Presented by the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), the $5,000 award recognizes and celebrates First Nations entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business that “exemplifies business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high-quality products and services.”
The recipient must also demonstrate a strong, long-term commitment to the Aboriginal community, particularly in supporting Aboriginal employment.
There are now approximately 1,400 Aboriginal-owned forest-related businesses in Canada, and about 9,000 Aboriginal Canadians working in the sector, which FPAC says makes the forest products industry one of the largest employer for First Nations workers.
“Aboriginal communities and businesses play a large role in the success of the forest products industry,” said Derek Nighbor, FPAC president and CEO. “The Aboriginal Business Leadership Award is an excellent way to recognize the leadership and excellence that is happening every day in our sector.”
This is the eighth time the award will be handed out. The award nominees are judged against six criteria: business leadership, longevity in the sector, employment of Aboriginal peoples, safety and environmental performance, consistency of goods and services provided and commitment to the Aboriginal community.
“We are excited to be once again a part of this exciting initiative to recognize leadership excellence from Aboriginal businesses in the forest products industry,” added JP Gladu, president and CEO of CCAB. “The forest sector and Aboriginal communities work closely together to create and ensure ongoing sustainable economic prosperity.”
Nominations are due March 31. The awards will be handed out on May 23 in Ottawa, Ont.
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