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Community involvement

Over the long term, our viability and that of our industry is based on the health and viability of the communities where we operate. We take our role as a good corporate citizen very seriously, and have worked to show leadership in this area.

We feel a particular sense of responsibility in Canada, where much of our business is based. While Orbit Garant is well placed to weather the peaks and troughs of a business cycle, many of the remote communities we operate in are more vulnerable to downturns in the resource sector – and also to the potential environmental impact of resource-based operations.

We have undertaken a range of leadership initiatives to support socio-economic development in Val-d’Or and the entire region, and we have been recognized by the Val d’Or Chamber of Commerce for our contributions. We have also focused on First Nations, Inuit and northern Canadian communities to foster sustainable economic development and skills training for local residents. For example, Orbit Garant has partnered with the Canadian and Nunavut governments, regional Inuit associations, local colleges and other resource industry companies in support of the launch of the Arviat Diamond Driller’s Training (“ADDT”) Program.

Northern communities

Orbit Garant is committed to building strong relationships with First Nations, Inuit and northern Canadian communities to foster sustainable economic development and skills training for local residents. The Company has demonstrated a strong track record of working in partnership with northern communities and aboriginal peoples and is actively seeking opportunities to expand its involvement. Orbit Garant ensures these relationships are based on shared interests, including mutual economic benefit, high standards in health and safety, and responsible environmental stewardship.

Partnerships

Sarliaq Holdings
Orbit Garant has formed a strategic partnership with Rankin Inlet-based Sarliaq Holdings Ltd. to develop business in Nunavut. Through the partnership, Orbit Garant has secured contracts with an industry major on two gold projects and has deployed 14 drill rigs and crews.

In 2016, Orbit Garant signed a partnership agreement with the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, under which the Company provides mineral drilling training and job opportunities.

Driller Training School in Nunavut

In 2011, Orbit Garant partnered with the Canadian and Nunavut governments, regional Inuit associations, local colleges and other resource industry companies in support of the launch of the Arviat Diamond Driller's Training ("ADDT") Program. The inaugural ADDT program was offered to 12 students in September 2011. The program is initially being delivered by Northern College, in collaboration with Nunavut Arctic College, which will take over program delivery in the longer term, along with providing student accommodations and leadership in curriculum. After two years of existence, almost 50 students have already taken the « ADDT » program.

"We have had great support from our partner organizations, this is really a team effort," said Arviat Mayor Bob Leonard. "Agnico-Eagle Mines, Orbit Garant and Boart Longyear contributed as the program's industry partners. Significant funding contributions came from Nunavut's Department of Economic Development and Transportation, The Kivalliq Inuit Association, and the Government of Canada's Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership Program (ASEP). Nunavut Arctic College and Northern College are the cooperating educational institutions. The Hamlet of Arviat worked to coordinate activities on the ground and facilitated the creation of the program."

ADDT graduates are expected to have immediate access to well-paying jobs as surface diamond driller helpers. With experience they can advance to work as a diamond driller, and will be qualified to work anywhere in Canada or the world. Agnico-Eagle, Orbit Garant and Boart Longyear are providing expert support to the program and have committed to hiring graduates on a priority basis.