Board Updates

2014

19
Aug

Chair's Message 2014 Annual Report

I assumed the role of TNDC board chair about six months into the fiscal year. It carries huge responsibility but also incredible opportunity. TNDC is an amazing organization with many strengths and tremendous growth potential. TNDC and the Tahltan have a reputation for quality, hard work and fairness throughout BC and beyond, and we have a dedicated and professional staff.  

TNDC continues to be a major service provider in the industry, despite ups and downs associated with the development in Tahltan territory. The Northwest Transmission Line, Forrest Kerr, Volcano Creek, McLymont Creek hydroelectric, and Red Chris Mine projects provided excellent financial and employment opportunities for TNDC last year. Some of these projects had a few delays, but TNDC carefully managed our cash flow and maintained a stable workforce.

The board’s goal is to make TNDC a stronger and more competitive company.  TNDC is unique. There are few community-owned corporations of our size and complexity. While this is a testament to TNDC leadership, it’s important to realize this growth experience can be challenging because we have few (if any) comparable models to draw from. We are committed to learning new ways of doing business and working with our partners.

TNDC has several significant opportunities within and outside Tahltan territory, which the board is exploring carefully. If we realize just one of these opportunities, TNDC would have a stable financial future for many years to come. Our service model is an important consideration.

We have been strategically growing our suite of companies over the past several few years to offer a wider range of goods and services to increase our competitiveness. With the addition of three new partners last year, we now sit at 27.

One of our objectives is to increase job, training and contracting opportunities for Tahltans. Our business partners have played an important role over the decades, creating many career opportunities for Tahltan members. We have agreed to create a system to collectively build an even stronger Tahltan workforce by developing managerial and specialized skills within each of TNDC’s partners’ workforces.

With the objective of making TNDC a stronger and more stable company, the TNDC board continued the re-evaluation our strategic direction, the past year, working with each of the Tahltan government councils, TNDC board and staff, and other interested Tahltans.

We completed TNDC’s first strategic plan, which identifies four key goals we’ll work towards over the next few years:

  • Improve Tahltan community engagement
  • Stabilize and grow business opportunities
  • Develop the Tahltan workforce and business community
  • Strengthen management and operations

TNDC will identify yearly actions towards these goals as part of each year’s annual operating plan.  Progress on these goals will be tracked and reported on a regular basis.

The TNDC board and staff accept the responsibility of achieving these goals with a sense of purpose and honour to serve the community through TNDC.

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  • 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.
  • 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 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
  • 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 MacGregor
    Vice President, Operations, Sodexo Canada Ltd.
  • 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
  • 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.