I am proud of the achievements the Tahltan Development Corporation (TNDC) has made this year to continue to build on our 30-year history as a financially sustainable organization. Although there is no question 2016 was a challenging year resulting from low world commodity prices and lack of investor confidence, TNDC remained focused on building our internal and external capacity, with an eye to ensuring when the economy does turn around, and it will, we are positioned to capitalize on the new opportunities.
With this in mind, one of TNDC’s major objectives moving forward is to better communicate and collaborate with the Tahltan community and encourage entrepreneurship and business creation by developing opportunities for more Tahltan-owned businesses to share in our Nation’s economic prosperity. We will do this by encouraging companies who wish to work in our Territory to contract with Tahltan-owned businesses first and help these same small businesses open new markets for their products and services.
This initiative in part is the next step in the TNDC’s evolution, and reaffirms our Board’s commitment to ensuring economic, environmental and social prosperity, while delivering on our mandate to create an organization that generates wealth, economic, employment and training opportunities for all members of the Tahltan Nation.
It is my personal belief that by encouraging and supporting Tahltan business development, we are nurturing a renaissance of our collective entrepreneurial spirit. By helping industrious individuals build companies that can share in our Nation’s economic prosperity, we are building the foundation for a strong sustainable Tahltan-based economy which will create jobs and generate wealth for future generations.
I am honoured to be serving my second term as Chair of the Board of Directors, working with a forward-thinking and committed group of Tahltan directors who embrace the vision of our Tahltan leaders, past and present. The wealth of knowledge, experience, and diversity amongst the TNDC board has supported the corporation in advancing to where we are today and providing a vision for the future.
While developing a strong Tahltan-based economy is a priority, we are also focussed on better policy implementation and establishing metrics to measure TNDC’s success in achieving our goals. We are accountable to our shareholders, ensuring democracy at the decision-making table, practicing a fair and transparent governing culture and exercising prudence, professionalism and accountability.
For example, one of the key initiatives completed by TNDC the past year was a major financial and operational management system upgrade, which resulted in the delineation of five distinct business divisions and the promise of better efficiencies throughout the organization.
TNDC now has corporate, heavy construction, mechanical, business development, and camp services divisions, with an eye on creating a mechanical services division in the near future.
This restructuring allows TNDC to take on new divisions over time, but most immediately, provides the discipline and accountability necessary to make each division responsible for its own management decisions which will sustain growth and maximize profitability, and better prepares us to take advantage of the economic turnaround when it happens.
I would like to thank our Board of Directors for their sage guidance and our management team and each employee for your hard work making TNDC a stronger organization — an organization all Tahltan people can be proud of and can rely on for another 30 years and beyond.
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 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. WicksteadPresident, 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 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
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
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.