Friday, September 25, 2015
The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) are pleased to announce that LTN Contracting Ltd., the largest timber harvesting contractor in the Prince George area of British Columbia, has won this year’s FPAC-CCAB Aboriginal Business Leadership Award.
The company, represented by Troy Young, was honoured in Vancouver at a reception before the CCAB 13th Annual Vancouver Gala. LTN is a joint venture between the Lheildi T’enneh Band and Roga Contracting Ltd. that endeavors to hire Aboriginal workers. The company has increased its annual logging contract volume ten-fold over the past 15 years and has become a significant contributor to the economic stability of the band.
“FPAC is pleased that LTN is being recognized for its outstanding business leadership and its contribution to the Lheildi T’enneh Band”, says David Lindsay, the President and CEO of FPAC. “For example, LTN has helped support about 60 band members get training and schooling through an Education Fund. This type of initiative will help the forest sector hire more workers from Aboriginal communities.” He concluded.
The $5,000 award celebrates Aboriginal entrepreneurs for their success in a forest products business that exemplifies business leadership, exceptional environmental and safety performance and the delivery of high-quality products and services. The award recipient must also demonstrate a long-term commitment to the Aboriginal community and Aboriginal employment.
The forest products industry is one of the largest employers of Aboriginal workers in Canada. Under Vision2020, the forest sector is aiming to refresh its workforce with an additional 60,000 employees by the end of the decade with a particular focus on Aboriginal engagement through employment and business development.