TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Sodexo Canada
are pleased to announce the launch of the Award for Excellence in
Aboriginal Relations and the selection of The Right Honourable Paul
Martin as the Award's inaugural recipient.
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
Mr. Martin is being recognized for his work both within and outside of
public service. In particular, two recent initiatives: The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative, which aims to reduce the Aboriginal youth dropout rate and increase
the number of Aboriginal students attending post-secondary
institutions, and the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund, which he founded with his son David. The investments made through the
CAPE fund seek to further a culture of economic independence, ownership
and entrepreneurship amongst both on and off reserve Aboriginal
peoples, through the creation and growth of successful businesses.
"I am honoured to be selected as the first recipient of the Award for
Excellence in Aboriginal Relations," says Mr. Martin. "It is
critically important that we work together, all Canadians, to eliminate
the gaps that exist between the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal
communities in health, education, housing, economic development, indeed
across the board. Clearly this is a moral issue, but it is also an
economic issue. The discrimination with public spending against the
youngest and fastest growing segment of Canada's population makes no
Dean Johnson, President of Sodexo Canada, is pleased to partner with
CCAB to create an award that recognizes Canadians, Aboriginal or
non-Aboriginal, who have championed positive change for the Aboriginal
community through business. Mr. Johnson says Mr. Martin's
accomplishments are commendable and that he was selected as the
inaugural recipient because "his life's work demonstrates a conviction
to greater opportunity for Aboriginal Canadians".
"The efforts of Paul Martin have led to real change in how business is
done in Canada," says Clint Davis, President and CEO of CCAB. "Mr.
Martin has long recognized the potential of greater participation of
the Aboriginal community in the mainstream Canadian economy".
The Award for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations will be presented to
Mr. Martin at CCAB's Annual Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Gala
in Vancouver on September 29, 2011.
For more information about the CCAB and an overview of the Award for
Excellence, visit www.ccab.com
ABOUT Sodexo Canada: Since 1912, Sodexo Canada has been providing Quality of Daily Life
Solutions that contribute to the performance of organizations and the
effectiveness of employees. Now present in Healthcare, Education,
Business and Industry, Government, Hotels, Sports and Leisure and
Remote Site environments, Sodexo designs, manages and delivers On-Site
Service Solutions that include the delivery of property management,
project management, facilities management, public private partnerships,
and food services. In 2001, Sodexo Canada founded the Sodexo
Foundation, an independent charitable organization that has donated
more than 750,000 free meals to at risk youth in Canada. Sodexo Canada
has been working with Aboriginal communities for more than 20 years and
is dedicated to building community relations and supporting sustainable
youth and heritage initiatives.
ABOUT Canadian Council for 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.
For further information:
Chris Allicock, Media Consultant
Amberlight Productions Inc.
416-694-3131 or cell 416-319-8003
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
(416) 961-8663 or cell (416) 859-0389
Senior Vice President
877-632-8592 ext. 33250
Martin Aboriginal Initiative
(514) 982 3911