Working with Matawa First Nations to Build Community-Based Infrastructure
Canadian Companies Helping to Develop Northern Ontario
TORONTO –Minawshyn Development Corporation (MDC) and Enterprise Canada Inc. have entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with Ontario Power Generation (OPG), EPCOR, and PCL Construction to collaborate on and develop community-based infrastructure projects with the Matawa First Nations member communities in northern Ontario.
The collaboration with MDC, a wholly owned corporation of the Matawa First Nations member communities, will allow for economic development and growth within the region located about 450 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.
OPG, EPCOR, PCL Construction, and Enterprise Canada are leaders in Canadian infrastructure and project origination and are proud to support the Matawa First Nations’ efforts, to play a lead role in development by working with MDC on exploring infrastructure solutions, that will benefit their communities.
“We’re excited to be working with Matawa First Nations on developing community-based projects that benefit and explore economic development in their region,” said Heather Ferguson, OPG’s SVP of Corporate Affairs. “This is a critical step towards forging a path forward in this remote region and ensuring that these communities benefit from innovative, energy-based solutions.”
“Enterprise is proud to be involved with Matawa’s regional strategy and help develop the infrastructure and services that these communities need and deserve,” said Enterprise CEO Barbara Fox. “We look forward to continuing to forge this new path forward with the Matawa member communities and Chiefs.”
“EPCOR is pleased to be a part of this alliance to explore the future of water and wastewater infrastructure services for Matawa First Nations communities,” said Steve Stanley, Senior Vice President, Commercial Services for EPCOR. “Working together, with shared values and objectives, we can move toward realizing the Matawa vision and the benefits it will bring to the region from commercial and economic development perspectives.”
“PCL is proud to work with the Matawa First Nations and their partners to support indigenous led solutions for the development and delivery of infrastructure throughout the region,” said Monique Buckberger, District Manager at PCL Construction. “PCL has a strong commitment to clients and partners who drive innovation and we look forward to supporting Matawa’s vision and goals.”
OPG is the largest electricity generator in the province, providing almost half the power Ontarians rely on every day. It is also one of the most diverse generators in North America with nuclear, hydro, biomass, solar and gas assets.
About Enterprise Canada Inc:
Enterprise is a national strategic communications firm founded in 1986. With more than 40 consultants drawn from senior levels in politics, government, media, marketing and business, Enterprise delivers a full range of communications, government relations, public affairs, digital and public relations services. Enterprise established its Infrastructure and Development Practice in 2018 with a team of industry leaders from across Canada to clear the way for sustainable development through partnerships that sees Indigenous Peoples and communities directing projects and opportunities that impact them directly. For more information, please visit www.enterprisecanada.com.
About EPCOR Utilities Inc:
EPCOR, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, builds, owns and operates electrical, natural gas and water transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities, sanitary and stormwater systems, and infrastructure in Canada
and the United States. The Company also provides electricity, natural gas and water products and services to residential and commercial customers. EPCOR, headquartered in Edmonton, is an Alberta Top 75 employer. EPCOR’s website address is www.epcor.com.
About PCL Construction:
PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by
a strategic presence in more than 30 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $9 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.