Bruce Power has become one of three companies in Canada to have been awarded a silver level certification for its Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.
Company representatives accepted the prestigious award last night at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) 10th annual gala dinner in Vancouver
PAR is a comprehensive initiative by the CCAB that supports progressive improvement and best practice in Aboriginal relations, and a certification program that confirms corporate performance in Aboriginal relations at various levels. Certified companies promote their certification with a PAR logo that signals to communities they are good business partners, great places to work and are committed to prosperity in Aboriginal communities.
“Over its 10-year history, Bruce Power has demonstrated a strong commitment to understanding, supporting and respecting Aboriginal communities,” said Duncan Hawthorne, Bruce Power’s President and CEO. “CCAB provides businesses like Bruce Power with an opportunity to measure its own progress in Aboriginal relations against other members across Canada, and we fully expect to build on this level of accomplishment with our future business plans.”
Bruce Power submitted its application in August, the details of which were verified by an independent third party. Its outcomes and initiatives in four performance areas – employment, business development, community investment and community engagement – were reviewed by a jury of Aboriginal businesspeople.
“We are very pleased and honoured to have received the silver designation from the CCAB,” said Mike Briggs, Manager of First Nation and Métis Relations at Bruce Power. “However, with this designation comes a great responsibility to build upon on the work we’ve already done with our Aboriginal employees and the Aboriginal communities whose territories we operate within. We also need to show leadership amongst our CCAB colleagues to help build a stronger network of engaged companies across Canada.”
Other certification recipients at the gala included Alberta Pacific, BC Hydro, IBM, Syncrude, BC Housing, Nexen and Shell. To learn more about the CCAB visit www.ccab.com.
About Bruce Power
Bruce Power operates one of the world’s largest nuclear sites and is the source of roughly 25 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 TransCanada, Cameco, Borealis Infrastructure Management (a division of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System) as well as the Power Workers’ Union and Society of Energy Professionals. A majority of Bruce Power’s employees are also owners in the business.
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