Progressive Aboriginal Relations

JP Gladu, President and CEO of the CCAB, left, with Greg Reimer, Executive Vice President, Transmission, Charles Reid, President and CEO, BC Hydro and Terry Goodtrack, President, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, following presentation of the PAR Gold-level certification, September 2012.

BC Hydro earns aboriginal relations gold

In August 2015, BC Hydro once again earned a gold-level certification for best practices from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.

What is Progressive Aboriginal Relations?

Developed as a benchmarking tool by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program was designed to help Canadian business organizations gauge and improve their commitment to progressive relationships with First Nations and aboriginal communities, businesses and people.

The PAR program is the first of its kind in the world. The program requires that companies set goals and assess themselves in four areas: employment, business development, individual skills development and community relations.

PAR recognizes companies at three levels of achievement: gold, silver and bronze. Each firm must complete a self-assessment, verified by the National Quality Institute (NQI), an independent organization that measures organizational excellence. NQI makes recommendations to an independent jury of business leaders who then identify the PAR award recipients.

How we're doing

In August 2015, BC Hydro once again earned a gold-level certification for best practices from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.

It was our second gold certification from PAR.

A gold designation in the PAR program provides a high level of assurance that a certified company is a good partner, a great place to work for Aboriginal employees, and is committed to the prosperity of Aboriginal communities, businesses, and individuals.