TORONTO, ON – Xerox Canada has received Gold-level recognition by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), the highest honour under CCAB’s Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. This prestigious award adds Xerox Canada to an impressive list of only nine companies to achieve Gold recognition for its commitment to the Aboriginal community.

“By excelling as a leader in Aboriginal relations, Xerox Canada is a most deserving recipient of Gold-level PAR recognition. Xerox was one of the four companies that pilot-tested PAR when we were designing the program, so it is only fitting that they have now moved up to the Gold-level,” says Jocelyne Soulodre, president and CEO, CCAB. “Xerox Canada has demonstrated its commitment to creating opportunities for Aboriginal peoples and business by assisting Aboriginal students, increasing Aboriginal employment, supporting business development and enhancing the community as a whole.”

The PAR program assesses the performance of corporations in their relations and involvement with the Aboriginal community. To receive the Gold-level status, organizations must fully meet the PAR criteria with documented achievements and results. Xerox Canada previously achieved Silver-level recognition in 2003.

Xerox Canada Chairman, President and CEO Doug Lord says, “Achieving Gold-level PAR recognition highlights the pride we take at Xerox Canada in supporting Aboriginal peoples and communities across the country. This accomplishment exemplifies Xerox’s leadership in Aboriginal relations and our dedication to enhancing opportunities for Aboriginals.”

Xerox Canada’s support for Aboriginal peoples includes its annual Aboriginal Scholarship Program, the “CEO for a Day” program, and the creation of Canada’s first Aboriginal Community Records Information Management program at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, as well as financial and in-kind donations, employee recruitment and cultural awareness training. In addition, Doug Lord is chair of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council, a non-profit organization that aims to boost procurement opportunities for Aboriginal and visible minority suppliers.

The PAR awards are presented each year to organizations that have displayed outstanding performance in Aboriginal relations. The formal awards presentation will take place on Feb. 21, at the annual CCAB Circle for 2015 National Gala Dinner in Toronto.

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