The COO Blog … Feb 1st, 2018
Winter is Coming? No Winter is Here!
As I have just finished my 30th business day as Chief Operating Officer
with the Tłıc̨ hǫ Investment Corporation, I thought it was a great time to start writing a monthly blog to let everyone know what we are doing here at TIC.
In December, during my first few days, I was able to get out to visit Behchokǫ and I was treated very warmly by everyone I met. Seeing some of our facilities, including the Sportsplex, really got my juices flowing, and wanting to get more projects underway as soon as possible. I’ve already had meetings with the GNWT to discuss things like the road to Behchokǫ and the bridge near Frank Channel, and future projects in the region. It is great to know there are some exciting times ahead!
The winter road construction team have completed the winter road to Whatì and it is open! The Gamèti road about to open in a couple of days (two weeks ahead of schedule). That will allow the road to Wekweètì to get completed soon! I drove out to Whatì last week for my first visit. It was awesome! I met so many great people.
While there, I was able to visit the new Whatì Hotel, which will be opened for regular business shortly. I also spent time in our community store and had great conversations with the staff.
The teams working in both facilities have been doing a great job.
There are some improvements and adjustments that needs to be completed, though the fruit of their labour will be seen shortly. I was very impressed with the community and enjoyed my time there. I look forward to visiting Gamèti and Wekweètì.
I’ve been able to visit our offices in Fort Saskatchewan, AB to meet and observe the teams at Ventures West and Tlicho Land Trans. The transport of Fuel and Freight from Edmonton to Yellowknife has been completed, with record amounts being moved. Flow of trucks from Yellowknife to the mines started this week and accelerated quickly. We have hundreds of trucks on the roads already heading north, and the site is amazing, especially at night. Constant contact with customers to meet their needs is critical. A dispatch office filled with people is the norm for the next eight weeks, 24 hours per day!
We have been working diligently over the past few months to supply labour to new mining projects, and leasing equipment assets to keep them utilized. We are also preparing for new and exciting projects in the future. I have worked with and been observing the management team across all the businesses and have been building plans to re-align some of the business and take steps to improve and build the future of the Tłıc̨ hǫ Investment Corporation and Group of Companies. There are wonderful challenges and opportunities ahead of us!
Meeting many people inside and outside our businesses has been one of the most fun parts of my job thus far. Building our relationships with customers and partners is a goal for myself and the whole organization. The teams from all the businesses are working extremely hard to get through our busiest
time of the year, and as the days get longer (and colder) we continue to push freight to the mines. We have all been working hard spreading the TIC name and working toward growing the business.
My expectations for the Tłıc̨ hǫ Investment Corporation and businesses this year are very high. We have a lot to do, and the team is coming together to make it happen! I look forward to continuing to provide more information and sharing exciting opportunities as we move forward!