OPG Recognized for its Aboriginal Relations

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business awards OPG with its second highest certification  

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) has awarded Ontario Power Generation (OPG) a silver certification for its performance in Aboriginal relations.

"OPG understands the importance of partnership and community, making their silver Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) designation the outstanding contribution to better business that it proudly symbolizes," said CCAB President and CEO JP Gladu. "We applaud their work and continued business success and leadership." 

"We're pleased to be independently recognized for our work with Aboriginal communities," said OPG's Vice-President of Corporate Relations and Communications Ted Gruetzer."  It's quite an honour for our company to receive the silver designation. The PAR assessment will help OPG take steps over the next three years toward a gold rating." 

OPG is committed to building and growing long-term, mutually beneficial working relationships with First Nations and Métis communities near our current and future operations in Ontario. Our partnerships include:

  • Lac Seul First Nation on the Lac Seul/Obishikokaang Waasiganikewigamig Generating Station in Ear Falls in northwestern Ontario.  The station started generating electricity in 2009.
  • Moose Cree First Nation on the Lower Mattagami River hydroelectric project in the Moose River Basin in northeastern Ontario. This $2.6 billion dollar project, which now delivers 438 additional megawatts of clean, renewable power was completed on time and ahead of schedule.
  • Taykwa Tagamou Nation (TTN) in partnership with OPG is building a 28 megawatt hydroelectric station which will provide economic benefits to TTN and clean renewable energy for Ontario. The station is expected to be in service in 2018.

The CCAB is a national non-profit organization that offers knowledge, resources, and programs to both mainstream and Aboriginal owned companies that foster economic opportunities for Aboriginal people and businesses across Canada.

OPG is Ontario's largest clean electricity generator. In 2014, OPG stopped using coal to make electricity. It was North America's largest single action to combat climate change. Today, the company's diversified generating portfolio, which is 99.7 per cent free of smog and greenhouse gas emissions, consists of two nuclear, 65 hydroelectric, and three thermal generating stations. We're dedicated to making sure our generating stations continue to provide clean, reliable power at about half the cost of other generators.

SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.

Image with caption: "OPG’s Mike Martelli (left) accepts CCAB Award. (CNW Group/Ontario Power Generation Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150925_C5875_PHOTO_EN_507018.jpg

For further information: Ontario Power Generation, Media Relations, 416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008, Follow us @opg


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