This is an unprecedented situation, unlike anything many of us will ever see again in our lives. From individuals to communities to businesses, we are all trying to determine what the next weeks and months look like under the cloud of COVID-19.
One thing I know for certain is that, while our daily work has required changes to ensure the safety of our employees and customers, the spirit of our company remains steadfast. We are helpers. Every day, we continue living our values of safety, integrity, customer focus and community and never have those values been more tested or more needed than now. I know that we will be there for those who need us. No matter what.
Right now, our team is continuing to support our customers, partners and local communities who are doing everything in their power to keep our economy moving while ensuring lives are not at risk. There is work to be done and we will be alongside our stakeholders (though at a safe distance) every step of the way.
While projects continue, we also recognize the vast support that is needed for front line workers and industries to fight the war on COVID-19. Our critical infrastructure has been and will be strained in a way that few of us have ever seen.
That is why we have made available an extensive inventory of quick response portable modular units that can be used for housing, temporary health care including critical/intensive care units and isolation units, or any number of other uses. That inventory can be mobilized quickly and converted to address the uses that will best help our country fight this pandemic.
The strain on our infrastructure is also the reason Horizon North and the modular construction industry at large are working with governments and other groups to discuss future preparedness for emergency events. This pandemic has shone a light on two facts: that extensive steps are needed at all levels to be prepared for something similar and that the most vulnerable among us – those without homes or a safe haven – are at an unnecessarily high risk to these catastrophic events.
Indigenous communities can be vulnerable during these times of crisis as well. As a company, we are proud to have 35 Indigenous partners across our country who share in our successes, as well as active dialogue with dozens more. Our company would not be where we are today if it were not for our partners and our Indigenous workforce so we will be there for these communities now, ready to help in any way that we can.
There is much talk about what the speed of modular construction can provide to our communities in the areas of housing and health care. Simply put, these methods can ensure we are ready to react. Ready to react when Canadians fall on hard times and ready to react when we are challenged like never before.
We are a long way from returning to normal but it is heartening to me that we are in this together – individuals, government, businesses big and small. We are having conversations that we perhaps should have started long ago but most important is that we are having them now. This crisis impacts every Canadian, every global citizen, and we need to continue to come together and play our part in winning this war with COVID-19.
I know Horizon North will be there to help. No matter what.
President and Chief Executive Officer