TORONTO, July 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Aecon Group Inc. (TSX:ARE) announced today it
has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen
Employment & Training Services (KKETS), A Division of Matawa First Nations.
The agreement represents the beginning of a strategic partnership between
Aecon and KKETS; starting with a joint commitment to expand training and
development programs for First Nations in northern and remote areas
surrounding Ontario's Ring of Fire mining development.
Under the agreement, Aecon and KKETS will work collaboratively to develop
"Remote Training Centres" to provide local access to community-based
education, trades and apprenticeship training, operated by First Nations in a
socially and culturally relevant environment. The Remote Training Centres take
advantage of state of the art computerized technology systems and high-speed
satellite broadband internet to connect communities.
"Our relationship with the Matawa First Nations and KKETS is an important
component of Aecon's strategic approach to community engagement and skilled
labour development," says Teri McKibbon, Aecon's President and Chief Operating
Officer. "Education and training is a priority for Aecon. Programs such as
the Remote Training Centres are an innovative response to the future demand
for labour in remote areas, and will make positive contributions to
"In the past, First Nations did not have the same participation in the labour
market, but through the process of developing and maintaining relationships
with key employers, potential employment opportunities have been recognized,"
stated Morris Wapoose, KKETS' Program Manager. "We want to thank Aecon for
stepping forward and we look forward to building this positive relationship."
Matawa First Nation Management (MFNM) is a non-profit corporation and Tribal
Council that provides advisory services to its nine member First Nations of
Eabametoong First Nation, Neskantaga First Nation, Marten Falls First Nation,
Nibinamik First Nation, Webequie First Nations, Constance Lake First Nation,
Aroland First Nation, Long Lake # 58 First Nation, and Ginoogaming First
Nation. KKETS is the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy
Provider for Matawa First Nations and is committed to delivering programs that
meet the needs of employers and trainees for all Matawa First Nations.
Aecon Group Inc. is a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure
development providing integrated turnkey services to private and public sector
clients. Aecon is pleased to be consistently recognized as one of the Best
Employers in Canada.
The information in this press release includes certain forward-looking
statements which are subject to risks and uncertainties. In addition to
events beyond Aecon's control, there are factors which could cause actual or
future results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those
expressed or inferred herein including, but not limited to: the timing of the
project, unanticipated costs and expenses, general market and industry
conditions and operational and reputational risks, including large project
risk and contractual factors. Readers are referred to the specific risk
factors relating to and affecting Aecon's business and operations as filed by
Aecon pursuant to applicable securities laws. Except as required by
applicable securities laws, forward-looking statements speak only as of the
date on which they are made and Aecon undertakes no obligation to publicly
update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new
information, future events or otherwise.
Vince Borg Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs Aecon Group Inc.
416-297-2615 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aecon.com
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