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EDITOR’S LETTER In this edition of Business Elite Canada, we champion the achievements and initiatives driving Canada’s business landscape forward. In our cover story, we spotlight Espace Construction, a fixture in the construction industry known for its commitment to excellence and innovation for over 30 years. The Quebec-based company caters to an expanding range of clients across commercial, industrial, sports/entertainment, and multi-residential sectors with a dedication to delivering projects that surpass client expectations, establishing new standards for excellence and collaboration. From transportation projects like the Metro Line Northwest LRT extension—which encompasses approximately 11 kilometers while minimizing environmental impact and maximizing connectivity—to healthcare projects such as the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital, we showcase excellence driving Canada’s business landscape forward. Additionally, we highlight Metro’s new Distribution Centre’s role in logistics excellence. Through these stories, we celebrate the expertise, collaboration, and strategic foresight that define our business landscape. Business Elite Canada remains dedicated to highlighting the remarkable achievements and contributions shaping Canada’s business ecosystem. The BEC Team 3 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

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06 Espace Construction 16 METRO Terrebonne Distribution Centre 26 Corbeil Appliances 75th Anniversary 32 Edmonton’s Metro Line Northwest LRT Extension (NAIT to Blatchford) 40 Corner Brook New Acute Care Hospital 46 Natik Projects (2007) Inc. 54 K’awat’si Economic Development LP (KEDC) 62 Siksika Nation 3D Housing Project N T E N T S 5 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA


For 30 years, Espace Construction, headquartered in Dorval, Québec, has been a cornerstone of innovation and adaptation in the construction industry. What started out as a full-service design, construction, and facility management operation has evolved into a distinguished construction company, becoming one of Eastern Canada’s premier general contractors. Founded by two McGill University alumni, Espace started as a comprehensive design, construction, and facility management entity before moving into the distinguished construction business it is today. In 1999, DesigneSpace—the company’s original name—broadened its clientele and began undertaking architectural and construction projects for new clients. Over the past two decades, the company has refocused its efforts solely on project management and construction services. With the incorporation of Espace Construction Inc in 2002, it capitalized on its extensive architectural and property management experience to distinguish itself from conventional construction firms. Today, Espace caters to an expanding range of clients across commercial, industrial, sports/ entertainment, and multi-residential sectors—a move driven by a dedication to delivering projects that surpass client expectations, establishing new standards for excellence and collaboration. Jean Saba, Vice-President and Co-Founder 7 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

“Our journey has been one of evolution and innovation,” reflects Jean Saba, Vice-President and Co-founder. “We’ve continually adapted our approach to meet the ever-changing needs of our clients and the dynamic landscape of the construction industry.” Clients choose Espace for its experience and integrated approach, expertise in diverse construction sectors, and commitment to delivering value throughout the project lifecycle. The company’s ability to optimize construction costs while ensuring long-term operational efficiency resonates with clients seeking innovative and sustainable solutions. A transparent and collaborative mindset, attention to detail, and proactive problem-solving, enable Espace to exceed client expectations and deliver successful outcomes. THE INTEGRATED APPROACH Central to Espace’s success is its integrated approach, which bridges the gap between design and construction, resulting in efficient planning, clear communication, and mutual respect among all stakeholders. Unlike traditional methods, which often lead to cost overruns and compromises on project objectives, Espace’s approach prioritizes proactive problem-solving and continuous alignment with client needs. “Our integrated approach sets us apart in the industry,” notes Saba. “By leveraging the diverse expertise and perspectives of our team, we’re able to deliver superior outcomes while maximizing costeffectiveness and maintaining project timelines. In our experience, one of the main factors for success is the adoption of an integrated construction Beauharnois Project 8 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

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approach, beginning as early as the project’s planning stage. This method is an integral part of a comprehensive approach that we, at eSpace Construction, have been using for several years. We strongly recommend it.” “At the heart of our ethos lies our integrated construction process,” explains one of Espace’s project managers. “We believe in fostering collaboration from the very inception of a project, bringing together clients, architects, consultants, and contractors to ensure alignment with project objectives and seamless execution.” The team’s extensive knowledge in design and construction enables it to oversee all project aspects and mitigate risks across all phases. By engaging early in the project lifecycle, they validate building concepts, assess design requirements, integrate new technologies, and anticipate potential constraints seamlessly, says Saba. As a unified activity, this process continues seamlessly into the construction phase, maintaining a single point of contact to ensure real-time budget management and adherence. Espace Construction clients also maintain a great deal of control over their projects while they are guided through the building process. The Client is offered varied contract structures and delivery methods, such as Fixed-Price, Design-Build, CostPlus and Construction Management. Together with the Client, Espace chooses the structure that best suits the Client’s preferences and needs. With this collaborative approach, Espace is able to consistently deliver excellence. Goodleaf Project 10 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

