Senior Management Team
In October 2023, Bruce was appointed Interim CEO to provide guidance and strategic direction of TNDC and to the new position of President of Construction.
As President of Construction, Bruce manages TNDC’s construction field teams to deliver on client commitments. Overseeing TNDC’s Heavy Construction division, Bruce is responsible for ensuring operational health, safety and environment compliance, operational excellence and project delivery, and construction team training and development. In this leadership role, Bruce oversees project execution and division operations, provide technical guidance to project teams, and deliver project briefings to client.
Bruce has a long history of leadership in the construction space in a multitude of industries, integrating business administration, construction management and industrial trade experience and education. His passion for safety, value based leadership, and development of team members is a perfect fit for TNDC.
Bruce is a senior executive leader with 30 years of progressive experience leading various business units and divisions. He has a dynamic range of experience in developing high performance teams, quality, safety and continuous improvements, systems, profit and loss optimization, contract management and change management.
He has held senior roles with several organizations, including Senior Vice President of Industrial with Carlson Construction Group, President of Quinn Contracting Group of Companies, Chief Operating Officer of Pacer Promec Energy Corporation, and senior leadership consulting roles with SRB Consulting.
Bruce’s professional experience is enhanced by comprehensive academic qualifications. He holds an Advanced Graduate Degree – Business Administration and Master of Business Administration (MBA), both from Athabasca University. Bruce has obtained Commercial & Contract Manager (CCM) Advanced Practitioner Certification from World Commerce and Contracting Management. His trade certifications include Red Seal Steamfitter/Pipefitter, Class A Gasfitter (Alberta & BC), and 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate.
Rob is an accomplished Indigenous economist and is a member of the Tahltan Nation. Since 2009, he has negotiated over $3 billion worth of agreements on behalf of First Nations clients. The agreements Rob negotiates set the standards in the areas of socio-cultural strategy, impact benefits, environmental oversight, and co-management of major resource projects. Prior to his consulting career, he worked for the Province of British Columbia as a Director of Research and Senior Economist. His career experience includes working for the Province of British Columbia as a Director of Research and Senior Economist and teaching Economics at Camosun College. Along with his extensive experience, Rob has an Undergraduate Degree in Economics from Queen’s University and a Master of Economics from the University of Victoria.
Anna-May is a financial executive and business leader with more than 10 years of professional experience in financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy, in private, public and government practice within large scale financial environments.
As Chief Financial Officer, Anna-May is responsible for planning, implementing, managing and reporting on TNDC’s financial activities, including financial budgeting, forecasting, and management, and leading the finance and accounting team.
Prior to TNDC, Anna-May spent several years in financial management and leadership positions, most recently with the Government of Northwest Territories as Executive Director. She previously served as Chief Financial Officer with Det’on Cho Management LP and Controller and Financial Planning Manager with Northwest Territories Housing Corporation.
Her extensive experience has fostered a vast understanding of working in the Northern environment and within the Indigenous businesses space. She has earned a reputation for building bridges and fostering effective relationships with all levels of stakeholders.
Embracing a strong commitment to life-long learning and education, Anna-May is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA). She is currently working on her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) through the University of Alberta, to be completed May 2024.
She served as Vice-Chair of Chartered Professional Accountant of the Northwest Territories/Nunavut Governing Board and received the Early Achievement Award from Chartered Professional Accountants of the Northwest Territories/Nunavut.
Colleen is a human resources professional with more than 15 years of experience and expertise in labour relations, employment relations, and disability claims management, working with the construction and energy industries, labour unions, Indigenous governments and communities, and crown corporations. She is passionate about building relationships and embracing diversity.
As Vice President of People and Corporate Culture, Colleen oversees all aspects of TNDC’s human resources (HR), including recruitment and retention, employee relations, regulatory compliance, budgeting, training, compensation, and leading the HR team.
Prior to TNDC, Colleen spent seven years with BBE Hydro Constructors at the Keeyask Generation Project (a partnership between Manitoba Hydro and four Manitoba First Nations) as a labour relations specialist working with unions, employees and managers managing contracts, communications, compensation, performance and policy implementation. She previously spent a decade in claims management, including as a Case Manager at Workers Compensation Board Alberta assisting injured workers in their recovery and successful return to employment.
Colleen holds a Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations from Athabasca University as well as National Construction Safety Officer designation from Alberta Construction Safety Association and certification from the Disability Management Institute (DMI).
