From the outset, business and employment opportunities secured by Attawapiskat Resources were linked to the operation at Victor.
Between 2006 and 2010, we established a number of key Joint Ventures with companies that could supply the mine with explosives and blasting services, helicopter transportation, steel fabrication and heavy equipment mechanical work, security and other needs. Arrangements and partners include: ACMS, Toromont Cat, SECURECheck, Orica Canada Inc., Helicopter Transport Services (Canada) Inc., Niska Career Academy, Porcupine Engineering Services, Panels & Pipes Mechanical Services, and Thunder Air. We also partnered with eight other small suppliers.
Building on this foundation, the second business phase involved moving away from joint venture arrangements to full ownership and control. By the fall of 2010, this led us to establish our first Attawapiskat-owned business, Attawapiskat Catering Limited Partnership.
In 2012, we acquired an existing security firm located in Timmins, Ontario with a longstanding record of service. Now 100% First Nation owned, Advanced Security Limited Partnership, has grown in its number of employees and contracts.