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Another Caribbean Immigrant Has Died From The Coronavirus In NYC

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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Sat. March 28, 2020: A second Caribbean immigrant in New York City has succumbed to COVID-19 as the city’s death toll reached 606 this morning.

Dead is Guyana-born Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus operator Oliver Cyrus, 61, died from complications related to the virus, according to reports from the New York Daily News.

Cyrus, 61, worked for the MTA for 21 years. The Brooklyn resident and TWU Local 100 member drove buses for the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, a subsidiary of the MTA that operates a handful of express and local bus routes. He worked out of Manhattanville bus depot in West Harlem, according to the paper.

Cyrus’ death was reported hours after the MTA confirmed longtime subway conductor Peter Petrassi, 49, died from the disease.

MTA head of buses Craig Cipriano said Cyrus was “loved by his friends and colleagues.”

“The men and women of New York City Transit are doing incredible work, going above and beyond the call of duty as they have done in the past,” Cipriano told the Daily News.

“My heart goes out to Brother Cyrus’ faily and all his co-workers at Manhattanville Depot. Transit workers, Police, Firefighters, EMS and health care workers and other essential public employees have put themselves into harm’s way for the great good of our City and our society. They are true heroes,” said Tony Utano, the union’s president.

His death comes on the heels of the death of Trinidadian national and Brooklyn school’s principal, Dez-Ann Romain who also succumbed to the virus this week.

Royal Caribbean Announces Global Suspension Of Cruising

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MIAMI, March 14, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Given global public health circumstances, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has decided to suspend the sailings of our fleet globally at midnight tonight.

We will conclude all current sailings as scheduled and assist our guests with their safe return home.

As with our announcement yesterday regarding U.S. sailings, we expect to return to service on April 11, 2020.

Royal Caribbean Announces Voluntary Suspension of Cruising

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MIAMI, March 13, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. announced that it is suspending cruising in the United States for 30 days.

We understand the gravity of the public health crisis confronting the country. And this is our part to play. So, beginning at midnight tonight, we are pausing the fleet’s US sailings for 30 days. 

We are reaching out to our guests to help them work through this disruption to their vacations, and we are truly sorry for their inconvenience. We are also communicating with our crew to work out the issues this decision presents for them. We know this adds great stress to our guests, employees and crew, and we are working to minimize the disruption.

Cruises that depart U.S. ports before midnight tonight and international cruises will operate their scheduled itineraries. U.S. ships already at sea will finish their itineraries as planned.

Our business is providing great vacations and creating great memories. We look forward to getting back to work as soon as we can.

Baptist Health International Cayman Islands PET & CT Imaging Center Receives Prestigious Recognition for Superior Patient Care

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– The Imaging Center was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission International (JCI), the first for Baptist Health South Florida outside the U.S.

– The accreditation recognizes the Center for its high quality and standards in patient care.

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, March 12, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Baptist Health International Cayman Islands PET & CT Imaging Center, part of Baptist Health South Florida, was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission International (JCI), a global leader in accrediting quality in healthcare. This is the first JCI accreditation for Baptist Health South Florida outside the U.S. and positions the Imaging Center as one of the prestigious facilities around the world that are dedicated to achieving the highest standards in quality and safety in patient care.

“This recognition is a testament to our long-standing commitment to providing our patients in the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean with superior care when it comes to their health,” said Rogelio E. Ribas, corporate vice president of Baptist Health International. “We look forward to continuing the enhancement of our services and technology so that patients can have access to quality diagnostic imaging services and transforming the Cayman Islands into a top medical destination in the region.”

Accreditation was awarded following a detailed and comprehensive on-site survey and evaluation process, ensuring that the Imaging Center met the criteria in every area. JCI’s stringent standards – addressing topics such as patient education, qualification and competency of staff, the use of data to improve services and preparedness for emergencies – are updated regularly to reflect the advances in healthcare.

Baptist Health International Cayman Islands PET & CT Imaging Center is equipped with state-of-the-art positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) technology. It provides the latest solutions in diagnostic imaging, servicing patients not only in the Cayman Islands, but also those in other Caribbean countries who may not have access to these advanced technologies in their counties. Since its opening in 2019, the Imaging Center has provided more than 400 patients with diagnostic consults, reducing the need to travel abroad for a PET or CT scan.

