November Update 2

Huge shoutout to our sponsorship team for acquiring our aggregation of sponsors! I’d like to introduce Cana Construction as our platinum sponsor, GLJ Petroleum Consultants as a gold level sponsor, Dufferin Construction Company and Stantec for silver level sponsors and Clifton Associates Ltd. as bronze!

Cookie dough sales were fantastic – Christina Scott crushed it by selling 65 tubs!

Logistics has been doing superb, we had two huge craft days where we finished fifty percent of our costumes and are also nearing completion of our tech ex.

Concrete assembled the forms last Saturday and are ready for pouring and construction of the superstructure is underway.

Big progress during these last two weeks for everyone, hopefully these next two will be just as good (if school doesn’t get in the way!). Can’t wait to see our finished costumes and the test run!!




October/November Update

Hello everyone!

First off the U of C GNCTR team would like to acknowledge and thank to GLJ Petroleum Consultants for their Gold Level Sponsorship to the 2013 team! Without the help from our generous sponsors our team would not be able to compete in this competition. Thank you!


Secondly, an update for late October/early November! My apologies for not keeping this up to date, midterms season hit and it hit hard (I love 16 hour days at the school!).

The overall design of the superstructure has been completed and we are now working on our braking system. The sled is looking sweet and I can’t wait for the test runs.

The concrete is still pouring and investigating some solid (no pun intended) mixes to maximize sustainability.

We are making serious headway in costumes having finished a couple pieces of the costumes for the entire team! Shoutout to Brenden and Mark for looking into the nitty gritty for the tech ex display!

Over the weekend we had our second bottle drive – not as amazing as we had hoped, the majority of the residents in the area don’t keep their bottles but we still did pretty well. We managed to raise $3200 from the first one, and yours truly guessed it right on the money (ha!).

Have a good long weekend everyone – Lest we forget.

Looking forward to seeing how much cookie dough we sell!


October Update

Hello all!

My apologies for the delay in the update but it has been busy as preparations for everything is under-way.

The team did a fantastic job at the bottle drive! Fliers were delivered to over 1400 homes and there was a large participation at the bottle drive itself! We ended up raising over $3000 through the kind donations of residents of a nearby community.

Here are some pictures from the day:

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Bottle Drive, a set by GNCTR Calgary on Flickr.

Some updates from each team:


  • Tech Ex is still in the planning stage
  • Costumes have been determined and various materials are being researched
  • Swag ideas have been finalized (be stoked!)


  • Design for the sled has been chosen
  • General shape and geometry is planned based on the design of the sled
  • Braking and steering mechanisms are being researched


  • Lots of test pours and strength testing for mix design have been performed, more on the way!

Looking forward to team bonding being held on October 19th. Remember that the Spirit Pageant will be held that night so best of luck for those fortunate fellows!

Cookie Dough sales are going to be starting soon so keep your eye out for those.



GNCTR Bottle Drive Fundraising

We’ve managed to raise over $4,500.00 through two bottle drive fundraisers in the communities of Scenic Acres and Varsity!  Huge thanks to the people of those communities who donated to support us, and two our team members who took the time out of midterm season to work these drives.  This is huge for us!  Also, a huge thanks goes out to the Crowfoot Bottle Depot for their assistance and fantastic sorting process, and to the University of Calgary Parking Services for allowing us to use their property as home-base for the Varsity drive.

Mid-day bottle sorting!

Tim (Project Manager), Ashton and Mark working the sorting bin.

Part of the crew, doing some sorting.

Tessa, Allison (VP Construction) and Kirk grab some lunch during the drive.

Jill (VP Logistics) and Angela are pumped for some bottle drivin'!

Bottle Driving Success!

On October 16th, UofC Sledementary my Dear Watson had their 2011 fundraising bottle drive at the Crowfoot Bottle Depot. Thanks to the hard work of all the team members, the great organization of the Crowfoot Depot, and the very generous donations from the community of Scenic Acres, the team came away with a whopping $3152.80 in money raised!

Check out some of the photos below of team members sorting the multitude of bottles, cans, and plastic:

A huge thank you goes out to all the team members who donated their vehicles for the day, the lovely ladies of GNCTR who wore the sign at the depot advertising our bottle drive, Luke’s BBQ for cooking up our lunchtime burgers, the generous Calgarians in Scenic Acres, and MOST IMPORTANTLY the amazing folks at the Crowfoot Bottle Depot for making sure the entire event ran so smoothly.

Great job to everyone on the team!

GNCTR Vinyl Cab Thursday!

Just a reminder that we are holding a fundraiser at Vinyl on Thursday November 26!

Tickets are only $8 and gets you NO line, NO cover, and ONE pre-paid highball before 10… that’s a wicked deal!!!

I hope everyone will come down and support our team. You can get tickets from any GNCTR member, or in Mac Hall (across from the bookstore) between 11-1 today and tomorrow. We’ll also be selling cotton candy for the ridiculously good price of $2!