Business Development

Corporate Responsibility

Business Development

At Canadian Natural, we believe that business development within the areas where we operate leads to sustainable community development. We promote local and regional business opportunities through the procurement of goods and services for our operations. We actively engage with community and business leaders to facilitate and identify local and regional economic opportunities. In doing so, we support communities to build their capacity to participate in our operations through new and existing businesses.

For example, we remain an active member of the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA), the Region One Aboriginal Business Association (ROABA) and work with local Chambers of Commerce in order to maximize opportunities for economic participation in operating communities. This way, we support the development of successful businesses so that they can better understand our pre-qualification, procurement and bidding processes, while strengthening the supply chain to build on the competencies of, and source from, the local contractor community. For more information on our pre-qualification process read our Working with contractors section.

Canadian Natural also prioritizes the hiring of qualified local employees and suppliers so the communities where we operate can benefit from our activities. We also work with local businesses and contractors to increase social and economic participation of residents and Indigenous communities.

For more information read our 2016 Stewardship Report to Stakeholders.

Indigenous Business Development and Employment

When working with Indigenous communities, Canadian Natural works hard to identify business and capacity-building opportunities. We continue to develop successful relationships with companies and businesses from Indigenous communities (including community owned, individually owned and joint venture owned), and awarded more than $320 million in contracts in 2016.

We work with local businesses ranging from heavy equipment to camp services. In Wabasca-Desmarais (Pelican Lake operations), for example, the majority of our contract operators are Indigenous. During the new landfill construction at our Woodenhouse heavy oil operations, three quarters of the workers employed by Canadian Natural were local Bigstone First Nations members, and today, 80% of operational employees at the landfill are Bigstone members.

Our company also sponsors programs that aim to increase the number of skilled Indigenous trades people. Read more about these programs in our Developing People and Working Together sections.

Canadian Natural’s community representatives share information about our projects and work with Indigenous businesses and contractors to ensure they are pre-qualified to be part of our contracting process. In working with Indigenous communities, we also participate in several Joint Management Advisory and Joint Cooperation Committees which provide a forum where representatives from the community and Canadian Natural meet regularly to discuss topics such as ongoing operations, employment and business opportunities.