Partnership Agreement Reached between Compass Group Canada - ESS, and two Innu First Nations Councils regarding Vocational opportunities with Hydro Quebec La Romaine project

    MONTREAL, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - ...on behalf of the Innu Councils of Pakua
Shipi and Unamen Shipu, Chief Christiane Lalo and Chief Guy Bellefleur are
pleased to announce that a partnership agreement has been signed between the
two Innu communities and Compass Group Canada - ESS, effective on August 26th,
    Compass Group Canada -ESS currently provide contract food and facilities
management services to the hydroelectric, oil and gas, mining, construction
and remote site sectors partnering with aboriginal communities across Canada
and Alaska.
    "We are very proud of the long standing history between Compass Group
Canada - ESS and First Nations in Canada," said Brian Arbuckle, Chairperson,
ESS North America. "We have been doing business together for many years,
putting together innovative agreements that maximize opportunities for our
First Nations partners, which benefit the Compass Group Canada - ESS teams in
the aboriginal communities in which we operate" said Arbuckle.
    The new partnership agreement will offer the Pakua Shipi and Unamen Shipu
Innu the opportunity to work alongside the culinary and facilities management
teams of Compass Group Canada - ESS, thereby providing practical vocational 
training, experience and mentorship in the areas of food services, janitorial,
facilities management, and all other related areas. This training and
experience will serve to maximize employment opportunities for the Innu of
Pakua Shipi and Unamen Shipu communities with ESS Pakua Shipi Unamen Shipu
Support Services and Hydro Quebec's projects underway on the Middle and Lower
North Shore on the La Romaine River project and future activity on their
traditional lands.
    "We are very excited about the opportunities this agreement offers for
our people," said Chief Lalo. This first-hand experience and training will
provide them with skills and credentials to work with other professionals on
Hydro Quebec's La Romaine projects as well as other opportunities in the
surrounding areas. This agreement will be beneficial for members of our
community and will definitely serve to improve our level of socioeconomic
development," said Chief Bellefleur
    The partnership agreement provides training for all interested, qualified
parties, to be trained and mentored in positions ranging from kitchen help,
cooks, management, retail sales clerks, housekeepers and maintenance

    About Compass Group Canada-ESS

    Compass Group Canada is the country's leading foodservice and support
services company with revenues of approx. $1.2 billion in 2008. Operating in
55 countries and with over 388,000 associates worldwide, its parent company,
Compass Group PLC had revenues of (pnds stlg)11 billion in the year ending
September 30, 2008.

For further information:

For further information: Denis Smith, Director, Aboriginal Affairs, ESS
Support Services, (514) 761-5802 x260,; Alain
Sachel, Advisor, to Pakua Shipi and Unamen Shipu Innu Councils,; Cindy Harris, Director of Communications, Compass
Group Canada,, (905) 568-4636 x432

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