Peter Arendt, P.Eng.
TNDC starts the new fiscal year and annual work season with a sense of optimism that our efforts over the past year are starting to show results, while remaining focussed on implementing our strategy: pursuing new contracts and business opportunities, expanding capabilities and ongoing fiscal responsibility.
TNDC has made progress in pursuit of contracts in the infrastructure, public works, mining and mineral exploration sectors, independently and in partnership with other companies. This includes collaboration with partners beyond the traditional joint venture model to generate revenue, such as partnering on joint bids. We recently completed site clearing and access construction work on the Tahltan River Slide Fish Passage Remediation Project, a complex and highly technical undertaking, on which we partnered with other companies.
We are in TIA and road maintenance contract negotiations with Red Chris and we continue to provide camp services under contract in partnership with Sodexo. In 2018, TNDC will be providing onsite services at Seabridge Gold’s Johnny Mountain and KSM Projects. We are also in discussion with several exploration companies regarding seasonal work programs.
TNDC is still awaiting the result of its federal funding applications to bring fibre optic services to Iskut and Dease Lake. We are also exploring other options to complete the southern connection to its existing network.
Keeping with our commitment to develop a skilled and productive TNDC workforce, we are arranging traffic control and confined space training for employees in May. TNDC and several of our business partners participated in the Tahltan Employment Fair. We spoke with many Tahltan members to discuss our 2018 seasonal employment opportunities and will be looking to hire several employees in the coming weeks.
We are also advancing our commitment to health and safety, having hired a Safety Coordinator who will work with management in promoting compliance with policies and procedures and promoting a strong safety culture across the company. As part of the safety program, TNDC has retained Allnorth, a multi-discipline engineering and technical services consulting firm, to provide expert support.
TNDC is maintaining focus on implementing cost control measures, to advance strategic goals and pursue long-term growth. A Chief Financial Officer has been appointed to enhance financial management and accountability, focussing on budgeting, financial reporting and cost control.
TNDC continues to be a company in transition and I am confident we are on track to achieve our goals. I look forward to reporting on our progress on initiatives in the coming months.
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
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 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
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
We formed our Tahltan Aeronigma Geodis Wilson partnership in 2011. It’s been an honour to partner with TNDC for the opportunity to provide our wide-range of global logistical services and be a part of a world class organization built on mutual cooperation, trust and respect. They’re a terrific group of educated, business friendly people eager to learn and work with us.Adam J. WicksteadPresident, Aeronigma Solutions Inc.
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.