CEO's Message

Clint Keso
CEO

2020

26
Oct

CEO Message Fall 2020

As the 2020 work season winds down, I thank all those who worked for TNDC this season and who continue to work on our winter projects. Our accomplishments are a credit to their efforts on the front line working with our clients. Although the pandemic continued to impact business, we successfully delivered on client commitments, advanced our goals to be a professional, reliable, qualified service provider and diversified our business. It was a successful season that taught a lot about our strengths and areas that need improvement. Now our operations transition and attention will turn to future planning to capitalize on those lessons.

Improving our safety

Strengthening our safety culture, improving our safety performance, and ensuring everyone goes home safe is our relentless focus. Under our new HSE Manager Nayab Sultan, we are rolling out initiatives to reduce incidents, heighten risk awareness, and encourage positive behaviour. The road to safety is a continuous journey that requires the commitment of every member of the TNDC team. Embracing the Safety First, Safety Always mindset will underpin our efforts on Building a Stronger Work Culture Together.

Developing our people

We are encouraged many of our people have been obtaining certifications and training to meet industry requirements and work in our new areas of business. I thank DJ Loverin and Kevin Dennis for their dedication and commitment in obtaining Shiftboss Certification, and the others who are studying and working toward it. As shared during our online AGM, mentorship is vital to TNDC’s future, so we are pleased to see our experienced supervisors showing leadership in mentoring their crews. The seasonal work transition will enable us to re-energize our plans for training, mentoring and developing our people, addressing our challenges, and adding people to fuel our growth.

Elevating our performance

At Red Chris, efforts have been on improving operations and service delivery. Our construction crews completed TIA build targets and road maintenance while our camp services team elevated service delivery for an expanded workforce. Productivity improved with the onsite engineers, project managers, maintenance supervisors and safety coordinators, complemented by changes to our fleet and supply management. Our bus transportation, airline support and forestry services have been praised for their contributions to Newcrest’s operations. Over the winter season, we will be providing road maintenance, preparing our equipment fleet for next season and planning for more opportunities. We remain grateful to Newcrest for their continued support.

Becoming a trusted service partner

We provided a variety of earthworks, equipment, labour and camp services to a handful of exploration projects that went ahead within pandemic restraints. Our efforts have been on working with companies like Skeena Resources, Galore Creek and Seabridge Gold to elevate our services levels and support their project plans for the next season. We will use the winter season to identify the 2021 plans for other companies and how TNDC can support them. Our a goal is become their trusted service partner.

Expanding operations and business

Business opportunities have continued advancing, despite pandemic delays. The fibre optics build received a boost with federal approval and the design/build planning is moving forward, targeting a spring 2021 build. Our forestry business launched with the Red Chris contract, which funded its start up, and is planning winter timber cuts with TCG’s Lands Department. At the Dease Lake Airport, we will be expanding the support services we deliver and adding new equipment. Discussions and assessments are progressing on several other opportunities that are protected by non-disclosure agreements.

Redefining our future

TNDC marked our 35th anniversary this summer. As shared during our virtual AGM, we are on an exciting and transformational journey that is redefining TNDC’s legacy and creating new opportunities for Tahltan members, particularly our next generation. With the continued support and collaboration of our clients, business partners, the Tahltan leadership and membership, we are creating a bright future. I look forward to providing updates on our progress in the coming months.  

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  • 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
    Former VP Canadian Operations - Onshore Energy & Mining, Energy & Resources, Sodexo 
  • 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
    Manager Finance, Accounting & Administration, TNDC