Corporation’s University Partnership Program, will advance academic excellence in safety by teaching future engineers how to better include safety and risk management practices in their professional activities.
“Chevron Canada has had a longstanding, mutually beneficial relationship with the University of Alberta, and this investment continues our tradition of supporting academic research and training at one of Canada’s leading engineering schools,” said Frank Cassulo, president of Chevron Canada.
Chevron’s donation to the David and Joan Lynch School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management will be used to expand and develop undergraduate courses, compile case studies and other essential resources for the program, implement new teaching and learning methods and content to expand the program across all engineering fields, and support the development of post-graduate studies and research programs in engineering safety and risk management.
“Through its support Chevron is ensuring that soon, all of our engineering undergraduates will complete their degree with core courses in ESRM, creating a culture of safety here in Alberta and beyond,” said Fraser Forbes, dean of engineering at the University of Alberta. “This generous support enables us to further develop our curriculum to prepare our students to practice their profession through the lens of safety and risk management.
“We are grateful to Chevron for their vision and commitment to creating a culture of safety for people, the environment, and organizations.”
By 2019, all engineering undergraduates will have completed the core ESRM course – these engineers will be ready to assess risk and take into consideration high public expectations around risk management in engineering.
The University of Alberta offers the only Engineering Safety and Risk Management program in Canada and has a research chair to guide the program. The ESRM program teaches core engineering competencies in the principles and practices of providing a safe and reliable working environment, across all kinds of industries.
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