Working with locally-owned businesses at the Kirby operations

Corporate Responsibility

Working with locally-owned businesses at the Kirby operations

Canadian Natural works together with local and regional companies to prioritize local growth opportunities when it comes to providing goods and services for our operations. This adds mutual value for the communities where we operate and for our business, helping build capacity locally and promoting participation in oil and natural gas developments.

At our Kirby South thermal operations, for example, the breadth and depth of expertise and services offered by local contractors that are, and have been, working with us during construction and development of these operations is extensive, extending from general field services and maintenance to construction and manufacturing.

One of those businesses is Crude Energy Services Inc., a majority First Nation owned field services and fabrication company established in 2005. Crude Energy’s start was performing small picker and pipe fitting jobs, and over the years their services have evolved.

“We are currently providing turnaround services, well pad fabrication and installation, and piping services at the Kirby South plant, and we completed our fabrication facility in January 2016,” says President Peter Mahowich, a Beaver Lake Cree Nation band member. “The timing wasn’t perfect, but we are committed to our main values of safety, quality, delivery and hard work. In September 2017, Canadian Natural gave us our first opportunity to construct and install modules.”

At Crude Energy there is also a big sense of community. ”The employment we provide supports 70 families, and I have always measured our success by the number of families we support.”

Another local company and business partner is Conklin Services Inc. This Métis owned company providing janitorial services in the region has been working with Canadian Natural since 2013. Located in Conklin, 30 km north of our Kirby South operations, they are one of our closest neighbours. “A key aspect of working with Canadian Natural is the contractual opportunity as a locally owned business, thus having the ability to hire and continue to employ individuals locally,” says Veronica Quintal, Conklin Services’ owner.

Since the beginning of our operations at Kirby, another Beaver Lake Cree Nation member-owned company has been providing transportation services — Adby’s Bus Lines Inc. We are seeing this partnership grow with Adby’s further extending services now into the Kirby North Project.

Canadian Natural also works with Heart Lake Industrial Paramedics, a joint venture between Heart Lake First Nation and Canadian Industrial Paramedics, who have been providing paramedic and medical services to our Kirby South operations and camp since 2011.

We continue to work with local businesses and contractors to identify opportunities for economic participation, and to ensure they are pre-qualified to be part of our contracting process.