About Baptist Health International
Baptist Health International is one of the largest hospital-based international programs in the United States, with more than 12,000 international patient visits at Baptist Health South Florida facilities from the Florida Keys to Palm Beach County. Baptist Health International is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality services for international physicians and their patients, including hospital admissions, outpatient medical exams, medical second opinions and physician consultations, as well as concierge services.

About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.

Covid-19 Is Now In The US: What Does This Mean For Nurses?

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News Americas, New York, NY, Thurs. Mar. 12, 2020: The effects of the novel coronavirus, now known as Covid-19, are beginning to spread rapidly. Not only is the spread of the virus reaching pandemic proportions, but the impact on stock markets is beginning to pose a serious threat to the global economy.

Within the last few days, the CDC has announced Covid-19 has hit the US and that the virus could potentially cause huge disruption. As always, nurses are on the frontlines of dealing with this pandemic. How hard it will hit remains to be seen, but so far, the virus has shown no signs of slowing its global spread.

What Is Covid-19?

Covid-19 is a coronavirus, in the same family of viruses as SARS and MERS.

  • What are coronaviruses? Coronaviruses are a common family of viruses. There are many things that can cause the symptoms we ascribe to the common cold, but the most common culprit is one of four coronaviruses. They cause mild respiratory symptoms in most people, and although more serious reactions are rare, they do happen. Covid-19 is obviously more serious than these other variants.
  • Where did it come from? Covid-19 originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where most of the current cases are centered. Coronaviruses like SARS, MERS, and Covid-19 originate in animals, who are able to tolerate them. Once the virus mutates in a way that enables it to transmit from animals to people, it can jump between species. Viruses that move between species are more deadly because viruses ultimately do not want to kill their hosts. In the animals they are carried in, coronaviruses cause mild gastrointestinal issues.

Covid-19 originated in a wet market in China, a market where freshly slaughtered animals are deconstructed and sold. This fits with what we know about the origins of other coronaviruses like MERS and SARS.

  • How infectious is it? Right now, our understanding of the virus is limited and largely based on a single study conducted in China. There have been issues with the way that China has been gathering data, and some people are worried that we don’t have an accurate picture of the situation. It is transmitted by coughing and by surface contact. It seems to be a little bit less infectious than regular flu.
  • How dangerous is it? The mortality rate is believed to be between 1 and 3%, which would put it on par with the Spanish Flu of 1918-19. However, this is significantly less lethal than SARS, which kills around 10% of people who get it, and MERS, which kills 30%. While most of the people who have died because of Covid-19 had pre-existing health conditions, there have also been cases of young and healthy people, including the doctor who first raised the alarm, dying from the virus. However, while 1-3% sounds low, bear in mind that the annual flu has a mortality rate of 0.1% – this is around 20 times as high.
  • Do I need to take any precautions in my personal life? The CDC expects the virus to sweep through the US to some degree, although it is hard to predict how bad it will be. However, we have good reason to expect that, in terms of both deaths and infections, Covid-19 has the potential to be very serious.

All the places Covid-19 will affect the USA is still being counted. The Spanish Flu of 1918-19, which is comparable to Covid-19 in terms of its rates of infection and mortality, came in waves. Viruses don’t like hot weather, so some will flare-up in the spring before apparently vanishing, only to come back with a vengeance in the winter. That’s what happened with Spanish Flu – it was the second wave that caused the most deaths.

If you are someone who suffers from a pre-existing health condition or is otherwise more susceptible than most to the effects of viruses, you might want to consider taking measures to protect yourself. Avoiding large gatherings of people and crowds is an important step to take. If you are still completing your initial nursing qualifications, you might want to consider finishing your studies through a distance learning course. You can find online accelerated BSN programs that enable you to level up your RN qualification even quicker than usual.

How Can Nurses Protect Themselves From The Virus?

There are some steps that nurses and their employers can take to minimize their risk of exposure to the virus.

