CEO's Message

Peter Arendt, P.Eng.

February 2018

Throughout the winter season, TNDC has continued to focus on business development.  The company has undertaken several initiatives in pursuit of contracts of all sizes in the infrastructure, public works, mining and mineral exploration sectors, independently and in partnership with other companies.

Keeping with the commitment to increase TNDC’s participation in the exploration and mining sector, we have been actively engaging exploration and mining companies in advance of 2018 season programs. Key initiatives include:

  • In October 2017, TNDC management met with exploration companies in Dease Lake that were providing project updates to Tahltan Leadership. The meetings focused on potential contract opportunities and how TNDC and our business partners may support exploration activities in Tahltan Territory.
  • In November 2017, TNDC hosted an industry forum in Vancouver for exploration companies (including jade) with projects in Tahltan Territory to present the service capabilities offered by TNDC and our business partners. The event was well attended by industry who provided positive feedback on the forum. TNDC is planning a follow-up forum in spring-2018.
  • In January 2018, TNDC met with Tahltan Leadership, exploration/mining companies and business partners during the Association for Mineral Exploration Roundup conference in Vancouver to discuss work programs and contract opportunities.  

The above initiatives are in addition to TNDC’s efforts to achieve new and expanded contract opportunities in various industry sectors. The company is maintaining focus on our core capabilities in construction and camp services. Recent months have seen an increase in contract bidding opportunities. TNDC has been awarded new contracts, and we are optimistic that additional contracts will be achieved in 2018.

TNDC is also strongly focused on maintaining and expanding the long-term relationship with the Red Chris Mine; we are proactively working with management at Red Chris and Imperial Metals to achieve new service contracts. TNDC is also engaged with management at the Silvertip and Brucejack mines to seek contracting opportunities.

We have also been working with the Tahltan Central Government (TCG) to strengthen TNDC’s positioning related to exploration activities, supporting a collaborative approach. TNDC is maintaining focus on generating revenue and implementing cost control measures in response to ongoing financial pressures.

In December, TNDC hosted the annual Kids Community Christmas Party at Dease Lake with the generous support of the Tahltan Band, community organizations, industry, TNDC business partners and suppliers who donated toys, gifts and food and provided financial and in-kind support. This annual event brings tremendous delight to children, youth and families living in our remote communities from the surrounding communities.

TNDC’s success is intertwined with the collaboration of industry, our partners, suppliers and Tahltan organizations. We appreciate their support and look forward to continued collaboration in the year ahead.


  • 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 McLean
    Past Business Development & Aboriginal Relations Manager, Ledcor
  • 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
    Finance & Administration Manager, TNDC
  • 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 Friesen
    Manager 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. Wickstead
    President, 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 Laidlaw
    President & General Manager, Helifor Canada Corp.
  • We’ve had many projects in Tahltan territory through our Rescan Tahltan Environmental Consultants (RTEC) partnership, and the experience has been excellent. TNDC’s management team has been an honorable and knowledgeable group to work with. They always look at ways to make things work, and we have developed lasting friendships. It’s been an honour to work together.
    Clem Pelletier
    former CEO, Rescan Group