Working with contractors towards common goals

Corporate Responsibility

Working with contractors towards common goals

At Canadian Natural, we believe that business development within the areas where we operate leads to sustainable community development. When working with communities, our goal is to promote opportunities for economic participation with a focus on Indigenous businesses and employment, which in turn helps build capacity to participate in providing goods and services for our operations. We are proud to work with companies that share our strong commitment to worker safety, and that support Indigenous employment, such as Seven Lakes Oilfield Services Corporation.

Seven Lakes is proudly owned by seven First Nations: Cold Lake First Nation, Frog Lake First Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Goodfish Lake First Nation, Beaver Lake Cree Nation and Heart Lake First Nation, and is a subsidiary of Primco Dene and Pimee Well Servicing Ltd. Cold Lake First Nation owns 50%, and the other six Nations split the other 50% evenly. The company has over 320 employees from across Canada; 80% of them are Indigenous, with 50% from the core Nations.

Seven Lakes commenced operations in 2002, with one hauling truck to start their Waste Management Division. Now, their services include: scaffolding, general oilfield services, trades personnel, civil road maintenance and insulators.

Shared commitment to safety

Canadian Natural has worked with Seven Lakes for the last 10 years at our Primrose thermal in situ operations, sharing a strong commitment to people, safety as a core value and a working together philosophy. Seven Lakes celebrated five years incident-free at Primrose South in 2017.

“As the Operations Supervisor onsite at Canadian Natural’s Primrose, and proud member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation, I am honoured and humbled to be part of Seven Lakes,” said Edward Houle. “Working for a company that my nation owns part of is inspiring and gives me motivation to strive for excellence in business and customer service. Representing my community and Indigenous people to show we can not only compete, but excel in our lines of business amongst our competitors, is truly a great feeling.”

Their commitment to people, health and safety is an important driver of their successful business model. In 2017, Seven Lakes was the recipient of a Trailblazer Award from the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA), recognizing true leadership in construction, health and safety; and an Indigenous Engagement Award from the Global Petroleum Show for success in engaging in consultation, business and community development opportunities. Recently, Seven Lakes received an Outstanding Large Business Award from Lakeland BOYA Business Chamber of Commerce, for their overall performance and giving back to the community, and they earned top honour in the 2018 Eagle Feather Business Award of Distinction category of the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction. This award is presented to an Indigenous owned business for demonstrating outstanding achievement in business and incorporating entrepreneurial and cultural concepts into their operations for long term success.

Seven Lakes employees with Canadian Natural staff celebrating five years incident-free safety milestone at the Primrose South plant.