The New Ontario Aboriginal Procurement Program: 9 Questions Answered

Posted by Don Richardson

on Jun 27, 2015 12:35:00 PM


 

NEW Ontario Aboriginal Procurement Program

On June 26, 2015, Ontario launched its new Aboriginal Procurement Program.  The Program is designed to help Aboriginal business owners sell products and services to the Ontario government and help them secure future contracts and clients. It is based on an Aboriginal Procurement Pilot Program that was launched in 2012.  The Program connects with Premier Kathleen Wynne's Ministerial Mandates, including a wide range of mandates for Aboriginal community wellbeing (see our previous post: Premier Wynne's Priorities for Ontario: Aboriginal Community Wellbeing).

The Aboriginal Procurement Program will likely foster meaningful Aboriginal and industry partnerships, especially creative aboriginal-private sector business partnerships - beyond existing programs such as those for Aboriginal energy partnerships - where companies really step up and break new ground with creative, innovative and practical Aboriginal business ventures.   

 

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Topics: Premier Wynne's Mandates, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario, Aboriginal and Industry Partnerships

Guelph’s New Scandinavian Friend: 10 Benefits for Sustainable Innovation in Ontario

Posted by Don Richardson

on Oct 26, 2014 1:43:00 PM

 

Children play in the most climate friendly daycare in Denmark – engineered by Ramboll.  The building produces 8 kilowatt hours per square metre per year, which is surplus to the building’s requirements.  When not used for solar panels the remaining roof surface has been planted with sedum – a hard wearing plant, which not only encourages biodiversity, prevents water run- off, provides both sound and temperature insulation, and also helps to cool the solar panels.  Photo via activehouse.info.


Scandinavian firm Ramboll is opening an office in the City of Guelph in order to pursue opportunities in the growing market for district energy in North America. 
Ramboll has 200 offices in 22 countries with $1.4 billion in annual revenue. 
Inside the firm are 11,000 consulting engineers, designers and management consultants committed to creating sustainable and long-term solutions in sectors including building, transport, environment, energy and telecom.

What does Ramboll coming to Guelph mean for Sustainable Innovation in Ontario?

 

Guelph has the first city-wide district energy network in North America.  With the news that the Scandinavian firm will be helping manage the district energy project with Guelph's Envida and is setting up its first North American office in Guelph, we thought it worth taking a look at some of the benefits a firm like Ramboll brings to Guelph and Ontario – and to local businesses like ours!  

A recent Toronto Star article by Don Tapscott (ranked one of the top 5 most influential thinkers in the world) - "As Toronto dithers, Guelph sets sights on 21st century"-  highlights Guelph's sustainability efforts, including the Community Energy Plan and waste diversion.  

Here are 10 benefits we see with Ramboll coming to Guelph and Ontario - we hope our thoughts prime some creative collaboration:

1. Ontario Climate Action: Premier Kathleen Wynne’s government, and her new Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, are fully focused on climate action.  District energy is a proven approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while providing many economic benefits. Guelph will be leading Ontario climate action efforts with cost-effective district energy solutions that can be adopted and adapted elsewhere, especially areas that can take advantage of low cost natural gas combined with renewable energy.

2. CO2 Neutral Communities:  Ramboll is playing a key role in making Copenhagen CO2-neutral by 2015 – that collaborative planning and design expertise will benefit Guelph and communities across Ontario, Canada and North America.  We need more innovation around climate change & Ontario.
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Topics: Premier Wynne's Mandates, Ontario Climate Action, Local is the New Black, Sustainability Innovation in Ontario

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Mining and the Ring of Fire

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 6:20:00 AM

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Topics: BEAHR Training, Traditional Knowledge in Environmental Assessments, B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates, Mining

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Climate Change & Ontario

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 6:05:00 AM

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Topics: B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Low Cost Natural Gas

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 5:48:00 AM

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Topics: Unconventional Oil and Gas, B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Water & Environment

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 5:32:00 AM

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Topics: B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates, First Nations Approaches to Water Management

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Social Entrepreneurship & B Corps

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 5:07:00 AM

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Topics: B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates

Premier Wynne’s Priorities for Ontario: Aboriginal Community Wellbeing

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 4:44:00 AM

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Topics: B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates

Premier Wynne’s Key Priorities for Ontario: a B Corporation's View

Posted by Don Richardson

on Sep 26, 2014 4:05:00 AM

 

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Topics: B Corporations, Premier Wynne's Mandates