The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Sodexo Canada named Pimee Well Services LP as the recipient of the 2019 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation of the Year Award.
Pimee Well Services accepted the award on May 9, at CCAB’s Annual Calgary Gala at the Westin Calgary.
“We are the Natural Stewards of our resources. Pimee Well Servicing was founded 35 years ago, but we have been here for 10,000 and will be here for 10,000 more,” said Clayton Byrt, CEO, Pimee Well Servicing LP.
The company was established in 1984 and is co-owned by Kehewin Cree Nation, Frog Lake First Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Heart Lake First Nation, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, and Whitefish (Goodfish) Lake First Nation.
The company was founded by the Shareholder Chiefs with the express purpose of creating jobs for their people and giving back to their communities.
The company has consistently achieved those foundational goals, the CCBA press release said.
Today, 97 per cent of the company’s 138 full-time employees are Indigenous.
Pimee Well Servicing also pays regular dividends to the shareholder First Nations that are used to fund youth and elder programs and support local recreation and sports organizations.
These dividends also support community investments in daycare and other “Public Good” projects and programs.
The company credits its strong track record of growth and profitability to its ability to attract and keep highly motivated employees.
To support its flourishing workforce, Pimee Well Servicing provides comprehensive training and mentorship programs. “CCAB is proud to celebrate the inspiring success of Pimee Well Servicing LP.
The Shareholder Chiefs along with their communities have achieved long-term success for their six First Nations.
“The partnership amongst the communities depicts one of collaboration, vision and shared prosperity in its 35 years of servicing Northern Alberta. We are simply thrilled to award them with the AEDC award for 2019,” said JP Gladu, President and CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.