Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) have announced that nominations are open for the 2018 Aboriginal Business Leadership Award. 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.

“Aboriginal communities and businesses play a large role in the success of the forest products industry,” said Derek Nighbor, president, and CEO of FPAC. “The Aboriginal Business Leadership Award is an excellent way to recognize the leadership and excellence that is happening every day in our sector.”

“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,” says JP Gladu, the president, and CEO of CCAB. “The forest sector and Aboriginal communities work closely together to create and ensure ongoing sustainable economic prosperity.”

There are now approximately 1,400 Aboriginal-owned (forest-related) businesses in Canada, and about 9,000 Aboriginal Canadians working in the sector, making the forest products industry one of the largest employer for First Nations workers.

This is the eighth time that 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.

Nominations are due March 31, 2018. The awards will be handed out on May 23, 2018 in Ottawa, ON.

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