Committed to working respectfully and effectively with Indigenous people and communities, Colleen has obtained several certificates from Indigenous Awareness Canada, including Indigenous Awareness, Peoples & Cultures, Communications & Consultation, and Employment Outreach, Recruit, Retain.
Nick is a Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) professional with extensive management experience in the construction space across the industrial, civil works and oil sectors. In addition to managing large teams, conducting inspections and delivering training, Nick has a strong background in injury management and return to work programs.
As TNDC’s HSE Director, Nick is responsible for leading TNDC’s operational health, safety and environment performance and regulatory compliance across operations and project sites. Nick is implementing standardized framework and structure to the TNDC safety program. His focus is on prevention and reduction of incidents and protection of people and the environment, fostering a SAFETY FIRST, SAFETY ALWAYS mindset to ensure everyone goes home safe.
Prior to TNDC, Nick was HSE Manager with Brymark Installations, HSE & Operations Manager with GB Group, Manager with August Safety Training, and HSE Team Lead for Jacobs Industrial Services.
Nick’s HSE experience is bolstered by extensive construction, health and safety certification. He is working towards a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety through the University of New Brunswick. In addition to several workplace safety certificates, Nick holds a Construction Safety Supervisor Certificate from the Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association.
Les is a highly accomplished construction project management professional with more than 35 years of extensive experience in the oil and gas, industrial construction and maintenance. He has worked in drilling, completions and workovers, through to construction and maintenance of process and refining facilities as well as mechanical and pipeline construction. Les is a solutions-focussed, decisive leader with a passion for safety and quality, and proven track record of increasing productivity and efficiency, saving project dollars.
As TNDC’s Red Chris Site Manager, Les is responsible for all of TNDC's field operations from initial project planning to completion, project activities including the supervision of self-performed and subcontracted construction work. In this leadership role, Les is the link between senior management and field forces. His scope of work includes developing the project budget, management of activities in the preconstruction phase, and ensuring the project is built on time, within budget.
Prior to TNDC, Les has held a variety of mid-senior level Construction Manager and Project Manager positions on projects ranging from $2 million to $5 billion in size, including Townsend, CNRL Horizon, Harvest Black Gold and TransCanada Keystone. The companies he has worked with include ERK Construction Inc., AltaGas, ZCL Composites, Sprague Rosser, Aecon Industrial and Suncor/PetroCanada.
He holds a Plumber Pipefitter Gas fitter Journeyman Interprovincial, Marketing and Small Business Management, and Inventory Control and Loss Management certificates from Red Deer College (now Red Deer Polytechnic).
Freda is a highly accomplished and recognized Indigenous leadership trailblazer. For over 25 years, Freda has worked in the mining sector with industry and First Nations, dedicated to innovating Indigenous community engagement, empowering the Indigenous workforce, and mentoring the next generation of Indigenous leaders.
As TNDC’s Training & Development Officer/HR Generalist, Freda provides senior level coordination and support in the planning and delivery of human resources activities, including staff development, engagement and recruitment. Within this scope, she leads development and execution of processes to enhance the complete employee lifecycle and is responsible for helping grow employee capacity by working with TNDC leadership to identify training gaps to develop and implement training plans. In addition, Freda connects with Tahltan youth in the community and provides job coaching for opportunities within TNDC.
Before joining TNDC, Freda was Community Relations Director with Skeena Resources, responsible for community engagement under the Eskay Creek Revitalization Project’s environmental assessment process. Prior to that, she was Director of Employment and Training for the Tahltan Central Government (TCG), where she developed the revolutionary OnTrack: Tahltan Essential Skills Database, instrumental in enabling Tahltans to access job opportunities in territory. In the years prior, she held human resource, employment and community liaison roles with AltaGas, Barrick Gold Corporation, Red Chris Development Company, TCG and Liard First Nation Development Corporation, as well as Dease Lake Program Coach for the BC Aboriginal Mine Training Association.
Freda’s extensive career achievements are enhanced by impressive academic accomplishments. She holds and Executive MBA, Indigenous Business and Leadership from Simon Fraser University and Associate of Arts Diploma, Business Administration from Camosun College. In addition, Freda draws upon leadership and organization business management courses from Thompson Rivers University.
She is a member of the Tahltan Nation, Crow Clan, and Dekama Family, and calls Tahltan Territory home. Freda’s commitment to the Tahltan Nation and her vision for the mining industry earned her the 2023 Indigenous Trailblazer Award from Women In Mining Canada.
