Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Announces 2020 Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program Certified Companies

September 9, 2020

CANADA – The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) recently announced 12 Canadian corporations to be recognized at the Business Recovery Forum for achieving certification in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.

“Through CCAB’s PAR program, these 11 companies have demonstrated their commitment to achieving successful positive relations with the Indigenous community,” says Tabatha Bull, CCAB’s president and CEO.

“I am particularly proud and excited to recognize these recipients of PAR-level achievement at our first-ever virtual Business Recovery Forum on September 16th. The event is drawing a wide audience of Indigenous and non-Indigenous business leaders, government officials, and heads of organizations across Canada and around the world – a perfect platform to highlight these leading corporations.”

The 2020 PAR certified recipients, to be celebrated on September 16th at CCAB’s Business Recovery Forum include:

Gold-certified: BMO Financial Group, ESS Support Services, Brook McIlroy Inc, Bruce Power, Cameco Corporation, Leaders International – Indigenous Markets and Suncor Energy.

Silver-certified: Hydro One Inc and Mosaic Forest Management.

Bronze-certified: Bird Construction Inc and Hatch Ltd.

PAR is a certification program that confirms corporate performance in Aboriginal relations. Using an online management and reporting tool, the program supports participants’ efforts towards progressive improvement and commitment to prosperity in Indigenous communities.

CCAB member companies in the PAR certification program build a framework that enables them to achieve certification in Aboriginal relations at the bronze, silver, or gold level.

As a premier corporate social responsibility program, a high level of assurance is provided through an independent, third-party verification process of company reports on measurable outcomes and initiatives in four performance areas: Leadership Actions, Employment, Business development, and Community Relationships.

These verified reports are then reviewed by an independent jury of Aboriginal business leaders who assign the final certification level.



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