Solid Policies, Sound Practices, Good Business

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Solid Policies, Sound Practices, Good Business

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Monday, June 17, 2013 - 11:05am

CAMPAIGN: Community Investment at Enbridge

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This week, in honour of National Aboriginal Day in Canada (Friday, June 21) Enbridge will be sharing stories about our dedication to partnering with Aboriginal communities along our rights-of-way.

In 2011 Enbridge announced the twinning of the Athabasca Pipeline, which runs through the Cold Lake First Nation traditional territory on the Cold Lake Air Weapons range in northeastern Alberta. The $1.2- billion project is creating more than 1,000 jobs for the area including positions as inspectors, subcontractors, and in construction.

As part of a pragmatic business strategy and in support of its social license to operate, Enbridge’s policies identify a clear commitment to provide sustainable benefits to Aboriginal communities in close proximity to its projects and operations. These benefits can include community investment, education, training, employment, procurement and business development.

“Our practical and progressive strategy has allowed us to provide meaningful opportunities to Aboriginal communities,” says Jamie Honda-McNeil, Senior Manager Aboriginal Affairs, Regulatory and Economic Relations. “In a nutshell, that practice is to work with and support competitive and qualified Aboriginal businesses. And we’re walking the talk.”

To support its Aboriginal business strategy and its commitment to benefit local economies, Enbridge has spent $150 million with Aboriginal businesses since 2009.

Behind the dollar figure are solid and ongoing relationships. Enbridge representatives are in regular contact with the leadership of many Aboriginal communities near the company’s operations regarding operations and safety, emergency responsiveness and opportunities for Aboriginal businesses.

“The opportunities we offer to Aboriginal communities where we do business have become an important demonstration of our commitment to communities located along our rights-of way,” says Jamie.

One of those communities is Cold Lake First Nation. It is well equipped to take advantage of the economic opportunities that come with Enbridge’s Athabasca Pipeline Twinning Project. Companies owned by the Cold Lake First Nation employ more than 1,000 full-time workers and are among the largest Aboriginal employers in Canada.

Cold Lake First Nation has a comprehensive business strategy that includes all of the region’s main economic drivers: oil and gas, agriculture and tourism. The entrepreneurial First Nation owns a group of enterprises (from camp catering and construction to environmental services and forestry operations), specialized to service the booming oil and gas sector in the area.

Enbridge plays a role in helping Cold Lake First Nation grow its existing companies and diversify its economic base. It does so through contracts with First Nation companies, such as Dechen for tree clearing and Nu Nennè-Stantec for environmental services.

Combined, they are worth approximately $15 million and provide direct employment and sub-contracting opportunities for First Nation members.

To read more about our shared values with First Nations communities, click here.

Keywords: Business & Trade | Aboriginal business | Business & Trade | Community Investment | Economic development | aboriginal relations | economic benefits

CAMPAIGN: Community Investment at Enbridge

CONTENT: Article