Employee Profiles

Andrea Louie

Accounts Payable Clerk

I’ve been working in Accounts Payable since 2015, but my career with TNDC started back in 1999, working with Spatsizi Remote Services (SRS) as a dishwasher. SRS sponsored my three year apprenticeship Red Seal – Culinary Arts and I became a chef/baker. During my apprenticeship I had the opportunity to work and learn from several different chefs.

I left in 2005 to have a baby and returned in 2012 as chef. In 2014 I started working for TNDC as a shuttle driver and in March 2015 I was hired as accounts payable clerk and continue to be the auxiliary shuttle driver, when TNDC is short a driver.

Tell us about your job:

I’m responsible for the vendor accounts and ensuring payments are made on time. I receive, reconcile and process payment for invoices and process travel claims. I take pride in providing excellent customer service in my regular communications with vendors, and ensure all financial information is current and accurate for our different vendors.

Who do you work with?

In addition to vendors and suppliers, I work with TNDC’s warehouse officers, office manager, accounts receivable clerk, payroll clerk, chief operations officer, vice president, chief executive officer, shop manager and office assistant.

Where is your home community?

Iskut and Dease Lake. My family is from Iskut so I consider it my family home. But I grew up in Dease Lake and currently reside there with my family.

What do you like about your job the most?

I get to be home every night (unlike working in camp) and value the opportunity to advance and complete financial-accounting training. I also like being a part of the community; attending community functions,  especially school functions for my children, participating in the Canada Day parade and the TNDC Christmas party.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

SRS/TNDC has provided me with opportunities since the beginning, from my initial point of hire as a dishwasher to being a certified Red Seal Chef/Baker (Culinary Arts) and now I’m able to continue my education in my current role by taking accounting courses. TNDC has been supportive and has encouraged me every step of the way. 

Although I am not working for TNDC in the kitchen, I continue to be asked to assist with TNDC events by baking the celebratory cakes (such as the one for TNDC's 30th anniversary) and desserts. It’s the best of both worlds – I still get to use my culinary arts training while working in the office and being home with my family each and every night!

Do you have a favourite quote or saying?

“Really!”

Todd Spring

Warehouse Officer

I’m responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of TNDC’s warehouse, including managing the inventory of parts and supplies and coordinating shipping and receiving. I have been with TNDC since May 2012. I started working in camp as a labourer, then transitioned to working in the warehouse at the TNDC office in April 2014.

What does your work involve?

My day is full of variety. I respond to emails from shop foreman, mechanics and suppliers, request quotes from suppliers, order parts requested by mechanics, create purchase orders, receive/ distribute freight and catalogue inventory. I also prepare freight orders for and deliver parts to the field, and go through old parts to determine if they are still useful.

Who do you work with?

The warehouse officer position is shared, so I work closely with my counterpart, as well as the mechanics, shop manager, field mechanics, chief operations officer, accounts payable clerk and TNDC suppliers.

Where is your home community?

I was born and raised in Watson Lake, Yukon. I’ve been in Dease Lake for five years, since 2011.

What do you like about your job the most?

I get to learn new things every day, about different parts and their uses.

Note: On November 5, Todd transferred his skills to a warehouse position with the Red Chris Mine. TNDC was sorry to see him go, but wishes Todd all the best in his new role and on his career path. 

Darren Williams

Camp Services

I have a multi-role camp services position – janitor/dining room attendant/cook’s helper/dishwasher – with Spatsizi Remote Services (SRS).  I started with SRS seasonally 10 years ago and have been working on a full-time basis for the last five years. I’m currently at TNDC's AltaGas hydroelectric project site.

What does your work involve?

Cleaning offices, hallways, bathrooms and the weight room, taking out the garbage, cleaning the dining room after meals, assisting with serving meals, helping cooks prepare meals and washing dishes.

 

What do you do on an average day?

Dust, sanitize, sweep, vacuum, mop, refill cleaning supplies, unload freight, clean sinks, toilets, take out garbage and generally help others.

Who do you work with?

Cooks, housekeepers, management and everyone staying in camp.

Where is your home community?

Telegraph Creek, BC

What do you like about your job the most?

Working with the people.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Do a job that you like, then it is not so much like work because you actually enjoy doing it.

