Best Practices in Mining Procurement from Aboriginal-Owned Businesses in Canada

CIM Vancouver 2016
Mr Jeff Geipel (Venture Leader - Engineers Without Borders Canada), Ms Anthea Darychuk (Engineers Without Borders Canada)
The mining industry often operates in very remote geographical regions, particularly in Canada. In certain instances these environments are inhabited by local communities that self-identify as Aboriginal, Indigenous or in the Canadian context, as First Nations. In Canada, expectations from Aboriginal communities to benefit from mining activity in their territories have never been higher. In addition to helping secure a social licence to operate from Aboriginal communities, purchasing goods and services from local businesses also can be a requirement for mining companies in impact benefit agreements. For these reasons, it is important mining companies understand how to maximize procurement from Aboriginal business.

This presentation will highlight best practices in local procurement from Aboriginal-owned businesses in the Canadian mining sector. It will present the value proposition for procuring goods and services from local Aboriginal businesses and present key success stories and challenges in Canada. These key findings will be drawn from a collaborative research project currently being undertaken by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and the Mining Shared Value venture of Engineers Without Borders, which is being supported by Cameco and other industry partners.
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