Working together sharing the same values

Corporate Responsibility

Working together sharing the same values

Working together with locally-owned businesses to provide services for our field operations is a high priority for Canadian Natural. Partnering with local suppliers helps create value for regional economies, building local capacity and long-term relationships with key stakeholders.

Canadian Natural and Acden have been working together for more than 10 years. Acden was founded in 1994 by former Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) Chief Tony Mercredi, who recognized the potential for economic growth through the shared development of resources in the oil sands. Acden started as Denesoline Environment (now Acden Environment) with a labour services waste management contract and 10 employees, and has grown to be one of Canada’s largest Indigenous corporations, with 18 companies and over 3,000 employees.

Acden’s companies provide services for the planning, construction, maintenance and reclamation of Alberta’s oil sands, along with a variety of commercial and retail services available to local Fort McMurray and Edmonton communities. “Our focus is on creating and maintaining gainful employment, and providing economic benefit for the ACFN by providing safe, high quality and innovative services,” said Mitch Mercredi, Acden’s Business Development Manager. “Doing this while respecting our shared environment is of the utmost importance to Acden. Our growth is tied to the expansion of our clients’ sites and their projects, and diversifying our service scope to accommodate Alberta’s needs.”

Worker safety and service quality are priorities, and this is demonstrated through their ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 certifications. Acden’s LEED® Gold corporate headquarters also represents their values through its design — creating a space for sustainable development, establishing a local presence within the community and bringing staff together under one roof.

Acden’s first partnership with Canadian Natural’s Horizon Oil Sands operations dates back to 2005, providing site-wide waste management services. Currently, we are working with four Acden businesses. “Working with Canadian Natural not only has a positive impact on our business but directly impacts our ownership, the ACFN,” said Garry K. Flett, Acden’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Another important commitment shared by Canadian Natural and Acden is investing in the social and economic development of the communities where our employees live and work. Acden’s culture is rooted in a strong tradition of coming together for what matters, particularly in the areas of environment, education and community development. Efforts are concentrated in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and in Fort Chipewyan, where the majority of the ACFN membership resides.

Left: Interior of Acden’s LEED Gold certified corporate headquarters. Right: living wall.