As Director, Partnerships and Business Development, Calvin is responsible for increasing TNDC revenues and growing business partnerships, including managing TNDC’s existing service provider partners, identifying new market and partnership opportunities, and facilitating contract opportunities for Tahltan entrepreneurs.
Calvin Carlick is a highly driven and results-focussed executive leader, with more than 15 years of experience working within First Nations organizations, including operating a non-profit government, leading band economic development initiatives, and fostering governance and strategic operations. He is passionate about achieving positive results through good governance and enhanced operational tactics and strategies.
Prior to TNDC, Calvin was Chief Administrative Officer with Tahltan Central Government (TCG), the administrative governing body of the Tahltan Nation. Calvin previously held Economic Development Officer positions for Kitselas First Nation and Iskut Band Council.
Calvin embraces a strong commitment to corporate service. He currently serves on the Community Futures BC Board of Directors and is chair of the Community Futures 16/37 Board of Directors. Recent appointments include student representative on the Presidential Rehiring Subcommittee with Royal Roads University, chair of the Northern Business Development Society board, and 11 years on the TNDC Board of Directors, including seven years as chair.
Calvin holds a Master of Business Administration – Executive Management and Bachelor of Commerce – Entrepreneurial Management, both from Royal Roads University.
Calvin is Tahltan from the Crow Clan and Carlick family.
Jamie is a Certified Civil Engineering Technologist and holds a Certificate in Business Administration. As President of CMS Construction Management Services, Jamie has been providing project and construction management and quality control services for civil, environmental and building projects for more than 30 years,
Jamie has been serving as an Advisor to TNDC since 2022. He served on the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) Board of Directors from 2014 to 2022, held Vice Chair and Chair positions and served as TNDC's Managing Director from 2021-22.
He was born, raised and resides in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Joey-Lee is a human resource leadership professional with more than 15 years of experience working with non-profits, Indigenous governments, Indigenous education, and the construction industry. She has successfully built teams and structured the HR departments of agencies and organizations, developing processes and policies to align with the vision and mission.
As TNDC’s HR Manager, Joey-Lee leads the HR team in achieving the corporate strategies for the department, including recruitment and retention, performance management, safety, employee training and development.
Prior to TNDC, Joey-Lee served as Human Resources Director with E4C and held the positions of Director of Human Resources & Corporate Services and Human Resources Manager & Corporate Administration with Metis Nation of Alberta. She was also Director of Human Resources and Staff Development for Rupertsland Institute Alumni and Human Resources Manager for Legacy Automotive Group.
Complementing her business acumen, Joey-Lee has several designations. She holds a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation and is a Society for Human Resources Management Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP). She has also obtained a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Phoenix.
Joey-Lee also serves on the board of ChillHR, a professional association for the HR sector and has been an Elected Representative for the New Dawn Métis Women’s Society. As a Métis person, she has published her HR perspective in the CPHR magazine.
Rhonda manages TNDC’s accounts payable and receivable teams, providing leadership and oversite of the day-to-day accounting functions. She holds a diploma in Business Administration in Accounting.
An enterprising leader with strong business acumen, integrity and a commitment to deliver exceptional business results, Taylor has diverse project experience. His knowledge spans operations, general management, pre-construction, estimating, business development, continuous improvement, quality assurance/control, negotiations, labour relations, and health, safety and environment.
As Pre-Construction/Estimating Manager, Taylor is responsible for assessing the cost of construction projects, developing accurate and comprehensive proposals, negotiating with clients, subcontractors and suppliers, and transitioning projects to the construction execution team. He works closely with TNDC’s management team, clients, and industry contacts to secure future work for TNDC, and develops and implements procedures, standards, and rules and regulations to ensure consistent results.
Prior to TNDC, Taylor was Project Manager with Pitt Meadows Plumbing & Mechanical Systems, leading the Oakridge Energy District Energy System project. He has also held Industrial Manager, Business Services and Continuous Quality Improvement Lead positions with Carlson Construction Group. In addition, Taylor held Project Manager, Estimator, and Project Coordinator roles over a 10-year period on resource and industrial projects with Brymark Installations Group.
Taylor holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and a Business Administration Associate Certificate from British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is also working towards an MBA at Simon Fraser University. Tyler has completed numerous training and professional development courses in leadership, health and safety, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is also an active volunteer with several community organizations giving back time and fundraising for health and wellness initiatives.