CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 6, 2009) - ATCO Frontec and the Fort McKay First Nation have been honoured for their joint venture partnership in the creation and operation of Creeburn Lake Lodge, north of Fort McMurray. The two are recipients of the Rewarding Partnerships Award, bestowed by the Alberta Government and Alberta Chamber of Resources for excellence in innovation and best practices in Aboriginal programs.
"This partnership is an example of how a long-term relationship can thrive when business initiatives align," said Harry Wilmot, President and Chief Operating Officer, ATCO Frontec and ATCO Structures Inc. "Both partners - ATCO Frontec and the Fort McKay First Nation - knew that if this project was successful, it would strengthen our position going forward."
Creeburn Lake Lodge, is a 500-bed, hotel-like facility that caters to workers in Alberta's oilsands region. Both ATCO Frontec and Fort McKay First Nation are equally responsible for designing, creating and sustaining the lodge - a key ingredient that continues to ensure the lodge's success.
"Creeburn Lake Lodge is yet another example of some of the progressive work our First Nation has undertaken," said Chief Jim Boucher, of the Fort McKay First Nation. "In the ATCO Group we found a business partner that shares the same values as us. As a result, our community has gained financially while our people have gained new skills and expertise."
Since partnering in Creeburn Lake Lodge, ATCO Frontec and the Fort McKay First Nation have announced two other additional ventures to meet housing needs in the oilsands region.
"The Creeburn Lake Lodge project represents a new approach to a significant human resource challenge in the resource development industry," said Alberta Chamber of Resources Executive Director Brad Anderson. "I expect its success will inspire other partnerships that will benefit all Albertans."
The Honourable Gene Zwozdesky, Minister responsible for Aboriginal Relations in Alberta, will present the award at a banquet tonight in Edmonton.
"This unique joint venture between ATCO Frontec and Fort McKay First Nation will result in many benefits for First Nations residents and industry alike," said Gene Zwozdesky, Minister of Aboriginal Relations. "The ministry of Aboriginal Relations is pleased to recognize and celebrate successful partnerships - relationships based on mutual trust and respect - that are creating new economic development opportunities for Aboriginal people in Alberta."
ATCO Frontec is a subsidiary of Canadian Utilities Limited and is part of the ATCO Group of companies. ATCO Frontec specializes in the rapid mobilization and delivery of site support and camp services to the resource, defence, transportation, and telecommunications sectors. More information about the company is available at www.atcofrontec.com or www.atco.com.
ATCO Group, an Alberta-based worldwide organization of companies with assets of approximately $8.5 billion and more than 7,800 employees is comprised of three main business divisions: Power Generation, Utilities (natural gas and electricity transmission and distribution) and Global Enterprises (industrials, technology, logistics and energy services).
The Fort McKay First Nation is comprised of Cree and Dene people who have lived along the Athabasca River for generations. Fort McKay has established a wide range of oil industry-based companies that provide employment opportunities and revenue for the community. More information on Fort McKay can be found at www.fortmckay.com.
The Alberta Chamber of Resources represents 187 member organizations and is dedicated to the orderly and responsible development of all of Alberta's natural resources. The Chamber provides leadership on resource industry issues important to Alberta's economic, social and environmental well-being. For more information, visit www.acr-alberta.com.
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