514 276 8551 LE PROJET GOODLEAF FARMS Les Entreprises Laurentien Électrique inc. sont votre partenaire de confiance pour des solutions électriques écologiques. En tant qu'entrepreneur électricien, nous sommes fiers de notre partenariat avec Espace Construction dans le projet de Goodleaf Farms. Nous alimentons leur ferme verticale innovante à Longueuil, garantissant la durabilité et une agriculture à haut rendement avec nos solutions électriques complètes pour le projet de production annuelle de 1,9 million de livres de légumes verts. Vos experts de confiance en électricité depuis 1950 LES ENTREPRISES Espace Construction.qxp_Mise en page 1 2024-02-15 13:50 Page 2 Goodleaf Project 11 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS Three current projects exemplify Espace’s prowess in integrated construction: the GoodLeaf Vertical Farm project in Saint-Hubert, and the Beauharnois and Coteau-du-Lac industrial projects. The former represents a triumph of innovation, showcasing Espace’s ability to navigate complex facets of the project seamlessly. Leveraging its integrated approach, Espace successfully delivered a stateof-the-art vertical farm for GoodLeaf Farms, aligning with the company’s vision for sustainable agriculture. Goodleaf Project Beauharnois Project 12 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

Similarly, the Beauharnois and Coteau-du-Lac projects underscores Espace’s expertise in industrial construction, demonstrating its capability to deliver large-scale facilities with precision and efficiency. Despite challenges such as technological adaptations and stringent deadlines, Espace’s commitment to excellence ensured the successful completion of both projects. “Our partnership with Espace Construction has been instrumental in realizing our vision,” remarks a representative from Rosefellow/ Skyline, developers of the Beauharnois and Coteau-du-Lac projects. “Their attention to detail and proactive approach make them a trusted ally in our endeavors.” Following the delivery of the Beauharnois project, the same developers awarded Espace with yet another industrial project totaling over 300,000-square-feet to be delivered within 10-months (June 2024). In an industry characterized by rapid technological advancements and evolving market dynamics, Espace has consistently invested in ongoing training, research and development and new technologies to further enhance its construction methods. “By constantly thinking out of the box and embracing innovation, we ensure that we remain agile and responsive to the evolving needs of our clients and the market” says Saba. Of course, positive stakeholder relationships are a cornerstone of Espace’s business. Through open communication, transparency, and mutual respect, the company builds trust and credibility within the construction community. A subcontractor involved 13 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

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in a recent project illustrates this point, saying, “Working with Espace Construction has been a truly collaborative experience,” says. “Their emphasis on shared goals and collective accountability sets the stage for success from the outset.” Looking ahead, Espace Construction aims to sustain its growth trajectory by expanding its portfolio, enhancing its capabilities, and diversifying its service offerings. The company remains committed to delivering innovative and sustainable construction solutions while fostering long-term partnerships with clients and stakeholders. Additionally, Espace seeks to position itself as a leader in the construction industry, driving positive change and contributing to the built environment evolution. “We’re excited about the future and the opportunities it holds,” says Saba. “With several large industrial projects on the horizon and collaborations with industry leaders, we’re ready to embrace the challenges and triumphs that lie ahead.” For more information, please visit Charles-Henri Brunet (President & Owner) and Jean Saba (Vice-President and Co-Founder) 15 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

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The newly established Terrebonne distribution centre by METRO Inc. is poised to revolutionize the company’s operational efficiency, streamlining supply chain management and bolstering overall productivity. As METRO continues its role as a leader of the landscape of food and pharmacy in Quebec and Ontario, the Terrebonne Distribution Centre emerges as a beacon of progress, setting new standards in distribution excellence. As a food and pharmacy leader in Québec and Ontario, METRO provides employment for over 97,000 people through its network of 980 food stores and 640 pharmacies under various banners, METRO is a multifaceted entity, serving as a retailer, franchisor, distributor, manufacturer, and provider of eCommerce services. 17 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

The METRO Terrebonne Distribution Centre lies at the heart of the company’s strategic growth in Quebec, representing the future of fresh and frozen product distribution in the province. This state-ofthe-art facility signals a significant milestone for METRO Inc., reaffirming its pivotal economic role in Quebec, with a substantial investment of over $420 million in its Quebec distribution network. ENHANCING OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY AND CAPACITY “Our new automated distribution centre will help improve the quality of service and products sent to grocery stores, thanks to greater order accuracy and reduced handling time, as well as improving the resilience of our supply chain,” says Caroline Larocque, Vice President Logistics and Distribution, Quebec. “We are now even better equipped to provide the right product, at the right time, to the right store, and to do so efficiently.” The centre will thus promote a better customer experience by offering even more products and variety. METRO Terrebonne Distribution Centre services 700 stores under the Metro, Super C, and proximity banners across Quebec. This strategic expansion aims to modernize METRO’s distribution network, utilizing advanced automation techniques such as order-picking automation reaching 75 per cent. With a capacity to handle over 7,000 products and store 40,000 pallets, this distribution centre means a huge step forward in operational efficiency and capacity. 18 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

