Sharing success through knowledge building
For April Roberts-Poitras, the designing and developing a gas station has been an enlightening process. Roberts-Poitras is CEO of Sturgeon Lake Developments Ltd., which will own and operate fuel and convenience stores under its TIPI Fuel and Convenience Store business arm.
“There were a lot of areas I was not too familiar with…for example, rack prices, suppliers and introducing me to several resources,” she said. “I am very thankful to FCL and Lake Country Co-op. The knowledge and expertise that you have shared are priceless. The information we share in trust demonstrates that this is a true partnership and what one should look like.”
Sturgeon Lake First Nation announced a partnership with Lake Country Co-op to open one of the first locations using the Western Nations brand in Prince Albert, Sask., in April. The location will offer Top Tier certified gasoline, Co-op’s Premium Diesel, propane, lubricants, convenience-store items and a Chester Fried Chicken offering.
Roberts-Poitras noted the business will support its community through revenue sharing, program development, and employment and training opportunities.
“Building mutually beneficial partnership with First Nations means supporting the growth and development of First Nations communities,” said Brian Kindt, VP of Agro at Lake Country Co-op. “Through Western Nations, we support the community through the Community Building Assistance Program, which provides funding for community initiatives, as well as providing opportunities for good jobs and additional services.”
The Community Building Assistance Program provides funds based on fuel sales that communities direct towards local infrastructure, programs and events. The gas station aims to employ more than a dozen people on site.
With 50,000 members, Lake Country Co-op operates in 18 communities across north-central Saskatchewan.
“Co-ops are locally managed with strong supply chains and successful relationships,” Kindt said. “Our fuel is refined right here in Saskatchewan, and we have a proven record of quality right across Western Canada.”
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of OCTANE.