CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 8, 2012) -

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ATCO and its employees have raised $3.4 Million through an employee-led fundraising program called ATCO EPIC - Employees Participating in Communities. The program allows employees to donate to the charities of their choice. Their donations are then matched by ATCO.

"I am inspired by the continued dedication of our employees to the ATCO EPIC program and by the spirit that goes into making the campaigns a success," said Nancy Southern, President & Chief Executive Officer, ATCO Group. "Through their generosity, our employees have shown they are committed to building better communities."

To celebrate the millions raised, special events were held today in Calgary and Edmonton. The celebration events were attended by EPIC committee leaders from all nine of ATCO's principal operating companies as well as representatives from benefiting charity organizations.

ATCO EPIC is an annual campaign. It began in 2006. Under the program, ATCO absorbs all of the administration costs, ensuring that 100 per cent of employee donations go toward the employees' charities of choice. This year's campaign included a series of fundraising events, auctions, friendly team competitions and employee pledges.

ATCO also recognizes the contributions of employees who volunteer their time and talents to organizations that make our communities a better place to work and live. Through ATCO EPIC Time to Give, employees volunteering 50 hours or more are eligible to apply for a $150 donation from ATCO to a registered charity of their choice. In 2011, ATCO employees volunteered more than 37,900 hours.

Alberta-based ATCO Ltd., with more than 8,000 employees and assets of approximately $12 billion, delivers service excellence and innovative business solutions worldwide with leading companies engaged in Utilities (pipelines, natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution), Energy (power generation, natural gas gathering, processing, storage and liquids extraction), Structures & Logistics (manufacturing, logistics and noise abatement) and Technologies (business systems solutions). More information can be found at

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Contact Information:

ATCO Group - Calgary
Nancy Southern
President & Chief Executive Officer
(403) 292-7635

ATCO Group- Edmonton
Siegfried Kiefer
Chief Operating Office, Energy & Utilities
(780) 420-7151