Spring is a time of change for TNDC, as we transition to a new fiscal year and prepare for the work season. As TNDC’s newly appointed Managing Director, I am excited for our company and its future. I am also grateful to have an experienced, long-tenured, and dedicated management team to undertake delivery of the many priorities and initiatives underway. Our team is busy ramping up for the 2021 work season, which is shaping up to be one of the busiest in recent years, following a successful and eventful 2020 season.
Ensuring Safety First, Safety Always
Our collective priority continues to be the safety of our employees and everyone we work with, and ensuring everyone goes home safely. We are implementing initiatives to improve our safety performance across the organization and all project sites. This includes reducing the risk of accidents and injury, and ensuring the best protocols are being utilized to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Fostering a safe and healthy workplace
Advancing efforts to build employee capacity and qualifications, we are supporting our safety supervisors at various project sites to obtain certification in safety leadership excellence and injury prevention with the BC Construction Safety Alliance. We are also rolling out our new personnel manual to support a safe, respectful and professional workplace. As well, we will be assessing departments, wages and benefits to ensure operational efficiencies and market competitiveness.
Serving Newcrest Red Chris Mine
At Red Chris, our road maintenance crews are transitioning to summer maintenance, while our TIA construction crews are adding personnel to meet the seasonal increase in volumes. Our camp services crews are also growing to serve the additional Newcrest personnel who will be working onsite over the work season. We are also exploring new partnering opportunities related to the underground decline construction and planning for potential underground block cave operations.
Supporting mining exploration
In our mining exploration business, our primary focus will be on three major projects. At KSM, our crews and equipment will be supporting construction at two camps, data collection at a glacier offset project, and construction of a new access road. At SnipGold-Johnny Mountain, they will be supporting continued reclamation with relocation of waste rock, and conducting repairs and upgrades to the old mine access road. At Eskay Creek, our crews have been working throughout the winter and will continue road maintenance work, start improvements to the existing access road, and prep for development of a new access road. Our camp services crews will also grow to serve additional Eskay personnel who will be onsite this season.
Supporting community projects
Within the local communities, a small crew just wrapped up work on a pile and burn project in Telegraph Creek. They will transition to work on the Dease Lake Airport Upgrade Project, following the recent $11 million funding announcement from the Government of BC and Regional District of Kitimat Stikine, to carry out upgrades to improve flight service and safety. This was positive news for the future of our air support business. TNDC’s goal is to expand our air support service for commercial flights to serve both industry and the Tahltan community. In the meantime, our air support crew is continuing to serve the Newcrest Red Chris Mine crew charter flights.
Diversifying our business
Our fibre optics team is finalizing design/build planning and preparing for construction to begin this year. We have several other significant business initiatives in various stages of discussion, development and execution, which we look forward to advancing.
Being a trusted partner
Our collective focus this season will be delivering on client commitments, as a safe, professional, reliable, quality service provider and trusted partner. I thank TNDC’s employees, managers, board, partners, and Tahltan Leadership for their support as we move forward.