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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!

Mark 3

The Tlicho Investment Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Mark I.
Brajer, P. Eng, MBA as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) effective December 11, 2017. Mark
earned his Engineering degree at McMaster University in Ontario and his Masters in Business
Administration at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh Scotland. He is also a Doctoral candidate
(OM) in Organizational Leadership at the University of Phoenix.

Mark brings with him 25 years of experience with a diverse business background in Supply
Chain Operations and Project Management most recently with Epicure as Vice President,
Operations and Supply Chain in Victoria, BC. Prior to Epicure, Mark spent 8 years with Unilever
in Toronto and New Jersey as Director PMO and Supply Chain.
Please join me in welcoming Mark to the team at Tlicho Investment Corporation and as a new
resident of Yellowknife.

Mark can be reached at our offices at Stanton Plaza, 100 Borden Drive, Yellowknife, NT by
calling 867-766-4909 or by email at

Masi Cho

Jasper Lamouelle
Tlicho Investment Corporation

YELLOWKNIFE (November X, 2016) The Tlı̨chǫ Investment Corporation is happy to announce its continued commitment to investing in the Tlı̨chǫ Region and the Northern economy by its recent acquisition of 11 Peterbilt tractor units from Midnight Sun Energy, a company based in the Northwest Territories that has served the North for more than two decades.

The purchase will support Tlicho Landtran Ltd and Ventures West Transport’s upcoming busy winter road business. In recent months, the Tlı̨chǫ Investment Corporation increased its ownership in Ventures West Transport to 90% and Tlicho Landtran by 49%.
“Ventures West Transport has provided our valued clients with excellent bulk fluids and freight transportation to northern communities and mines for over 25years and we’re proud to now be the 90% owner of this strong company partnered with Denesoline Corporation who owns 10%,” said Jasper Lamouelle, President of the Tlicho Investment Corporation as well as sole owners of Tlicho Landtran. “This latest purchase is part of our continued commitment to support the North by buying in the North, from northern companies.”
This move complements the Tlı̨chǫ Government’s August 2016 purchase of Tlicho Landtran , ensuring more benefits from the operation of these companies accrue to the Tlı̨chǫ people, its shareholders and partners.

For more information, please contact:

Jasper Lamouelle, President/CEO
Tlicho Investment Corporation


Move means Tlicho Landtran is the North’s only 100% northern owned/operated transport company

YELLOWKNIFE (September 6, 2016) The Tlicho Investment Corporation is happy to announce that on August 26, 2016, through their subsidiary 964053 NWT Ltd., it acquired the 49% shareholdings of Tlicho Landtran Transport Ltd from Landtran Group Holdings Inc. With this purchase, The Tlicho Investment Corporation now fully owns Tlicho Landtran Transport Ltd, making the company 100% northern owned and operated.

“All benefits from the operation of Tlicho Landtran Transport will now accrue to the Tlicho people and its shareholders and partners, and we want to thank the Tlicho people and our clients for their ongoing support as we move the organization forward,” said Jasper Lamouelle, President of the Tlicho Investment Corporation. “We will continue to provide our valued clients with the service they have come to expect from us and are reaching out to all of our clients to make the transition as seamless as possible as we approach another busy winter road season.”

Tlicho Landtran Transport will contract with Ventures West Transport LP to provide a wide variety of operational and administrative services while maintaining the current complement of local employees. As part of the transition, the Tlicho Investment Corporation has entered into an agreement with TF Energy Solutions Inc. to provide transportation services beyond its current operating perimeter.

Current freight services coming from southern locations to the North will maintain the same schedules as previously operated. To ensure continuity of service, the Tlicho Investment Corp has acquired land and facilities in the NWT and Alberta to facilitate the continuing operations.

For more information, please contact:

Jasper Lamouelle, President/CEO
Tlicho Investment Corporation