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Calgary Chamber furthers commitment to Aboriginal-business connections with fall workshops and report

CALGARY – The Calgary Chamber is hosting two new workshops this fall as part of its Aboriginal-Business Connection series aimed at helping Alberta’s natural resource sector and Aboriginal communities work together to mutual benefit. By bringing together influential Aboriginal and business leaders, the conversations will look at how to build relationships and structure partnerships that further both industry and Aboriginal communities’ interests.

Aboriginal-Business Connection Series 2 (ABC2) is the starting point for the Calgary Chamber report Building and Sustaining Successful Partnerships.

NewAlta Senior Consultant for Aboriginal and Community Engagement and a member of the ABC2 taskforce Gary Willson is enthusiastic about the path ABC2 is on, stating:

“Companies and Aboriginal communities can work together for mutual benefit. This report provides thoughtful and effective suggestions for making it happen. It’s a great resource to provide companies with ideas about how to develop successful partnerships with Aboriginal communities.”

“The Chamber has a long and proud history of working for positive change to strengthen Aboriginal-business connections.” says Adam Legge, president and CEO of the Calgary Chamber.

Industry collaboration dynamics: challenges and successes

Projects in the natural resource sector are often so large they require a number of companies working together to ensure success, but these massive collaborations can be challenging. Explore the dos and don’ts of how these industry partnerships and how companies can work together to pool their resources, delivering the right benefit to the Aboriginal community they’re working with.

September 18 – Calgary Telus Convention Centre, Macleod Hall A

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

  • Chief Derek Orr, McLeod Lake Indian Band
  • Dan Jepsen, CEO, C3 Alliance Corp
  • Sandi Morriseau, team lead Consultation & Indigenous Relations, Shell

Structuring equity partnerships between business and Aboriginal communities

With major energy infrastructure projects waiting to be approved, equity partnerships can help by allowing Aboriginal communities to share in both the wealth and the risk associated with the projects. These partnerships also enhance long-term development by looking at the relationship between service companies and Aboriginal communities. Explore how to structure agreements and build relationships with Aboriginal communities by learning about the leading practices in similar jurisdictions.

October 7 – Calgary Telus Convention Centre, South Building, Glen 201-203

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

In 1980, the Calgary Chamber was the first in Canada to create an Aboriginal policy committee.  In 2007, the Chamber launched the Aboriginal Workforce initiative in response to Chamber members identifying labour shortages as a top priority. In 2011 the Chamber continued this work, establishing the Aboriginal-Business connection series as the hub of emerging solutions and ideas to strengthen these connections. These initiatives have been highly successful, generating partnerships and solutions to improve economic and labour market outcomes.

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For more information contact Scott Crockatt at 403-681-5529 or

Scott Crockatt

Director of Marketing & Communications

T ..403 750 0437

C .403 681 5529


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