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Aecon partners with Matawa First Nations

July 8, 2013, Toronto – Aecon Group Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment & Training Services (KKETS), a Division of Matawa First Nations.

The agreement represents a strategic partnership between Aecon and KKETS, starting with a joint commitment to expand training and development programs for First Nations in northern and remote areas surrounding Ontario's Ring of Fire mining development.

Under the agreement, Aecon and KKETS will work together to develop "Remote Training Centres" to provide local access to community-based education, trades and apprenticeship training, operated by First Nations in a socially and culturally relevant environment. The Remote Training Centres take advantage of state of the art computerized technology systems and high-speed satellite broadband Internet to connect communities.

"Education and training is a priority for Aecon. Programs such as the Remote Training Centres are an innovative response to the future demand for labour in remote areas, and will make positive contributions to surrounding communities," says Teri McKibbon, president and COO of Aecon.

"In the past, First Nations did not have the same participation in the labour market, but through the process of developing and maintaining relationships with key employers, potential employment opportunities have been recognized," stated Morris Wapoose, KKETS' program manager.