Maximizing Opportunities for Aboriginal Suppliers in the National Shipbuilding Strategy

 The Seaspan Aboriginal Business Development Coordination project has two distinct components intended to ensure maximum Aboriginal participation in the National Shipbuilding Strategy:

• Ongoing engagement with Seaspan and their prime contractors to complete a process for supply chain and skills analyses, provide assistance in implementation of an Aboriginal procurement policy for Seaspan, its prime and sub-contractors.

• Ongoing engagement with Aboriginal suppliers with priority given to the five First Nations upon which Seaspan’s main operations occur (Tsleil-waututh, Squamish, Musqueam, Songees and Esquimalt First Nations) with intent to increase supplier capacity to access procurement opportunities.

Upon inception of this contract complexities of the shipbuilding industry and of Aboriginal engagement and protocols were largely unknown. Additional time and effort has gone into this project to ensure a strong foundation is laid to fully meet or exceed the requirements laid out by AANDC and ICAB by 31 March 2013.

 Working Together – Project Advisory Committee

To support this process we have formed a Project Advisory Committee (PAC). With support from this committee we will be assessing Gaps, sharing opportunities, disseminating and engaging Aboriginal businesses across BC. The main purpose of the PAC is to work collectively to maximize Aboriginal participation in the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy. 

PAC Members include:

Musqueam Nation
Squamish Nation
Songees First Nation
Esquimalt First Nation
Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation
First Nations Employment Society
Nuu-Chah-Nulth Economic Development Corporation

For more details on this initiative and the Project Advisory Committee, visit the Industry Council of Aboriginal Business today.