June 19, 2006

CH2M Hill signs as lead sponsor for First Nations environment awards

WINNIPEG, MAN-CH2M Hill Canada president John Murray and Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Phil Fontaine have signed a Memorandum of Agreement designating CH2M Hill as the title sponsor for a new AFN-CH2M Hill Environmental Recognition Awards program. The awards are intended to recognize and encourage outstanding efforts of First Nations individuals, groups, businesses, and communities who work to protect the environment through innovative projects and initiatives. The Environmental Recognition Awards will highlight achievements in the environmental field with the intent of promoting best practices and lessons learned. The four award categories-earth, air, water and fire-will recognize projects within the First Nations' traditional modes of honouring the earth. The awards will be formally launched this coming December at the AFN Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa. Contests will be held to decide on the name of the awards and to design a logo. A selection committee will be created to evaluate nominations and select award recipients, based on factors such as creativity, resources available to implement projects, and effective use of traditional approaches in the modern context. The first set of recipients will be honoured in 2007. More information is available from Don Kelly at the AFN, 613/241-6789, ext 320, or Shawn Gibbons at CH2M Hill, 613/723-8700, ext 231, E-mail sgibbons@ch2m.com, Web site, www.ch2mHILL.com.

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