At Canadian Natural, we believe that business development within the areas where we operate leads to sustainable community development. We promote local and regional business opportunities through the procurement of goods and services for our operations. We actively engage with community and business leaders to facilitate and identify local and regional economic opportunities. In doing so, we support communities to build their capacity to participate in our operations through new and existing businesses.
We continue to work effectively with local contractors and vendors in an effort to prequalify them to participate in our contracting and bidding process. Through these efforts, Canadian Natural is creating shared value by supporting the development of successful businesses in the community while enhancing our supply chain.
Aboriginal Business Development and Employment
Aboriginal businesses, (including community owned, individually owned, and joint venture owned) were awarded more than $375 million in contracts in 2014.
When working with Aboriginal communities, Canadian Natural works hard to identify business and capacity-building opportunities. For example, in 2014 our Business Development representatives met with suppliers and service companies from our Heavy Oil North and Central operations, communities nearby our Kirby operations and with the Fort McKay Group of Companies (FMGC) to discuss business prospects and determine opportunities that align with the services provided by those companies. We also hire locally across our operations. In Wabasca-Desmarais (Pelican Lake operations), for example, the majority of our contract operators are Aboriginal. We also work with several local businesses ranging from heavy equipment to camp services and continue to develop successful relationships with Aboriginal contractors. Our company also sponsors programs that aim to increase the number of skilled Aboriginal trades-people, including the Northeast Alberta Apprenticeship Initiative and the Blue Quills First Nation College. Read more about these programs here .
Canadian Natural’s community Liaisons share information about our projects and work with Aboriginal businesses and contractors to ensure they are pre-qualified to be part of our contracting process. In working with Aboriginal communities, we also participate in several Joint Management Advisory and Joint Cooperation Committees which provide a forum where representatives from the community and Canadian Natural meet regularly to discuss topics such as ongoing operations, employment and business opportunities.
Read more about our work with Aboriginal contractors .