Job opportunities, training and education, infrastructure investment and revenue sharing were a few of the topics the President of Kinder Morgan Canada discussed at the National Aboriginal Energy and Power Association (NAEPA) Power Breakfast Series on February 23. Ian Anderson outlined how the Trans Mountain Expansion Project team is building long-term relationships with Aboriginal communities along the proposed pipeline corridor to create new opportunities and shared prosperity. He described how the partnerships support economic and community development initiatives and are based on trust, respect and collaboration.

At the event, Keith Matthew, the former Chief of the Simpcw First Nation, discussed the benefit agreement Simpcw signed with Trans Mountain in 2007 regarding the first expansion phase, referred to as the Anchor Loop expansion, saying it created meaningful employment and lasting benefits for his community.

Trans Mountain has been a sponsor of NAEPA since its inaugural conference in 2010. The events are a way to bring together Aboriginal groups, the resource sector and government leaders to hear first-hand the positive experiences of developing innovative and mutually beneficial relationships linked to the energy and power sector.

Trans Mountain is committed to creating opportunities that increase the capability for Aboriginal peoples to participate in the economy and to share in the success of the Project. Through the implementation of employment, training and procurement initiatives, Trans Mountain will support qualified Aboriginal and regional businesses in obtaining Project-related contracts and employment. The establishment of partnerships and shared goals will result in long-term benefits for both Trans Mountain and Canada’s fast-growing Aboriginal population.

To achieve the objectives set out in the Aboriginal Procurement Policy, Project staff work directly with Aboriginal groups to identify businesses interested in contracting opportunities. To date, 234 Aboriginal businesses have registered through Trans Mountain’s online procurement portal.

As of February 17, 2016, 34 Aboriginal groups located along the Project corridor in Alberta and British Columbia have provided written letters of support for the Project, as well as more than 100 additional agreements, including Letters/Memorandums of Understanding, capacity funding and integrated cultural assessments.