This program engages the residents and community impacted by the mine in a positive manner while providing procurement opportunity from sustainable strong businesses.” - New Gold 2014
"We've had economic development before that didn't show much result. This is the first that has showed some real results. The hard work that has been put into this has paid off.” - New West city council – Calvin Donnelly
I agree with your approach and certainly see a lot of potential benefit. The minerals sector really does need more substance to their claims of sustainability and the SEF tack could fill much of that need. - James Morin, PhD, PGeol Aboriginal Minerals Training Program, British Columbia Institute of Technology
“When I heard of SEF Canada and Suzette McFaul, I just thought it would be another presentation. How wrong I was. When Suzette started to speak and discuss what SEF was, it completely changed my mind on starting and correctly forming a business plan towards your goals. From my personal experience of starting a business, everything was left up to me. However with Suzette explaining how they went along and helped business startups via a group process versus an individual process made so much sense. Suzette’s form of presenting turned on a light bulb for me and only wished I had known Suzette before as this would have saved me time, and energy.” - Miguel Romero, Fort St. James Chamber of Commerce Nak’azdli band presentation
One of the concerns Rio Tinto heard from the community was that Eagle has a short mine life," he said. "It was Rio Tinto's hope that Accelerate U.P. would create more jobs outside of the mining industry therefore softening the boom and bust cycle that is associated with mining."
- Eric Johnson, a spokesman for Accelerate U.P
The SEF Canada approach is consistent with my philosophy regarding taking action at the grassroots level. This direction is also timely given the unemployment statistics in Southwestern Ontario. Now is the time for government, industry, academia, and the non-profit sector to collaborate in new ways at the regional level.
- Murray Morgan Professor, International Business at Fanshawe College
We are grateful for her passion to work and assist young people, and budding entrepreneurs in their entrepreneurial pursuit of “Self Sustainability”. My admiration for Suzette and her organization continues to grow as we work together for the betterment of Aboriginal communities.
- Barry Payne President, Adirondack
Thanks' a lot for sharing this positive experience with us. Thanks' for being part of this project, a project that aims not only growth but also the strengthening of the people.
- Oscar, Mexico