McLeod Wood Associates joins forces with Enterprise in Indigenous consulting practiceJanuary 15, 2019
McLeod Wood Associates, an innovative management consulting firm specializing in providing business, negotiations and community engagement services to First Nations, governments and private sector businesses, is joining Enterprise in a relationship focused on Indigenous and First Nations consultation, engagement and infrastructure development.
Enterprise is joining forces with McLeod Wood Associates (MWA) Inc. to offer the combined experience of each firm to Indigenous communities and businesses across Canada.
Enterprise and MWA Inc. will consult with interested First Nations on how to drive investment, build infrastructure and open up development in their own regions. The firms will also provide advice to businesses and governments on a consulting basis.
This work will assist Canada’s Indigenous communities as they pursue locally-led and owned infrastructure and development projects that will deliver real, long-term benefits to their regions.
“This is a new era for Canada, and the way that governments and businesses interact with local First Nations,” said Enterprise CEO Barbara Fox. “We are delighted to work with McLeod Wood Associates as we move forward with communities across the country to create new infrastructure and development projects that improve local conditions.”
MWA Inc., led by Merv McLeod and Nancy Wood, has worked successfully with Indigenous communities, resource industries and government ministries and agencies since it was founded in 1996.
Merv is a member of the Kashechewan First Nation and was raised in Moose Factory, Ontario. He is known and respected for his work with First Nations in Ontario and Canada over the past 30 years. Nancy began her early career in the Canadian mining industry and in the Ontario government. She and Merv have worked together on many projects involving First Nations communities for more than two decades.
“We are excited about this partnership with Enterprise, which will increase the scope of support that we are able to offer clients, building upon the success that we have achieved. With our combined experience, together we can assist Indigenous communities to build an even more successful future,” said Nancy Wood, President of MWA Inc.
Merv and Nancy will work with Enterprise’s new Advisory Board, chaired by David de Launay, former Ontario Deputy Minister Northern Development and Mines, to utilize a new platform that embraces the next stage of the evolving relationship between Indigenous communities, corporate Canada and Canadian financial institutions.
MWA Inc. has a proven record of success in working with First Nations on a number of natural resource development projects, including electricity distribution, transmission and renewable power generation.
Their expertise and ability to help all parties navigating Canada’s complex Aboriginal consultation, accommodation and environmental assessment process will be key to success as interested Indigenous communities work to improve socio-economic conditions on their land with the help of businesses that would like to work with them.
“McLeod Wood Associates has long demonstrated their success in working with Ontario and Canada’s Indigenous communities and helping to move projects, legislation and general relations forward with governments and businesses,” said Jason Lietaer, President at Enterprise. “We are proud to be working with them.”