Do you have a favourite quote or saying?

There’s no time like the present to get things done!

May Quock

Administrative Assistant

I have been with TNDC for 7.5 years, including 4.5 years with Spatsizi Remote Services (SR). I started with SRS at the Eskay Creek and then Galore Creek camps working as housekeeper, kitchen helper, general helper, and dishwasher. I transitioned to janitorial services with TNDC for a year to allow me to be home more with my children and to have weekends off. I then took an office assistant course to transition into an office environment and starting working as the receptionist, providing administrative support.

What does your work involve?  

Answering the phone, providing general information and assistance, and answering questions for TNDC employees and the public. I also provide administrative support for the office.

What do you do on an average day?

I provide clerical support – preparing documents and spreadsheets, photocopying, faxing and filing. I also manage office supply inventory, including purchase and distribution, process incoming and outgoing mail, and book staff travel and accommodation.

Who do you work with?

TNDC administrative staff and shop team, and the public

Where is your home community?

Dease Lake

What do you like about your job the most?

I really enjoy my work. I learn something new every day and enjoy being part of a team.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I’m from the wolf clan (Cheona). I was born in Terrace, raised in Dease Lake and spent summers and weekends in the old Tahltan village. I bought my home in Dease Lake. I’m grateful to TNDC for giving me the chance to be a part of the team.

Do you have a favourite quote or saying? 

OMG (oh my god), smile!

Edward VanMierlo

Vice President, Operations

I have worked with TNDC for far too long! Since 2005. I started as Chef/Manager at Shell Klappan, then TNDC offered me position as Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Spatsizi Remote Services (SRS) in the fall of that year. Later I was promoted to Vice President, Operations for TNDC as well as continuing as Chief Executive Officer (COO) of SRS.

What does your work involve?

I have two roles: TNDC Vice President, Operations and Chief Operations Officer – Spatsizi Remote Services (SRS). I oversee the camps – management and day-to-day operations.

What do you do on an average day?

Administrative office duties, overseeing SRS personnel issues and operational financial decisions.

Who do you work with?

TNDC senior management, Dease Lake administrative staff, Sodexo Canada operational partners and site managers.

Where is your home community?

Dease Lake

What do you like about your job the most?

Seeing success for the Tahltan people and TNDC’s employees.

Do you have a favourite quote or saying? 

“Say what?”

Hankin Asp

Chief Operations Officer

I have worked with TNDC since Oct 2011. I started as heavy equipment operator. Since March 2012 I have been in the position of Chief Operations Officer.

What does your work involve?

Organizing and managing field operations for TNDC, ranging from road maintenance to earth work development on hydroelectric projects and mine sites.

What do you do on an average day?

Day-to-day administrative duties, site visits to current and prospective projects, negotiate potential contracts.

Who do you work with?

The CEO/President, senior management, site supervisors, and field office, shop and mechanical staff.

Where is your home community?

Dease Lake

What do you like about your job the most?

The variety of interaction within our company, including co-workers and management staff and members of the Tahltan Nation. I also like being able to work from home and being an active member of the community.

Do you have a favourite quote or saying?

“Don’t you have something you should be doing?”

Terry Ball

Safety Manager

I’ve worked at TNDC since May 2012 as the Safety Manager.

What does your work involve?

I’m a key player in helping to maintain a safe work environment. I ensure we are in compliance with safety regulations and requirements. My main goal is to ensure everyone goes home safe.

What do you do on an average day?

I divide my time in the office and in the field.

In the office I answer phone calls, reply to emails, follow up on incident reports and ensure all necessary paperwork is completed, reported and filed according to regulations. I also assist the Chief Operations Officer with operational activities for compliance with Work Safe BC.

In the field I visit work sites; talk to as many employees as possible, meet with site safety officers and/or site foreman, review tool box safety meeting notes and safety procedures, and deliver any necessary safety gear (glasses, hard hats, vests).

Who do you work with?

Primarily, Hankin Asp, Chief Operations Officer and Roanna Gleason, Human Resources Manager.  However, I also work closely with other managers, the Dease Lake office staff, shop (mechanical and warehouse) employees, TNDC site supervisors, TDNC field workers and other safety officers in the field.

Where is your home community?

