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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

 

Mark Brajer, MBA, P.Eng, ICD.D

Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Brajer is responsible for overseeing all of the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation, its subsidiary companies, and joint ventures. Mark joined TIC in December 2017 and is a licensed engineer in NT, NU, BC, and ON. He has 25+ years of experience working at an executive level across North America managing many operations and functional areas in global environments. In his career, he has worked for several private and public companies including E.D. Smith (Ontario and Mississippi), Alberto Culver (Toronto and Chicago), Unilever (Toronto and New Jersey), and Epicure (Victoria).

Mr. Brajer currently sits on the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business Board of Directors and the NWT Chamber of Commerce Board and has served in many communities and not-for-profit boards across the country.  He received a B.Eng in Chemical Engineering and a B.Sc in Chemistry from McMaster University. He also received Food Science certification from the University of Guelph, and his MBA from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.

Mr. Brajer reports to the TIC Board of Directors.

 

Fauna Kingdon

Chief Financial Officer

Fauna KingdonFauna Kingdon is a Manitoba Métis/Cree, raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and who now resides in Yellowknife, NT.  She has been working with TIC since May of 2020. Ms. Kingdon has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hon.) degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan and received her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2009 – the only Indigenous graduate in her class. Ms. Kingdon has also obtained a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation and is currently working towards a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) designation.

In addition to receiving an Indspire Award in the youth category, Ms. Kingdon has received the James W. Clarke Award and the Great West Life Leadership Award from the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal and a Canada Day Youth Award, and has been named both a National Métis Youth Model and a National Aboriginal Youth Role Model. Ms. Kingdon was also awarded the Manitoba YMCA/YWCA Young Woman of Distinction.

 

Sarah Hunt

Vice President, Corporate Human Resources, Administration & Communication

Photo of Sarah HuntAfter completing her Business Commerce degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2004, Ms. Hunt made the decision to head North to get a start on her career in Human Resources and to experience the beauty and uniqueness of the Northern environment and culture. She began her career working for a former Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation-owned company, I&D Management Services Ltd.; focusing on indigenous employment and capacity building in the diamond mining industry. Sarah has been working within the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation and its group of companies since 2011 and is responsible for the oversight and management of the Human Resources functions and services. She also oversees TIC’s corporate administration and marketing/communications functions.  She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Candidate and an active member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. Sarah is passionate about, and dedicated to, maximizing northern and northern indigenous employment.  

 

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Directors

 

Paul Gourlay

Director of Construction

Paul GourlayA Construction Engineering Technologist with over 35 years of commercial and industrial construction experience, Paul has been a resident of the Northwest Territories for more than 37 years and has spent over 7 years working under the Tlicho Investment Corporation umbrella. Paul is an entrepreneur by heart, has a unique sense of humor and an unwavering level of dedication to the construction operations at TIC. 

 

 

 

 

Betty Anne Nickerson

Director of Site Services and Labour Management

Photo of Betty Anne NickersonBetty Anne Nickerson is a Tłı̨chǫ citizen and has worked for Tli Cho Logistics for 19 years. She has attended programs and obtained certifications from the Alberta Construction Safety Association, Southern Alberta Institute for Technology, and McMaster University to better herself in the field of Diamond mining and construction. 
Betty Anne has developed a strong sense of devotion to the company and to the employees.  Her experiences in being able to provide employment to hundreds of individuals give her a deeper appreciation of the role she plays within the company. Continuously striving to grow the company and connecting personally with the clients and personnel is what makes the company successful. 

 

Sapan Seth

Director of Finance/Controller

 

Michael (Mike) Weibel

Director of Engineering, Environment & Equipment

Photo of Michael Weibel by Tessa MacintoshMike Weibel has worked with the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation & Group of Companies (TIC) since March of 2018, starting out in the role of Asset/Fleet manager for Tłı̨chǫ Equipment Ltd (TEL) and also holding the role of Senior Manager for TEL.  During his time with TIC he has implemented a fleet management program/software to better maintain our equipment, has  successfully established a home fuel delivery program in Behchokǫ̀ and has built a strong mobile maintenance program and team. He has extensive experience as a local business owner; bringing with him 10 years of management experience and 20 years of experience working with and maintaining heavy equipment. In March of 2021, Mike was promoted to the position of Director of Equipment, Engineering & Environmental with TIC and now also oversees the operations of Tlicho Engineering & Environmental Services Ltd.

 

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Garry Tkachuk

Senior Manager, Corporate Health, Safety & Environmental (HSE)

Garry TkachukGarry Tkachuk has been a resident of the Northwest Territories for 52 years and has been Corporate Health, Safety & Environmental Manager for the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation for the past 5 years. Prior to his role at TIC, he had accumulated 31 years of management experience incorporate safety and security professions in the North and has completed many related courses; gaining a vast amount of knowledge in an ever-changing profession.  Major accomplishments during his time with TIC include setting up of one central safety system that is recognized and used by all Tłı̨chǫ group of companies, and success in achieving COR Certification for 6 of the TIC companies.  Garry’s key goal is to create a safe workplace for all employees so that they can live life to the fullest, provide for their families and participate in the well-being of the community they live in.  

 

Tracey Simpson

Community Operations Leader

Photo of Tracey SimpsonTracey Simpson is a Tlicho citizen from Whatì, NT. Tracey joined the management team at the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation in April 2021.  She has her Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge, majoring in Human Resources with a minor in Information Systems. Tracey has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources and Payroll, mainly in the mining industry. She is passionate about her culture, and developing and connecting indigenous people with fulfilling opportunities.

Management Team -

 

Chris Babkirk 

Manager (TEES)

 

Katrina Jeremick'ca 

Manager, Recruitment & Benefits

 

Raymon Mansour

Property Manager (TPM)

 

Alexander Rodriguez 

Project Manager (TCB)

 

Rob Selby 

Project Manager (TCB)

 

Cody Villebrun

Asset/Fleet Manager

 

Christy Williah

Manager, Employee Relations & Engagement