Peter Arendt, P.Eng.
The focus since my last update has continued to be pursuing business opportunities for TNDC, budget planning for 2017-2018, advancing TNDC’s strategic priorities, and financial reporting to TNDC’s shareholders.
As I reported to the Tahltan membership at TNDC’s 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on July 3rd, TNDC primarily serves the mineral exploration, development and mining sector, with the majority of revenue generated by two business units: heavy construction, mining and earthmoving and camp catering, services and management.
In past years, TNDC has enjoyed strong financial performance from construction contracts on major projects in Tahltan Territory such as Galore Creek, BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line, AltaGas’ Northwest Hydroelectric Facilities (Forrest Kerr) and Imperial Metals’ Red Chris haul road and tailings impoundment area (TIA).
In the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Red Chris TIA project was a major source of employment and revenue for TNDC. TNDC’s other major source of employment and revenue is from Spatsizi Remote Services, whose major contract is the 300-person camp at Red Chris, with smaller contracts at AltaGas’ Northwest Projects and seasonal work on exploration sites.
Looking ahead, except for the Red Chris TIA, which has a requirement for ongoing work, all major construction projects are complete. For the 2017-2018 period, there is a reduction in TNDC’s workforce and equipment at Red Chris. Employment and revenue for the Red Chris camp is expected to be maintained at around the 2016-2017 level.
TNDC remains committed to developing business opportunities that will benefit the Tahltan Nation, including contracts, employment and training. This is a high priority for Tahltan members. We are working to achieve this through proactive outreach with companies operating and developing projects in Tahltan Territory, as well as strengthening collaboration with TNDC’s business partners and Tahltan organizations.
To foster TNDC’s long-term sustainable growth, the company must embrace an innovative, progressive mindset beyond its traditional business model and explore opportunities inside and outside the territory. TNDC is actively seeking to identify and pursue opportunities which diversify services that complement TNDC’s traditional business areas while capitalizing on TNDC’s experience, partnerships and local advantage.
TNDC’s new strategic plan commits to this diversification and strengthening financial performance, as well as providing training and employment opportunities for Tahltan members. The strategic plan defines key objectives in the areas of health, safety and environment, sustainable development, heavy construction, mining and earthmoving, catering and camp services, partnerships, infrastructure, and direct investment.
As we are actively working to advance initiatives, I look forward to providing updates as progress is made to advance TNDC’s strategic goals.
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.
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
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.
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.