ADIPEC 2023 - In-country value - it's more than a contractual obligation
Wood is advancing its commitment to support Indigenous Peoples across Canada with its new partnership with Pasqua First Nation Group of Companies (PFNGC). The alliance aims to identify and develop future business opportunities where Wood and PFNGC can collaborate on environmental and engineering work.
The partnership’s initial focus will be to identify and develop projects – in southern Saskatchewan, the wider province and other parts of Canada – that will benefit both organisations.
Brian Lapos, Wood’s Senior Vice President for our Environmental business in Canada, explained the advantages of the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). He said: “This is an exciting opportunity that offers a mutually beneficial partnership enabling us to work with Indigenous-owned businesses where we all can capitalise on our unique specialties, while expanding our expertise and our reach into new, rewarding business opportunities.
‘This partnership will expand the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge and celebrate diversity of thought as we aim to develop holistic and sustainable solutions for a resilient future through cross-cultural awareness,” Lapos added. “It reflects and underscores Wood’s commitment to championing an inclusive and diverse workplace, through educating, empathising and engaging, while contributing to reconciliation in Canada.”
"I am looking forward to our new partnership with Wood,” said Richard Missens, President and CEO, PFNGC. “These types of relationships provide meaningful access for Indigenous companies to capitalise on business opportunities, build capacity, and increase First Nations participation in the local and national economies.”
Under the MOU, Wood will provide First Nations members with training, internships, and employment opportunities, and PFNGC will support project delivery with subcontracted staff and equipment.