Lillooet, British Columbia, February 14th, 2019 – Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd. (“KWL”) and Sekw’el’was Cayoose Creek Indian Band (“Sekw’el’was” or “Cayoose”) is pleased to announce that they have entered into a Partnership for the planning, development and delivery of infrastructure and capital projects in the Sekw’el’was territory. The Partnership also includes Cayoose Creek Development Corp. (“CCDC”), the business arm of Sekw’el’was, and its’ subsidiary Antares Project Services LLP (“Antares”).
Chief Michelle Edwards stated, “From this Partnership emerges the path to self-determination and true stewardship of the Sekw’el’was territory. We are confident that we have built, and will continue to build, the resources and capacity that are the tools of governance.” She adds “we believe that our Partnership’s initiatives will set the bar for infrastructure management and project delivery in Indigenous communities and we will continue to strive for quality, excellence and innovation.”
Mark Blamey, KWL’s President added, “Over the course of many years, our companies have built an excellent and respectful working relationship and the Partnership is a natural progression of this. Our respective teams are built on a foundation of locally-grown talent and it is this special knowledge and attachment to British Columbia’s communities that gives us a sense of ownership and pride in working with our local communities.”
Some of the Partnership’s key initiatives include:
Cayoose Municipal Engineer – Sekw’el’was is the owner and operator of extensive infrastructure both on and off-Reserve. KWL is pleased to appoint Mark Forsyth to act as the Cayoose Municipal Engineer to support the management of the community’s water, sewer, roads, buildings and other facilities and systems. Mark is the Branch Manager of KWL’s Vernon office. He will draw on a team of experts from KWL to provide continuity and efficiency in meeting Cayoose’ needs.
Quality Management Programs – The partners will support each other’s ongoing development and integration of Quality Management Programs for professional services and project delivery, as well as the implementation of Reconciliation principles and community engagement.
“Projects Create Careers” – The Partnership recognizes that careers in the engineering and construction industry are built on a continuum of projects. There is a gamut of skills ranging from technical, trades and physical site work to project support including administrative and financial roles. All of these elements are essential for successful project delivery. The Partnership seeks to maximize both the opportunities for Indigenous people and businesses, with a focus on local natural asset management.