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Steel River Group was founded on the desire to help Indigenous individuals, communities, and groups uncover the opportunities that exist when industry and Indigenous communities work together. We are committed to developing lasting relationships, so we invest in building communities forming alliances, and are proud to support our partners across Canada.

 

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September 12, 2019

 

STONEY NAKODA NATIONS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP WITH STEEL RIVER GROUP

 

 

Morley, Alberta: (September 12, 2019) –Stoney Nakoda Nations are proud to announce its partnership with Steel River Group.

 

 

Steel River Group is a privately held and Indigenous owned and operated company that was born out of a deep belief that there has never been a better time to reimagine how an Indigenous business defines, creates and captures value for our people and alliance partners. Our operating approach is centred around our Indigenous inclusion ecosystem model, which aims to bring Steel River companies, Indigenous communities and alliance partners together over a shared vision to create opportunities that build long-term capacity and competency. As a management entity, Steel River Group provides a number of corporate services to its group of companies, alliance partners and local communities in which it works. Its execution divisions specialize in mainline pipeline construction, construction management, civil, water management and equipment leasing and operating.

 

 

Working with Stoney Nakoda Nations, Steel River Group will collaborate with the Stoney Tribal Administration and Band Member-owned businesses.  Steel River Group, through its subsidiaries and relationships, will also provide Stoney Nakoda Nations with an expanded scope of services and deliver additional capacity to its businesses and operations.

 

 

In partnership, Stoney Nakoda Nations and Steel River will work to strengthen and advance mutually benefiting economic interests through a respectful and transparent relationship that’s aligned in shared values.

 

 

The Stoney Nakoda Nations look forward to building and maintaining a long-term sustainable relationship with Steel River that creates and promotes employment, change and growth for our Nations.

 

 

For more information please contact Ryan Robb, CEO, Stoney Tribal Administration at (403) 881-2698 [www.stoney-nation.com] or Kelsy Kading, Executive Vice President, Steel River Group at (403) 930-0387.

September 11, 2019

 

CEO LETTER – SEPTEMBER 2019

 

Firstly I apologize for the gap in issuing you a letter – time seems to have slipped away from me these last many months.

 

We joke that every 3 months around here, feels like a year, and I must agree with that statement today as I write this letter. Admittedly today’s letter was triggered in part by recent events; as you are aware I lost my father early this month in a senseless tragedy. This loss has taken me off track a little and as always what brings me back to center, is focusing my thoughts towards “My Why” statement.

 

“To Inspire, Support, Coach and Care for others, whilst collaborating to bring forward positive behaviours into the world “
12 years ago, I lost a very close friend, and it was this tragedy that was paramount in me losing my identity at the time, which in turn took me awhile to find balance in my life again; through that often challenging journey, I was able to find many learnings which helped me find my identify again, or maybe for the first time!! In the end, I was able to summarize my purpose in words through “My Why” statement. These simple few words rolled together provides context around the strings that keep me balanced and those that ensure I am able to be the best ‘me’.

 

It reminds me that when I truly focus my efforts onto others and their personal and professional well being, by sharing a positive outlook on all matters, we can and will achieve whatever we strive for, together.

 

I appreciate all your condolences and blessings, you have shown me again how deeply we care for each other, I offer you another heartfelt, Thank You!
As for the Steel River Group of companies, we have spent the last several months focused on our internal ecosystem model. Ensuring we had our unique incubator program initialized and finalizing all our management systems across all business units. We are enormously proud of the deep pool of key people that believed in our model and mission enough to join us over this past year.

 

Steel River Solutions recently completed a major pipeline project and based on our set KPI’s we can now look back and confirm it was a huge success on all fronts. SRS is positioned to continue bringing our values and One Team approach to our client partners, which includes the introduction of our newly formed partnership with SICIM Italy.

 

Steel River Water and Steel River Equipment are currently in a rapid growth phase due to recent internal and external demand. Again, with the introduction of key individuals in recent months, both groups can now take complete advantage of the opportunities afforded to us.

 

Steel River Group remains deeply proud of, and committed to, our ownership stake within Backwoods Energy. Backwoods continues to show its amazing stand-alone growth profile and boundless potential.

 

We also launched our matting division this past year and Makwa Access Solutions is working within our Ecosystem to supply matts to clients & alliance partners.
Steel River will now begin focusing our efforts towards supporting our newly formed Steel River Infrastructure & Civil Division, that will see us expand services throughout our ecosystems, as well as within other regions of Canada.

 

In the weeks to come we will be announcing our alignment with select Indigenous communities and look forward to supporting our new friends within our ecosystem.
Giving back was a keen focus for us this year as well, with a committed partnership with Calgary’s Stardale Women’s Group, supporting teenage Indigenous women, as well as, further increasing our involvement with the Boys and Girls club of Alberta. We are proud of supporting youth in sports and we continued our commitment to Dexter Seitz, who achieve astonishing success in 2019. Alan Spoonhunter also has great aspiration for 2020 basketball season as he returns to Edge School for elite athletic-based academic program.

