TORONTO, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) announced today it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with
Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services (KKETS), A
Division of Matawa First Nations.
The agreement represents the beginning of a strategic partnership
between Aecon and KKETS; starting with a joint commitment to expand
training and development programs for First Nations in northern and
remote areas surrounding Ontario's Ring of Fire mining development.
Under the agreement, Aecon and KKETS will work collaboratively to
develop "Remote Training Centres" to provide local access to
community-based education, trades and apprenticeship training, operated
by First Nations in a socially and culturally relevant environment. The
Remote Training Centres take advantage of state of the art computerized
technology systems and high-speed satellite broadband internet to
"Our relationship with the Matawa First Nations and KKETS is an
important component of Aecon's strategic approach to community
engagement and skilled labour development," says Teri McKibbon, Aecon's
President and Chief Operating Officer. "Education and training is a
priority for Aecon. Programs such as the Remote Training Centres are an
innovative response to the future demand for labour in remote areas,
and will make positive contributions to surrounding communities."
"In the past, First Nations did not have the same participation in the
labour market, but through the process of developing and maintaining
relationships with key employers, potential employment opportunities
have been recognized," stated Morris Wapoose, KKETS' Program Manager.
"We want to thank Aecon for stepping forward and we look forward to
building this positive relationship."
Matawa First Nation Management (MFNM) is a non-profit corporation and
Tribal Council that provides advisory services to its nine member First
Nations of Eabametoong First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Marten
Falls First Nation, Nibinamik First Nation, Webequie First Nations,
Constance Lake First Nation, Aroland First Nation, Long Lake # 58 First
Nation, and Ginoogaming First Nation. KKETS is the Aboriginal Skills
and Employment Training Strategy Provider for Matawa First Nations and
is committed to delivering programs that meet the needs of employers
and trainees for all Matawa First Nations.
Aecon Group Inc. is a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure
development providing integrated turnkey services to private and public
sector clients. Aecon is pleased to be consistently recognized as one
of the Best Employers in Canada.
The information in this press release includes certain forward-looking
statements which are subject to risks and uncertainties. In addition
to events beyond Aecon's control, there are factors which could cause
actual or future results, performance or achievements to differ
materially from those expressed or inferred herein including, but not
limited to: the timing of the project, unanticipated costs and
expenses, general market and industry conditions and operational and
reputational risks, including large project risk and contractual
factors. Readers are referred to the specific risk factors relating to
and affecting Aecon's business and operations as filed by Aecon
pursuant to applicable securities laws. Except as required by
applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of
the date on which they are made and Aecon undertakes no obligation to
publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE: Aecon Group Inc.
For further information:
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Aecon Group Inc.