Inspiring the future of energy with Indspire

October 2022 – When Dorin Clough, started thinking about career prospects, his passion for mathematics led him to pursue mechanical engineering. Now in his final-year at the University of Alberta, Dorin thanks his three-time receipt of an Indspire scholarship for helping make his dream a reality.  

“My parents made it a priority to put my sister and I through school, so receiving the Indspire scholarships has helped ease the financial burden that university brings and has given me a lot of encouragement throughout my education,” says Dorin. “I am also honoured to be recognized for my heritage that I am very proud of.”  

Indspire is an Indigenous national charity that invests in the education of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. Since 2018, Cenovus’s contributions to Indspire’s Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships and Awards Program have awarded 160 Cenovus scholarships valued at $3,500 each, an amount that has been increased to $5,000 each for the 2022-2023 application process. Cenovus is also a proud sponsor of the annual Indspire Awards, recognizing outstanding individuals who exemplify Indigenous excellence and Indspire’s annual Soaring: Indigenous Youth Empowerment Gathering.  

“We have supported the creation of long-term economic and social value for Indigenous communities for more than a decade,” says Trent Zacharias, Cenovus Director of Community and Indigenous Affairs. “This partnership is an opportunity to further invest in education initiatives to bring a sustained change for Indigenous people across Canada, and contribute to advancing overall reconciliation.”  

With roots going back to Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation of Treaty 6, Dorin was raised off-reserve in Alberta and has grown up exploring the outdoors and spending time with family.  

Recently, Dorin also started a co-op term with Cenovus, working with the Facilities Engineering team at our Christina Lake operations and has been involved in ongoing improvements to our Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) facility. 

“I want to ensure my studies allow me to be myself, while also giving me the opportunity to grow,” says Dorin. “My work term with Cenovus has given me a picture of where my career could go. Being part of a company that has a strong focus on sustainability and community has taught me a lot about what I want to do and where I want to be.”   
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