Indigenous owned business from Alberta recognized for its best-in-class corporate culture

Majority owned by the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, Backwoods is a leading service provider for utilities, forestry and oil and gas companies in Western Canada.


Backwoods Energy Services, the largest Indigenous-owned business in northwestern Alberta, has been named a winner by Waterstone Human Capital in the Mid-Market category of the Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures 2019 awards.

This prestigious award recognizes best-in-class Canadian organizations scored in six categories: vision and leadership, recruitment and hiring for fit, cultural alignment and measurement, retention rewards and recognition, organizational performance, and corporate social responsibility. 

Backwoods has Indigenous and non-Indigenous staff working side-by-side to move major projects forward for the community and clients.

Since 2015, Backwoods has grown economic benefits to the Alexis Nation by 614 per cent, increased employment of Alexis Nation members by 269 per cent, and increased company revenue by 1,500 per cent.

To share its unique story, grounded in the principles that an organization can be both socially responsible and profitable, Backwoods recently created a video that highlights its relationship with the Alexis Nation and what this work means for employees and the community.

Watch it here.

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