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The COO Blog … May 14th, 2018

Tłıchǫ All Season Road and Community Meetings!

The Tłıc̨ hǫ All Season Road is getting closer day by day! TIC has a small team visiting the communities holding information sessions for the TASR and other business requirements in order to help the recruiting process. Meetings in Behchokǫ on Monday, May 14th, and Whatì on Wednesday, May 16th are already scheduled, and are just the start. We expect to have sessions in Gamèti and Wekweètì in June. These sessions will occur periodically in all the communities, so we can discuss preparation for employment, training, and apprenticeship opportunities. The TIC team is excited to share everything we can about the project in front of us. Personally, I can’t wait to get out to the communities and talk about these exciting plans!

Meanwhile, the TASR continues to progress with the road construction team at TIC working with the three proponents, as their final bids to the GNWT are due in August. We meet with each proponent at least once every other week, and those meetings are getting longer and more involved. This is a time to maximize the opportunity for local jobs for the Tłıc̨ hǫ people, in the short-term and long-term.

Please come out to the meetings, gather as much information and ask all questions that you have. And don’t worry, if you miss these first two meetings, there will be more in the upcoming months!

Land Transportation

Many of you may wonder what kind of business Ventures West and Tlicho Land Trans do during other parts of the year, not associated with Winter Road. During this time of year, we have several customers requiring fertilizer haulage, calcium haul and spray, LNG hauling, and aircraft fuel transport in support of forest fire fighting efforts. There are also many efforts in preparing for fuel and freight pre-hauls to Yellowknife.

This is also an important time of the year to pursue new business, and with a rebounding Alberta economy, the time is right to get the wheels turning more frequently. After some changes within the management team of the land transportation business unit, we are looking forward to a brighter future! I will be spending more time helping that team achieve success and assisting their further integration into TIC.

Canada Mining Institute Conference

I had the privilege to be able to speak at the CMI Annual Conference in Vancouver early in May. It was a chance for me to give background information on how mining has helped the growth of the Tłıc̨ hǫ Investment Corporation and the communities. It was a great time to spread the word of our organization and help

work on business growth.

These opportunities are very important to our businesses as we grow and diversify organically and geographically. We want people across the country to know who the Tłıc̨ hǫ people are and what TIC is. If everyone of these type of meetings opens the door to one business opportunity, it is well worth it!

Ongoing Business

The entire business is beginning preparation for the Gathering in July. This will be my first, so I am very excited to be a part. I have heard many things! We are currently going through the audit process finalizing the results and making sure nothing is missed.

Initiatives in many areas are being completed. Old equipment assets are being scrapped or sold, and all the yards and equipment have plans developed. The Nishi Kohn yard and the equipment are being managed by Aboriginal Engineering Limited, to ensure all assets are in good condition when they are needed, especially at winter road time.

We are working with customers on several different business opportunities, all in hopes to get more people hired and working. We are working on contracts, terms, and other potential with customers and vendors to help improve our financial position.

Our HR teams in Yellowknife and Fort Saskatchewan are working on projects to improve the recruiting for winter road construction, maintenance, and haulage activities. It is important for our future.

As always,if you have any questions,please feel free to reach out to me or my team.

Masi Cho!

Mark Brajer, MBA, P. Eng Chief Operating Officer Cell:(867) 447-0407

Phone:(867) 766-4909; Ext.222

Toll Free:1-866-540-7668



Tlicho Investment Corporation & Group of Companies P.O.Box 1567, 100 Borden Drive,Bay25,Stanton Plaza Yellowknife,NT XlA 2P2

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The COO Blog … April 15th, 2018

Winter Road … Done our Deliveries!

As the temperature starts to rise, and the snow and ice are melting, the scenery is changing, as is the focus of the organization. All our winter customer deliveries are completed for the Tłıc̨ hǫ Investment Corporation! It has been an exciting winter, and we have done well to meet our expectations. Over 7,000 loads of fuel and freight moved, an excellent safety record, and plenty of successes. The construction and maintenance of the diamond mine road remained strong.

During this time, I have had many discussions with our team in Fort Saskatchewan, our drivers, contractors, customers … just about everyone involved with moving items from the supplier to the destination at the mines. We have a great number of lessons learned, and we are planning to implement to make WR 2019 a great success!

Closer to home … The Nishi Khon Forestry testing was completed in the communities over the past month, and this unit is ready to go in need of emergency. Our mobile assets are being categorized and are in preparation for the spring and summer maintenance schedule attainment, as well as utilization plans. You will see a great amount of work being done in the Nishi Khon yard this summer. The team is collaborating to improve our readiness, and ability to react to potential customer needs … short-term and long-term.










