Senior Management Team

Paul Gruner, MBA, CPA, ICD.D

Chief Executive Officer

Paul is a senior executive leader with 15 years of experience delivering business results in partnership with Indigenous stakeholders. He has a dynamic range of experience in strategic leadership, mergers and acquisitions, business development, strategic partnerships, financial management, project management, corporate governance, contract negotiations, capacity building and job creation for citizens, and environmental, social and corporate governance. Paul is skilled in transformation strategy that strengthens organizations and builds them into sustainable, profitable entities with the leadership and resiliency to operate for generations.

Paul’s career has been focussed in the North and includes positions in Northern Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Alaska and Northwest Territories, and spans several diverse industries including oil and gas, civil construction, telecommunications and manufacturing. Prior to TNDC, Paul was President and CEO of Det’on Cho Management LP, the economic arm of Yellowknives Dene First Nation in Northwest Territories for five years.  He has previously served as General Manager of Dakwakada Capital Investments, CEO of Castle Rock Enterprises and President of RAB Energy. 

Complementing his extensive business acumen, Paul holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Northern British Columbia and several designations, including Chartered Professional Accounting, Project Management Professional from the PMI Institute, and Institute of Corporate Directors.

Board Experience

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Future Skills Centre Advisory Board
  • NWT / Nunavut Chamber of Mines
  • Dadan Sunivut (Subsidiary of APTN)
  • Da Daguay Development Corporation

Rob McPhee

VP Partnerships and Growth

Rob is an accomplished indigenous economist and is a member of the Tahltan Nation. Since 2009, he has negotiated over $3b worth of agreements on behalf of our 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.

Anna-May St. Amand CPA, CA, CFE

Chief Financial Officer

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.

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.

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.

Embracing a strong commitment to life-long learning and education, Anna-May is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Accountant (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA).

As Chief Financial Officer and senior executive, 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.

Board Experience:

  • Vice-Chair of Chartered Professional Accountant of the Northwest Territories/Nunavut Governing Board

Awards/Recognitions:

  • Early Achievement Award from Chartered Professional Accountants of the Northwest Territories/Nunavut

 

Colleen Cashin

Human Resources Director

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.

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.

As Human Resources Director, 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.

Hankin Asp

Regional Operations Manager

Hankin manages camp services, industrial and civil projects in the region, working with project managers to facilitate TNDC's services, equipment and crews. Hankin previously served as mining exploration lead and chief operating officer, planning and managing heavy construction, road maintenance and earthworks projects across the exploration, mining, energy and civil sectors. He began his career with TNDC in 2011 as a field level supervisor on the Northwest Hydroelectric Projects (now Coast Mountain Hydro Projects). Prior to TNDC, Hankin was a field supervisor with Galore Creek Mining Corporation for six years and worked as a heavy equipment operator (HEO) in mining, oil and gas. Hankin holds a Project Management Certificate from UNBC and obtained his HEO Certificate from Northern Lights College.

Roanna Gleason

Human Resources Manager

Roanna is responsible for managing TNDC's Human Resources, including facilitating recruitment and on boarding of new staff, managing site HR teams, and implementing policies and procedures. Prior to joining TNDC in 2013, Roanna worked in various roles including Human Resources and Staff Development Officer, Correctional Officer, and Legal Assistant while living in the Yukon. Roanna has completed a number of certificates at the Yukon College and Justice Institute of BC.

Robert Martin

Corporate HSE Manager

Robert Martin is a health, safety and environmental (HSE) management professional with almost 30 years of occupational HSE experience in construction and operation of industrial projects in the energy, mining, and oil and gas sectors.

From his early career as a Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System trainer with the Alberta Construction Safety Association to progressively advanced positions leading development and execution of corporate health and safety programs focussed on incident prevention and reduction, Robert has garnered a reputation for achieving program results, meeting regulatory compliance and building strong safety cultures.

Robert’s expansive HSE experience includes pipeline and utility line construction, surface and underground mining, surface drilling and blasting, and wind farm commissioning projects, ranging from $500 million to $8 billion, and overseeing crews in excess of 2.500 people. Among his greatest accomplishments is achieving a 72% incident rate reduction through HSE program development and execution.

Most recently, Robert was Director of Health Safety and Environment in pipeline construction. He has also served as an HSE consultant guiding companies in developing and executing health and safety programs.

As TNDC’s Corporate HSE Manager, Robert leads the health and safety program, ensuring regulatory compliance, and developing and implementing safety orientations, training, policies,  procedures and initiatives, with a focus on prevention and reduction of incidents and protection of people and the environment.  

Robert holds an Occupational Health and Safety Certificate from the University of New Brunswick, and several health and safety certifications from industry associations in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. He has also obtained trade ticket and instructor certificates for an Underground Diamond Driller through the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Rhonda Quock-Williams

Manager, Finance Accounting and Administration

Rhonda oversees finance, accounting and administration for TNDC, including management of the accounting and administrative teams. Rhonda has taken several business administration and financing courses.

Jamie Gleason

Consultant

Jamie Gleason is a Certified Civil Engineering Technologist and has a Certificate in Business Administration. He is President of CMS Construction Management Services, and has been providing project and construction management and quality control services for civil, environmental and building projects for more than 30 years. Jamie previously worked for private contractors in the road construction and building industries and the Yukon and Federal  governments as a project inspector and project manager. Jamie was also a Principal with Colliers Project Leaders, a national project management services company. Jamie was born, raised and resides in Whitehorse, Yukon. He served on the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation board of directors from 2014 to 2022 and held Vice Chair and Chair roles, and most recently served as TNDC's Managing Director in 2021. He is a member of the Callbreath (Stikine-Claw) family.