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The infusion of technology from Witron, a leader in innovative logistics systems, further fortifies METRO’s supply chain. This partnership allows for an expanded product assortment, fostering increased reliability, accuracy, and resilience. These advancements directly translate into improved product availability and timeliness, enhancing the overall shopping experience for consumers. SUSTAINABILITY Beyond operational efficiency, the Terrebonne Distribution Centre reflects METRO’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The state-ofthe-art facility spans almost 600,000 square feet, equipped with LED lighting and natural-refrigerant systems. Additionally, the integration of 20 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for employees aligns with METRO’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint. To support the transition to electric transport, the distribution centre has acquired two electric yard shunters, contributing to a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. The implementation of 54 “Safe Connect” devices further underscores METRO’s dedication to minimizing greenhouse gas emissions in its operations. “Safe Connect” devices operate the refrigeration units of trailers with electricity rather than diesel when they are parked, emitting very few greenhouse gas (GHG). 20 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

In line with its ambition to achieve zero waste by 2026, the Terrebonne centre implements waste recovery programs, targeting cardboard, plastic film, organic materials, and more. Recycling services for administrative offices and cafeterias, along with a food waste collection system, showcase METRO’s holistic approach to waste management. Continued collaboration with the Quebec Food Banks ensures safe-to-consume food is redistributed to those in need, exemplifying METRO’s commitment to community welfare. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT METRO Inc.’s commitment to community welfare extends beyond the walls of the Terrebonne Distribution Centre. As with its other distribution centres, the Terrebonne DC actively participates 21 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

in METRO’s flagship initiative, the One More Bite program, fighting against food waste. The program has successfully recovered and redistributed over 27 million kilograms of food in Quebec and Ontario since 2016, equivalent to approximately 53 million meals for communities. In 2023, METRO proudly donated $63 million worth of food in 2023 to its community partners Feed Ontario, Food Banks of Quebec and New Brunswick’s Food Depot Alimentaire. No less than 4 million kilos of food were recovered, the equivalent of 8 million meals that were consumed and not thrown away. In addition to these food donations, METRO made a financial contribution of $7.4 million to many organizations, including these three longstanding partners. “The money and goods donated to the organizations, which play a key role in helping the most vulnerable, enable concrete assistance such as the distribution of food baskets, meals and snacks,” mentions Marie-Claude Bacon, VicePresident, Public Affairs and Communications. “We know that times are tough for many in our communities, which is why we have increased our community investments by 35 per cent over 2022. Knowing that every dollar received by a food bank can provide up to three meals, we know that our support makes a real difference.” FUTURE PLANS “Our new automated distribution centre in Terrebonne represents the future of METRO’s fresh 22 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

program, fighting against food waste. The program has successfully recovered and redistributed over 27 million kilograms of food in Quebec and Ontario since 2016, equivalent to approximately 53 million meals for communities. In 2023, METRO proudly donated $63 million worth of food in 2023 to its community partners Feed Ontario, Food Banks of Quebec and New Brunswick’s Food Depot Alimentaire. No less than 4 million kilos of food were recovered, the equivalent of 8 million meals that were consumed and not thrown away. In addition to these food donations, METRO made a financial contribution of $7.4 million to many organizations, including these three longstanding partners. “The money and goods donated to the organizations, which play a key role in helping the most vulnerable, enable concrete assistance such as the distribution of food baskets, meals and snacks,” mentions Marie-Claude Bacon, VicePresident, Public Affairs and Communications. “We know that times are tough for many in our communities, which is why we have increased our community investments by 35 per cent over 2022. Knowing that every dollar received by a food bank can provide up to three meals, we know that our support makes a real difference.” FUTURE PLANS “Our new automated distribution centre in Terrebonne represents the future of METRO’s fresh With annual sales of more than $20 billion, METRO Inc. is a food and pharmacy leader in Québec and Ontario, providing employment to more than 97,000 people. Its purpose is to nourish the health and well-being of our communities. As a retailer, franchisor, distributor, manufacturer, and provider of eCommerce services, the company operates or services a network of some 987 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C, Food Basics, Adonis and Première Moisson, and 641 drugstores primarily under the Jean Coutu, Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Food Basics Pharmacy banners. 23 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA


and frozen product distribution in Quebec,” said Eric La Flèche, President and Chief Executive Officer of METRO Inc. “It will strengthen our market position, generate new opportunities for our company and employees, and enable us to remain competitive while pursuing our growth.” Looking ahead, METRO’s strategic initiatives include the completion of phase 2 of its Fresh DC in Toronto, scheduled for Summer 2024. This project complements the existing Toronto fresh distribution centre and the automated distribution centre for frozen foods, both crucial elements in METRO’s ongoing efforts to evolve and remain responsive to consumer demands. The METRO Terrebonne Distribution Centre stands as a testament to METRO’s dedication to innovation, sustainability, and community welfare. By embracing cutting-edge technology, implementing sustainable practices, and fostering community engagement, METRO cements its position as a trailblazer in the retail and distribution industry, ensuring a prosperous future for both the company and the regions it serves. For more information, please visit 25 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA


