Aboriginal inclusion benefits all

Understanding differences, similarities increases success
By Shannon Klie
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2008

TransCanada, a gas transmission and power generator based in Calgary, sees supporting Aboriginal employment as a way to match the Aboriginal community’s need for skills and employment with the company’s need for skilled and talented employees.

When TransCanada merged with Nova in 1998, it continued a tradition of providing scholarships, bursaries and fellowships to Aboriginal students and inviting scholarship recipients to apply for summer student, co-op and post-graduation positions, says Victoria Sedgwick, Aboriginal employment and education advisor at TransCanada.

One beneficiary of the scholarship and several summer placements was Armand Cardinal, a member of the Cree Nation in Northern Alberta. After graduating from the industrial electronics program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), he got a job with Nova in 1990 as a bench technician. Eight years later, he moved into the new role of land community and Aboriginal liaison at TransCanada.