Thanks to a partnership with TransCanada, Providence recently acquired two pieces of state-of-the-art equipment for its burgeoning science program.
On Friday, September 8, TransCanada representatives Steve Loney and Bryce Lord visited the Otterburne, Manitoba campus to, along with a Providence delegation, install a plaque of recognition in the science facility.
As a contribution to the institution’s IMPACT 2020 campaign, TransCanada’s donation yielded both a biological safety cabinet and a refrigerated centrifuge.
“With the cabinet we can work in a safe, sterile environment with really hazardous cells and materials, which is really important in the biological and health sciences,” said Dr. Rebecca Dielschneider, Assistant Professor of Biology at Providence. She also explained that the centrifuge was secured with lids that would contain anything hazardous—“another really safe piece of equipment and vital for working with cells.”
The partnership between Providence and TransCanada was established in January 2014 following a pipeline explosion near Otterburne. TransCanada, which has natural gas and crude oil pipelines throughout Canada, set up an information centre on campus and quickly embraced the Providence community.
“It was a tragic event that brought us together,” stated Lord, TransCanada’s Vice President of Canada and Mexico Gas Operations. “But,” he added, “it brought us together, and that’s the positive thing in this.”
Lord recalled his first meeting with Providence President Dr. David Johnson and his initial fears that his company was going to be “grilled” by the school’s administration. It didn’t work out that way.
“They invited me to share a meal with them,” he said. “That was pretty amazing. It didn’t take me long to figure out that this was a group we wanted to partner with.”
Dr. Johnson, too, expressed his appreciation for the partnership at Friday’s event, underlining the importance of relationships between Providence and the broader community. He also thanked TransCanada for its contribution to the school’s science program, pointing out that the new Bachelor of Science degree offering would be well served by the new equipment.
“Now we can take another step,” he said.
After the installation of the plaque Dr. Dielschneider led Lord and TransCanada’s Indigenous & Community Relations Liaison Steve Loney, as well as Dr. Johnson, Providence Board Chair Dr. Gord Giesbrecht and Providence University College Academic Dean Cameron McKenzie on a tour of the science facility.
“The lab looks amazing,” remarked Lord. “I’m glad we could be part of building all these great things for Providence.”
(Top to bottom: Dr. Gord Giesbrecht, Bryce Lord, Dr. David Johnson, Dr. Rebecca Dielschneider; Dr. Dielschneider shows Bryce Lord the biological safety cabinet; Dr. Dielschneider opens the centrifuge lid.)