Metis Economic Development Corporation officially came to be on July 13, 2015.
In March of 2015 the BC Métis Federation leaders had completed the planning and preparation for the implementation of the BC Métis Federation owned BC Métis Federation Development Corporation. Since November of 2014 consultants were contracted to complete a comprehensive business plan that would be created to support Métis business owners and future joint venture opportunities. The board approved the final plan.
BC Métis Federation President Keith Henry stated; “I am excited to release the comprehensive business plan for our members and business owners. The plan provides a clear plan for our future sustainability and efforts to separate politics from our economic development which is a point strongly supported by various reports including the well-known recommendations and findings in the Harvard Report on American Indian Economic Development released in 2007.”
In May 2015, the BC Métis Federation announced the inaugural BC Métis Federation Development Corporation Executive Director position selection of Shauna Benson. The announcement is the result of two months of searching including an extensive interview process. Shauna was selected given her vast experience in business planning and economic development having worked in various economic development officer roles and projects with non Aboriginal and Aboriginal communities over the years.
June 2015, The BC Métis Federation continued to establish their Economic Development Corporation and was pleased to provide an update for governance. The founding board members have been selected and their bios and profiles are listed for members and partners.
July 2015, BC Métis Federation announced that their new nonpolitical business entity has been formed. The Métis Economic Development Corporation is now legally incorporated and ready to start the next steps.
The Métis Economic Development Corporation will also play a key role in supporting Métis owned businesses to coordinate bids so that they may compete for service and supply contracts associated with development and other projects located throughout BC.
The Métis Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), sent out an Request For Proposal RFP) to build the new MEDC website, which was launched with the new MEDC brand in August, www.metisedc.ca, to provide businesses, individuals and partner organizations with relevant and easy-to-find information on the Métis Economic Development Corporation and its opportunities.
August 2015, The BC Metis Federation’s newly formed Metis Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has just signed on to its first formal joint venture with DOMCOR Projects Inc. (DOMCOR) as a strategic partnership. DOMCOR specializes with industry focus on safety, security, first aid, traffic control, training and all protection services for variety commercial Industries.
MEDC attended the community meetings in Prince George, Fort St. John and Hudson Hope with some of the BC Metis Federation Board members. This Corporation has been developed to assist Metis businesses and they want to ensure that all communities are understanding the role of MEDC.
September 2015, MEDC attended the Aboriginal Business Match in Fort St. John. The intent was to connect to some of the bigger general contractors within the province and energy sector industries. Which came turned out MEDC’s partnership with Site Energy Services Inc. (Site) have joined together in partnership to work on obtaining bigger projects which are happening throughout the province of British Columbia. This will allow MEDC to work with Métis businesses who are in the clearing, hauling and trucking industry, as well as possibilities with reclamation and environmental engineering companies. Site Energy Services Inc. is a well know company with a good reputation in the industry, along with their sister companies Bear Slashing Inc. and Force Pile Driving Inc.
The Metis Economic Development Corporation Business Forum took place on September 25th where they had presentations from National Energy Board, Kinder Morgan, TransCanada and Northern Gateway. The Community members were able to engage and ask pertinent questions of these larger proponents and have the environmental assessment process explained in detail.