Union Gas Supports Waterloo First Robotics Competition

Ten Ontario teams and three robotics competitions across Ontario benefit from $50,000 Union Gas grant

WATERLOO, ON, March 31, 2016 - Union Gas is proud to support Waterloo FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Regional, as part of its $50,000 Gold Sponsorship of FIRST Robotics Canada (FIRST). The Waterloo FRC Regional takes place March 31 to April 2 at University of Waterloo.

For the fourth consecutive year Union Gas will support 10 Ontario teams as well as three robotics competitions across the province through a $50,000 grant. To view a list of teams visit: www.uniongas.com/community/partnerships/first-robotics.

"The ultimate goal for Union Gas and its support of First is to inspire young people to pursue further studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Murray Costello, district manager Waterloo/Brantford, Union Gas.

FRC, run by FIRST, is an annual competition where high school students team up with companies to build robots in high-intensity 'robo-sports' competitions with the help of volunteer professional mentors.

Over six weeks, student teams raise funds, design a team brand, and build and program robots to perform specific tasks against competitors in regional events held in several provinces. FIRST Robotics Competitions combine the excitement of sport with the rigours of the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

For more than 100 years, Union Gas has been privileged to work in more than 400 Ontario communities. In addition to providing natural gas delivery services for homes and businesses, Union Gas has contributed to the province through economic investments, available jobs, municipal taxes, energy efficiency programs, volunteer hours, charitable giving and sponsorships. Last year alone, Union Gas contributed $3.3 million to community and charitable organizations across Ontario, including more than $1 million to United Way.  In addition Union Gas employees, retirees, family and friends provided approximately 19,000 volunteer hours to help strengthen the communities where they live and work.

About Union Gas
Union Gas Limited is a major Canadian natural gas storage, transmission and distribution company based in Ontario with 100 years of experience and service to customers. The distribution business serves about 1.4 million residential, commercial and industrial customers in more than 400 communities across northern, southwestern and eastern Ontario. Union Gas, named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers  for 2016, is a Spectra Energy (NYSE: SE) company with assets of $7.2 billion and approximately 2,300 employees. For more information, visit uniongas.com.

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Union Gas
Andrea Stass
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Mark Breadner, Executive Director
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