Makhos and Aecon form new Indigenous-led joint venture for utilities and nuclear projects in Ontario
Toronto, Ontario – May 24, 2023: Makhos, an Indigenous owned and operated business, and Aecon Group Inc. (Aecon), have formed the Aecon Makhos Power Seven Generations (AMP7G) joint venture to provide an Indigenous-led solution for high voltage transmission, distribution and substation work, and related maintenance on utilities and nuclear projects in Ontario. Makhos will hold a majority interest in AMP7G.
Combining the Indigenous staffing and training experience of Makhos with the construction, project management, power transmission, distribution and substation capabilities of Voltage Power, an Aecon company, AMP7G will initially perform work as a subcontractor to Aecon on existing utilities and nuclear projects.
Makhos is a Certified Aboriginal Business with headquarters in Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario. The Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation occupies Neyaashiinigmiing on the east shore of the Saugeen (Bruce) Peninsula on Georgian Bay.
“Makhos is committed to walking this road in parallel with Aecon to benefit future generations, working with clean renewable energy,” said Nick Saunders, Vice President, Makhos. “The owners of Makhos bring Indigenous knowledge and experience in high voltage utility, nuclear and reclamation efforts and we look forward to combining these skills with Aecon’s to create further balance within the power sector.”
“Aecon is committed to working collaboratively with Indigenous Peoples and this partnership aligns directly with a key pillar of our Reconciliation Action Plan – empowering Indigenous Peoples. Aecon is proud to support economic advancement and wealth creation in Indigenous communities while helping to build a sustainable future,” said Eric MacDonald, Executive Vice President, Aecon Utilities. “We look forward to building on the shared values of Aecon and Makhos to pursue future work with utilities and nuclear clients in Ontario, providing an Indigenous-led solution.”
Aecon’s vision statement in its Reconciliation Action Plan is to help advance reconciliation and co-create opportunities that provide sustainable and beneficial relationships aligned with the priorities and objectives of Indigenous Peoples. Aecon is recognized by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Businesses (CCAB) as an Aboriginal Procurement Champion and is a committed company in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) certification program.
Makhos is an Indigenous owned and operated business providing specialized staffing, training, consulting and construction services, with headquarters in Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario. Makhos is a CCAB certified PAR training organization providing guidance to companies looking to advance their PAR journey. Primarily serving the power and construction services sectors, its objective is to support meaningful employment and create sustainable partnerships within the industries that it supports. Makhos brings in depth experience in utilities and high voltage operations. It provides environmental remediation services through the reclamation of high voltage infrastructure and components following site operations, giving the AMP7G team a full circle solution for its clients.
Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE) is a national Canadian construction and infrastructure development company with global experience and is proud to be recognized as one of the Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada. Aecon delivers integrated solutions to private and public-sector clients through its Construction segment in the Civil, Urban Transportation, Nuclear, Utility and Industrial sectors, and provides project development, financing, investment and management services through its Concessions segment. Join our online community on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram @AeconGroupInc.
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