By Helicopters Staff
Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership, Canada’s largest Indigenous-owned hospitality and site management company, becomes a new strategic partner of the team bid led by Babcock and Leonardo for Canada’s Future Aircrew Training (FAcT) program.
“Athabasca Catering was selected as a partner because of their commitment to high-quality experiences with all of their services, their dedication to providing training and safety, coupled with their understanding and respect for Indigenous culture and heritage,” said Jana Lee Murray, Program Director, Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training.
In making the announcement, the Babcock Leonardo team notes Saskatchewan based Athabasca Catering offers unparalleled services and a personalized approach for its partners while remaining authentic to their core values and Indigenous roots.
“It has been my hope, and the hope of leaders past, to create opportunity for our members through responsible ventures,” said Tammy Cook-Searson, Chief of Lac La Ronge Indian Band and President of Athabasca Holding Corp. “We have successful businesses, trained members, and more financially stable families because of the partnerships we have created. We want to build on these successes, by delivering to the requirements expected of us in this partnership as we continue building healthy and independent communities where we operate.”
The partnership between Athabasca Catering, which is 100 per cent Indigenous-owned, Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training, will provide a further investment into the economies of Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, while meeting the needs to the Royal Canadian Air Force.
“By recognizing the competencies Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership is able to deliver in support of the FAcT opportunity, Babcock Leonardo Canadian Aircrew Training has embraced a thorough understanding of the positive impact and contribution Indigenous organizations can provide to the success of its business operations on such a large scale,” said Alan Cole, Managing Director, Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership. “This is an enlightening and welcome step in the right direction and an example to industry, Canada wide.”