Syncrude announced as title partner for Grand Slam of Curling, the National

(Fort McMurray, AB, December 11, 2013) – Syncrude Canada Ltd. was announced as title partner on Wednesday for Grand Slam of Curling, the National, to be held at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre from March 12-16 and broadcast live across Canada on Sportsnet. This sponsorship continues to build on the strong relationship between MacDonald Island Park and Syncrude, which includes the title sponsorship of Syncrude Aquatic Centre.

Scott Sullivan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Syncrude, made the announcement to a gathering of dignitaries and community partners and members, including the Honourable Don Scott, Associate Minister of Accountability, Transparency, and Transformation and MLA Fort McMurray-Conklin and Mike Allen, MLA Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo.

“Syncrude is very pleased to help bring the Grand Slam of Curling: the National to Fort McMurray in March, 2014.  This event will allow residents and visitors alike to experience the best that professional curling has to offer. The fact that this bonspiel brings together the top men’s teams from across Canada and around the world should provide extra incentive for people of all ages to come out and cheer on their favourite,” said Sullivan.

The National presented by Syncrude is a five-day event that will bring 18 of the best men’s curling teams in the world to Fort McMurray on the heels of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. All-event General Admission passes to the event are available at

“We are delighted to welcome long-time partner Syncrude as title partner of this event which will bring national exposure to our region,” said Mike Cachia, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Recreation Corporation. “We want to express our appreciation to Syncrude for its continued commitment to the betterment of this region.”

Current partners for the National presented by Syncrude include: Syncrude, Canadian DeWatering, Four Quest Energy, Aluma Systems, Fort McMurray Hotel Group, Goldline (partner of the Grand Slam of Curling), ROCK 97.9 FM and Country 93.3 FM.

“The National is about much more than curling,” said Jodie Mercier, General Manager of Sport and Recreation at MacDonald Island Park and Fort McMurray Host Committee Co-Chair. “This event is an opportunity for us to showcase our region to the nation on Sportsnet and a chance to show these world-class curlers the true spirit and energy of our residents. Through the generous support of Syncrude, all of our partners and the Fort McMurray Oilsands Curling Club we are able to deliver an exciting world-class event that will create lasting memories and set the stage for a bigger and better tomorrow.”


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