At the end of a successful Business Summit held at the River Cree Resort and Conference Centre, Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines today announced a commitment of $1.5 million in core funding for a Gateway Education and Training Fund.
The Fund will support training initiatives that focus on pipeline construction skills – skills which are highly transferable and allow for employment in multi-industry environments.
“In particular, a key success factor in meeting our goals for Aboriginal participation in Northern Gateway is capacity development,” said Morgan Yates, Vice-President of Aboriginal and Stakeholder Relations for Northern Gateway. “We recognize that needs to be supported by well-designed and properly funded training opportunities - and the new Fund is one part of that strategy, with a $1.5 million commitment from Northern Gateway to attract partner funding and help cover costs associated with pipeline construction skills training.”
The Fund will be rolled out in the first quarter of 2012. It is expected the Fund will attract matching funds from federal and provincial agencies.
The Business Summit, held at the River Cree Resort on the Enoch First Nation just outside the Alberta capital, brought together more than 350 participants – including business representatives and members of more than 30 First Nations – to discuss opportunities associated with the Northern Gateway Project.
“This is the second successful Business Summit we’ve held, the first being in Vancouver last year,” said Northern Gateway President John Carruthers. “We are very pleased with the growth in interest in the Project as we go through the regulatory process. Clearly people recognize the opportunities for good jobs and continuing prosperity that Northern Gateway offers.”