The Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mindy Henyu and Clint Keso to the company’s Board of Directors. Ms. Henyu and Mr. Keso bring the expertise and experience to support the advancement of TNDC’s strategic goals and pursuit of long-term growth. The appointments were made by TNDC’s shareholders – the Tahltan leadership representing the Tahltan Central Government, Iskut Band and Tahltan Band.
Ms. Henyu is an Indigenous community relations professional with extensive experience collaborating with First Nation communities, the oil and gas industry, and the BC provincial government. She 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. Ms. Henyu previously worked for the BC Oil and Gas Commission consulting with First Nation communities on oil and gas activities from 2003 to 2012. Ms. Henyu 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 focussing on Global Indigenous Knowledge, Environmental Ethics, Business & Leadership at Royal Roads University.
Mr. Keso brings 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. Mr. Keso 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, Mr. Keso 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.
“Ms. Henyu and Mr. Keso are welcome additions to the TNDC Board. Ms. Henyu brings insightful project management, negotiation and indigenous engagement experience in the natural resource sector. Mr. Keso contributes an impressive background in large-scale construction, project analysis, planning and management, and business development in the resource and industrial sectors. Their collective experience will add valuable perspective, supporting TNDC’s strategic focus on growing existing business areas and expanding business and services into other sectors,” says TNDC Board Chair Calvin Carlick.
The new directors fill positions vacated by long-term board members Feddie Louie and Vernon Marion. TNDC wishes to thank Ms. Louie and Mr. Marion for their professionalism, commitment and valuable contributions to TNDC.
A strong, experienced and visionary board is essential to support the economic, environmental and social prosperity of TNDC. TNDC directors must be Tahltan, are appointed to serve a two-year term and may be reappointed for additional terms, at the determination of the shareholders.
Learn more about the TNDC Board of Directors.
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 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.
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
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 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
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.