Bruce Power has launched an initiative to encourage its suppliers to become members of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Businesses (CCAB) in order to strengthen links to Aboriginal communities and businesses.
In addition, Bruce Power is enhancing its contracting process to include recognition for those companies who are aboriginally owned, employ Aboriginal employees, have an Aboriginal Policy and are active CCAB members.
“By encouraging other companies to get involved with the network CCAB provides, we can help assist Aboriginal business development, enter into strategic Aboriginal business partnerships, create healthier and vibrant Aboriginal communities and increase the number of Aboriginal people employed in Canada and specifically in Ontario,” said Harry Hall, Bruce Power’s Vice President of Supply Chain.
CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) is a certification program that confirms corporate performance in Aboriginal relations at the Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Certified companies promote their level with a PAR logo signaling to communities that they are good business partners, great places to work and, committed to prosperity in Aboriginal communities.
PAR certification provides a high level of assurance to communities because the designation is supported by an independent, third party verification of company reports. The final company level is determined by a jury comprised of Aboriginal business people.
“The effort of Bruce Power in supporting this program is exactly what we hope every company in Canada pushes for,” said JP Gladu, President of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. “Having the opportunity to not only access important suppliers but to also encourage them to participate in the program and be members of the CCAB is important.”
In 2014, Bruce Power was awarded a gold level certification for excellence in Progressive Aboriginal Relations and is one of only 12 companies in Canada to receive the designation.
Bruce Power holds an Annual Suppliers Conference and Charity event which has raised over $1.3 million dollars in support of Grey-Bruce United Way and Wounded Warriors Canada over the last 10 years. This year’s conference is to be held in Collingwood, Ontario where Mr. Gladu will speak to Bruce Power’s suppliers about CCAB’s efforts towards bringing corporate Canada and Aboriginal communities closer together.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates the world’s largest operating nuclear generating facility and is the source of roughly 30 per cent of Ontario’s electricity. The company’s site in Tiverton, Ontario is home to eight CANDU reactors, each one capable of generating enough low-cost, reliable, safe and clean electricity to meet the annual needs of a city the size of Hamilton. Formed in 2001, Bruce Power is an all-Canadian partnership among Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), TransCanada, the Power Workers’ Union and the Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.