SPE Canadian Educational Foundation
Advancing Energy Education for all Canadians
Energy is at the heart of everything that we do. The mission of the Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Education Foundation (SPECEF) is to advance the energy literacy of all Canadians through providing access to fact-based energy education and supporting the energy leaders of tomorrow through our scholarship and awards programs.
In 2016, the SPE Canadian Educational Trust was converted into a new entity, the SPE Canadian Educational Foundation (SPECEF). With the new governance structure, SPECEF has the flexibility to create new programs, scholarships and energy educational initiatives that will benefit SPE Canada members.
Prior to the governance change, the SPE Educational Trust gave more than $300,000 CAD to Canadian post-secondary institutions in the form of bursaries; supported women in science and engineering through WISEST; and donated to science fairs in Calgary and Edmonton.
The SPECEF Board has plans to continue supporting Canadian energy education and grow its portfolio of programs. First on the list was the creation of a formalized Canadian post-secondary scholarship program aimed at science and engineering students, with committee representation from SPE Sections across Canada.
The Scholarship Committee is focused on the promotion of the next generation of energy scientists through scholarships and awards.
The Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Educational Foundation (SPECEF) will award several scholarships to students pursuing a degree or diploma with intentions to enter the petroleum industry upon graduation.
The scholarships, up to $5,500 CAD each, are open to students studying at all institutions in Canada. All applicants must be SPE Members (free for students, courtesy of Chevron!).
We are proud that in 2023, the SPE Canadian Educational Foundation was able to award over $62,500 to 17 students over 9 different educational institutions across 6 provinces.
See what some of our previous scholarship recipients have to say about their experience with our scholarships and where they are now!
Careers in Energy
The Careers in Energy Committee is focused on supporting paths to energy careers in Canada.
Our mission is to support and promote individuals and programs to advance energy careers in Canada.
We strive to increase access to fact-based energy educational content across Canada.
SPECEF Award for Applied Science Excellence in Energy
The Energy Literacy sponsored a number of secondary schools across Canada during the 2022 science fair season. Check out this year's award winners below!
Finance & Fundraising
The Finance & Fundraising Committee is focused on establishing a viable financial position in order to enable the advancement of energy industry education in Canada.
Apply for Funding
Are you looking to receive funding from the Society of Petroleum Engineers Canadian Educational Foundation?
Send us a message about who you are and what you provide, so that we can learn more about your initiatives.
Donations to the SPE Canadian Educational Foundation can be made online or by mail. An annual charitable tax receipt will be sent by email for donations more than $20 CAD.
Donation by Cheque
Send a donation cheque, made payable to SPE Canadian Educational Foundation or SPECEF to:
11th Floor, 606 Fourth Street SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1T1.