Press Release

Geraldton Community Forest Inc. (GCF), was established in 1993 as a not for profit company
with the goal of creating a sustainable and improved forest land base and a sustainable economy
through community management of natural resources by utilizing sustainable ecosystem
approaches and environmentally sound practices.
GCF has diversified over the years with a focus on contracting to the Ministry of Natural
Resources Type II Forest Fire Fighter Crews, GIS Services, Specialty Services, Food Catering,
Janitorial Services, Aerial Detection among others. GCF also provides services in Municipal GIS
projects as well as in the training sector.
The connection to training is what made GCF’s participation in the Greenstone Labour Market
Working Group as the anchor for the Greenstone Regional Skills Centre so fitting. The district
has seen active mine expansions, significant new mineral exploration activity, and multiple
proposed new mine developments. In order to prepare for development, the partners operating
within the Municipality of Greenstone and beyond are investing in infrastructure projects that
will provide a foundation for these activities.
"As one of the original partners in this initiative, Anishinabek Employment and Training Services
is particularly pleased about the announcement and we look forward to continue to work on a
collaborative utilization strategy in and for the surrounding communities.”
John DeGiacomo, Proposal & Partnership Development AETS
The Greenstone Regional Skills Centre will focus on providing trades and related training for
regional populations, with a dedicated emphasis on Aboriginal people, and a specific focus on
preparing the workforce for employment in the mining and related sectors. The purpose of the
Greenstone Regional Skills Centre is to provide a long-term solution to developing and
maintaining a workforce to support the mining, natural resource and related industries.
The Greenstone Regional Skills Centre project is an initiative of the Greenstone Labour Market
Working Group. The Greenstone Labour Market Working Group is comprised of thirty (30)
representatives from private industry, local business, municipal, provincial and federal
governments, Métis, First Nation and Francophone groups, and training/educational institutions.
"Given our relative proximity to the Ring of Fire, this facility will help us meet the labour force
needs right here in our own region while accommodating external training program providers.
Ultimately, by enhancing the skills of area residents, it will make it easier for businesses to
establish or expand their operations and create jobs in this region.”

Sam Drajanoff
Chair, Geraldton Community Forest