28 Indigenous-Owned businesses receive Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant from Hydro One and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

THUNDER BAY, ON, December 7, 2022 /CNW/ – Today at a ceremony held at the Fort William First Nation, Hydro One and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) announced the 28 recipients of the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant. The event is co-hosted by Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc., an environmental services company in the northwest Ontario and a grant recipient. Grant recipients include a wide range of Indigenous-owned businesses across the board Ontario, such as food suppliers, advertising and marketing specialists and health services. The grant will help them achieve business goals and revitalize life in their communities.

“At Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc., we want to be the leading environmental management company in the northwest Ontario. This support from Hydro One and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business marks a huge step towards realizing that goal,” said Brian LudwigsenPresident, Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc. “As an Indigenous owned and operated company, we are very excited to have been selected as a recipient of the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant. We will use the grant to expand our marketing and begin to scale our business throughout the northwest Ontario and more.”

“Congratulations to the recipients of all levels of the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant,” said Tabatha Bull, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. “For the second year in a row, we are excited to continue working with Hydro One and assist Ontario Indigenous businesses in improving their business and achieving their goals.”

“At Hydro One, we are committed to Reconciliation and working with Indigenous communities as true partners. We are proud to partner with CCAB to invest in the success of Indigenous-owned businesses,” said Lindsay Zylstra, Vice President, Supply Chain, Hydro One. “The Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant is an incredible opportunity for us to discover new Indigenous companies that we can do business with. We will continue to use our unique position in the province to expand our network of Indigenous-owned businesses Indigenous and create mutually beneficial relationships with indigenous communities.”

Level 2 Grants: Eight recipients were awarded a $7,500 grant and a CCAB membership. Recipients are selected through a jury review process. Level 2 grant recipients are:

  • Beezer’s Honey, found in Dryden
  • Four Voices Marketing Communications, located at Sault Ste. Marie
  • Kassey’s Chapleau Piano Academy, located at Chapleau
  • Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc., located in Fort William First Nation
  • RAW Group, located at Sudbury
  • Shop Métis Inc., located in Midland
  • Weaving Wellness Centre, located at Toronto
  • Wesley Bow Guides Inc., located at Hearst

Level 1 Grants: 20 recipients were awarded a $2,500 grant and a CCAB membership. Selections are made by live lottery draw on November 18. Level 1 grant recipients are:

  • Addiev Corporate Training, located at Nepean
  • AS Williams Consulting, located in Curve Lake First Nation
  • Benjamin Belaneycan be found at Peterborough
  • Brii-Co Contracting and Consulting, located in Cutler
  • Choosing to Live Healthy, located at Hagersville
  • D2 Energy Consulting, located at Nolalu
  • Energy Intentions, located at Shannonville
  • First Nation Timber Ltd., located at Passionate
  • Green Legacy Farm, located at Bonfield
  • Indigenous Artifax, located at Orillia
  • InWork360, located at Toronto
  • Katie R. Wilhelmcan be found at London
  • Langcore Construction Corp., located at Deep River
  • Noctua Publishing Inc., located at Orillia
  • Spirit Fit, located at Christian Island
  • The Vintage Eco Shop, located at Parry Sound
  • Toronto Red Pagescan be found at Toronto
  • White Star Dog Boarding and Training Center, located in Neyaashiinigmiing
  • Williams Communication Services, located at Oshawa
  • Willies, located at Simcoe

As a silver-certified member in CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal RelationsTM (PAR) program, Hydro One is committed to empowering Indigenous-owned businesses to promote a fair and sustainable economy. This partnership is part of Hydro One’s commitment to direct 20 percent of its corporate donations and sponsorships to indigenous communities and organizations that benefit indigenous communities. Hydro One is also committed to increasing its spending on indigenous procurement to five percent of the company’s purchases of materials and services by 2026.

About the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

The CCAB is committed to the full participation of Indigenous peoples in the Canadian economy. As a national, non-partisan association, its mission is to promote, strengthen and enhance a thriving Native economy by fostering business relationships, opportunity, and awareness. CCAB offers knowledge, resources and programs to its members to cultivate economic opportunities for Indigenous peoples and businesses across Canada. For more information visit www.ccab.com.

Hydro One Limited (TSX: H)

Hydro One Limited, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is Ontario’s largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with approximately 1.5 million valued customers, approximately $30.4 billion in assets as of December 31 , 2021, and annual revenues in 2021 of approximately $7.2 billion.

Our team of approximately 9,300 skilled and dedicated employees proudly builds and maintains a safe and reliable electricity system that is essential to supporting strong and successful communities. In 2021, Hydro One invested approximately $2.1 billion in its transmission and distribution network, and supported the economy by purchasing approximately $1.7 billion of goods and services.

We are committed to the communities in which we live and work through community investment, sustainability and diversity initiatives. We have been designated as a Sustainable Electricity Leader™ by Electricity Canada.

The common shares of Hydro One Limited are listed on the TSX and certain medium term notes of Hydro One Inc. is listed on the NYSE. Additional information can be accessed at www.hydroone.com, www.sedar.com o www.sec.gov.

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