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May 19, 2022

Samuel Associates and Millbrook First Nation Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Business and Economic Development Opportunities

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MILLBROOK, NOVA SCOTIA – Samuel Associates and Millbrook First Nation have jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which formalizes their ability to work together on business and economic development opportunities that are mutually beneficial to the Millbrook First Nation Community and Samuel Associates’ clients.

Today’s announcement is a notable milestone for both Millbrook and Samuel, as both organizations have been actively pursuing economic development opportunities with the private sector and the federal government.

The new MOU will enable Samuel Associates to introduce clients and potential clients to Millbrook First Nation for the purpose of exploring a direct business relationship or joint texture with Millbrook First Nation. In turn, Millbrook will be able to access more business opportunities from across Canada to maximize economic benefits for its Community members. It is anticipated that areas of focus will include such sectors as defence and security, aerospace, marine, and manufacturing.

James Stevens, Goran Samuel Pesic, Chief Bob Gloade, Hon. Jamie Baillie, Claire Marshall

Chief Bob Gloade of Millbrook First Nation declared, “Millbrook has a strategy of attracting new business to our Community in order to enhance economic opportunities for our members. We are pleased to work with Samuel Associates on this important partnership.”

Goran Pesic, CEO of Samuel Associates, said, “We’re honoured and pleased to be a partner with Millbrook First Nation on this innovative new relationship.”

James Stevens, Director Commercial Operations Millbrook, added, “The Millbrook Community looks forward to working with the Samuel Team to convert this new Agreement into lasting benefits.”

Hon. Jamie Baillie, Managing Director Atlantic Canada for Samuel Associates, concluded, “We are excited by the potential value this MOU brings to the Millbrook First Nation Community and our clients.”

The Agreement reflects Millbrook and Samuel’s commitment to advancing new commercial initiatives in an era where genuine partnerships with Indigenous communities and Canadian businesses are needed to release the full potential of today’s and tomorrow’s economy.

As of December 2021, the Government of Canada has also begun implementing a mandatory procurement requirement for federal departments and agencies to ensure that a minimum of 5% of the total value of contracts are held by Indigenous businesses. This new requirement will be phased in over three years with full implementation expected by 2024.

For media enquiries contacts

Nigel Gloade,, (902) 897-9199 Ext.119

Aliénor Peyrefitte, Samuel Associates,, (613) 702-8711

About Millbrook First Nation

The Millbrook First Nation is a Mi'kmaq community located within the town of Truro, positioned in the Hub of Nova Scotia. Millbrook has thrived in Economic Development in the past decade, which includes the development of the Millbrook Power Centre and development on the Cole Harbour land (apartment buildings, General Dynamics Building).

Millbrook also has reserve land in Beaver Dam, Sheet Harbour, and Cole Harbour. Millbrook continues to grow and expand with economic development projects, which leads to every band member sharing the benefits.

About Samuel Associates

Samuel Associates is a leading strategic consultancy providing Market Advisory Services, Government Relations, and in-depth expertise in Federal Government Contracting and Defence Procurement. The firm is a Trusted Advisor to many influential leaders and assists in implementing forward-looking strategies to achieve a competitive advantage for its clients.

Samuel Associates also acts as a Speaking Partner between private organizations and government officials. Our clients are typically market innovators and disruptors, ranging from small companies with niche and specialized solutions to international and multinational corporations, including privately-owned foundations.


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