Aecon announces strategic partnership with Matawa First Nations

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 
surrounding communities." 
"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. 
SOURCE: Aecon Group Inc. 
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