  • Be prepared: If everyone knows what to look out for, everyone can be prepared for what to do in an outbreak. It is vital that healthcare facilities have a plan of action for what to do if they have a case of suspected coronavirus.
  • Make sure everyone is trained: Ensure that every healthcare professional in your organization has been trained in what to look out for and how to respond in order to diagnose and react to a potential case of coronavirus.
  • Keep updating training as new information comes to light: We are still in the early days of this virus and our understanding of it. As new information comes to light, make sure that you are keeping all of your relevant staff members fully updated.
  • Refresh screening and isolation procedures: Keep drilling these into everyone’s heads! Again, pay attention to any advice issues by the CDC and make sure that you stick to it.
  • Wash hands regularly: Covid-19 can be spread through surface contact. It is important that you keep washing your hands with antibacterial soap and ensure that you are following proper hygiene practices.

Nurses need to be prepared to spot the warning signs and to react appropriately to protect their health and the health of the public.

Royal Caribbean Group Adopts “Cruise With Confidence” Policy, Allowing Cancellations Up To 48 Hours Before Sailing

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MIAMI, March 6, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With COVID-19 adding uncertainty to travel plans around the world, Royal Caribbean Group said it will give guests greater control over their vacation decisions, allowing guests to cancel cruises as late as two days before departure.

The “Cruise With Confidence” policy allows guests on Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea to cancel up to 48 hours before a sailing. Guests will receive a full credit for their fare, usable on any future sailing of the guest’s choice in 2020 or 2021. The policy applies to both new and existing cruise bookings.

“Our previous policy set earlier deadlines for guests to cancel their cruises, and that added unnecessary stress,” said Richard Fain, the company’s chairman and CEO. “Trying to guess a month or more in advance where areas of concern about coronavirus might be is challenging for medical experts, much less a family preparing for vacation.

“When circumstances are as fast-changing as they have been recently, it’s good to know you have the option to take a rain check,” Fain said. “We think putting more control in our guests’ hands helps them make informed decisions about whether to keep their existing vacation plans or trade out for a more convenient time or itinerary.”  

In addition to easing concerns for booked guests, Fain said the policy would also give consumers more confidence in making new bookings, knowing that they could later adjust their plans without penalty.

The policy applies to all cruises with a sailing date on or before July 31, 2020, and will be offered by the company’s global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea. Full details of the “Cruise with Confidence” policy can be found at the respective brand websites.

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that controls and operates four global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. We are also a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together these brands operate a combined total of 61 ships with an additional 17 on order as of December 31, 2019. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on all seven continents. Additional information can be found on,,,,,, or

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute Names Joseph T. McGinn, Jr., M.D., chief of Cardiac Surgery

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MIAMI, March 4, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, part of Baptist Health and the region’s largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility, has named Joseph T. McGinn, Jr., M.D., chief of Cardiac Surgery. Dr. McGinn specializes in the assessment and surgical treatment of patients with coronary artery, aortic and vascular disease.  A pioneer in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, he developed the minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting method known internationally as the “McGinn Technique.”

Dr. McGinn comes to Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute from Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute, part of Atrium HealthCare in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he served as endowed chair of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery and professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Prior to that appointment, he was a leading cardiac surgeon in New York City and served as medical director of the Heart Institute at Staten Island University Hospital for 16 years.

“Dr. McGinn is an expert physician and surgeon and an exceptional leader who has demonstrated excellence in patient care, innovation and team building,” said Barry T. Katzen, M.D., founder and chief medical executive of Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. “He will complement our team of highly skilled experts, who are committed to achieving the same goals.”

Jack A. Ziffer, Ph.D., M.D., executive vice president and chief clinical officer of Baptist Health South Florida, added, “We are pleased to have Dr. McGinn join Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute in this leadership capacity to continue his groundbreaking work and further advance the Institute’s worldwide leadership position in the delivery of cardiovascular care.”

An accomplished educator, Dr. McGinn has trained hundreds of surgeons from around the world in minimally invasive cardiothoracic surgical techniques. His clinical and research efforts have generated hundreds of presentations at scientific symposiums and publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and books. He has been recognized by the American Heart Association for excellence in medicine and received the Samuel L. Koontz Award for Clinical Excellence. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Surgeons and a member of numerous professional societies.

