Macquarie Group teamed up with its partners in the energy industry to hold the Annual Shuck Off and Seafood Feast charity event held in Calgary's charbar at The Simmons Building on September 28th. Bringing awareness to the needs of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Calgary), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kids Help Phone and Children's Wish Foundation, the event raised over $235,000 in individual donations and corporate contributions. The total donation amount comprised of more than $77,000 raised by Shuck Off contestants and their supporters, as well as $159,000 in contributions from Macquarie staff and matching funds from the Macquarie Group Foundation.

Dale Shwed, President and CEO of Crew Energy Inc. reclaimed his title for a third time and was the 2017 winner of the Macquarie Oyster Shuck Off, taking home the trophy for his charity, the Children's Wish Foundation. Generous participants who volunteered to compete on behalf of their nominated charities this year included: Kelly Hrudey, SportsNet; Ron Hozjan, Tamarack Valley Energy; and Fotis Kalantzis, Spartan Energy Corp.

"The Annual Macquarie Shuck Off is an opportunity for industry professionals to come together and give back to charities that need our support," said Dan Cristall, CEO of Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd. "We are grateful to all of those who continually choose to support our annual event. The generosity and dedication of our clients, staff and peers is truly astounding, we can't thank you enough."

Since inception, the annual Shuck Off has raised more than $680,000 for a range of Calgary-based charities.

About Macquarie Group

Macquarie is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. Macquarie's main business focus is making returns by providing a diversified range of services to clients. Macquarie acts on behalf of institutional, corporate and retail clients and counterparties around the world. Founded in 1969, Macquarie operates in more than 70 office locations in 28 countries. Macquarie employs approximately 13,597 people and has assets under management of more than $367 billion (as of March 31, 2017).

About Macquarie Group Foundation

Macquarie Group Foundation supports community organizations through financial support, volunteering and skills sharing, predominantly in the communities in which Macquarie employees live and work. In the year to 31 March 2017, Macquarie Group Foundation, together with Macquarie Group staff efforts, contributed approximately $A30 million and 50,000 volunteer and pro bono hours to over 1,500 community organizations around the world. Since the Foundation was established in 1985, it and Macquarie staff have contributed close to $A300 million globally.

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