In the rapidly changing landscape of the home appliances industry, Corbeil has been a constant in Quebec homes for over seven decades. What started as a small local company has evolved, adapted, grown into one of Canada’s most reliable and pioneering home appliance retailers, now celebrating 75 years of business in 2024. With roots tracing back origins as a Quebec family business, Corbeil was founded with a passion for providing top-notch home appliances to the local community. The company’s journey began with a focus on appliances, quickly distinguishing itself as a specialist in the field. As Corbeil grew, it underwent significant ownership transitions, at one point becoming part of the American retail giant, Sears. However, the company has always remained deeply rooted in its Quebecois identity, and today, Corbeil proudly stands as a familyowned business once again, reflecting its commitment to local values and community. Under the leadership of its owner Anthony Amiel, a key milestone in Corbeil’s corporate identity is the transition from a network of franchisees to a fully corporate model—a shift that reflects the Amiel Group strategic 27 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

decision-making to streamline operations and enhance control over its brand and customer experience. Currently, all Corbeil stores operate under the corporate umbrella, ensuring consistency and quality across its retail locations. INNOVATIONS IN THE HOME APPLIANCES INDUSTRY Corbeil’s impact on the home appliances industry extends beyond its product offerings, with the company being a trailblazer in fostering innovation within the sector. One standout feature is Corbeil’s commitment to next-day delivery, meeting the evolving needs of consumers who seek convenience and efficiency in their appliance purchases, not to mention helping customers when their needs are at their most urgent, like when they need a replacement immediately. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives have also been a cornerstone of Corbeil’s identity. The establishment of Brigade Corbeil exemplifies the company’s dedication to social and environmental causes. From supporting employee initiatives, such as composting and cancer awareness campaigns, to actively participating in ecological initiatives like recycling programs and optimization of delivery routes, Corbeil’s CSR policy stands on four pillars: Employee Recognition and Wellness, Support for Employee Initiatives, Ecological Responsibility, and Community Involvement. 28 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

Corbeil’s commitment to excellence has been recognized through various awards, with Corbeil winning the prestigious Local Retailer of the Year award five times. Additionally, the consecutive three-time win of the “Retailer of the Year— Regional” from 2021 to 2023 underscores Corbeil’s continuous dedication to sustainability and energyefficient products. Corbeil’s proactive stance on industry responsibility is evident in its role as the founding member of GoRecycle, addressing the recycling of greenhouse gases in refrigerant appliances in the whole of Quebec. It is a huge step in the fight against greenhouses gas: 1 fridge can equal up to 17 000KM of cars. This, coupled with five years of the Brigade Corbeil initiative, showcases the company’s commitment to sustainable and responsible business practices. COMMUNITY IMPACT OVER 75 YEARS Corbeil’s positive impact on the communities it operates in is a testament to its commitment to social responsibility. The company’s strong CSR policy is reflected in its support for various local initiatives, ranging from aid to flood victims to supporting organizations like “Les petits frères” that create social connections between elders and youth around food. Additionally, Corbeil sponsors multiple local associations focused on sports, reintegration, and support for single mothers, further solidifying its role as a community-oriented business. 29 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

CUSTOMER-CENTRIC APPROACH Corbeil’s enduring appeal to customers can be attributed to its close alignment with the needs and preferences of the Quebecois community. As a specialist in home appliances, Corbeil has continually set itself apart by selling only appliances, with knowledgeable advisors who prioritize customer consultation over sales. The expertise of these advisors, coupled with a carefully curated product selection, ensures that Corbeil’s offerings align with the expectations of customers in terms of size, design, features, performance, durability, and price. Keeping the product line at the forefront of technological and style trends has been a key focus for Corbeil. The company’s commitment to innovation, showcased in its showroom-to-playroom concept and in-store design, creates an immersive shopping experience for customers. By staying attuned to technological advancements and style preferences, Corbeil remains a go-to destination for those seeking cutting-edge and aesthetically pleasing home appliances. CELEBRATING 75 YEARS As Corbeil commemorates its 75th anniversary, the company reflects on its past while celebrating 30 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

daily victories and preparing for the future. The anniversary celebration begins internally with a Recognition Gala, acknowledging the contributions of employees to Corbeil’s success. Looking ahead to the next 2 to 5 years, Corbeil has ambitious plans. The company aims to win market share against competitors, showcasing its commitment to maintaining a strong presence in the industry. Additionally, Corbeil plans to expand its retail footprint, venturing into Ontario and ROC Corbeil’s 75-year journey is a testament to its resilience, adaptability, and commitment to excellence. From its beginnings as a family-owned Quebec business to its current position as a leading player in the home appliances industry, Corbeil has navigated challenges, embraced innovation, and prioritized social responsibility. As the company celebrates this significant milestone, it looks toward the future with plans for growth and continued success, reinforcing its status as a trusted name in home appliances. For more information, please visit 31 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA


