EDMONTON, AB, April 17, 2012 /CNW/ - PTI Group, one of North America's leading workforce accommodations and catering providers, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding with Saddle Lake Cree Nation. The announcement follows the recent announcement of an exclusive business relationship and strategic alliance agreement with Driftpile Cree Nation.
Saddle Lake Cree Nation is located 180 kilometres northeast of Edmonton and has an on-reserve population of 5,800, making it the second most populated First Nation in Alberta. Since April 2010, PTI and the Nation have collaborated very closely on employment opportunities and to date, PTI has hired over 80 members from the Nation. The memorandum of understanding formalizes the collaboration and will also explore new workforce accommodations projects in the vicinity of Saddle Lake. In addition to employment opportunities, PTI will ensure that local businesses are informed of contractual opportunities.
"By creating sustainable employment for our membership, PTI has directly contributed to the long term benefits of the individuals, families and the community as a whole," says Chief Eddie Makokis, and continues, "Our members are becoming empowered through the process of employment. They have become contributing members of society and a strong voice of support and encouragement for others in the community. I look forward to working with PTI even more closely as I am positive it will bring great opportunities for us. "
PTI Group has built a strong reputation as an industry leader providing quality of life for those working in remote areas. Having formed several successful joint ventures and alliances with Aboriginal communities across Canada, PTI takes a principled approach to ensure the relationships meet the needs of all involved.
"Since we have successfully collaborated for close to two years, I am confident in stating that we have aligned with a strong partner that shares our commitment to foster a successful relationship and bring long lasting benefits to the Nation," says Stephen Crocker, Director of Aboriginal Relations for PTI.
With over 30 years of industry experience, PTI Group is one of North America's largest fully integrated suppliers of remote site services providing temporary and permanent workforce accommodations, food services, facility management, and other value-add services to resource industries worldwide. PTI Group is a subsidiary of Houston-based Oil States International Inc., a diversified oilfield services company publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol OIS.
PTI's commitment to Aboriginal Relations was affirmed through winning the 2012 Aboriginal Relations - Alberta Best Practice Awards of Distinction and the 2011 Premier's Award of Distinction by Alberta Chambers of Commerce.
Image with caption: "PTI President & CEO Ron Green and Saddle Lake Cree Nation Chief Eddie Makokis. (CNW Group/PTI Group Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120417_C6338_PHOTO_EN_12421.jpg
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