About the Award
CCAB and Rio Tinto are proud to present the Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation Award. It takes vision, tenacity, and courage to support community economic development, and the recipients of this award have these qualities in spades. Responsible for wealth creation, rising levels of employment, and business development in Aboriginal communities, the recipients of this award increase the prosperity and sustainable economic development of entire communities.
The 2021 Award will be presented on Wed. Sept. 22, at the Virtual Business Recovery Forum.
The award is open to all Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations (AEDC) in Canada. AEDC’s are the economic and business development arm of a First Nations, Métis or Inuit government, and are a major economic driver for Indigenous communities. These community-owned businesses invest in, own and/or manage subsidiary businesses with the goal of providing financial support to advance community interests.
The corporations will have demonstrated effective economic leadership, skill and innovation. While special acts or other one-time achievements will be considered, this award will place special emphasis on effective and sustained efforts worthy of recognition. This justification will serve as the principal basis for the selection of the award recipient.
Project Size: What is the size and scope of the projects undertaken by the corporation? Are they ambitious?
Innovation: Has the corporation been innovate in the industries they operate in?
Economic Ecosystem: Have the activities of the corporation increased business and employment opportunities for its community members?
Nominations are closed for 2021. The 2022 nomination submission date will be announced in September.
Candidates are deemed ineligible if they have an existing formal relationship with CCAB (e.g. Board of Directors, Board of Governors, Corporate Sponsor, etc.)