The Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate and promote the value of Indigenous businesses and partnerships in the Canadian nuclear supply chain.

The MOU outlines how the two organizations will work together in the development of programs and initiatives to enable Indigenous businesses and partnerships to play a larger role in supporting Canada’s nuclear industry.

The OCNI is an association of more than 220 Canadian suppliers to the nuclear industry that employ more than 15,000 engineers, technologists, and trades people. OCNI companies design reactors, manufacture major equipment and components, and provide engineering services and support to nuclear power plants in Canada as well as to plants in offshore markets.

“I am pleased to partner with CCAB in furthering our commitment for engaging Indigenous businesses and partnerships throughout the Canadian nuclear industry,” said Ron Oberth, president and CEO of OCNI. “This agreement will continue to build collaboration between our two organizations on various partnership initiatives.”

The CCAB is a national, non-partisan association that offers knowledge, resources and programs to Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples and businesses across Canada.

“This strategic partnership with OCNI is an important opportunity to promote and strengthen Indigenous business and community engagement in the nuclear industry,” said Tabatha Bull, president and CEO of CCAB. “We are also very pleased that OCNI will work toward their corporate social responsibility certification through CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations program as they continue to champion efforts towards economic reconciliation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.”

Featured image credit of Bruce A Nuclear Generating Station: Government of Canada.

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