Toronto—Hatch is mobilizing its employees to help support disaster relief efforts currently underway in Fort McMurray, Alberta, following the spread of massive wildfires. An employee campaign has been launched to raise funds through the Red Cross for emergency relief and recovery efforts. Hatch will match every dollar donated by employees from May 13 through to May 31, 2016.  Donations to the Red Cross will help meet urgent needs for emergency food, clothing, shelter, and other necessities and services.

Following a mandatory evacuation order, more than 88,000 people have been forced to flee their homes and an estimated 2,400 buildings have been destroyed by wildfires.

“We want to express our support to all the people of Alberta and their families who have been impacted by this tragedy,” said John Bianchini, Hatch CEO. “We are deeply gratified that our employees and our clients in the Fort McMurray area are safe. Like so many Canadians, we want to do our part to help the dozens of affected communities in their time of need.” 

Hatch has evacuated its employees and supported the safe shutdown of operations at the Nsolv oil sands pilot project, located approximately 55 km north of the city.

In addition, Hatch’s site deployment team and its First Pac West joint venture partner, which specialize in setting up remote projects and temporary accommodations, are exploring ways to work with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo as the municipality coordinates future requirements for the area.

Hatch has an office in Calgary, Alberta and serves clients in the oil and gas industry.