A new database is making it easier to search for aboriginal business across Canada. The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business recently launched the Certified Aboriginal Business Program with support from Suncor Energy.
The CAB platform provides a directory of pre-qualified businesses at CCAB.com to make it easier to find aboriginal suppliers and contractors. The Canada-wide database will also publicize work opportunities in the aboriginal business community.
“Increasingly, corporations have begun to realize the value that aboriginal businesses bring to the table, but it’s not always obvious where to find aboriginal contractors and suppliers,” said JP Gladu, president and chief executive officer of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, in a news release. “By creating a searchable, country-wide database for certified aboriginal businesses, we are providing a starting point for those looking to source a new supplier.”
Right now, the platform includes about 250 aboriginal-owned business. The program certifies that at least 51 percent of the business is owned or controlled by an aboriginal person. According to instructions on CCAB.com, all aboriginal businesses that desire to be certified must complete a brief questionnaire and provide supporting documentation. After a thorough review of the application, CCAB certifies that they are an aboriginal business.
Gary Hart, senior vice president of Supply Chain and Field Logistics at Suncor Energy said to CalgaryHerald.com that aboriginal businesses know their communities better than anyone else.
“We’ve found that knowledge to be invaluable in our relationships with aboriginal suppliers in the Wood Buffalo region of northern Alberta, and we hope the Certified Aboriginal Business platform can help us engage more aboriginal businesses right across Canada.”