Indigenous business & opportunities
Indigenous engagement and inclusion are core to how we do business. We work with Indigenous businesses in our operating areas to explore opportunities for providing goods and services to support our activities. Through many years of working with Indigenous partners, we know business participation is one of the keys to economic reconciliation. Since 2009, we’ve spent more than $3 billion doing business with local Indigenous companies in our operating areas.
Indigenous businesses in action at Cenovus
Eagle Well Servicing
Eagle Well Servicing, an O’Chiese First Nation partnership company, provides well servicing support in Cenovus’s conventional operations in western Alberta. The Eagle partnership provides important business revenue and employment in support of O’Chiese First Nation's efforts to ensure economic benefits from the nation’s traditional territory.
Full Motion Expediting Ltd.
Full Motion Expediting Ltd. (FME) is a light to medium oilfield hauling service owned and operated by Tanis Robillard, a Métis entrepreneur from Conklin, and is located near our Christina Lake oil sands project. Tanis worked on the first steam assisted gravity drainage well at Christina Lake, then started FME in 2003 and became a long-time business partner with Cenovus.
Pimee Well Servicing
Pimee Well Servicing is an oilfield service company in northeastern Alberta owned and operated through a partnership between Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation, Frog Lake First Nation, Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Heart Lake First Nation and Whitefish Lake First Nation.
The Pimee provided training and employment for community members has been positive, demonstrating the benefits of education, training and having industry as a neighbour.
Primco Dene is wholly-owned by Cold Lake First Nations and provides camp management, catering and emergency management services to our Foster Creek and Christina Lake sites. Primco Dene has been a contractor with Cenovus since our early development at Foster Creek and delivers industry-leading service to our employees at both sites.
Primco Dene is focused on local Indigenous employment and draws on the resources of many different communities in northeastern Alberta to meet the demands of its rapid expansion. The company is focused on sharing its success through community investments.
Seven Lakes Oilfield Services
Seven Lakes Oilfield Services is owned by Cold Lake First Nations, Frog Lake First Nation, Kehewin Cree Nation, Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Goodfish Lake First Nation, Beaver Lake Cree Nation and Heart Lake First Nation, and is a subsidiary of Primco Dene LP and Pimee Well Servicing Ltd. Seven Lakes has been a contractor at Foster Creek for more than 10 years, creating meaningful employment, and opportunity for Indigenous people, while maintaining a strong commitment to safe work execution, quality services and reliability.
Renewable power partnership with Cold Lake First Nations
Cenovus has committed to a power purchase agreement to buy solar-power produced electricity and the associated emissions offsets from a partnership between Cold Lake First Nations and Elemental Energy Inc., advancing our ESG focus areas of reducing emissions and Indigenous reconciliation.
How to become a supplier
We do business with a variety of suppliers and consider these relationships instrumental to our success. Suppliers interested in working with us should visit our prospective supplier page.