Dr. McGinn earned his medical degree at the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in general surgery at SUNY Downstate, serving as chief resident. He also served as chief resident during a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He is board certified by the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care.

Dr. McGinn enjoys boating with his family and is an avid football fan. He has performed 1,500 MICS CABG cases.

About Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute
Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is the largest and most comprehensive cardiovascular facility in the region. The team of multilingual, multidisciplinary specialists pioneered the development of minimally invasive techniques used to treat aneurysms, blockages in veins and arteries and holes in the heart. The Institute leverages the power of Baptist Health’s combined resources of experts, pioneering research, compassionate caregivers and leading-edge treatments and technology.

Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 11 hospitals, more than 23,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence,Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on FacebookInstagramTwitter and LinkedIn.Photo –

Jamaica, Tourist and Business Destination, Participates at the Routes Americas

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, operator of 12 airports in Mexico and the international airports of Norman Manley in Kingston and Sangster in Montego Bay, participated in a in the Routes Americas hemispheric meeting, which was held in Indianapolis, United States.

The main purpose for Jamaica’s participation in this forum was to attract new flights, air routes and airlines to this Caribbean Island. Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico supports the promotion of Jamaica as destination.

Routes Americas is the main meeting forum of airlines and airports in the American hemisphere, and it served as a platform to lay the grounds for the world meeting that will be held in Milan, Italy next September, where Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico will promote Jamaica more intensely as a tourist and investment destination. Given the global nature of the event, has the participation of airlines from Europe, Africa, Oceania and others, which, in general, would otherwise have no presence at Routes Americas.

Grupo Aeroportuario el Pacífico is committed to Jamaica and acknowledges it both as an extraordinary destination given its natural wonders and excellent tourist offering and as an attractive market for foreign investment that promotes the country’s sustainability, economic and social development.

Grupo Aeroportuario el Pacífico, S.A.B. de C.V. (GAP) (NYSE: PAC; BMV: GAP) is a Mexican corporation developing its activity in the airport sector. GAP operates 12 international airports in Mexico and two in Jamaica, servicing over 330 destinations through 35 airlines. Its stock is listed in the Mexico and New York Stock Exchanges. In 2018, GAP served 44.9 million passengers, 10.4% more than in 2017.

The airports managed by Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico are located in:

  • Guadalajara and Tijuana, serving the main metropolitan areas.
  • Mexicali, Hermosillo, Los Mochis, Aguascalientes, Guanajuato and Morelia, serving developing medium-sized cities.
  • La Paz, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Manzanillo and Montego Bay, serving some of the most important tourist destinations in the country and the Caribbean.
  • On October 10, 2018, GAP signed a concession contract with the government of Jamaica in order to operate, modernize and expand the Norman Manley International Airport (“KIN”) located in the city of Kingston.

The airports managed by GAP in Mexico are owned by the Mexican government and have been allocated in a 50-year concession starting in 1998, as part of a domestic initiative to privatize and improve the quality and security of the country’s airport services.

In Jamaica, the government owns the Montego Bay Airport and the concession granted for its operation is for a 30-year period, which will conclude on April 2033. The Kingston Airport was granted for a 25-year concession. GAP took control of the operation and administration this past October 2019.

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico believes in the value of each individual and seeks to trigger his or her potential through education. Better-educated Mexicans will raise their quality of life and contribute towards the country’s development. GAP, in line with its business model and through its Foundation, is committed to be a factor of change. We work on two strategic pillars: work with the community, through the GAP Schools, and on training the airport community, with Community Training Centers.

Caribbean’s First Peer-to-Peer Car Rental Platform, Rent Yuh Ride™, Launched

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KINGSTON, Jamaica, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The emerging peer-to-peer car rental sector is projected to grow at 10% annually, but despite the Caribbean being one of the world’s most attractive travel destinations; it has yet to be touched by this sector – until now. The Caribbean’s first peer-to-peer car rental platform, Rent Yuh Ride™ (RYR), launched this week and will connect thousands of travelers to private car owners to facilitate car renting in a way that “is efficient, affordable and safe.”  RYR promises a platform that will enable seamless transactions while also rewarding users with travel credits and incentivized bonuses.

