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Matco First Nations Initiative

by Daniel Witt | Jan 24, 2014
Matco Services, Inc. is very pleased to share the results of our joint 2013 First Nations Initiative program with BC Hydro.

Matco Services, Inc. is very pleased to share the results of our joint 2013 First Nations Initiative program with BC Hydro.  For the past five years, our partnership with the First Nations has been mutually beneficial and growing.  Under the direction of BC Hydro project manager, Todd Wilson, and the Aboriginal Relations Team, Matco was able to employ 23 First Nations from the following 8 First Nations Bands:

  • Tl’emlups Band
  • Nooaitch Band
  • Sisak Band
  • Seabird Island Band
  • Liidlike Kue Band
  • St’at’imc Band
  • Scw’exmx Band
  • Fountain Band

The First Nations worked a combined total of 17,722 hours during 2013 as compared to 9,621 in 2012 conducting corrosion inspections in difficult terrain and sometimes during uncomfortable weather conditions. Their hard work and dedication enabled Matco to complete over 2,200 tower inspections in 2013.

CORROSION TRAINING AND NACE CERTIFICATION

Matco has taken the additional initiative to further educate First Nations team members by paying for their education and NACE certification in the field of corrosion.  On January 20th and 21st, at Simon Fraser University, eight First Nations took the NACE corrosion course and examination.  The course was very successful, teaching practical technical theory and skills which will only serve to enhance BC’s Hydro’s corrosion program.  The corrosion certification will be the first of many offered by Matco to First Nations who are interested and dedicated to the program.  These courses are in addition to the technical, safety and other training provided by Matco to First Nations team members.  Matco highly values all of the participants’ work, encourages future collaboration and growth, and wishes everyone continued success in all of their endeavors.