It is a pleasure to provide another annual report to the Tahltan membership on TNDC’s strategic priorities. Although the 2016-17 fiscal year continued to present some challenges from the mineral exploration and mining revenue side of TNDC’s business, TNDC realized several accomplishments in our traditional business divisions, advanced new initiatives, and took steps to build a long-term financially sustainable organization.
TNDC’s board remains focussed on developing TNDC’s economic, environmental and social prosperity, while delivering on our mandate to create an organization that generates economic, employment and training opportunities for all members of the Tahltan Nation. We take seriously our accountability to Tahltan shareholders and members, ensuring fiscally responsible operations and transparent governance, while working to increase TNDC’s participation in economic activities in the territory and opportunities for Tahltan members.
To achieve these goals, TNDC needs to continue the evolution and innovation that has guided its journey for over 30 years, adapting to a changing business landscape while capitalizing on its strengths and advantages to pursue new opportunities.
One significant step we took in this regard was to have TNDC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) be based at the head office in Dease Lake to increase management visibility at TNDC’s operations. The appointment of Peter Arendt as CEO in January was vital to advancing TNDC’s strategic goals and driving its long-term sustainable growth. With his extensive background in resource development, mine operations, and a career which has included senior roles in strategic planning, operations, sales, marketing and business development, Peter has the experience and capabilities to lead the change.
We are confident Peter can deliver on the board’s commitment to providing sound fiscal management, increasing TNDC’s market share and overall equity, and increasing employment opportunities for Tahltan members.
The new strategic plan provides clear direction to achieve these goals, while diversifying TNDC’s traditional business capabilities and growing opportunities in other business areas. In the 2017-18 financial year, TNDC will implement fiscal measures necessary to navigate the current business landscape and support the strategic plan.
The board is pleased to see enhanced collaboration between TNDC and the Tahltan Central Government, the resource industry, TNDC business partners and other stakeholders, as well as the innovative initiatives being pursued to grow TNDC’s capabilities and reputation.
On behalf of the TNDC board, I share our honour to be working to represent the business and economic interests of the Tahltan Nation. I wish to acknowledge my fellow directors for their commitment and contribution in this regard. As well, I express my appreciation to TNDC’s management team and employees for their dedication, contribution and commitment to delivering on TNDC’s mandate to ensure its long-term success.
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 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 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.
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.