Through SMP’s various initiatives since the company’s inception, our team has made a positive impact to the community through our contributions of sharing knowledge, donating time, and fundraising.
SMP Charity Mini Putt Tournament
Since starting this tournament in 2001 with 14 holes and approximately 400 golfers, our biennial event in Calgary has become a highly anticipated fundraiser for our community, boasting substantial growth over the years.
Since 2009, we've partnered with Alberta-based charities, ensuring that 100% of funds raised through the event registrations, sponsorships, and prize draws go directly to them.
In 2022, we raised $35,885 for Wood's Homes – a local charity whose mission is to provide treatment and support to children, youth and families with mental health needs. This organization was specifically selected in memory of former SMP team member, Will Jones.
Past charitable recipients include Hull Services, the Resolve Campaign, Canadian Mental Health Association, Parkinson Alberta, Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), Calgary Food Bank, Inn from the Cold, the Rainbow Society of Alberta, Alzheimer Society Calgary, Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter, Sonshine Community Services, Calgary Meals on Wheels, and the Canadian Cancer Society.
Hull Services - Outdoor Labyrinth
In 2022 SMP had the opportunity to volunteer at Hull Services to put the finishing touches on the outdoor labyrinth project - a project which was funded from our 2019 charity mini-putt tournament.
The new outdoor labyrinth on Hull's campus offers another unique tool and fantastic space to support emotional regulation as walking a labyrinth can help calm the body and mind by providing a space that guides a person's focus inward and can reduce the nervous energy that prevents some people from being able to relax and let go of emotionally charged events in their life.
Inter-office Bottle Drive
In 2020 SMP held an inter-office challenge and bottle drive campaign to raise funds for three local Alberta charities: Hull Services (Calgary), Fifth on Fifth Youth Services (Lethbridge) & CASA Services Foundation (Edmonton). Through this two-month long campaign, our offices raised over $1,500 in empty bottles and cash donations; with our Calgary office raising the most funds and winning the coveted, custom-made trophy.
Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY)
In February 2023, team "So Much Pace" participated in the Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY)! The annual CNOY event is a family-friendly walk to raise money for local charities serving people experiencing hurt, hunger, and homelessness. Our Calgary walking team raised $1,160 to support Wood's Homes, and, in Edmonton, our team volunteered their time to support the Bissell Centre downtown location walk.
Hull Services "Happy Hullidays" Campaign
In 2019 SMP raised funds to purchase wishlist items for a family and an individual through Hull Services “Happy Hullidays” campaign, which provides youth and families with gifts and essential items for the holidays.
Canadian Blood Services - Group Donation
SMP organizes group donations to give blood to Canadian Blood Services.
Since 2010, Seasonal Moustache People (SMP) has participated in “Movember”, with our Mo Bro's and Mo Sista's raising funds in support of men’s health.
As we love a friendly competition, we track the moustache growing progress of our Mo Bros and hold an internal vote on the "Best 'Stache" and "Needs Another Month", with the winners receiving a trophy and bragging rights for the year.
In 2023 Brad Fair increased the stakes by making claim of shaving off an eyebrow should anyone beat his fundraising efforts by $1,000... Mahmood Rajan did end up beating him by $1,001, and we raised our highest total amount to date, coming in at $11,641!
University of Calgary - Course Development, Guest Lectures & Labs
SMP recognizes that people are our greatest assets and therefore, have made it a goal to train and introduce more young people into our industry.
In 2013 we initiated and assisted in the development of a new fourth year Electrical Building Engineering course (Enel 519.53 –ENEL in Comp & Inst Buildings). This course introduces undergraduate students to electrical building design. We worked closely with the Dean of Engineering to create the curriculum and our staff remain active in the development and teaching of parts of the course to this day.
Through this, we have been able to make building electrical engineering a viable option for graduate engineering students and our staff continue to mentor several of the Engineers-in-Training from this course who are now employed with our firm.
Also as part of this course, we have engaged other engineering and construction firms within the industry to develop additional classes and labs in building engineering.
University of Calgary - Capstone Projects
We regularly participate as sponsors for the University's multi-disciplinary capstone projects involving electrical, mechanical and civil engineering. These fourth year students have been involved in all aspects of the electrical design, including power, safety, lighting and coordination with the other disciplines.
SMP staff also provide mentorship and peer review to the fourth year students on design, coordination, drawings, and generation of specifications. We also meet with the students on a bi-weekly basis during student-driven meetings to provide feedback and oversight of their Capstone projects.
Women in Engineering Scholarships
SMP has made a commitment to support APEGA's 30-by-30 initiative of having women compose 30% of professional members in engineering and geoscience by the year 2030. In doing so, SMP has sponsored $50,000 in "Women in Engineering" scholarships over the next 5 years through both the University of Calgary and University of Alberta.
University of Lethbridge
Since 2019, we have sponsored the SMP Engineering "Innovator Award" at the University of Lethbridge. This award benefits students enrolled in the Engineering Transfer Program who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and/or entrepreneurship or community service.
In the fall of 2020, we had the opportunity to present a virtual lecture on lighting design and visualization to Lethbridge College students studying Interior Design Technology & Architectural Animation.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
In 2013, SMP staff donned their high-heels for the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event which raises funds to support and provide essential services for women and their children affected by domestic violence.
In 2013, SMP’s Rob Quesnel was nominated and “arrested” during this lighthearted fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Through this one-day fundraiser, “bail” was set through a mock trial and participants could not be released until they called their network to raise enough funds to meet bail.