TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Aboriginal
Business (CCAB) and Sodexo Canada are pleased to announce this year's
recipient of the Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations is Eric
P. Newell, O.C. He will be recognized, for his accomplishments in
spearheading initiatives in Aboriginal education, training and
employment, at CCAB's 10th annual Vancouver Gala on September 27, 2012.
The Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations is presented to a
Canadian who has personally contributed, through his or her
professional and voluntary commitments, to building bridges between
Aboriginal people and Canada's business community.
Eric P. Newell, O.C. set a trend for working with the Aboriginal
community through his leadership of Imperial Oil and Syncrude. His
leadership of Syncrude helped them to not only become a major player in
the oil industry but also helped them to develop policies that
reflected leading practices in corporate social responsibility;
becoming one of the largest industrial employers of Aboriginal people
in Canada. Newell's personal life has also made great contributions to
education and training, donating money to the University of Alberta to
construct the Aboriginal Gathering Place and advocating for greater
educational opportunities for Aboriginal people.
Mr. Newell says, "It is a great honour to receive this award from the
Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business, but I share this recognition
with my senior Syncrude leadership team and our many friends amongst
our Aboriginal partners and entrepreneurs. They created the successful
businesses that are now serving as models for other Aboriginal
communities across Canada. And, for me, that is the biggest reward of
Sodexo Canada is pleased to partner with CCAB to create an award that
recognizes Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal leaders who have championed
positive change for the Aboriginal community through business. Dean
Johnson, President of Sodexo Canada, says "as a PAR Gold certified
company, we appreciate the effort and commitment Dr. Newell has made
throughout his career to developing sustainable partnerships with
Aboriginal communities. It is the impact of people like Dr. Newell that
inspired us to work with CCAB to create the Award for Excellence in
Aboriginal relations in 2011."
JP Gladu, President and CEO of CCAB, says, "Even after retirement Mr.
Newell continues to promote and work with the Aboriginal community.
CCAB measures the value of nominees in not only what they've
accomplished, but in what they continue to do."
For more information about the CCAB and an overview of the Award for
Excellence, visit www.ccab.com
About the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) was founded in 1984
by a small group of visionary business and community leaders led by
Murray Koffler. CCAB is committed to the full participation of
Aboriginal people in Canada's economy. A national non-profit
organization, CCAB offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both
mainstream and Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic
opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses across Canada.
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