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Suncor receives award for Aboriginal relations program


Steve Williams, Suncor president and chief executive officer. Suncor receives award.

In 2016, Suncor spent $445 million with Aboriginal businesses

Suncor today announced it has been certified at gold-level in Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), according to a press release.

“This is an important recognition for Suncor as it acknowledges our continuous efforts to improve our performance, and strengthen relationships in the communities we operate. We are honoured by the award, and also know that there is more work to be done,” said Steve Williams, president and chief executive officer, Suncor.

The award was presented at the 15th annual CCAB gala, where Suncor was recognized for its commitment to Canada’s Aboriginal Peoples.


“The PAR program encourages companies to evolve and participate in the Aboriginal business economy across Canada. Suncor demonstrated that they are willing to put in the effort to continue learning and growing in this area. They are a role model for positive and progressive Aboriginal relations and more importantly, they have a continuous improvement philosophy and focus,” said JP Gladu, president and CEO, CCAB.

Since receiving silver-level accreditation in 2014, Suncor has worked to address CCAB’s recommendations and has imbedded Aboriginal relations programs across the organization. Examples of this progress include:

  • Development of a long-term Social Goal that seeks to strengthen our relationships with Aboriginal Peoples. The goal reflects Suncor’s commitment to change the way we think and act as an organization, and outlines four areas where we can work together to advance greater involvement in energy development.
  • Maturity of the integrated Aboriginal Relations governance.
  • Establishment of the Aboriginal Employee Network (AEN). Comprised of more than 400 employees with four focus areas: Community circle, Outreach circle, Aboriginal Awareness circle, and Advisory circle which support broader diversity and inclusion within Suncor and in community activities.
  • In 2016, Suncor spent $445 million with Aboriginal businesses, bringing the total spend to almost $3.9 billion since 1999.
  • The Suncor Energy Foundation’s support for reconciliation, and investment in cultural initiatives, learning and youth.

PAR is Canada’s only certification program focused on best practices in Aboriginal relations.

The certification process included external assessment from community members of Suncor’s performance in four key areas: employment, business development, community investment and community engagement.


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