BC logging company honoured with Aboriginal Business Award
By Cindy Macdonald
LTN Contracting Ltd., the largest timber harvesting contractor in the Prince George area of British Columbia, has won this year’s FPAC-CCAB Aboriginal Business Leadership Award.
The award if presented by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).
Troy Young received the award on behalf of the company at a reception before the CCAB 13th Annual Vancouver Gala.
LTN is a joint venture between the Lheildi T’enneh Band and Roga Contracting Ltd. that endeavors to hire Aboriginal workers. The company has increased its annual logging contract volume ten-fold over the past 15 years and has become a significant contributor to the economic stability of the band.
“LTN has been good for us all,” says Troy Young, general manager and director of LTN. “The partnership between Lheidli T’enneh and Roga has built trust between the band and industry. LTN has developed band infrastructure in forestry, teaching, law and other areas through our combined efforts. This relationship has helped guide us forward, with important lessons being provided to all parties involved.”
“FPAC is pleased that LTN is being recognized for its outstanding business leadership and its contribution to the Lheildi T’enneh Band,” says David Lindsay, president and CEO of FPAC. “For example, LTN has helped support about 60 band members get training and schooling through an Education Fund. This type of initiative will help the forest sector hire more workers from Aboriginal communities.”
The $5,000 award celebrates Aboriginal entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business which exemplifies business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high-quality products and services. The award recipient must also demonstrate a long-term commitment to the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal employment.
The forest products industry is one of the largest employers of Aboriginal workers in Canada. This is the sixth time that the Aboriginal Business Leadership Award has been presented. Two Skills Awards for Aboriginal Youth will be awarded by FPAC later this year.