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Aboriginal Business Leadership Award

Award to a Canada Aboriginal Individual or Business
for Leadership in the Forestry Products Industry

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)

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Award of $5,000 and additional benefits to a Canada Aboriginal business or individual to recognize exemplary achievements in a forest products-related business. Candidates for this award exemplify qualities such as business leadership and longevity, environmental and safety performance, Aboriginal employment, consistency of the products and services provided, and a demonstrated commitment to the Aboriginal community.

Evaluation Criteria:

1. Business Leadership
The nominee demonstrates strong business leadership in one or more of the following areas: strong financial management, ability to manage change, strong human resource skills, ability to grow. Other areas of business leadership will be considered.

2. Longevity
The nominee has been incorporated for a minimum of 3 years and is operating at the time of submission of the application.

3. Employment of Aboriginal Peoples
The nominee demonstrates a high percentage of Aboriginal employment and/or the nominee demonstrates a long-term commitment to employing aboriginal people.

4. Safety Performance
The nominee demonstrates safety performance in one or more of the following areas: safety certification, low incident frequency in relation to size of business, employee training on relevant safety procedures and standards. Other areas of safety performance will be considered.

5. Environmental Performance
The nominee demonstrates environmental performance in one or more of the following areas: sustainable forest management certification, clear environmental objectives and measurable results, clearly de ned roles and responsibilities, consultation with affected and interested stakeholders, public reporting, verification of results, continual improvement system.

6. Consistency of the Goods and Services Provided
The nominee demonstrates a consistent track record in providing high quality products and services to its client(s).

7. Commitment to the Aboriginal Community
The nominee demonstrates a commitment to the aboriginal community. For example, the nominee has sponsored youth training, sponsored sports teams, sponsored or volunteered at community cultural events, provided goods and services to the community, provided advice to other aboriginal businesses. Other means of demonstrating community support will also be considered (e.g. Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification).

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GrantWatch ID#: 160932

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Award winner will receive:
-One year of CCAB Membership
-Registration for 1 or 2 people for the CCAB event where the award will be offered
-Travel to receive the award. (Travel for 1 or 2 people, including airfare, meals, and 2 nights’ accommodation.)
-A commemorative award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The business or individual:
1. In the case of an individual be First Nations, Inuit, or Métis;
2. In the case of a business: Is Canadian owned and operated;
3. In the case of a business: must be at least 51% Aboriginal owned and controlled;
4. Derive at least 50% of revenue from serving the forest industry;
5. Has not won this award in the last 3 years (note that submissions remain active for 3 years);
6. Not have anyone in management, on its board or in its employ serving on the judging committee.

Pre-Application Information:

Businesses or individuals must be independently nominated by letter.

In addition to the nomination letter provide 2 reference letters. Letters may be from suppliers, community organizations, individuals, financial institutions, etc.

Nominations are due March 31, 2018.

The award will be handed out in May 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Annette Clemens, Administrative Assistant, Communications et Regulatory Affairs
P: 613-563-1441, ext 300
F: 613-563-4720

Forest Products Association of Canada
99 Bank Street, Suite 410
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon