06.15.16 / Community

Committed to hiring local for system upgrade project

We recently held the first business-to-business (B2B) networking event for the Surrey to Coquitlam portion phase one of our Lower Mainland System Upgrades (LMSU), which is a onetwo -year project with construction starting in 2017.

The event introduced local and Aboriginal businesses offering goods and services needed for the project to our shortlisted general contractors, the FortisBC project team and to WorleyParsons, the engineering, procurement and construction management contractor.

“When we do a formal request for proposals, the shortlisted general contractors will need to demonstrate how their proposals align with FortisBC’s values, including hiring local and Aboriginal subcontractors and workers,” said Ian Miki, FortisBC project director. “This event allowed us to demonstrate our values to these shortlisted contractors.” 

More than 100 people came to network, and 29 per cent of the businesses represented at the event were affiliated with local Aboriginal communities. 

Building connections for better results

“The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and everyone appreciated the opportunity to learn about the CTS project,” said Ian. “We believe this event will result in stronger, more competitive construction proposals.”

Several companies had applied to get on our shortlist of general contractors for the project, and the project team narrowed the list down to six prior to the networking event. The shortlisted contractors were all in attendance, and were encouraged to connect with potential subcontractors.

“It’s very helpful for the shortlisted general contractors to see the faces behind the project and meet us, and get to know other contractors personally,” said Gord Schoberg, FortisBC senior manager, community & Aboriginal relations. “This is a big, multi-million-dollar project, but at the end of the day it’s individual people working together to get the job done.”

Attendance was higher than expected, with business representatives lining up to speak with the shortlisted general contractors.

If you own a business in BC providing goods or services we may need for one of our projects, please complete our contractors and vendors form so your business can be included for consideration by the chosen LMSU general contractor, and so we can invite you to the next B2B event.

This event is an example of how we’re enacting our Statement of Aboriginal Principles. It’s just one of the ways that we are supporting economic opportunities for Aboriginal communities on our projects.

Samantha Singbeil FortisBC Aboriginal relations manager

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