Ontario Construction News staff writer
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) has released a list of 24 Canadian corporations recognized for achieving certification in Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR), including AECON Nuclear, Bruce Power and Clark Builders.
More than 200 companies participate in the PAR program, a CCAB certification initiative designed to validate corporate performance in Indigenous relations. PAR Certified Companies undergo a stringent independent certification process to confirm their commitment to establishing and maintaining robust, ongoing relationships that generate economic prosperity for Indigenous businesses and communities.
“We are proud that a growing number of companies have committed to working collaboratively across cultures for progressive Indigenous relations,” said CCAB President & CEO Tabatha Bull. “This dedication advances economic reconciliation by providing opportunities for the employment of Indigenous peoples into all levels of positions, including leadership and executive opportunities.
“It also promotes the involvement of Indigenous companies in their supply chains and creates partnerships with Indigenous communities for a stronger Canadian economy.”
- ATCO Structure and Logistics Ltd.
- Bouchier Group
- BMO Financial
- Bruce Power
- Brook McIlroy Inc.
- Cameco Corporation
- Civeo Canada
- ESS Support Services
- Hydro One
- Mosaic Forest Management
- Aecon Nuclear
- Earnst and Young
- Fortis B C Energy
- WSP Canada Inc.
- Clark Builders
- Horizon North
- Lakeside Process Controls
- KPMG Canada
- PME Inc.
- Richo Canada
- Promation Nuclear
Certification includes an online management and reporting tool that supports participating companies’ efforts towards progressive improvement in Indigenous relations. CCAB member companies build a framework that enables them to achieve certification in Indigenous relations at the bronze, silver, or gold level.
“We’re thrilled to have once again received this recognition and we fully support the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business mission of advocating for the full participation of Indigenous peoples in Canada’s economy,” said Adam Kahgee, Bruce Power’s director, Indigenous relations & business partnerships. “We’re proud of our strong relationship with the Indigenous communities which host our site upon their traditional territories and we’re proud of the programs and partnerships we’ve formed on our continuing journey together.”
PAR Certified Companies undergo rigorous independent certification to confirm they are acting to establish strong and ongoing working relationships that create wealth for Indigenous businesses and communities.
“We congratulate Bruce Power on its recertification at the gold level,” said Tabatha Bull, CCAB president and CEO. “We are proud that a growing number of companies have committed to working collaboratively across cultures for progressive Indigenous relations. This dedication advances economic reconciliation by providing opportunities for the employment of Indigenous peoples into all levels of positions, including leadership and executive opportunities.”
Bruce Power strongly supports the hiring of Indigenous Peoples, either directly into the organization or through placements with vendors and trades working with the organization.