2014 October Newsletter - Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business

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Board Message
Board of
General Meeting/ 3
Job Grant
Events Update
We would like to thank the departing Directors, Massey Whiteknife, Vance Mendrikis and Billy Graham for
their tireless dedication to NAABA and the committees they supported.
During the voting at the AGM Tyrone Brass, Justin
Herman, Paul Drever and Richard Saari were elected
to serve as Directors for the next 2 years. I would also
like to thank the remaining board who have worked
very hard over the last year, planning for the future of
NAABA and the direction we get from the full members.
The AGM was an exciting evening as it was emceed by
Canadian Aboriginal Actor Lorne Cardinal (best
known for his role in Corner Gas) who most definitely
added to the entertainment value of the 2014 NAABA
AGM! His use of tasteful humor and sharp wit kept
the attention of the audience throughout the event.
NAABA also presented the Best Practice Indicator
(BPI) Awards for the first time which has taken place
over the Partner in Progress and Pathfinder in Prosperity Awards, where in the past were only awarded
to one Full and one Industry member. The new BPI
awards now have 6 categories which include small and
large Full members, small and large Associate, EPC and
Industry Awards.
The awards process was changed from a nomination
process to a performance driven one. The new BPI
system allows NAABA to measure performance
throughout the year in several categories and also
includes all of our membership to participate in the
awards. It was designed using the similar methods and
principles of Key Performance Indicator’s (KPI) which
ultimately measures performance and due diligence
therefore the more engagement NAABA and Aboriginal businesses, the higher the score will be.
It’s been an exciting year with NAABA with all the
past events throughout the season. We recently hosted the 5th annual Wine and Cheese reception in Calgary with Industry and EPC companies. It was one of
the best turnouts and I encourage all Full members to
attend as we invite management and procurement
teams to meet face to face with the Full members.
This is the first year we had a Wine and Cheese reception in Edmonton with EPC, large contractor and Full
member companies. I can’t emphasize enough how
important it is to attend these functions as it gives you
the opportunity to directly promote your business to
the right people.
On April 16, 2014 we will host our 8th Annual Aboriginal Business Showcase at
MacDonald Island Park. This is a great opportunity for our Full Members to showcase their
business to Industry and other Associate
Members in a trade-show style. It is an excellent networking opportunity for NAABA Full
Members, Industry procurement and nonprofit groups who work with Aboriginal businesses. Through this exposure, in addition to
an evening networking reception, business
relations can be explored, established, maintained and strengthened. We also offer our
popular Speed Networking circle where participating Full Members have the chance to
promote their company directly to Industry
The Aboriginal Business Showcase also includes a community driven aspect. It provides
mentorship opportunities for students who
are enrolled in the Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Programs. These young people will have
the chance to learn about the businesses from
the experts and observe business interactions
and relations. You definitely do not want to
miss out on this event.
In addition to our larger events, just a reminder that we have
monthly General
Meetings and I
Members to take
advantage of the
great opportunity to do a short
presentation to
our membership.
What a great
way to promote
your company to
NAABA Members including
Full, Associate
and IndusMitch Mercredi, President
(Acden Group Ltd.,
Business Development Manager)
2014/2015 NAABA Board of Directors
President: Mitch Mercredi
Acden Group Ltd.
Secretary/Treasurer: Tyrone Brass
Bayzik Electrical, Valve &
Instrumentation Inc.
Director: Paul Drever
Wayver Rentals Inc.
1st Vice President: Lloyd Antoine
A. P. E. Maintenance Ltd.
2nd Vice President: Adam Tatum
MXC Automotive Services
Director: Todd Pruden
Athabasca Workforce Solutions
Director: Floyd Gladue
NIPI Services (2007) Inc.
Director: Justin Herman
Saskana Safety Ltd.
Director: Richard Saari
Saari Consulting Ltd.
Upcoming General
Meeting dates:
October 23, 2014
Sponsored by Noralta
Lodge Ltd.
4 - 6 pm at Noralta
November 20, 2014
Sponsored by CNOOC
4 - 6 pm location TBD
January 20, 2014
Sponsored by MMM
Geomatics Alberta Limited
4 - 6 pm location TBD
May 20, 2015
Sponsored by CNOOC
General Meetings
The first General Meeting after the AGM was sponsored by
Noralta Lodge Ltd. in the Lynx Lodge at Noralta Lodge Fort
McMurray Village.
Corey Smith, President and CEO presented on behalf of
Noralta Lodge. The presentation covered the background and history of the company, as well as growth and expansions that Noralta Lodge has been steadily
achieving over the past two years.
Corey also discussed the current services they offer and the leading role that
Noralta Lodge is playing in the lodging industry in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region.
Corey addressed the involvement of Noralta Lodge with the community in the
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the neighboring communities, with a
focus on community partnerships and involvements with Western Canada Summer Games, the Aboriginal community, NAABA and the Wood Buffalo Food
Bank. Further, Corey spoke to Noralta Lodge’s partnership with Christina River
Enterprises and shed light on upcoming initiatives of this partnership, including
the most recent proposed addition to the Noralta Lodge lodging family Willow
Lake Lodge which will service the south of Fort McMurray areas on Fort
McMurray No. 468 First Nation land and the benefits to industry and communities south of Fort McMurray.