 

Due to Steel River’s ongoing success we had to relook at our equity solution in order to keep on pace with our growth profile and or alignment in our vision. We decided to repurchase our equity position from Centerfire Group and are now in search of a more compatible long-term equity solution, a group or someone that shares in our vision and can truly support our growth.

 

We have continued to assemble a group of likeminded, kind individuals under a culture of respect, trust, collaboration and accountability, supporting our families and all relationships within our ecosystem.

 

Sincerely your CEO,

 

Trent Fequet

August 22, 2019

 

STEEL RIVER GROUP IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CANADIAN COUNCIL FOR ABORIGINAL BUSINESS IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE IT HAS BEEN CERTIFIED AS AN ABORIGINAL PROCUREMENT CHAMPION

 

Calgary, Alberta, Release: (August 22, 2019) – STEEL RIVER GROUP, a privately held Indigenous owned and operated business that offers a diverse range of operational construction and management support services, is pleased to announce the membership of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’s (CCAB) Aboriginal Procurement Champions Group.

 

For over 30 years, CCAB has worked towards building bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, businesses and communities through diverse programming, formal certification, research, events and leadership awards. Through the building of positive relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal business and communities, CCAB helps to foster an equitable and sustainable economy across Canada.

 

In recent months, CCAB has developed a new Aboriginal Procurement Strategy, focused on highlighting the opportunities and value of Aboriginal procurement relationships. As part of the Aboriginal Procurement Strategy, CCAB recruits’ leaders from business communities to serve as Aboriginal Procurement Champions – a group of corporations committed to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal businesses to participate in their supply chains.

 

“We are thrilled that Steel River Group has joined our growing team of now 58 Aboriginal Procurement Champions,” said JP Gladu, President & CEO of CCAB. “As a Certified Aboriginal Business themselves, Steel River Group is elevating other Aboriginal businesses to help expand CCAB’s Aboriginal Procurement Marketplace. Their commitment to increasing opportunities for Aboriginal businesses through our Supply Change initiative is a crucial step toward economic reconciliation.”

 

As an Aboriginal Procurement Champion, Steel River Group has demonstrated its leadership and commitment to Aboriginal business by joining an unprecedented approach to enhancing Aboriginal procurement outcomes in Canada.

 

For more information about Steel River Group, visit www.steelrivergroup.com or contact Kelsy Kading @ 403-930-0387.

February 26, 2019

 

STEEL RIVER GROUP ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH FIRE & FLOOD EMERGENCY SERVICES

 

Calgary, Alberta, Release: (February 26, 2019) – STEEL RIVER GROUP, a privately held Indigenous owned and operated business that offers a diverse range of operational construction and management support services is pleased to announce its partnership with Fire & Flood Emergency Services.

 

Fire & Flood Emergency Services is a hazard reduction company assisting public and private agencies globally. Their unique and industry leading water delivery system offer customers the quickest deployment and demobilization of equipment over any terrain.

Fire & Flood are the first to bring this unique patent pending “mass-water” deployment technology using specialized pumps, hoses and manifold.

 

Steel River Group has obtained exclusive distributor and dealer rights throughout Canada.

 

The new expansion strengthens the service offering of Steel River Group of companies while aligning with our mission to connect industry and Indigenous communities in discovering greater opportunities together, through a venture that protects the land and its people.

 

For more information please contact Kelsy Kading @ 403-930-0387 or visit our website at www.steelrivergroup.com/fire-flood.

February 20, 2019

 

INDIGENOUS OWNED COMPANY WINS MAJOR PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT

 

CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 20, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Steel River Group Inc. (“SRG” or the “Company”) announced today that its subsidiary, Steel River Solutions (“SRS”), was named as the Prime Contractor for “Spread B”, a 65 km section of Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure’s (“TSE: TWM”) (“Tidewater”) 120 km Pioneer Natural Gas Pipeline Project. The project kicked off in December and is expected to employ up to 300 people at its peak, which is scheduled to continue through the first quarter of 2019.

The 20-inch diameter pipeline construction project was awarded through a competitive bidding process, where SRS demonstrated its technical capabilities and aptitudes in all areas of project execution. Steel River Group also credits its unique Indigenous inclusion ecosystem model as an important factor that led to the success of the bid.

“SRG uses its expertise in construction as a vessel to empower indigenous communities and individuals,” said indigenous entrepreneur Trent Fequet, Steel River Group’s Founder & CEO. “The goal of our approach is to build capacity and strengthen competency within Indigenous alliances and communities. The success of our bid shows that our model works.”

