What specifically are electricity and renewables companies outsourcing by way of goods and services? In what categories do these outsourcings reside? An analysis of recent tenders shows sector companies’ outsourcing needs in the areas of Construction, Electrical and Electronics, Engineering, Architectural and R&D Services, Financial/Auditing/Quality Control, Fuel, Batteries and Generators, IT Services and Products, Maintenance, Repair and Modification. This close analysis provides a more tangible understanding of the supply chain opportunities in the electricity and renewables sector.

This report also includes case studies which illustrate the ways that businesses in this sector are developing supplier relationships with Aboriginal businesses. Some of these larger companies have developed a very comprehensive approach to Aboriginal relations which takes into account the roles that their different business units will play with Aboriginal people, businesses, and communities. These companies have adopted an enterprise-wide approach to Aboriginal inclusion.

The case studies also serve as an industry diagnostic illustrating the range of business and procurement opportunities that will be available to Aboriginal businesses (both current and for projects anticipated over the next 3-5 years). Industry interviews and secondary research contribute to our understanding of the full range of procurement opportunities that will be driven by large scale capital projects planned in the sector in the near future. This information will be especially interesting to Aboriginal businesses.

The report will also elaborate on some of the electricity and renewables companies’ policies and procedures to engage and build relationships with Aboriginal suppliers. A considerable part of the report is devoted to a description of the strategic and operational dimensions of the procurement process.

The examination of the opportunities for Aboriginal supply chain in the electricity and renewables sector found within this report has both supply and demand dimensions. On the demand side there are tremendous procurement opportunities identified. Leading companies in this sector also have effective strategies and practices which will encourage Aboriginal business development over time. Procurement will be the catalyst for growth, however, continued supplier capacity building remains a hurdle. What are some of the ways that Aboriginal suppliers need to grow in order to meet the procurement needs of companies operating in the electricity and renewables industry?

Finally, this report will also provide suggestions and recommendations pulled from the research that will help build upon current practices to encourage the industry to consider Aboriginal businesses as a viable supplier source. EHRC is in a strategic position as a result of its national purview and relationships with industry employers. By leveraging the knowledge and ‘know how’ of industry best practices, EHRC is able to work with its stakeholder companies to build products and services that will help the electricity and renewable industry to develop a leadership position when it comes to Aboriginal procurement.


SaskPower on Aboriginal Recruitment:

SaskPower on working with Aboriginal businesses:

Manitoba Hydro on Aboriginal Procurement:

BC Hydro on Working with Aboriginals:

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