Today we would like to welcome a member of the AEC Executive Committee, Ms. Lillian Hvatum-Brewster representing ATCO.

ATCO is a global provider of energy, energy infrastructure and housing, disaster response and logistical support. With headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, Canada they operate in the Arctic region with partnerships spanning across Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, Nunatsiavut and Nunavik. ATCO has been one of the founding members of the AEC since 2014.

With over 30 years of experience in Northern Development programs, Ms. Lillian Hvatum-Brewster is Chair of ATCO’s Indigenous Advisory Board.

What is the main role of the ATCO Indigenous Advisory Board?

ATCO’s engagement strategies are stewarded by our Indigenous Advisory Board. Members from across Canada have deep experience and wisdom that enhance how we engage, while developing sustainable economic opportunities for both Indigenous communities and ATCO. With the Board’s guidance, we are continuing to develop genuine relationships with Indigenous groups and explore how we can best collaborate. Ultimately, we hope to establish a new global standard for governments and industry that supports economic reconciliation, inclusive opportunity and truly equitable partnerships for Indigenous communities.

What is the best way to ensure that everybody wins from the development project?

Community involvement creates opportunity to develop sustainable economic partnerships with Indigenous groups that may be affected by our projects and operations worldwide. Our genuine connection with communities, Indigenous Peoples and businesses sets ATCO apart. It is woven into our culture to build respectful and mutually beneficial relationships through collaboration.

How do you see the role of the AEC in facilitating sustainable economic development?

AEC is a platform to share best business practices and inspire companies and other stakeholders operating in the Arctic to implement ESG strategies and reach targets.