SRG’s ecosystem model is premised around creating alignment between three critical groups – Steel River companies; Indigenous communities; and alliance partners. The Company brings these entities together over a shared vision and common goals, and facilitates agreements, partnerships and new subsidiary companies to build capacity and strengthen competency. As a management entity, SRG provides corporate governance, structure, and supports to its own group of companies.

“Steel River Group is an Indigenous owned and operated company that has gained the support of progressive Nations and the patronage of a forward-thinking midstream producer,” added Fequet. “We are encouraged by the success of this recent contract award and believe that our relationship-based Indigenous inclusion ecosystem model will lead to securing more opportunities into the future.”

About Steel River Group

Steel River Group is a privately held and Indigenous owned and operated company that was born out of a deep belief that there has never been a better time to reimagine how an Indigenous business defines, creates and captures value for our people and alliance partners. Our operating approach is centred around our Indigenous inclusion ecosystem model, which aims to bring Steel River companies, Indigenous communities and alliance partners together over a shared vision to create opportunities that build long-term capacity and competency.

As a management entity, Steel River Group supports it subsidiary companies that specialize in general contracting, construction management, water management and equipment leasing and operating.

For more information about Steel River Group, visit www.steelrivergroup.com

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Peter Pilarski, Vice President
CIPR Communications
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January 14, 2019

 

STEEL RIVER GROUP ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICE LOCATIONS TO ACCOMMODATE CONTINUED GROWTH & ENHANCE CLIENT SERVICES

 

Calgary, Alberta, Release: (January 14, 2019) – STEEL RIVER GROUP, a privately held Indigenous owned and operated business that offers a diverse range of operational construction and management support services is pleased to announce its new Calgary Corporate Office and Edmonton Operational Office to accommodate continued business growth.

 

The new locations provide more than triple the square footage of its previous locations, offer state-of-the-art workspaces and improved project planning & execution areas.  The central locations are also ideal for our alliance and Indigenous partners and support Steel River Group’s growth strategy.

 

The new office addresses for Steel River Group and Steel River Solutions, respectively are:

 

Calgary Corporate Office (Steel River Group Headquarters)

Suite 2450-330 5thAvenue SW

Calgary, Alberta T2P 0L4.

 

Edmonton Operational Office (Steel River Solutions)

Suite 279-2055 Premier Way,

Sherwood Park, Alberta T8H 0G2

 

The new move strengthens the service offering of Steel River Group of companies while aligning with our mission to connect industry and Indigenous communities in discovering greater opportunities together.

 

For more information please contact Kelsy Kading @ 403-930-0387 or visit our website at www.steelrivergroup.com

November 1, 2018

 

STEEL RIVER GROUP ANNOUNCES THE FORMATION OF STEEL RIVER WATER

 

Calgary, Alberta, Release: (Nov 1, 2018) – STEEL RIVER GROUP, a privately held Indigenous owned and operated business that offers a diverse range of operational construction and management support services is proud to continue its accelerated growth and announce its new division, Steel River Water.

 

Steel River Water offers fluid management systems, including water sourcing, fluid transfer and heating, de-watering and municipal water diversion. In addition, Steel River Water will supply a full range of related equipment and services focusing on customers in the Western Canadian oil and gas industry.

 

Todd Wingenbach has been appointed Vice President of Steel River Water. Todd brings 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry including owning and operating two successful companies. He has worked on numerous high-profile projects in the fluid transfer business, pipeline integrity & mainline projects and the equipment rental industry.

 

The new expansion strengthens the service offering of Steel River Group of companies while aligning with their mission to connect industry and Indigenous communities in discovering greater opportunities together.

 

For more information please visit www.steelrivergroup.com or contact Kelsy Kading at info@steelrivergroup.com or 403-930-0387.

October 10, 2018

 

CEO LETTER – October 2018

 

Steel River Group (SRG) has now been in operation for a year and half, and during this time we’ve achieved many amazing milestones and experienced key successes. This includes forming an alliance relationship with Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation and taking an ownership position within Backwoods Energy.

 

We have opened a pipeline and general contracting division, an equipment group, a construction management entity and a water transfer business. We have established an office in Calgary and today I am proud to announce our new operational office in Sherwood Park. In the weeks to come we will be announcing our alignment with a couple more Indigenous communities and look forward to supporting our new friends within our ecosystem.

 

Due to Steel River’s early success and in turn our adjusted strategic plan; earlier this year we ventured to find an equity partner that shared our values and beliefs and long-term goals. We are proud of our partnership with the Centerfire Group and together have formulated goals and aspirations to bring forth a more cohesive and collaborative approach of our two Indigenous owned and operated businesses.

 

When I look back at the past year and look forward to the future, I do so with a smile and immense sense of confidence. Why, because of you!

 

From day one of my original vision and development of the ecosystem model, it was always based on the foundation of people. We have assembled a group of likeminded, kind individuals under a culture of respect, trust, collaboration and accountability whilst caring for each other, our families and all relationships within our ecosystem.