Dease Lake

What do you like about your job the most?

Being a Tahltan member, I am able to have input into the direction of the company that bears our Nation’s name.  I am able to work with people I grew up with, travel within our Traditional Territory and be aware of projects are in the making.

I also like having some influence on where the company is headed and working with our people, providing guidance and support.

And after 30+ years of working in camp settings, working at home and being with my family almost every night is a bonus.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

TNDC is making positive changes as we grow and mature as a company. We are broadening our horizons and scope of work, developing and maintaining a safety culture for the younger generations and heading in the right direction.  I enjoy being able to work with our people, providing guidance and support along the way.

Do you have a favourite quote or saying?

“We can do it right or we can do it right now.”

Carol Danielson

Account Manager

I've worked at TNDC for 11 years total with a break in between. I started in November 2000 and worked for five years, until May 2005. I left to work for the school district, but I came back in August 2007 and have been here since. 

What does your work involve?

Corporate accounting systems and procedures.

What do you do on an average day?

Reconciling accounts, entering accounts receivable/payable (AR/AP) transactions, training, reconciling, payments and transfers, payroll.

Who do you work with?

Admin office, shop, board and management, camp and field staff.

Where is your home community?

Dease Lake

What do you like about your job the most?

Problem solving, working for the Nations’ corporation.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I think that TNDC is a great company, well run and respected, and it has played a vital role in the growth and stability of the Nation. It is a great source of pride and resource for the Tahltan people. I am proud to be a part of it.

Do you have a favourite quote or saying?

“Grow where you are planted; always reaching upwards but ensuring that your roots are deep and strong.”

Rhonda Quock

Office Manager

I started with TNDC at Eskay Creek Mine through Spatsizi Remote Services where I provided catering services. During this time I applied for a leave and obtained a Class 1 license and a heavy equipment operator’s certificate.  In 2004 I was offered a position in the Dease Lake office as temporary receptionist and have worked with the company ever since.

What does your work involve?

Daily organizing and coordinating office operations and procedures. Responsibilities include supervising office staff and working closely with Human Resources in areas of recruiting, evaluating, orientation and training, as well as ensuring employees are aware of other training involving personal and professional advancement.  I’m also responsible for administrative, and financial management, which involves effective and continued liaising with other department managers, company clients and relevant ‘outside’ entities. Continued assessment for all accounting entries and reconciliations to assure timely monthly, quarterly tasks are completed in preparation for year-end reports are essential and ongoing process.

What do you do on an average day?

My average day consists of organizing and prioritizing my workload to maintain a balance between ongoing pre-scheduled tasks and those that come up unexpectedly; from managing office equipment requirements and maintaining updates, to communicating with office and accounting staff and managers or site personnel.  By and large my schedule is based on maintaining effective and timely procedures for the month, while planning for future requirements.

Who do you work with?

I work closely and interact daily with all TNDC managers as well as all staff at our Dease Lake office and Shop.

Where is your home community?

Dease Lake, BC. 

What do you like about your job the most?

The people I have worked with over the years. The atmosphere in the office is friendly, open, and honest, and there is always humour and laughter, which makes for a great place to work.  I like that TNDC maintains an active approach of hiring locally and offers training within that position. And employees are highly encouraged and supported to advance professionally, which ripples into advancing personally as well.  TNDC has been a great place to work.

  • We’ve completed a number of projects though our FrontierMEDEX Tahltan Ltd. partnership since we became a partner back in 2007. It’s been extremely positive. TNDC has been terrific to work with and we’re looking forward to continuing to build the business partnership.
    Ryan Steil
    Past General Manger, Canada, FrontierMEDEX 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 Friesen
    Manager of Business Development & Special Projects, Macro Industries
  • 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 Laidlaw
    President & General Manager, Helifor Canada Corp.
  • TNDC is successful because of the dedicated staff and skilled workers. The support of the Tahltan leaders and the TNDC board is crucial to the success of the company. Being President of TNDC has been the most rewarding job in my career. I look forward to my continuing involvement with all of the staff.
    Bill Adsit
    Past President, TNDC
  • 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 Pelletier
    former CEO, Rescan Group
  • 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 McLean
    Past Business Development & Aboriginal Relations Manager, Ledcor