Board of Directors
Calvin has served on the TNDC board since September 2009, beginning as a director. He became vice chair in April 2013 and chair in October 2013. Calvin is executive director for the Tahltan Central Government and previously worked as economic development officer for the Kitselas First Nation and the Iskut Band Council. He serves as a director for the Community Futures 16/37 board in Terrace and chair of the Northern Business Development Society. Calvin is a member of the Carlick family.
Norman joined the TNDC board in 2014. He is an electrician by trade and has his operated his own electrical company, Norad Electric, for 30 years.
Riannon joined the TNDC board in December 2014. She works as an Environmental Scientist with Stantec Ltd. Consulting and has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies/Geomorphology from the University of Northern British Columbia. Previously Riannon worked as an Environmental Technician with Galore Creek Mining Corporation and an Environmental Monitor with Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants. She is a member of the Caw toon ma Tahltan family.
James Dennis joined the TNDC board in September 2016, bringing a youth perspective and supporting engagement with the Tahltan membership. He is currently studying business administration. He previously worked as communications officer with the Tahltan Central Government (TCG), the administrative governing body of the Tahltan Nation, facilitating communications with Tahltan members about the Nation’s political, governance and cultural initiatives. Prior to TCG, James worked as a camp manager for Spatsizi Remote Services, TNDC’s camp services division in partnership with Sodexo Canada, stationed at AltaGas’ Forrest Kerr hydroelectric project camp, and previously as a sous chef at other sites. He spent two years in the management training program gaining the skills, knowledge and experience to manage a remote camp business. James is a member of the Etheni family, adopted as a child into his father’s lineage. His mother is of Cree descent with Tahltan ancestry.
Jamie began serving on the TNDC board in 2014. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist (civil) and has been President of CMS Construction Management Services, his own consultancy, for the past 18 years providing project and construction management and quality control services for civil, environmental and building. projects. Previously, he worked for private contractors in the road building industry and the federal and Yukon governments as a project inspector and project manager. Jamie was born, raised and resides in Whitehorse, Yukon. He is a member of the Callbreath family.
Herb Henyu has served on the board since 2012. He has worked as a heavy equipment operator with TNDC since 1988.
Mindy Henyu joined the board in February 2018. She is an Indigenous community relations professional with extensive experience collaborating with First Nation communities, the oil and gas industry, and the BC provincial government. Mindy has worked as an External Relations Advisor with Shell Canada since 2012, developing and managing the company’s engagement and consultation relationships with the Indigenous Peoples in northeast British Columbia, including the delivery and reporting on social investment initiatives, workforce development and training, and supporting negotiations of agreements. She previously worked for the BC Oil and Gas Commission consulting with First Nation communities on oil and gas activities from 2003 to 2012. Mindy holds a Project Management Certificate from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and a certificate from the Banff Centre in Indigenous Negotiations. She is completing a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on Global Indigenous Knowledge, Environmental Ethics, Business & Leadership at Royal Roads University and Born and raised in northeast British Columbia, Mindy is Tahltan and Cree from the Waterhen Lake First Nation.
Clint Keso joined the TNDC board in 2018, bringing 40 years of heavy construction experience on infrastructure, mining, energy, resource and civil projects across North America. He previously served as Western Canada Business Development Manager for Kiewit, one of North America’s largest and oldest construction companies. Clint worked on dozens of projects during his career with the company, spanning from $125,000 to $2.5 billion in size, providing cost analysis, estimating and planning expertise and holding supervisory positions ranging from craft superintendent and job superintendent to construction manager and project manager. Prior to Kiewit, Clint was the Alaska Area Manager for Pacific Powder Company/Dyno Nobel (now Alaska Pacific), responsible for sales, distribution and technical training. He also served as Drill and Blast Supervisor for multiple small contractors in the Northwestern region of the United States. Clint is a member of the Edzerza family.
Colleen joined the TNDC board in September 2016, bringing a wealth of corporate management, economic development, leadership and governance experience. As the general manager for Yukon Lottery Commission, Colleen is responsible for management and operations and provides support and advice to its board. She previously worked with Yukon First Nations in economic development, capital and infrastructure, and human resources development as both a private consultant and an employee of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and the Council of Yukon First Nations. In 2014 she completed a Masters of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Colleen has served on the boards of Yukon School Council Association, School Council (an elected position) and the Kaushee's women's shelter. She was born and raised in Whitehorse and belongs to the Stikine Claw/Thicke family.
We established the Tahltan Macro Industries Joint Venture with TNDC in 2009. Macro is very satisfied with the relationship we have with TNDC. The company has a reputation of being a solid and reputable business corporation, that emphasizes value added partnerships and business developments. We look forward to working with TNDC in future opportunities.Darcy FriesenManager of Business Development & Special Projects, Macro Industries
TNDC is a great place to work. The atmosphere in the office is friendly, open, and honest, and there is always humour and laughter. I like that TNDC maintains an active approach of hiring locally and offers training within that position. Employees are highly encouraged and supported to advance professionally, which ripples into advancing personally as well.Rhonda QuockFinance & Administration Manager, TNDC
We worked with TNDC on the Galore Creek mining project and the Northwest Transmission Line, providing heavy lift helicopter services. It made good business sense to get involved with the Nation, so we formed Tahltan Helifor Joint Venture in 2011. After meeting Bill Adsit, I knew we had made the right decision. We have had only positive experiences and look forward to continued collaboration.Gary LaidlawPresident & General Manager, Helifor Canada Corp.
Ledcor recognized the benefits offered through the Tahltan’s local expertise and experience, and welcomed the opportunity to involve community members in projects. We established Tahltan-Ledcor Joint Venture back in 1991 when we managed construction on the Eskay Creek mine. We value the partnership with TNDC and look forward to the opportunities ahead within Tahltan traditional territory.Rodger McLeanPast Business Development & Aboriginal Relations Manager, Ledcor
Sodexo Canada has been a partner with TNDC since 2002, providing complete camp management through Spatsizi Remote Services. During this time we have worked on many projects, and employed many Tahltan members. It’s been very positive, and the business relationships have formed long lasting personal and business friendships.Ivor MacGregorVice President, Operations, Sodexo Canada Ltd.
We’ve had many projects in Tahltan territory through our Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants (RTEC) partnership, and the experience has been excellent. TNDC’s management team has been an honorable and knowledgeable group to work with. They always look at ways to make things work, and we have developed lasting friendships. It’s been an honour to work together.Clem Pelletierformer CEO, Rescan Group