On January 20, service began to Edmonton’s new NAIT/Blatchford Market LRT Station, marking the much anticipated completion of Phase 1 of the Metro Line Northwest Extension. Edmonton’s urban planning and transportation infrastructure has taken centre-stage in Canada. At the heart of its transit system is the Metro Line, a vital artery into the downtown core. 33 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

The recent expansion of the Metro Line represents not just an extension of tracks, but a strategic move towards fostering sustainable growth, enhancing accessibility, and redefining the urban landscape. Phase 1 construction started in 2020, and the project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule in December 2023, says Eva Cheung, General Supervisor of the LRT Expansion & Renewal Branch with the City of Edmonton. The extension adds 1.6 kilometres of track, along with the new NAIT/Blatchford Market and Blatchford Gate LRT stations. The NAIT/Blatchford Market LRT Station replaces the temporary NAIT station built in 2015. As one of the key components of Edmonton’s evolving LRT network, the Metro Line extension exemplifies a forward-thinking approach to urban planning and transportation infrastructure. In 2009, the LRT Network Plan laid out a blueprint for the systematic expansion of the city’s LRT network. This plan, spearheaded by transit experts and City officials, envisioned a comprehensive network of LRT lines spanning Edmonton, catering to the diverse needs of its residents. The expansion of the Metro Line Northwest marks a significant milestone in the city’s transportation network, aligning with broader urban development strategies aimed at fostering sustainable growth and enhanced connectivity. Aerial View of Blatchford Gate 34 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

THE METRO LINE EXTENSION The recent extension of the Metro Line is a tangible manifestation of Edmonton’s commitment to transit-oriented development (TOD). Covering approximately 11 kilometres, the full future extension (Phase 1, 2, 3) aims to serve burgeoning communities while minimizing environmental impact and maximizing connectivity. Phase 1 of the project, inaugurated in January, encompasses a 1.6-kilometre stretch, with plans for further expansion to come. Phase 1 construction was originally anticipated to be complete in 2025, but was completed in December 2023. “Completing Phase 1 of the Metro Line Northwest LRT extension ahead of schedule We’re proud to have been the design team’s prime consultant for Edmonton’s Metro Line expansion, a project designed with sustainability, connectivity, and community at its core. This transformative endeavor promises to enhance mobility and foster stronger connections within the city’s northwest quadrant for generations to come. NAIT TO BLATCHFORD METRO LINE NW LRT For more information, visit 35 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

is a significant infrastructure milestone to serve our growing needs,” said Mayor Amarjeet Sohi in a news release from the City of Edmonton. “This extension further strengthens our LRT network and provides the north side of Edmonton with greater access to transit service.” The larger NAIT/Blatchford Market LRT Station will benefit students of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), future residents of the sustainable Blatchford neighbourhood and bring this LRT network one step closer to connecting communities for Edmontonians. Phase 1 of the extension is emblematic of the provincial and federal government’s commitment to supporting transit in the province. COMMUNITY IMPACT The Metro Line extension holds transformative potential for the communities it serves. By linking residential areas, educational institutions, and commercial hubs, the extension facilitates seamless movement within the city. Students at NAIT, in particular, have embraced the new station, underscoring its significance as a gateway to education and opportunity. At the heart of Edmonton’s transit expansion strategy is the concept of transit-oriented development (TOD). By concentrating development around transit hubs, Edmonton aims to create NAIT/Blatchford Market 36 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

vibrant, walkable communities where residents can live, work, and play without relying heavily on cars. The Metro Line extension serves as a catalyst for TOD, catalyzing investment, spurring economic growth, and promoting sustainability. In addition to expanding transit options, the Metro Line extension prioritizes active transportation infrastructure. A dedicated 1.6-kilometre cycle track, coupled with over three kilometres of shared walkways, encourages residents to embrace cycling and walking as viable modes of transportation. These investments not only reduce congestion but also promote healthier, more active lifestyles. “We are growing the city by working with citizens and gathering feedback through extensive public engagement during the design development phase,” says Cheung. “We are helping to build the city and really setting the stage for the future development that’s happening. We’re extending into an area that’s still developing. The City has invested into developing Blatchford into a sustainable community and welcoming 30,000 new residents to this area in the future.” A part of the project is a 1.6-kilometer cycle track which is dedicated for cycling directly along the LRT, and another additional three kilometers of sharedused half ways or walkways which connect the cycle track to the surrounding bike network and developing new walkways and trails, connecting people and over time along the core. Blatchford Playground 37 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

