Bruce Power has been awarded a gold level certification for the second time by Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) for excellence in Indigenous relations.
This is the highest level of recognition offered by the CCAB. Bruce Power was first awarded gold in 2014 and the company is one of only 17 in Canada to receive the designation.
"We're honoured by this recognition and profoundly grateful to Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business for its recognition of our efforts," said Mike Rencheck, Bruce Power's President and CEO. "Our relationships with communities around our site are extremely important to us, and our commitment to corporate responsibility motivates us to do our part to help build stronger communities. The work we've already done and are continuing to develop with our Indigenous employees and the Indigenous communities, will lead to a brighter future."
The Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program is a comprehensive initiative offered by CCAB that supports improvement and best practices in Indigenous relations. A gold-certified company means the PAR criteria is ingrained at all levels of the business, driven through policy, strategy, mature processes and innovative enhancements over a number of years. A gold organization has a high level of appreciation of the significance of positive Indigenous relations, is a role model on Indigenous relations with a continuous-improvement philosophy, positive results and good support from Indigenous communities.
"Bruce Power has made great strides in its work with Indigenous relations and the CCAB over the years, showing leadership by updating its procurement process and improving its commitment to improving relations with Indigenous people on the challenges and opportunities they share," said J.P. Gladu, CCAB's President and CEO. "We congratulate Bruce Power on its PAR gold certification and look forward to continuing to mutually build on best practices and successes in the years ahead."
The Hon. David Zimmer, Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation and MPP for Willowdale, said the CCAB award highlights the outstanding contributions Bruce Power is making in Indigenous communities all across Ontario
"I congratulate Bruce Power and look forward to their continued success as we celebrate the diversity of Indigenous communities across the province, and ensure that Indigenous communities share in the province's economic opportunities."
Bruce Power submitted its application in April, the details of which were verified by an independent third party in June. Its outcomes and initiatives in four performance areas - employment, business development, community investment and community engagement - were reviewed by a jury of Indigenous business people before the gold designation was granted.
To learn more about the CCAB visit www.ccab.com. To learn more about Bruce Power's Indigenous Relations program, visit http://www.brucepower.com/in-the-community/community-policies/indigenous-relations/