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Celebrating the shared values of BGIS and RDC

Date posted: 
Thu, 05/16/2019
BGIS event at RDC May 2019

BGIS donation honoured at reception

Red Deer College recognized BGIS at an event in the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris this morning for their donation toward building this facility.

In recognition of their contribution in support of RDC’s Shaping Our Future campaign, the meeting room adjoining the Ice Arena’s first floor entrance has been named BGIS Geothermal Room. This naming is a fitting tribute to the long partnership between RDC and BGIS. It demonstrates the commitment both organizations share toward environmental stewardship, conservation and alternative energy.

The BGIS Geothermal Room is heated and cooled by a geothermal loop that was installed beneath the Centre, and this unique temperature regulation demonstrates another alternative energy solution at RDC, in addition to the 4,190 solar panels installed across the College.

Naming of the BGIS Geothermal Room, an innovative meeting and learning space, underscores RDC and BGIS’s shared commitment to growing alternative energy education and implementation in central Alberta.

“I would like to congratulate the RDC leadership team on realizing their vision for this state-of-the-art facility,” said Gord Hicks, CEO, BGIS. “We are delighted to contribute to its development and to showcase some of the clean building technologies that exist to transform the built environment to net zero.”

RDC’s relationship with BGIS, through its various entities, has spanned more than 30 years. This partnership includes on-site BGIS employees delivering service and support to RDC facilities, and contributing to the experience of our learners, staff and visitors. In this way, the partnership between these institutions is critical to the operation of the College, and employees of both organization consider each other valued coworkers.

“We are very grateful for the support and assistance of our partners, such as BGIS, who are committed to innovation, education and environmental stewardship,” says Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO. “This allows RDC to dream bigger and to plan for even more opportunities for our students and community members. This particular project relates to the shared values that RDC and BGIS both have for alternative energy solutions, and the BGIS Geothermal Room will help to tell RDC’s story of sustainability initiatives as we work toward new goals for our College, including Net Zero.”

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Photo caption (l-r): Janice Wing, RDC Director of Community Relations; Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO; Mike Greidanus, President, BGIS Canada


For additional information contact:

Shelley Newman    
Communications Strategist – Corporate

Brent Forster
Communications Strategist – Corporate