Pomerleau is Collaborating with Indigenous Businesses

Indigenous participation in the construction industry is an essential component of reconciliation. Pomerleau is focusing its efforts on building strong relationships with Indigenous peoples and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, two goals that are inextricably linked.

Pomerleau’s commitment to fostering Indigenous relations and supporting Indigenous economic resilience throughout the industry has led the company to embark on the the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification process.

Created by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), the PAR certification recognizes companies that promote the prosperity of Indigenous peoples, are good partners and provide great workplaces. To meet the requirements for the certification, Pomerleau created an interdisciplinary and inter-regional working committee composed of 13 employees, which includes the three members of the company’s Indigenous relations team.

“Achieving PAR certification isn’t just a mark of approval. It’s a vector of positive change and a strategic investment in building meaningful business partnerships,” said Philippe Adam, CEO and President of Pomerleau.

On-site, Pomerleau is incorporating Indigenous peoples and businesses into its projects. Over the past decade, the company has completed more than 30 construction projects for or in collaboration with First Nation communities. It currently has 12 active projects that involve First Nation participation, including the Daniel J. MacDonald Building, a rehabilitation project in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

The retrofit and optimization of the building, which is the national headquarters for Veterans Affairs Canada, includes an Indigenous Participation Plan (IPP). The plan ensures that 10% of all subcontracts are awarded to Indigenous businesses, and an additional 1% of the contract value is provided for skills development and capacity building.

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“We are very committed to our involvement with Indigenous communities and businesses—and are taking the time to visit communities and companies to understand their capacity, involvement opportunities and how we can find the best fits on our projects. Open communication and creative initiatives are key to successful collaboration,” says Project Director Ken Aucoin

Through long-lasting and impactful business partnerships, Pomerleau aims to foster harmonious and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous people while respecting their rights, beliefs, cultures and territories.

The project facilitates an opportunity to incorporate sustainable and efficient additions to the revamped facility, including upgrades to heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical systems, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The aim of the project, which is seeking Green Globes Certification level 3 or better, is to increase energy efficiency, reduce operational costs, and contribute to the Government of Canada’s reduced carbon footprint.

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