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Indigenous Business Leadership Award

Award to a Canada Entrepreneur to Recognize
Leadership and Outstanding Business Practices

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Foundation / Corporation

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

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Award to a Canada individual or business to recognize leadership in business. The purpose of this award is to acknowledge entrepreneurs with outstanding safety and environmental performance who provide high quality goods and services. Applicants must demonstrate commitment to their Indigenous community. This award recognizes and celebrates selected Indigenous entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business.

This award is given to an individual or business that exemplifies the qualities of business leadership, Indigenous employment, exceptional environmental and safety performance, consistency of the products and services provided, and a demonstrated commitment to the Indigenous community.

Businesses or individuals must be independently nominated. The nomination letter must demonstrate:

  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.
  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 Indigenous Peoples: The nominee demonstrates a high percentage of Indigenous employment and/ or the nominee demonstrates a long-term commitment to employing Indigenous 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 defined 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 Indigenous Community: The nominee demonstrates a commitment to the Indigenous 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 Indigenous 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:
- $5,000
- One year of CCAB Membership
- Travel to receive the award. (Travel for 2 people to Ottawa, ON, including airfare, meals, and 2 nights’ accommodation.)
- A commemorative award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. For individuals they should be First Nations, Inuit, or Métis;
2. The business must be Canadian owned and operated
3. The business must be at least 51% Indigenous owned and controlled;
4. The business must derive at least 50% of revenue from serving the forest industry;
5. Business or individual has not won this award in the last 3 years (note that submissions remain active for 3 years).

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations are due March 6, 2020. The award will be presented on May 28, 2020 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Contact Information:

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

Completed nominations should be submitted to:
Cheryl Miltimore
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Forest Products Association of
99 Bank Street, Suite 410,
Ottawa, ON K1P 6B9
Tel: 613-563-1441 ext 303
Fax: 613-563-4720

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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;

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