Congratulations to Fort McMurray 468 First Nation and Christina River Enterprises on the grand opening of the first Aboriginal-owned retail Petro-Canada branded operation in Alberta.
The Petro-Canada station is the 19th branded retail site owned by a First Nation located on a reserve in Canada. The existing site was previously a modest unbranded gas bar. The new facility includes a 3,000 sq. ft. store, six fueling lanes and above-ground tanks with a stand-alone high-speed diesel dispenser.
The road to this milestone began when Petro-Canada hosted a conference in Osoyoos, B.C. in October 2014. Entitled “Imagine the Possibilities,” the conference brought like-minded people together to learn about retail gas station opportunities for Aboriginal businesses. Christina River Enterprises was one of the participants.
Pat Pambianco, market manager for Petro-Canada, attended the grand opening to congratulate Chief Ron Kreutzer and the Christina River Enterprises team. “Today is another chapter in our shared history and valuable relationship we have with Fort McMurray 468 First Nation and Christina River Enterprises. We recognize that people and communities affected by our activities should have the opportunity to benefit through greater participation in energy development.”
A very positive relationship exists between Christina River Enterprises and Suncor’s Aboriginal Business Development (ABD) team. Regular business development stewardship meetings focus on:
- joint business development planning
- discussing successes
- new business opportunities
Suncor looks forward to developing new possibilities with the Fort McMurray 468 First Nation in the future.