By Brian Young, owner of Young Forestry Services, North Bay, Ontario
As members of the Dokis and Nipissing First Nations, my wife Lorie and I know how important it is to respect and protect the environment.
When we started Young Forestry Services back in 1995, we had no idea that pipelines would become such an important part of our work and our business.
For more than six years now, we’ve been working with TransCanada, clearing the brush on rights of way and opening up roads so TransCanada’s teams can safely access their pipeline to maintain it and deal with any emergency situation that might arise.
Our job is very important – for pipeline safety and for our community.
Our work with TransCanada is also one of the reasons we’ve been able to keep on growing our business and employing First Nations people to work with us. As a First Nation business, whenever we go into an area where there is a First Nation community, we try to hire and train native workers. That’s part of our commitment: we hire them, and we train them as we go from site to site.
We’re particularly excited about the Energy East project, because it will create jobs here. It will be a real opportunity for us to take on more business and hire new people. That’s especially important in Nipissing First Nation, where small businesses like ours account for much of the local economy.
There aren’t many First Nations companies that do what we do and, being small, we have to constantly demonstrate we can compete with bigger companies. That’s why we always focus on safety and doing the best job possible, helping us to build up a great track record with lots of customers, including TransCanada, which, in turn, helps us to win even more business and hire even more people.
We started with just four employees, including Lorie and me, working out of rented space in Dokis First Nation, but over time we outgrew that space – we now employ about 20 people – so we moved to a bigger facility in Nipissing First Nation, just outside North Bay, Ontario.
And even though we continue to grow every year, we’re still a family-owned and operated business that remains deeply connected to our community.
We’re proud of the work we do for TransCanada, and we’re proud to work with TransCanada because, like us, they support First Nations communities.
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