TNDC Appoints General Manager Heavy Construction

Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (TNDC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Phil Simmonds to the position of General Manager Heavy Construction. Phil brings solid technical and operational skills, qualifications and experience in mine engineering, civil engineering, production supervision and management. This experience is directly applicable to the industries that TNDC serves. Phil’s career includes positions in dam and highway construction, with a focus on production and efficiency.

“TNDC is delighted to have found a candidate of the calibre of Phil Simmonds to join our senior management team. His significant knowledge, experience and qualifications are highly aligned with TNDC’s business areas. He will play a vital role in bringing efficiencies to TNDC’s existing operations and driving profitable growth, while supporting training and mentorship to grow the capabilities of TNDC personnel,” says Peter Arendt, CEO of TNDC. 

Phil joins 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 positions with Brocor Construction Ltd. focussing on complex highway construction and 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.

As General Manager Heavy Construction, Phil will manage operations, contracts and clients across TNDC’s projects and sites, including Red Chris Mine, drive operational and administrative improvements and have a key role in growing TNDC’s heavy construction business. Reporting to Peter Arendt, CEO of TNDC, Phil will assume the position beginning January 8, 2019 and will become the point of contact for all heavy construction matters.

Phil will assume the responsibilities of Mr. Hankin Asp, who is leaving TNDC on February 2, 2019. TNDC thanks Hankin for his many years of service and contributions and wishes him continued success in his future endeavours.

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  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • 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