 

Going forward we have many challenges to look forward too, yet I know any obstacle that we may face will not frustrate us or derail us from our mission and goals. I for one am extremely excited about the challenges ahead because I get to experience these learnings with you. These moments will strengthen our resolve, resistants’ and bond.

 

I am so fortunate to be able to call you folks my team, my co-workers, my friends and my family. I deeply care for you and your family, and I can simply only offer you a heartfelt, Thank You!

 

Sincerely your CEO,

 

Trent Fequet 

 

The new membership is an exciting time for Steel River Group as it aligns with their mission to connect and support industry and Indigenous communities in discovering greater opportunities together.For more information please contact Kelsy Kading at info@steelrivergroup.com or 403-930-0387.

June 29, 2018

 

STEEL RIVER GROUP ANNOUNCES CERTIFICATION AND MEMBERSHIP WITH CANADIAN COUNCIL FOR ABORIGINAL BUSINESS (CCAB)

 

STEEL RIVER GROUP, which offers a diverse range of operational construction and management support services in the construction industry, has announced today their certification and membership with Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

 

CCAB positions Aboriginal business at the focal point for strengthening Aboriginal communities, promoting progressive and prosperous relationships, and growing a new economy based on mutual respect and shared prosperity. CCAB provides an array of business development offerings, including certification for Aboriginal-owned businesses and companies with Progressive Aboriginal Relations.

“This is your opportunity to grow your business in concert with the evolving Aboriginal business community. By becoming a member of CCAB you are supporting and empowering Aboriginal businesses while creating business opportunities that will impact your bottom line. CCAB members continue to lead by example, enhancing Aboriginal Business and building relationships with the fastest growing segment of the Canadian economy.”

– JP Gladu, President & CEO of CCAB

 

The new membership is an exciting time for Steel River Group as it aligns with their mission to connect and support industry and Indigenous communities in discovering greater opportunities together.For more information please contact Kelsy Kading at info@steelrivergroup.com or 403-930-0387.

June 15, 2018

 

STEEL RIVER GROUP ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF NEW WEBSITE

 

STEEL RIVER GROUP, which offers a diverse range of operational construction and management support services in the construction industry, has announced today the launch of its new website. The new website offers quick and easy access to essential information of Steel River Group’s products and services. The website also has comprehensive sections about the management team, company news, and information about Indigenous partnerships.

 

The new website offers functionality and enhanced content focused on the Steel River Group’s mission to connect and support industry and Indigenous communities in discovering greater opportunities together.

The website will be updated on a regular basis with news of business activity, community involvement, corporate milestones and events. Visitors are encouraged to visit the website at www.steelrivergroup.com.

 

For more information please contact Shay Jacobson at info@steelrivergroup.com.

December 17, 2017

 

STEEL RIVER GROUP ANNOUNCES EQUITY POSITION IN BACKWOODS ENERGY SERVICES

 

Calgary, Alberta, Release: (December 17, 2017) – STEEL RIVER GROUP, a privately held Indigenous  business that offers a diverse range of operational construction and management support services, is pleased to announce it has acquired a 30% equity position in Backwoods Energy Services for an undisclosed consideration.

 

Established in 1986 and 70% owned by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Backwoods Energy Services provides pipeline integrity and construction, civil construction, forestry, matting and security services to the energy, forestry and utility sectors in Western Canada. It has experienced tremendous growth while remaining focused on its core mission of “driving economic opportunity by empowering Indigenous people and communities”

 

“The acquisition by Steel River Group immediately elevates us with unsurpassed operations expertise and leadership and forges a mission aligned partnership that provides a powerful and sustainable platform for continued expansion while simultaneously elevating quality, execution, and controls”.

Paul Poscente, CEO & Chairman Backwoods Energy Services

 

As part of the equity investment, Steel River Group has an operating agreement to provide management and execution expertise to Backwoods, throughout their suite of construction services.  Steel River Group has integrated select positions throughout Backwoods construction services to help support building out processes, systems and overall capacity.

 

“Steel River was born out of a deep belief that there has never been a better time to reimagine how an Indigenous business defines and captures value for our people & alliance partners. We are extremely proud of alliance with Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation of Treaty 6, our common vision, mission and values will ensure we create a lasting relationship built on trust, mutual respect, collaboration and accountability.

Industry and Indigenous communities both play a critical role in the future of Canada’s natural resources and economic development. By connecting Indigenous communities with opportunities in the natural resources sector, Steel River Group is forging a better, stronger, and more prosperous path forward.”

-Trent Fequet, President & CEO, Steel River Group of Companies

 

For more information please visit our website at www.steelrivergroup.com or  contact Kelsy Kading at info@steelrivergroup.com or 403-930-0387.