Canadian forestry is one of the largest employers of Indigenous peoples and home to over 1,400 Indigenous-owned forestry businesses. Indigenous peoples now directly control 10% of the national wood supply and play a leading role in the sector through joint ventures, contracting, cooperative agreements, and collaborative initiatives across the country.
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) are pleased to announce the 2022 Indigenous Business Leadership Award and the 2022 Skills Awards for Indigenous Youth.
These programs recognize and celebrate selected Indigenous entrepreneurs and Indigenous youth for their success, skills development and career aspirations in the forest sector.
Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) are pleased to announce the 2022 Indigenous Business Leadership Award. It recognizes and celebrates selected Indigenous entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business.
This award is given to an individual or business that exemplifies the qualities of business leadership, Indigenous employment, exceptional environmental and safety performance, consistency of the products and services provided, and a demonstrated commitment to the Indigenous community.
For individuals, they should be First Nations, Inuit, or Métis; The business must be Canadian owned and operated; The business must be at least 51% Indigenous owned and controlled; The business must derive at least 50% of revenue from serving the forest industry; Business or individual has not won this award in the last 3 years (note that submissions remain active for 3 years).
Businesses or individuals must be independently nominated. The nomination must demonstrate:
1. Business Leadership. The nominee demonstrates strong business leadership in one or more of the following areas: strong financial management, ability to manage change, strong human resource skills, ability to grow.
2. Longevity. The nominee has been incorporated for a minimum of 3 years and is operating at the time of submission of the application.
3. Employment of Indigenous Peoples. The nominee demonstrates a high percentage of Indigenous employment and/or the nominee demonstrates a long-term commitment to employing Indigenous people.
4. Safety Performance. The nominee demonstrates safety performance in one or more of the following areas: safety certification, low incident frequency in relation to size of business, employee training on relevant safety procedures and standards. Other areas of safety performance will be considered.
5. Environmental Performance. The nominee demonstrates environmental performance in one or more of the following areas: sustainable forest management certification, clear environmental objectives and measurable results, clearly defined roles and responsibilities, consultation with affected and interested stakeholders, public reporting, verification of results, continual improvement system.
6. Consistency of the Goods and Services Provided. The nominee demonstrates a consistent track record in providing high quality products and services to its client(s).
7. Commitment to the Indigenous Community. The nominee demonstrates a commitment to the Indigenous community. For example, the nominee has sponsored youth training, sponsored sports teams, sponsored or volunteered at community cultural events, provided goods and services to the community, provided advice to other Indigenous businesses. Other means of demonstrating community support will also be considered (e.g. Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification).
In addition to the nomination letter, provide 2 references. References may be suppliers, community organizations, individuals, financial institutions, etc.
Award winner will receive: One year of CCAB Membership; A commemorative award; A donation of $5,000.00 will be made on behalf of the winner to a charity of their choice.
Judges will be representatives of FPAC and the CCAB. All outcomes of the judging process will be considered final.
Through the Skills Awards for Indigenous Youth, Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) are proud to jointly recognize and celebrate selected Indigenous youth for their skills development and career aspirations in the forest sector.
These awards are given to three individuals that exemplify the qualities of leadership, commitment to the forest sector, and a demonstrated commitment to the Indigenous community.
Applicants for this award must be: First Nations, Inuit, or Métis; Between the ages of 18–30 (proof of age required); Currently enrolled in a post-secondary study program (e.g. apprenticeship, trades, college, CEGEP, university); Committed to their Indigenous community as demonstrated by action such as volunteering in the community; Interested in a career in the forest sector; Someone who has not received this award over the last 3 years.
Submission Criteria and Evaluation
The nomination must include: Your full name, address and contact information (required); A description that outlines your commitment to your Indigenous community and your interest towards a career in the forest sector. Employment and volunteer experience may be included.
The submission should also include 2 references:
One reference must be from someone within your academic institution and/or current employer (in the case of an apprenticeship) and demonstrates your strong academic standing and current enrollment status.
Three Awards will be offered in 2022 and winners will receive: $2500.00; A commemorative award.
Judges will be selected by Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers (CCFM) Secretariat to judge the nominations. All outcomes of the judging process will be considered final.