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Aboriginal businesses support Equipped for Future initiative

Author: SuperUser Account/Wednesday, March 23, 2011/Categories: Foundation

It is indicative of the Aboriginal culture to support initiatives that establish opportunities and support growth for future generations, and the Fort McKay Group of Companies LP is no exception. The Fort McKay Group is the fifth member of the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA) to support Keyano College’s Equipped for the Future donor program.

Their outright donation of a 2004 CAT D5 crawler brings the total monetary value of contributions by NAABA members to over $650,000. This accounts for one third of the total value ($1.9 million) in equipment donations or waived lease agreements provided to Keyano through the Equipped for the Future initiative since its launch in late 2009.

Fred McDonald, CEO of the Fort McKay Group of Companies LP, believes the donation to Equipped for the Future is a wise investment in the future workforce of the region.

“At the Fort McKay Group of Companies we strive to hire the most qualified employees available, so it makes sense to support Equipped for the Future and help enable Keyano College to meet the region’s need for a strong and vibrant workforce.”

The four NAABA members to previously donate to Keyano College through Equipped for the Future include: Bouchier Contracting Ltd., Demers Contracting Services, Mikisew Energy Services Group and Wapose Medical Services.

McDonald, who is also President of NAABA’s Board of Directors, believes the outstanding support provided by NAABA members can be explained by the importance of community in Aboriginal culture.

“It is part of Aboriginal culture to plan for the welfare of future generations.  By ensuring that the proper training programs are in place we are planning for the future of our communities.”

Ann Everatt, Vice President, Academic, Keyano College, offered her appreciation and said the outstanding donations made to the EFF program by several of our region’s Aboriginal companies speaks to their commitment to current and future generations.

“I would like to thank the Fort McKay Group of Companies on behalf of the students who will directly benefit from the donation. The D5 crawler is an excellent addition to our heavy equipment training programs,” Everatt said.

Instructors in Keyano’s Trades & Heavy Industrial Division are thrilled with the donation. The D5, being a smaller piece of equipment, allows a more extensive level of training in maneuverability and accessibility and enhances the ability to do finishing work that larger equipment is unable to perform. 

The Keyano College Foundation’s Equipped for the Future initiative was created in response to the Trades & Heavy Industrial Division’s need to cut lease and purchase costs of equipment for use in training.  The program has proven to be an excellent “win-win” for businesses and the College. If you’d like more information on this donor program, please contact Angele Dobie, Fund Development Manager, at 780-588-4777.

For more information, please contact:

Kiran Malik-Khan
Communications Specialist
Marketing & Communications
Keyano College
780-791-8971
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