The 2020 work season is in high gear and TNDC crews are busy, however COVID-19 continues to influence our operations. We continue to replicate and work with our clients to support measures, initiatives and programs they have implemented to protect employees, contractors, their families, and local communities.
Strengthening our safety culture
We have made positive progress in improving our safety culture and implementing safety practices across all project sites. Our safety team has grown with the addition of coordinators, including a Tahltan member in training. Safety is a journey not a destination. We must continuously strive to achieve zero accidents and ensure everyone comes home safe. Our Health and Safety Plan charts the course to guide this journey, but we must respond to industry changes as they arise and adjust our safety program accordingly.
Expanding services at Red Chris
TIA construction resumed and road maintenance transitioned in May, while our camp services contract was expanded to serve an increase in onsite workers. We continue providing bus transportation and airline support services. Our goal at Red Chris is to take on more responsibility in our work and additional contracts. We have hired engineers, project managers, maintenance supervisors and safety coordinators to deliver professional service and improve operations. As part of our commitment to develop people, we have also promoted crew into new roles. I thank Newcrest for their continued support of our Nation’s business.
Serving core industries
While some project programs have been scaled back, others have expanded. We are working with Skeena Resources on multiple contracts at Eskay, including camp development and equipment services. For Seabridge and Galore Creek, we are providing catering staff. Crews have also kept busy on projects for the Ministry of Forests and Lakes District Maintenance, on continued 2018 wildfire cleanup.
Diversifying our business
Our air support business assisting Dease Lake Airport flights has garnered praise, with the scope of future services expanding to include baggage handling, ticketing, security screening and fueling. The first contract with Tahltan Forestry is logging at Red Chris, with winter timber license harvest planning underway. We are progressing well on fibre optics planning and anticipate the build will start early next year.
Facilitating employment and training
We continue to work on our training program at Red Chris to help those new to the workforce gain experience and learn about careers at an operating mine. Unfortunately the training program for Supervisors was delayed due to COVID-19 response. We will revisit training and development initiatives and future workforce planning over fall and winter.
Improving our business practices
We continue implementing initiatives to improve operations, systems and client service. These include establishing a fleet management system to better care for our assets, manage our inventory, and monitor costs. We have also updated our HR policies to guide employees in representing TNDC respectfully, responsibly and professionally.
While change takes time, we continue to make progress in our efforts to be a professional, reliable, qualified service provider. I thank TNDC employees with for their commitments to our clients, particularly during this time, and others we work with their ongoing support.
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 QuockManager Finance, Accounting & Administration, 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 MacGregorFormer VP Canadian Operations - Onshore Energy & Mining, Energy & Resources, Sodexo