Meanwhile, I was able to make it out to Wekweètì. It was a spectacular drive across the winter road, and some of the nicest scenery I have ever seen. As with all the community winter roads, it was opened ahead of schedule! The drive was spectacular, as was the beautiful view of the sunrise from Snare Lake Lodge. The lake was amazing as were the foothills surrounding the community. It was also great to spend some time with Chief Charlie Football, and the community government. I am excited to go back in summer!

The progress on the Tłıc̨ hǫ All Season Road bidding has been ongoing. It has been a lot of preparation as we work with the three companies who have won the right to place the final bid. We have meetings within the community soon, to provide updates, as well start to recruit for potential positions, and apprenticeship programs. The three proponents are working hard to prepare their final proposals, which means we are also working hard to complete requests for information. It is exciting to think that the road to Whati will be accessible all year round … just a few years into the future. It will open so much more for the region.

Our internal initiatives which we planned to start after the winter road are well underway, and the team is working hard to improve our equipment, our people, and our results. We have a lot of work in front of us, as we close the fiscal year, and prepare for the gathering in early July. Many steps to take, yet they are all in the name of progress.

I am looking forward to the summer season, and the midnight sun! At TIC we have a lot of work in front of us this summer, in the communities, on the roads, in the office, and preparing for next winter … to make it the best season ever.

Masi Cho!

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The COO Blog … March 15th, 2018

Winter Road … Lots of Traffic!

It has been an exciting winter for the Tłıc̨ hǫ Investment Corporation! As we speed through the last couple of weeks of the winter road season for delivery to the diamond mines, we are approaching 5,000 loads moving north from Yellowknife thus far. After the start of the season, and a road shutdown of six days for winter storms rolling through, the teams have done an excellent job of keeping things positive with our customers and deliveries. The ice has been very thick this year, so we were able to move to full loads quickly, and the storms did not hurt us too much.

Jasper and I were able to get out to see our customer Diavik at the mine site, visit the new A21 mine, and meet with members of our team and the Diavik management team and President as well! It was quite a site to see a mine at the very early stages, before it has gone too low, and the de-watering has just completed. I will be visiting our customers every quarter, and meeting with our teams as well. It is important we stay in front of the projects.

I was able to make a winter road trip to Gamèti to visit our hotel and retail store and allow me think strategically about what we need to do to help the community and improve our operations out there. It was a wonderful driving day, and the view from the hotel of the beautiful lake was amazing. Our staff in both locations is remarkable and was very happy to welcome us! They met with me to express their concerns about the facilities and how issues could be improved. We still have our major freight deliveries to the communities which will happen over the next two or three weeks, as soon as we are given the go-ahead to use the roads for heavy loads by the GNWT DOT! I’ll be going out toWekweètì soon … and I can’t wait!

The Tłıc̨ hǫ All-Season Road Project is going through the bidding process with the GNWT. Tlicho Road Construction are working with various companies as the

Tłıc̨ hǫ Investment Corporation will have be providing several types of resources.

The new road will begin construction in 2019 and is expected to generate some excellent opportunities for the

Tłıc̨ hǫ people, especially those living in Whatì!

We have started our Asset Maintenance and Utilization project for our light and heavy equipment through one of our engineering companies, Aboriginal Engineering Limited. This plan is intended to better utilize all our resources, throughout the year. It is a massive project in 2018, and it is just getting off the ground. We will be also starting a similar project with our land transportation companies Ventures West and Tlicho Land Trans.

The six-bay garage in Behchokǫ is to be completed in May. There are several new projects being discussed and assembled by Tlicho Construction.

Internally, we are working on training with the teams, to ensure everyone can use our systems more effectively. The process has started to find a Human Capital Management system led by the HR team in Yellowknife and Fort Saskatchewan. This is meant to assist in recruiting, managing, and retaining our

vast people resources. While we do this, we are reviewing and improving policies to make many matters more easily handled by the managers and team mates with consistency and fairness.

The management team is working to help us continuously improve as we move forward. We have identified many areas of need and intend to implement those changes during the spring and summer months to ensure an even smoother winter road season in 2019! You may see some new opportunities arise as well, as we continue to re-align and build for the future!

I look forward to continuing to provide you more updates as we progress through this year! As always … if you have any questions, my team and myself are there for you!

Masi Cho!

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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