Blatchford Energy Centre Shared Use Path 38 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

“It’s about getting people where they want to go and having the most choice,” says Cheung. Edmonton’s commitment to environmental sustainability is evident in the design and implementation of the Metro Line extension. Solar panels installed on station canopies harness renewable energy, powering two-thirds of the station’s energy needs. By integrating green technologies and practices, Edmonton demonstrates its resolve to combat climate change and minimize its carbon footprint. The successful realization of the Metro Line extension owes much to the collaboration between public and private stakeholders. Consulting firms such as Stantec Consulting, Phicon, Platinum Engineering, WSP, GEC Architecture, SMA Consulting as well as the City’s contractor, PCL, have played pivotal roles in planning, designing, and executing the project. This partnership underscores the importance of collective action in addressing complex urban challenges. LOOKING AHEAD As Edmonton continues to evolve and grow, investments in transit infrastructure will remain paramount. The expansion of Edmonton’s Metro Line to the northwest heralds a new chapter in the city’s transit evolution. More than just a means of getting from point A to point B, the Metro Line is the tool that will help to create Edmonton’s vision for a greener, more accessible, and more connected city. For more information, please visit Perforated Panels at NAIT Blatchford Market 39 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

In what is being touted as the central component to enhance healthcare services and bolster the overall well-being of the those living in Western Newfoundland, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has successfully completed the construction of the new Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital. The Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital—which will replace the longstanding Western Memorial Regional Hospital, the hospital that served as the regional medical center in Western Newfoundland since 1967—is part of the Provincial Government’s long-term strategy to enhance services and improve the health outcomes of those living in Western 40 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

Newfoundland, while achieving greater efficiency in healthcare delivery in the region. “This new state-of-the-art acute care hospital will provide a more modern health care environment for the residents of the western region,” says Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, Dr. Andrew Furey. “The official handing over of the building from Corner Brook Health Partnership today represents a major milestone in our continued efforts to improve health care service delivery in our province. We worked with community partners to deliver this project on time and on budget, and I look forward to seeing the same for our government’s other major 41 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

infrastructure projects, like the new adult mental health and addictions hospital in St. John’s. ” The Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital is set to bring about significant improvements in healthcare services. While maintaining the same services available at the Western Memorial Regional Hospital, the new facility will introduce an expanded cancer care program, incorporating radiation services. This expansion addresses the increasing demand for specialized cancer care in the region, providing residents with advanced and comprehensive treatment options. Covering seven stories and 600,000 square feet, and with 164 beds, the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital is designed to accommodate the healthcare needs of a growing population, ensuring that residents receive top-notch medical attention. The hospital is strategically connected to a 145bed long-term care facility, creating a cohesive healthcare campus to cater to diverse healthcare needs. The synergy between the acute care hospital and the adjacent 145-bed long-term care facility is a crucial aspect of the healthcare strategy. Physical connections on levels zero and two facilitate seamless collaboration, sharing a loading dock and materials management area on the lower level, while providing a public connection for both staff and the community on the second level. 42 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

This new facility will continue to be the hub for specialized health services, including internal medicine, general surgery, orthopedics, elder care, emergency and intensive care, mental health, and cancer care. The hospital will also actively support community health centers, ensuring comprehensive and accessible healthcare for the entire Western Newfoundland region. Construction of the new hospital was successfully completed on November 7, 2023, with the handover to NL Health Services on November 10. The facility is poised to welcome its first patients in Spring 2024, marking a significant milestone in the region’s healthcare transformation. The economic impact of the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital project is substantial. Over the course of construction, an estimated 4,000 person-years of employment were generated, contributing significantly to the local workforce. “During construction, the percentage of workers on this project from Newfoundland and Labrador was consistently greater than 90 per cent, and we will continue to work closely with our partners to ensure all of our infrastructure projects are providing employment for Newfoundland and Labrador workers and companies.” The project injected a staggering $460 million into the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), further underlining its role in fortifying the economic foundation of Western Newfoundland. Beyond its state-of-the-art design, the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital is also an environmentallyfriendly infrastructure. The incorporation of a geothermal system is a noteworthy feature, translating into an annual electricity savings of approximately 4,600,000 kWh—the equivalent required to heat 500 homes for a year. The Honourable Gerry Byrne, Minister of Immigration, Population Growth and Skills and MHA for Corner Brook, says, “While our frontline health care providers remained dedicated to the task of providing the best care for their patients, our government committed to providing new tools and a new home for them and for these services.” 43 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA


