The City’s Engineers In Training CANstructing to fight hunger
Corporate Analytics & Innovation’s Engineers-In-Training (EIT) are participating in the 16th edition of The Calgary Food Bank’s CANstruction project. This is a citywide event that brings together teams of engineers, designers, architects and builders to construct magnificent structures, made entirely out of canned and non-perishable goods.
“The City of Calgary has participated in CANstruction since its debut in Calgary in 2006. Each year the teams are challenged with incorporating the ‘City of Calgary’ into a new CANstruction theme and the result is always amazing. The Calgary Food Bank appreciates the continued support in helping Feed YYC,” said Lynn Tipper, Community Engagement Coordinator, Calgary Food Bank.
This year’s event, taking place at the Southcentre Mall from March 10-17, is raising awareness about food hunger and encouraging people to donate food and funds to fight hunger. The theme this year is Welcome to the jungle. Participating teams have built structures, which are judged, then displayed for the public to vote their preferred structure.
“We are excited about our EIT team's creation for CANstruction and are proud of their efforts to support Calgarians in need. It demonstrates their commitment to the core values held by both The City of Calgary and the engineering profession,” said Monique Castonguay, EIT Rotation Program Supervisor.
Build day was March 10 and our EITs recreated one of the historic Stone Lions that sit on Centre Street Bridge, in front of the Municipal Building and Rotary Park, and titled it Welcome to our Pride. They are honoring The City’s rich history as the lions, a significant part of Calgary’s history, symbolize The City’s strength, integrity and independence.
The Lion, built with a record of 12,360 Western Family Flaked Tuna cans weighs 1,050,000 grams and consists of 2,370 Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2,370 Dill & Lemon, 2,500 Ginger & Sesame, and 5,120 Pepper & Lemon flavors. The structure and those of competitors, will remain on display for the public to vote until March 17. City employees and citizens can vote at the mall or online. At the end of the event, the structures are de-canstructed and all the food donated to The Calgary Food Bank.
“We are very proud to be representing The City once again at this event for the Calgary Food Bank, and to be replicating a famous piece of The City's history. The Lion will stand proudly in Southcentre Mall, welcoming guests to the event, mirroring the original structures that have welcomed guests to The City for decades,” said Nathan Stayer and Christopher Jakubowski, CANstruction Project Managers.
Stop by Southcentre Mall to see these magnificent structures and support our team by voting them for People’s Choice Award. Voting is open until March 17.