TORONTO, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Aboriginal
Business (CCAB) and Sodexo Canada are pleased to announce that this
year's recipient of the Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations is
former Canadian diplomat and Fellow with the Arctic Institute of North
America, Mary Simon.
As Canada's first Ambassador for Circumpolar Affairs, a lead negotiator
for the creation of the Arctic Council, and former Canadian Ambassador
to Denmark, Ms. Simon's leadership is international in scope with
northern interests at the heart of her extraordinary career.
CCAB in its 30th year is proud to celebrate the outstanding people who through their
lives' work and initiative have played important roles in building and
strengthening the relationship between Canada's Aboriginal peoples and
all Canadians. CCAB president and CEO JP Gladu stated, "It is the
leadership of forward thinkers such as Mary Simon that continues to
build vital partnerships and personal relationships that open the doors
of business through education and participation on the national stage."
Mary Simon has worked tirelessly to promote the interests of northern
communities on a wide variety of challenges facing Inuit including
environmental, social, cultural, and political issues. Sodexo Canada is
pleased to partner with CCAB to celebrate her in championing positive
change for the Aboriginal community. "Mary Simon's work has been
global in scope but local in impact, truly benefiting Canada's Inuit
people in their communities," expressed Dean Johnson, president of Sodexo Canada.
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. The recipient of the
award is selected by a jury of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business
leaders. Ms. Simon will be presented the award at the CCAB's 12th Annual Vancouver Gala on September 25, 2014.
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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SOURCE: Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business
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