Leadership & Management Team
Peter Arendt, P.Eng.
Peter Arendt joined TNDC as Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. Peter is a senior mining and energy professional with more than 30 years of diverse and well-rounded experience. He has held leadership roles in coal marketing, business development, engineering, operations, project development and transportation/logistics. His extensive international experience includes positions and projects in a number of countries, including Canada, Australia, Latin America and Asia, which includes working with indigenous people. Prior to joining TNDC, Peter worked as a consultant in the coal, energy and mine consulting sectors. Previously he served as General Manager of Planning, Strategy and Market Development for a major Indonesian coal producer and exporter. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of Queensland in Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Business from the Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. As well, Peter is qualified as a professional engineer in British Columbia and Alberta.
In his role as TNDC’S chief operations officer (COO), Hankin plans and manages field operations for projects ranging from road maintenance to earth work development on hydroelectric projects and mine sites. He ensures projects are completed on time and budget, and within contract specifications and TNDC quality measures. Hankin started with TNDC in Oct 2011 as a heavy equipment operator and assumed the COO position in March 2012. Before TNDC, he was a field supervisor with Galore Creek Mining Corporation for six years and worked as a heavy equipment operator in mining, oil and gas, and road construction for 15 years. Hankin holds a Project Management Certificate from UNBC. He serves on several boards including Tahltan Arrow, Bob Quinn Airport Society and the Galore Creek Environmental Planning Committee. Hankin also volunteers with the Dease Lake Recreation Centre Society and Stikine Minor Hockey Association. He is a member of the Thud ga Tahltan family.
As TNDC’s Vice President, Tahltan Fibre, Ty Benoit is leading establishment of TNDC’s high-speed internet service in Tahltan territory. Ty is responsible for maximizing TNDC’s use of the fibre optic cable run on BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line and has been guiding agreement negotiations for network access and infrastructure additions. Ty's 10-year career in municipal land acquisition positioned him well for the deregulation of the telecommunications industry in 1997. With his skills as a contract negotiator Ty was able to transfer his expertise in negotiation to the emerging new industry. Ty has assisted numerous new entrants in the market to establish a footprint in Western Canada. Ty has been an associate member of the Tahltan Nation for almost 30 years through his marriage to Shawna (formally Brooks), their son Tyson and daughter Tyra.
Ron Burton, CPA, CA
Ron Burton joined TNDC as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in March 2018. Ron is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years of experience in senior finance positions providing financial management, budgeting, financial reporting and cost control expertise. Prior to TNDC, Ron served as CFO of Bear Creek Group from 2013, responsible for all aspects of accounting and finance. Previously he was CFO of Eclipse Geomatics, responsible for administration, accounting and finance. He also served as Director of Finance with Ledcor Group of Companies, responsible for the financial reporting of the Contractors Group and all the financial aspects related to Ledcor’s equipment fleets. Other past positions include Manager, Revenue and Accounts Receivable with the Interior Health Authority and Chief Financial Officer with Nippon Cable (Canada) Ltd. Ron holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting/Business Management from the University of British Columbia.
Roanna is TNDC’s Human Resource (HR) Manager. She joined TNDC in November 2013 and is responsible for ensuring that management and staff are adhering to the personnel manual and administrating the group benefit plan for TNDC employees. Before joining TNDC, Roanna worked as HR and staff development officer with the Teslin Tlingit Council in Teslin and previously as a correctional officer and legal assistant in Whitehorse. Roanna has completed a number of certificates at the Yukon College and Justice Institute of BC. Although she grew up in Whitehorse, Roanna was excited to move to her traditional territory to learn about her Tahltan ancestry and culture when she joined TNDC.
Rhonda is the Finance & Administration Manager with TNDC. She is responsible for administration, financial management and coordination of office operations, including supervising staff. Rhonda started with TNDC in 2004 as a temporary receptionist and has worked her way up through education and training. She previously worked with TNDC at the Eskay Creek Mine through Spatsizi Remote Services providing catering services. Rhonda holds a Class 1 license and a heavy equipment operator’s certificate.
Edward Van Meirlo
Edward serves as TNDC Vice President, Operations with TNDC and Chief Operations Officer with Spatsizi Remote Services (SRS). He oversees day-to-day operations of TNDC and management of camps and staff for SRS. Edward has been with TNDC since fall 2005 as Chief Operations Officer of SRS and was added the additional role of Vice President, Operations for TNDC in 2005. Prior to TNDC, Edward worked as Chef/Manager on the Shell Klappan exploration project.
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 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
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
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