Vale Canada wins prestigious Corporate Citizen Award

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Vale Canada wins prestigious Corporate Citizen Award

Angie Robson thanks the Ontario Chamber of Commerce for the OBAA Corporate Citizen Award / Vale Archive

“As one of our largest private employers, and a significant contributor to charitable and not-for-profit organizations, Vale embodies the definition of corporate citizenship.” These were just some of the reasons why our company won the coveted Corporate Citizen Award at this year’s Ontario Business Association Achievement Awards (OBAA) ceremony, which took place in downtown Toronto on November 29.

The OBAA Corporate Citizen Award recognizes a large business that has a sustained and long term commitment to investing in the community in which it operates.

“We chose to nominate Vale because we know how committed they have been, and continue to be, to Greater Sudbury,” continued Debbi Nicholson, president and CEO of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. “The company’s economic contribution is felt locally, provincially and nationally, and impacts our lives in many positive ways.”

Angie Robson, receives the Corporate Citizen Award / Vale Archive

We were up against some formidable competition including Bruce Power, Canada’s first private nuclear generator, which provides 30 per cent of Ontario’s power. In fact, our company and Bruce Power were the two finalists left standing in the Corporate Citizen category.

But it was our Clean AER Project, environmental initiatives and community investments in Sudbury and Port Colborne that gave us the edge.

Environmental initiatives such as the Sudbury-based Vale Living with Lakes Centre, a multidisciplinary research and monitoring institute designed to assist in the protection and management of northern aquatic ecosystems, and community investments such as the Vale Health and Wellness Centre in Port Colborne, a state-of-the-art facility for sport, recreation, health, wellness, entertainment and commerce. Both are firsts in their respective regions.

“We are delighted that Vale has been given this award,” said Dolores Fabiano, Executive Director of the Port Colborne-Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce. “Locally we appreciate the contribution that Vale consistently makes to not only our economic landscape but also to the social fabric of our community.”

Danica Pagnutti, corporate affairs specialist, and Angie Robson, manager of Corporate and Aboriginal Affairs / Vale Archive

This year’s OBAA, considered the most recognized industry awards event in the province with a single focus on celebrating business success, was attended by hundreds of people including our own Angie Robson, manager of Corporate and Aboriginal Affairs for our Ontario Operations, along with some of her Corporate Affairs colleagues.

“We are so thrilled to be recognized by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce with this award,” said Angie. “It’s wonderful to be acknowledged for the relationships and investments Vale is making near our operations in Sudbury and Port Colborne.”

This award, the corporate citizen award, validates our legacy in both Sudbury and Port Colborne and the contributions we have made to our local communities. In Sudbury, we have been operating for more than 100 years, and in Port Colborne, 2018 marks our 100th year in operation.

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Vale Canada wins prestigious Corporate Citizen Award