The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Sodexo Canada have named Pimee Well Services LP as the recipient of the 2019 Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation of the Year Award.
The oil and gas service company was founded in 1984 and is co-owned by the Heart Lake First Nation, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Whitefish (GoodFish) Lake First Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation and Frog Lake First Nation.
“Pimee Well Servicing represents Indigenous entrepreneurship at its best. The company was founded by the shareholder chiefs with the express purpose of creating jobs for their people and giving back to their communities,” CCAB and Sodexo said in a statement.
“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.”
JP Gladu, CEO of CCAB, praised the company on its “inspiring success.”
Pimee CEO Clayton Birt said, “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.”
The award presentation will take place on May 9, 2019, at CCAB’s Annual Calgary Gala in Calgary.