As a cornerstone of the Provincial Government’s long-term strategy, the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital not only replaces outdated infrastructure but also introduces advanced services, economic prosperity, and environmental sustainability. The integration with the long-term care facility, the economic impact on the local workforce, and the anticipation within the community underscore the transformative potential of the Corner Brook Acute Care Hospital in shaping Newfoundland and Labrador’s healthcare future. For more information, please visit 45 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

Vince Bruno, Owner and Operations Manager 46 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

In the challenging landscape of the Canadian Arctic, Natik Projects (2007) Inc. has played a pivotal role in shaping the infrastructure of Nunavut and Northwest Territories, earning a distinguished reputation for its commitment to safety, sustainability, and quality workmanship. Founded over 30 years ago, Natik started with a vision and a mission to become a complete Mechanical Systems Contractor actively contributing to the development of Nunavut. “Natik not only holds a strong safety, production, and quality culture, but is a strong believer in Safe Production,” Vince Bruno, Owner and Operations Manager, tells Business Elite Canada. “This allows us to stand out as a Mechanical Contractor due to our high standards for being and maintaining efficient and effective construction execution.” d Vince Bruno, Owner and Operations Manager 47 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

Specializing in heating, plumbing, HVAC, building control management, fire protection, and fuel systems, Natik caters to both public and private sectors, including the Government of Nunavut and Government of Northwest Territories. “Natik prides itself on being an important key asset in the construction process for supporting the infrastructure growth throughout Nunavut,” says Bruno. Having been operational in the Canadian Arctic prior to the establishment of Nunavut as a province in 1999, Natik Projects has been an active participant in various major infrastructure projects across all 25 communities in Nunavut. Schools, hospitals, healing centers—Natik has left its mark on diverse projects, showcasing its adaptability and expertise over three decades. Some of Natik’s ongoing and previous projects, including the Nunavut Recovery Center, Rankin Inlet New Airport, and Sakku School Renovation and Addition, exemplify Natik’s capabilities and its positive impact on communities in the Canadian Arctic. From integrating smart plumbing systems, to leveraging cutting-edge logistics technologies, 48 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

Natik’s innovative spirit means more efficient and sustainable infrastructure for its clients. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT Natik Projects takes its commitment to sustainable development seriously, implementing various initiatives to minimize environmental impact. From water conservation and energy efficiency to the use of sustainable materials and smart plumbing systems, the company actively promotes ecofriendly practices. “We believe in early and thorough project feasibility studies, ensuring Wildlife, Environment, and Cultural protection are the utmost priority in all new infrastructure in Nunavut,” says Bruno. When asked why Natik Projects is the best choice for clients, partners, and successful project outcomes, Bruno points to the company’s decades of experience, expertise, and a team of 49 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA


skilled professionals. Quality workmanship, timely project completion, and customer satisfaction are highlighted as key pillars contributing to Natik’s success. Natik’s approach integrates meticulous planning with a keen understanding of local regulations and culture. Natik works with Indigenous communities and incorporates traditional knowledge into its projects, creating projects that are not just compliant but also respectful of Arctic cultures and traditions. “Successful quality and safe construction projects in Nunavut require a combination of careful planning, specialized knowledge, collaboration with local communities, and adaptability to the unique challenges posed by the northern climate and geography,” says Bruno. “Engaging in early and thorough project feasibility studies is crucial for addressing these challenges proactively is one of Natik’s top prioritizes in ensuring Wildlife, Environment, and Cultural protection is the upmost priority of all new infrastructure in Nunavut.” Vince Bruno, Owner and Operations Manager Erdith Nofuente, Office Controller 51 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

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The unique challenges presented by the Canadian Arctic, such as extreme weather conditions and limited access to remote locations, require innovative solutions. “Specialized equipment and construction materials designed for cold climates are essential,” says Bruno. “Workers need proper cold-weather gear, and heated workspaces may be necessary.” Additionally, meticulous project planning and coordination, utilizing local resources and alternative transportation methods, are crucial in overcoming logistical challenges. Looking towards the future, Natik Projects aims to continue providing technical assistance and supporting the Canadian Arctic in its infrastructure needs. “The goal for Natik Projects is to continue providing high-quality mechanical services to support the Canadian Arctic in their crucial needs,” says Bruno. With a rich history, a diverse portfolio of successful projects, and a commitment to excellence, Natik Projects stands poised to play a key role in the evolving landscape of the region for years to come. For more information, please visit 53 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

K’awat’si Construction Company Installing House Poles for Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations New Bighouse 54 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

It would be impossible to learn about the K’awat’si Economic Development LP (KEDC) without first learning about the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nation which it serves. The Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw Nations ancestral homeland is located along the central coastline of British Columbia, spanning from Seymour and Smith Inlets to Blunden Harbour. The total area of their traditional territory constitutes approximately 40% of BC’s coastline. The Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations have inhabited this region for time immemorial until they were forcibly relocated to Port Hardy in 1964. Boasting a rich cultural heritage that dates back thousands of years, this Indigenous community maintains a deep connection to the land, sea, and their traditional way of life. The Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw people, who are part of the larger Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, have thrived in this region for countless generations. Their traditional territories encompass a diverse landscape, ranging from lush rainforests to expansive ocean waters teeming with marine life. This geographical diversity has not only shaped the cultural practices of the Gwa’sala- ’Nakwaxda’xw but also provided abundant resources essential for sustenance and spiritual well-being. 55 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

The Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nation reveres nature and has a deep-rooted respect for ancestral traditions. Through art, storytelling, and vibrant ceremonies, the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw people have preserved their unique identity and passed down their knowledge from generation to generation. The KEDC was established in 2014 with a vision deeply rooted in honoring and celebrating these traditional values. As KEDC commemorates its 10th anniversary in 2024, it’s not just celebrating business growth but also a legacy of resilience, sustainability, and cultural integrity. Since its inception, KEDC has achieved remarkable milestones that exemplify its mission. The establishment of the Kwa’lilas Hotel in 2017 stands as a testament to KEDC’s dedication to blending profitability with cultural heritage. Over the past decade, KEDC has diversified its services, expanding into sectors such as tourism, construction, marine, fisheries, forestry, consulting, and counseling. This diversification has transformed KEDC into a comprehensive economic force, not only for the GNN but for the entire Northern Region of Vancouver Island. The front entrance of Kwa’lilas Hotel, the premier Indigenous Hotel in Port Hardy 56 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

“This diversification has enabled us to become a comprehensive economic force, not just for the community but for the entire Northern Region of Vancouver Island,” says Andrew Nixon, Business Development & Marketing Manager of K’awat’si Economic Development LP. “Initiatives like our Cold Storage Facility, K’awat’si Marine Services, and the introduction of K’awat’si Consulting & Management Services have been pivotal in broadening our impact and enhancing our capability to support the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations and the surrounding regions stakeholders.” Constructed by K’awat’si Construction Company, the hotel serves as a cultural hub where visitors can immerse themselves in the traditions of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations. Additionally, mobilizing K’awat’si Consulting & Management K’awat’si Economic Development Corporation’s CEO, Cyrus Singh 57 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

Hereditary Chief Walter George blessing a tree that will be used in the GNN’s gukwdzi (Bighouse) Gwa’Nak Resources cutting down a tree for the gukwdzi (Bighouse) 58 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

Services and K’awat’si Construction Company to secure funding for the gukwdzi (Bighouse) project highlights KEDC’s commitment to cultural revival and community empowerment. Currently, KEDC proudly employs over 180 individuals, with the workforce expanding to more than 200 during the peak tourism season. “This figure is a testament to our growth and the expanding scope of our operations, providing valuable employment opportunities to the community members and contributing to the economic vitality of the region,” says Nixon, KEDC’s contribution to economic development and community growth extends beyond job creation. Initiatives like the Kwa’lilas Hotel and K’awat’si Construction have not only provided employment opportunities but also supported cultural initiatives and ensured food security through sustainable practices in fisheries and aquaculture, all under the umbrella of cultural development and environmental stewardship. “At KEDC, environmental stewardship is at the core of our operations,” says Nixon. “We actively integrate traditional knowledge and Grinding & Processing Kelp at K’awat’si Cold Storage for a client Concrete pouring at the Gwa’sala- ‘Nakwaxda’xw Bighouse Examining GwiGwi oysters at K’awat’si Shellfish Farm 59 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

The KEDC team on Orange Shirt Day in 2023 KEDC’s CEO at their Pack the Pantry Fundraiser for the local community The Copper Wall Art Installation at Kwa’lilas Hotel Golf Tournament to raise funds for GNN programs 60 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA

practices into our business activities, ensuring that our ventures promote and preserve the traditional cultural and environmental values of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw people. Through responsible business operations, such as resource conservation and the implementation of sustainable technologies, we aim to minimize our environmental footprint while fostering a culture of conservation and sustainability within the community.” KEDC also plays a vital role in promoting the cultural preservation and heritage of the Gwa’sala- ’Nakwaxda’xw Nations. From naming entities after traditional kwak’wala words to employing a Cultural Events Coordinator, KEDC ensures that GNN’s culture and heritage are celebrated and integrated into its operations. Looking ahead, KEDC envisions a future of greater growth, community impact, and sustainability. The organization aims to expand existing ventures, explore new market opportunities, and continue integrating sustainable practices into all aspects of operations. “We aim to further empower the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations by driving economic prosperity, fostering environmental stewardship, and celebrating the Nations cultural heritage,” says Nixon. “By doing so, we hope to not only ensure the well-being of the community but also set a precedent for Indigenous economic development globally.” For more information, please visit KEDC accepting the 2023 Business Legacy Award 61 MAR 2024 | BUSINESS ELITE CANADA