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Get To Know Part Of The Taurus Team at the NWR Project!

One of the major projects we have had the honour of participating in is the North West Redwater Partnership, which is a momentous bitumen refinery project, one of its kind, designed from the ground up to incorporate gasification and a carbon capture and storage solution, setting an international precedent for responsible development!

Recently, they were kind enough to feature two of Taurus’ employees, Kevin Akitt and Carol Czarnecki!

Celebrating his 3rd year on site in May, Kevin Akitt is one of Sturgeon Refinery’s longest active members. Working on site for Taurus as a Carpenter GF, Kevin was a part of setting up the very first trailers. “When I first arrived, there were still trees on the site,” he says about how things have changed out here.Kevin is a farm boy from Waterton Park, and in 2000 moved to the Lamont area where he follows his family tradition, farming 300 acres of land with his wife and 5 children. He believes that production and safety go hand in hand: “Plan the Work and Work the Plan. I’ve learnt you can do outstanding work, safely, and still be productive if you plan your work ahead of time.” When asked what he thought made Sturgeon Refinery a Great Site he said that is the opportunities that have been given to him for growth and development. Kevin’s entire crew was invited to be part of a group of only 300 selected in Canada to attend a conference in Las Vegas at the Carpenters International Training Center. “I am very proud of my crew!” boasts Kevin.

Carol has worked for Taurus Site Services for 1 year and 9 months as a Janitor/Labour and has been on the Sturgeon Refinery Project for the same time. What Carol likes about her job is that it keeps her moving and fit, and she’s really close to home working on the Sturgeon Refinery project. Her philosophy about work is that you have to play safe and have fun. Her advice for the next generation of O&G construction workers is do your job and do it well and if you have an easy going environment there is no stress. Carol grew up in Sherwood Park but now calls Redwater home. She loves to quilt in her spare time and one of her greatest accomplishments is completing quilts for all her grandchildren. When asked if she could possess one super-human power what would it be, Carol said she would love to be able to fly and would not be afraid of falling.

If you want to learn more about the NWR, you can visit their website HERE!