At a ceremony hosted on Fort William First Nation on Dec. 7, Hydro One and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) announced the 28 recipients of the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant.
The event was co-hosted by Maamigin Environmental & Relations, an environmental services company in northwest Ontario and a recipient of the grant. Grant recipients include a wide range of Indigenous-owned businesses across Ontario such as food suppliers, advertising and marketing specialists and wellness services. The grant will help them achieve business goals and energize life in their communities.
“At Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc., we want to be the leading environmental management company in northwest Ontario. This support from Hydro One and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business signifies a massive step towards realizing that goal,” said Brian Ludwigsen, president of Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc. “As an Indigenous-owned and operated company, we are so thrilled 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 northwest Ontario and beyond.”
Level 2 Grants: Eight recipients have been awarded a $7,500 grant and a CCAB membership. Recipients were selected through a jury review process. Level 2 grant recipients are:
– Beezer’s Honey, located in Dryden
– Four Voices Marketing Communications, located in Sault Ste. Marie
– Kassey’s Chapleau Piano Academy, located in Chapleau
– Maamigin Environmental & Relations Inc., located in Fort William First Nation
– RAW Group, located in Sudbury
– Shop Métis Inc., located in Midland
– Weaving Wellness Centre, located in Toronto
– Wesley Bow Guides Inc., located in Hearst
“At Hydro One, we are committed to Reconciliation and working together with Indigenous communities as true partners. We are proud to partner with the CCAB to invest in the success of Indigenous-owned businesses,” said Lindsay Zylstra, vice-president of 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 leverage our unique position in the province to expand our network of Indigenous-owned businesses and create mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous communities.”
Level 1 Grants: 20 recipients have been awarded a $2,500 grant and a CCAB membership. Selections were made through a live lottery draw on November 18. Level 1 grant recipients are:
Addiev Corporate Training, located in Nepean; AS Williams Consulting, located in Curve Lake First Nation; Benjamin Belaney, located in Peterborough; Brii-Co Contracting and Consulting, located in Cutler; Choosing to Live Healthy, located in Hagersville; D2 Energy Consulting, located in Nolalu; Energy Intentions, located in Shannonville; First Nation Timber Ltd., located in Kapuskasing; Green Legacy Farm, located in Bonfield; Indigenous Artifax, located in Orillia; InWork360, located in Toronto; Katie R. Wilhelm, located in London; Langcore Construction Corp., located in Deep River; Noctua Publishing Inc., located in Orillia; Spirit Fit, located in Christian Island; The Vintage Eco Shop, located in Parry Sound; Toronto Red Pages, located in Toronto; White Star Dog Boarding and Training Centre, located in Neyaashiinigmiing; Williams Communication Services, located in Oshawa; Willies, located in Simcoe.
“Congratulations to recipients of all levels of the Hydro One Indigenous Entrepreneurship Grant,” said Tabatha Bull, president and CEO, CCAB. “For the second year in a row, we’re thrilled to continue working with Hydro One and to assist Ontario Indigenous businesses in enhancing their business and achieving their goals.”
This partnership is a part of Hydro One’s commitment to direct 20 per cent of its corporate donations and sponsorships to Indigenous communities and organizations that benefit Indigenous communities. Hydro One is also committed to increasing its Indigenous procurement spend to five per cent of the company’s purchases of materials and services by 2026.