09.11.2012 @ Downtown Calgary
President and CEO, Tuccaro Inc.
“When I took over Neegan Development from the Mikisew Cree First Nation in 1990, the company was going broke because we had too much heavy equipment that wasn't being used. Dennis Love, who was Syncrude's mine manager, sent over a couple of people to evaluate our fleet and finances before changing the scope of our tree-clearing contract. It allowed us to survive and reorganize. Our relationship has grown since then and we have more than 200 employees working in different areas at Syncrude.
It showed real foresight from Syncrude's leadership to see our community as potential suppliers because the conventional oil patch in Alberta was closed to Aboriginals at that time.
We started the Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association to help others learn how to work with industry. Syncrude has supported the association by working with members on what they need to do to work at their sites. Both the industry and the communities have prospered because of this vision. That's win-win in my books.”