After the presentation there was a comprehensive tour of the Lynx Lodge and
then an amazing and very delicious assortment of hors d’oeurves specially prepared by their Red Seal Chefs! (It will be difficult to go back to soup and sandwiches).
Candice Crossley, Career and Cooperative Education Coordinator at Keyano College held a presentation about Career
Services for Employers.
Employers can recruit Keyano students and/or recent graduates. The co-operative education (co-op) program is designed
to assist students in gaining paid, full-time work experience in their field of study,
while fulfilling the short term recruiting needs of employers. Students make positive contributions to the organization through planned, supervised work terms.
Through co-op, employers have the opportunity to recruit bright, ambitious students that are proactively invested in preparing for their career. Whether you are
looking to evaluate potential future employees or would like assistance for projects or short term coverage, co-op students can be an integral component within
your recruiting strategies. By hiring a co-op student, you’ll become a partner in
education while benefiting from students’ ideas, energy and skills. I coordinate coop placements for the Business Administration, Office Administration and Environmental Technology diploma programs.
So whether you hire a summer student, a coop student or a recent graduate, you
will be investing in your company’s future, investing in a student’s future. You
should hire a student!
Canada-Alberta Job Grant
Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada Job Grant
Looking for workers with the right skills?
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant can help fund training for your new or current employees.
You identify the skills your business needs
Choose your trainee and an eligible trainer
Canada-Alberta Job Grant reimburses up to 2/3 of your training costs - up to $10,000 per individual
For more information on the Canada-Alberta Job grant, including eligibility guidelines and application
forms go to:
Or contact your local Workforce Consultant who can assist you:
Melonie Doucette
[email protected]
Office: 780 743 7147
Cell: 587 646 3461
Vanessa Cheeseman
[email protected]
Office: 780 743 7431
Cell: 780 370 0813
Events Update
On September 25th we held the 21st Annual General Meeting, which was a sold out event! Lorne Cardinal, Actor from the show Corner Gas was our emcee for the evening and kept things hopping for us. Those
who were there can attest to the fact that the evening was full of entertainment, great food, some suspense, recognition, generosity and of course networking!
As is customary, the 2014-15 NAABA Board of Directors were elected and are as follows: Lloyd Antoine,
Tyrone Brass, Paul Drever, Floyd Gladue, Justin Herman, Mitch Mercredi, Todd Pruden, Richard Saari and
Adam Tatum. Congratulations to all!
This year marked the first of the NAABA Best Practise Indicator Awards. Congratulations goes out to all
of those companies who were in the running for one of the six awards. The winners of the awards are as
Full Member Small Business
Stone Eagle Electrical Supply
Full Member Large Business
Surmont Sand & Gravel Ltd.
Associate Member Small Business
Roughrider International
Associate Member Large Business
Tervita Corporation
Associate Member EPC
Norwest Corporation
Associate Member Industry
Japan Canada Oilsands Limited
Continuation of AGM
As the first successful recipients, you have now become a significant part of NAABA history!
An event would not happen without the sponsoring companies. Many thanks to Syncrude Canada, who was
the Presenting Sponsor and to the following companies: Noralta Lodge, Suncor Energy, Athabasca Oilsands Corporation, ConocoPhillips Canada, CNRL, Nexen CNOOC, MXC Automotive Services, Finning International and HRPO
Group of Companies for their generous contributions to this great event. For those who did not attend, mark
your calendars for September 27, 2015 and be sure to get tickets for next year!
October is a busy month as we have just released the 2015 Sponsorship Packages and we have created some additional sponsorship opportunities this year, including the first ever NAABA Calendar
Sponsorship! This is a full color, 13 month calendar that will give sponsoring companies the opportunity to be a featured company on a full calendar page, or advertising on full banners, ½ banners and/
or single logos! The deadline for this is October 31st and it will be ready for distribution by the
3rd week of November. In total there will be 500 copies distributed, which will include NAABA
members and other businesses in the community. Get in on this opportunity now, as spaces are limited! For prices, order forms and any questions, give Pam a call!
Our upcoming events will be the Aboriginal Women in Business on March 5, 2015 which will
once again be hosted as a luncheon. The Aboriginal Business Showcase will be held on April 16,
2015. After receiving feedback from last year, we have made some changes to the format of the 2015
Showcase. We will continue to have Speed Networking, and the Showcase portion occurring during
the day, and then an evening networking reception as a separate event. We will be joined by Mr. D. J.
“Eagle Bear” Vanas, who is a motivated Aboriginal entrepreneur, author and professional speaker.
It has now been one year since Pam has moved into this position as the Events Coordinator at
NAABA, and in that time she has met amazing people and learned many things! The generosity and
enthusiasm for the NAABA Events is remarkable! For more information about the Sponsorship Packages or any of the events, please do not hesitate to contact her.
Wine & Cheese Receptions
Since 2012 we have hosted Wine and Cheese Receptions twice a
year in Calgary with Industry and Full Members. The feedback has
been very positive therefore we will continue to host these. This is
a win win networking option as it gives both our Full Members and
Procurement teams with Industry a chance to speak face to face to
discuss potential work opportunities.
Because of the huge success in Calgary, we are now hosting Wine
& Cheese Receptions in Edmonton twice a year as well for the
EPC companies, large contractors and Full Members.
Our Wine and Cheese Receptions are a great way to connect with existing and future clients.
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