CANA’s senior management, as well as office and field staff, are encouraged to take an active role in the Calgary community and offer their time to charitable associations and organizations that help stimulate the growth and development of our city.
CANA is committed to community development, as well as environmental protection and sustainability.
The Simpson family (owners of CANA Group) Endowment was established in 1988 with the purpose of launching the Graduate Program in Physical Education for two years and then initiating the operation of the Sport Medicine Centre by supporting research, teaching and administrative activities. The Simpson family made an initial donation to the University of Calgary of $1,000,000 that was matched by the province of Alberta Capital Matching program. With continued interest on the initial investment, the Simpson Family Endowment is now worth over $5,000,000 in support of the University’s Faculty of Kinesiology. The University’s gymnasium is actually named after the late Jack Simpson.
The endowment has also supported students, graduates and research technicians by financing research/ fellowship programs and the purchase of medical and scientific research equipment. The interest of the endowment has also been instrumental in supporting the basic and applied research activities of the Roger Jackson Centre for Health and Wellness.
The Simpsons also donated $2,000,000 to fund the Faculty of Medicine Simpson Ranch Chair in Beef Health and Wellness.
Most recently, the Simpsons donated to establish UCalgaryStrong, a dynamic, campus-wide initiative aimed at equipping students with skills to become grounded leaders able to cope with the stress of student life.
Listen to John Simpson discuss the donation to UCalgaryStrong in this video.
CANA Group’s construction division completed Camp Kindle for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation in 2012. CANA provided services at a discounted rate and was involved with the Camp Foundation in assisting in the procurement of donations from sub-trades and suppliers.
Camp Kindle is owned and operated by the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta and serves families and community groups affected by childhood cancer. Situated 80 kilometers northwest of Calgary on 160 acres, the camp features a pond surrounded by lush forest and pasture. CANA Group and the Simpson family are proud supporters of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation and made donations to the organization in support of the construction of Camp Kindle.
Since the completion of the Camp Kindle project, CANA Group continues to provide support to the Kids Cancer Care Foundation by matching donations made by our employees, as well as with regular contributions to the organization.
CANA Group is a proud supporter of the Mustard Seed and Brenda’s House, a transitional home for homeless families. Over several years our generous contributions to the organizations have allowed them to serve thousands of meals to those in need. Each Christmas season, CANA Group employees volunteer their time to prepare and serve meals at the Mustard Seed.
CANA Group is proud to be involved with the Calgary Flames Foundation, which supports initiatives that bring positive change to the lives of southern Albertans through health, education and grassroots sports programs. We are proud to support this important foundation that promotes and supports amateur sports, rink renovations, the Ronald McDonald House and other important local organizations.
CANA, as an outstanding construction company, has an unwritten philosophy that when you make money, you have an obligation to your community and you recognize that obligation.