A Year of Collaboration: Lafarge, Open Sky Services Ltd. and Stoney Nakoda Nations Celebrate Milestone

Located within the traditional territory of the Stoney Nakoda Nations (“SNN”), Lafarge’s Exshaw Cement Plant is a hallmark that continues to provide economic development to those in the Bow Valley, including First Nations. This month, Lafarge is proud to celebrate a significant milestone as it marks its one-year anniversary with Open Sky Services Ltd. (“Open Sky”) and a three-year relationship with the SNN, which has generated over 25,000 job hours for members of the Nations.

Open Sky Services Ltd. has played a key role in this milestone by providing talent for various roles within Lafarge. By focusing on building community capacity, Open Sky ensures suitable candidates from the SNN are recruited and placed in needed positions. Their efforts have been instrumental in bridging the gap between Lafarge's employment needs and the SNN members' desire for meaningful employment, creating a mutually beneficial relationship.

Engagement and Partnership

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is at the core of how we do business. Our collaboration with Open Sky Services Ltd. and the SNN  is one of many initiatives we’re undertaking to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities. Our partnership focuses on providing employment opportunities, promoting professional growth, and creating an environment where our people feel empowered to bring their authentic selves to work.

“Lafarge’s Exshaw cement plant has been a neighbour of our Morley reserve for more than a century. Prior to this initiative, our members had very limited experiences and opportunities working in this facility. Open Sky Services and Lafarge have worked with our members to provide not only employment opportunities but also the required coaching and mentoring to help our people realize their positions as valued employees. The potential for our members to secure meaningful careers has been greatly enhanced.”


“Working alongside Open Sky Services Ltd. has been immensely rewarding, witnessing the positive impact the program has had on individuals. Lafarge and the SNN’s partnership has blossomed into a strong, mutually beneficial relationship through dedication and sincere and transparent communication.”


Commitment to Community and Career Growth

SNN members play an integral role in Lafarge’s workforce, taking on full-time roles that provide essential income and hands-on experience in the building materials industry. This partnership includes daily transportation services, mentorship, and skill development, embodying a holistic approach to community engagement and professional growth.

“As we celebrate this milestone, we recognize the journey ahead to enhance Indigenous representation across our plant and business,” Niko Veriotes continues. “We are dedicated to expanding pathways to employment, including increased roles, ensuring a supportive environment where all perspectives thrive.”