October 18, 2012, Vancouver – BC Hydro has earned a gold level designation for best practices in Aboriginal relations from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.
The gold-level designation is the highest offered and is verified by an independent, third party based on four performance areas: employment, business development, community investment and community engagement. Selection also involves a juried review by Aboriginal business people.
A gold certified company verifies its suitability as a good partner, a great place to work, and commitment to the prosperity of Aboriginal communities, businesses, and individuals. In 2009, BC Hydro earned the silver-level designation.
Ida Chong, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
“BC Hydro is a leader in building relationships with Aboriginal communities and stands as a role model for other companies. For example, the Aboriginal partnerships built by BC Hydro along the Northwest Transmission Line not only benefit the company and First Nations, they also benefit surrounding communities by building a stronger workforce and providing opportunities for new business growth.”
Charles Reid, President and CEO, BC Hydro
“We are thrilled to have earned the CCAB’s top award in aboriginal relations. The gold-level designation is a confirmation of the deepening maturity of BC Hydro’s efforts and desire to build enduring relationships with First Nations in British Columbia.”
JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business:
“I want to congratulate BC Hydro for reaching this important milestone. As a PAR gold-level certified company, BC Hydro has demonstrated sustained leadership and best practices in Aboriginal relations to which other companies can aspire to reach.”
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations certification program recognizes and supports continuous improvement in Aboriginal relations. It is the premier certification program of its type in the world, assisting companies achieve greater results.