Uniquely led by a team of black women, RYR’s operations will be out of Kingston, Jamaica. Eventually, operations will expand across the Caribbean – frequented by over 22M travelers annually. Further boosting its new platform, RYR will partner with the Insurance Company of The West Indies (ICWI), a leader in motor insurance across the Caribbean to provide private rental insurance to car owners at a discounted rate. In addition, RYR will use Jumio, a leader in online identity verification, to definitively authenticate users on the platform.

Rent Yuh Ride ™ The What

The Rent Yuh Ride™ platform will be accessible online from anywhere, at any time. It’s a marketplace where car owners can sign up, upload their vehicle info (and documents) to be approved and listed on the site for free. Simultaneously, travelers can sign up, search through available vehicles in their desired destination, choose a pickup location, then book.

Once the vehicle has been picked up, the owner gets paid electronically. When it is returned, this will complete the transaction, and both parties are then able to leave each other a review. Everything is done online safely, affordably, efficiently. 

Rent Yuh Ride ™ The Why

Problems with Current Car Renting Process:

  • Car owner reputation is unknown; current web listings have very limited information — only thing you see is the car you’re renting.
  • 58% of cars in Jamaica are uninsured — lack of protection creates lack of trust.
  • Traditional car renting is costly; advanced booking doesn’t minimize wait time at pickup — “The deposit fees are astronomical.”

The Ideal Solution is a “Win-Win Situation”:

  • Traveler Benefits: 20%-50% cheaper than traditional renting; know the owner right away; book on-demand; pickup when & where you want; more variety of vehicles to choose from.
  • Car Owner Benefits: earn money hosting; free to list and no monthly fees; list once, market to many travelers.

“Travelers deserve a better way to rent cars, they need options and what’s available just doesn’t cut it,” explains RYR Founder & CEO Cherie Williams. “With the Rent Yuh Ride™ platform, you can choose from a wide range of vehicles that fit your style, a wide range of prices that fit your budget, and there’s absolutely no negotiating back and forth. Moreover, car owners have underutilized vehicles for months at a time and Rent Yuh Ride™ will provide new opportunities for them to earn additional income,” says a frequent traveler to the island.

“It’s a win-win situation on both sides: one person will make money and the other person will save money.”

Investment opportunity available on  Series One  platform.

About Rent Yuh Ride ™ Rent Yuh Ride™ is the first peer-to-peer digital car rental platform in Jamaica with future expansion across the Caribbean. RYR will directly connect thousands of travelers to private car owners across the islands to facilitate car renting, in a way that’s efficient, affordable and safe.

Parkland Announces Date of 2019 Fourth Quarter & Year-End Results

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News Americas, CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 21, 2020: Parkland Fuel Corporation (“Parkland”) (TSX:PKI) expects to announce its 2019 fourth quarter and year-end results after markets close on Thursday, March 5, 2020. A conference call and webcast will then be held at 6:30 a.m. MST (8:30 a.m. EST) on Friday, March 6, 2020 to discuss the results.

To listen to the live webcast and watch the presentation, please use the following link:

Analysts and institutional investors interested in participating in the question and answer session of the conference call may do so by calling 1-888-390-0546 (toll-free) (Conference ID: 95848696). Please connect and log in approximately 10 minutes before the beginning of the call.

The webcast will be available for replay two hours after the conference call ends at the link above. It will remain available for one year and will also be posted to

Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion and Analysis will be posted to and SEDAR after the results are released.

About Parkland  
Parkland is an independent supplier and marketer of fuel and petroleum products and a leading convenience store operator. Parkland services customers across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean region and the Americas through three channels: Retail, Commercial and Wholesale. Parkland optimizes its fuel supply across these three channels by operating and leveraging a growing portfolio of supply relationships and storage infrastructure. Parkland provides trusted and locally relevant fuel brands and convenience store offerings in the communities it serves. 

Parkland creates value for shareholders by focusing on its proven strategy of growing organically, realizing a supply advantage and acquiring prudently and integrating successfully. At the core of our strategy are our people, as well as our values of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are embraced across our organization.