Management Team

Peter Arendt, P.Eng.

Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 250.771.5482

Peter Arendt joined TNDC as Chief Executive Officer in January 2017. Peter is a senior mining and energy professional with more than 30 years of diverse and well-rounded experience. He has held leadership roles in coal marketing, business development, engineering, operations, project development and transportation/logistics. His extensive international experience includes positions and projects in a number of countries, including Canada, Australia, Latin America and Asia, which includes working with indigenous people. Prior to joining TNDC, Peter worked as a consultant in the coal, energy and mine consulting sectors. Previously he served as General Manager of Planning, Strategy and Market Development for a major Indonesian coal producer and exporter. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining) from the University of Queensland in Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Business from the Curtin University of Technology in Western Australia. As well, Peter is qualified as a professional engineer in British Columbia and Alberta.

Edward Van Meirlo

Vice President Operations (TNDC, SRS)
Phone: 250.771.5482

Edward serves as TNDC Vice President, Operations with TNDC and Chief Operations Officer with Spatsizi Remote Services (SRS). He oversees day-to-day operations of TNDC and management of camps and staff for SRS. Edward has been with TNDC since fall 2005 as Chief Operations Officer of SRS and was added the additional role of Vice President, Operations for TNDC in 2005. Prior to TNDC, Edward worked as Chef/Manager on the Shell Klappan exploration project.

Ron Burton, CPA, CA

Chief Financial Officer

Ron Burton joined TNDC as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in March 2018. Ron is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years of experience in senior finance positions providing financial management, budgeting, financial reporting and cost control expertise. Prior to TNDC, Ron served as CFO of Bear Creek Group from 2013, responsible for all aspects of accounting and finance. Previously he was CFO of Eclipse Geomatics, responsible for administration, accounting and finance. He also served as Director of Finance with Ledcor Group of Companies, responsible for the financial reporting of the Contractors Group and all the financial aspects related to Ledcor’s equipment fleets. Other past positions include Manager, Revenue and Accounts Receivable with the Interior Health Authority and Chief Financial Officer with Nippon Cable (Canada) Ltd. Ron holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting/Business Management from the University of British Columbia.

Phil Simmonds

General Manager, Heavy Construction

As General Manager Heavy Construction, Phil manages operations, contracts and clients across TNDC’s projects and sites. Phil joined TNDC in January 2019, bringing solid technical and operational skills, qualifications and experience in mine engineering, civil engineering, production supervision and management. Phil’s career includes positions in dam and highway construction, with a focus on production and efficiency.

Phil joined TNDC from Centerra Gold Inc. where he provided technical mine engineering services at Mount Milligan Mine, responsible for quality control and ensuring the tailings dam was built correctly and to specification. Previously, he held contract positions with Brocor Construction Ltd. as Superintendent on highway construction for the Meikle Wind Project, Metro Surveys as Survey Manager for the Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Project, and IDL Projects as Senior Engineering Surveyor/Foreman for the Quality Wind Project. Phil has also held senior positions with other mining companies in western Canada.

Phil’s qualifications include an Engineering Design Technologist Diploma, as well as certifications in Project Management, Mining and Mineral Processing, Professional Supervisor, Shiftboss (Open Pit Mines) and Surface Mine Rescue.

Rhonda Quock-Williams

Finance & Administration Manager
Phone: 250.771.5482

Rhonda is the Finance & Administration Manager with TNDC. She is responsible for administration, financial management and coordination of office operations, including supervising staff. Rhonda started with TNDC in 2004 as a temporary receptionist and has worked her way up through education and training. She previously worked with TNDC at the Eskay Creek Mine through Spatsizi Remote Services providing catering services. Rhonda holds a Class 1 license and a heavy equipment operator’s certificate.

Andrea Louie

Human Resources Manager
Phone: 250.771.5482

Andrea Louie is TNDC's HR Manager. She assumed the role in November 2018 and previously was acting HR Manager covering for a maternity leave, while also serving as Accounts Payable Clerk, a role she had held since 2015.

Thorn Calbreath

Shop Manager
Phone: 250.771.5482
  • 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 MacGregor
    Vice President, Operations, Sodexo Canada Ltd.
  • 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.
  • 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’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
  • 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.