Employee Profiles

Eric Quock

Road Maintenance Foreman

Eric Quock is a long-term TNDC employee. He has been with TNDC since 1994. Today he is a foreman, supervising a TNDC Road Maintenance crew at TNDC’s Newcrest Red Chris Mine job site.    

What is your job title?

Road Maintenance Foreman

Which TNDC division do you work for?

Construction                   

Which jobsite do you work at?  

Newcrest Red Chris  

When did you start working for TNDC? 

I started seasonal in 1994 and have been full time since 2012.

What do you like most about your job?  

The location, being challenged, and having the ability to help the younger generation in learning the ins and outs of construction, and giving them the opportunity to move up.

Where do you live?   

Telegraph Creek, BC

Tianna Merrick

Rock truck/equipment operator

I started with TNDC in June 2018 as a packer operator, then moved to a rock truck driver within my first month at the Red Chris Mine project. In May 2019, I was given the opportunity by Kelso Marion and Dave Cook (much appreciation), to start learning on a dozer during my lunch breaks, only later to be given the chance to show what I had learned from my mentors to a much greater audience. Having Dennis Quock and Dawn Loverin alongside giving me guidance, sold me on becoming a heavy equipment operator. I have much appreciation for the encouragement and knowledge they all shared with me.

In October 2019, I transitioned to the office environment as the Field Administrator. I grew a better understanding of the type of duties the TNDC Management Team has, and the lengths they go to protect the employees. In July 2021, I moved back into the Construction field as a rock truck/equipment operator, which is where I felt I belonged, and where my supervisors believed I would exceed. I enjoy being back in the field alongside my co-workers and supervisors, who offer their encouragement and support on a daily basis.

What is your job title?

Rock truck/equipment operator

Which TNDC division do you work for?

Construction                   

Which jobsite do you work at?  

Newcrest Red Chris  

When did you start working for TNDC? 

June 2018

What do you like most about your job?  

With the diversity of positions I have been in, what I like most about working for TNDC is the many different people I have met along the way. Out in the field, for the most part, we are one big family. Looking out for one another is something you don’t see very often in today’s world. It’s comforting knowing you get to come back to people who genuinely become a part of your life, and many have had a huge impact in my life in a really positive way. And within the office environment, I have met people who have become daily mentors in my life that I still keep in contact with, even though it has been a couple years since we worked together.

Where do you live?   

I currently reside in Prince George BC, but my hometown is Dease Lake, BC.

What is your favorite quote?     

Tapper cool everybody, tapper cool.

Hankin Asp

Regional Operations Manager

I started with TNDC in October 2011 as heavy equipment operator, then as a field level supervisor on the Northwest Hydroelectric Projects. In March 2012 I assumed the role of Chief Operations Officer. In July 2019, I moved into the role of Lead for Mining Exploration Services and in June 2021, I moved into the role of Regional Operational Manager.

What does your work involve?

Working with mining exploration companies operating in Tahltan Territory to support their exploration and field season program plans, identifying the services TNDC can deliver directly or through one of its partners.

What do you do on an average day?

Day-to-day operations, managing TNDC personnel and equipment on mining exploration projects, project site visits, and negotiate potential contracts.

Who do you work with?

Exploration companies, CEO, senior management, operations personnel and site supervisors.

Where is your home community?

Dease Lake / Smithers

What do you like about your job the most?

The variety of interaction within our company, including co-workers and management staff and members of the Tahltan Nation. I also like being able to work from home and being an active member of the community.

Do you have a favourite quote or saying?

“Don’t you have something you should be doing?”

Rhonda Quock

Manager, Finance Accounting and Administration

I started with TNDC at Eskay Creek Mine through Spatsizi Remote Services where I provided catering services. During this time I applied for a leave and obtained a Class 1 license and a heavy equipment operator’s certificate.  In 2004 I was offered a position in the Dease Lake office as temporary receptionist and have worked with the company ever since.

What does your work involve?

Daily organizing and coordinating office operations and procedures. Responsibilities include supervising office staff and working closely with Human Resources in areas of recruiting, evaluating, orientation and training, as well as ensuring employees are aware of other training involving personal and professional advancement.  I’m also responsible for administrative, and financial management, which involves effective and continued liaising with other department managers, company clients and relevant ‘outside’ entities. Continued assessment for all accounting entries and reconciliations to assure timely monthly, quarterly tasks are completed in preparation for year-end reports are essential and ongoing process.

What do you do on an average day?

My average day consists of organizing and prioritizing my workload to maintain a balance between ongoing pre-scheduled tasks and those that come up unexpectedly; from managing office equipment requirements and maintaining updates, to communicating with office and accounting staff and managers or site personnel.  By and large my schedule is based on maintaining effective and timely procedures for the month, while planning for future requirements.

Who do you work with?

I work closely and interact daily with all TNDC managers as well as all staff at our Dease Lake office and Shop.

Where is your home community?

Dease Lake, BC. 

What do you like about your job the most?

The people I have worked with over the years. The atmosphere in the office is friendly, open, and honest, and there is always humour and laughter, which makes for a great place to work.  I like that TNDC maintains an active approach of hiring locally and offers training within that position. And employees are highly encouraged and supported to advance professionally, which ripples into advancing personally as well.  TNDC has been a great place to work.