Employee Profiles

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?”

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.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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. Wickstead
    President, Aeronigma Solutions Inc.
  • 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 Quock
    Finance & Administration Manager, TNDC