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Volume 2 • Issue 1

FAIRVIEW EXPANDS $200 million project to add capacity 7

SELLING SMITHERS More than 70 attend mining conference 10

TAKING FLIGHT Guardian Aersopace does it all 12

April 2015

FUTURE FUNDING TransCanada gives $500,000 14

QUICK GROWTH Quickload booms on the North Coast 16

SNOW BUSINESS Hitting Highway 16 with Billabong 20 ALSO INSIDE: Nass business - 34

Making Waves - 36 VIRTUALLY READY Inside RTA’s high-tech training site 24

SKILL SEEKERS The Nisga’a Nation prepares for LNG 26



REUSING WASTE Briquette plant opens in Port Clements 28

LOCALS FIRST Getting involved in pipeline work 30



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Putting the right people together Just as no man is an island, no major industrial proponent is either when looking upon the possibility of investing in the construction of a major facility. LNG Canada is the face known to people in Kitimat and the surrounding area for proposed plans to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility near the former Methanex site. Making such a project happen takes cooperation and teamwork, and that’s where CFSW LNG Constructors Limited (CFSW) comes in. CFSW is a partnership of Chiyoda, Amec Foster Wheeler, SAIPEM and WorleyParsons. As of May 2014, they have been selected as the main contractor for the LNG Canada project. As main contractor their focus is to provide the front-end engineering design (FEED) and put in place the project execution services for the project. They’re also the ones who will manage the employment and contracting opportunities on the project during construction. “On large projects like LNG Canada, it is very common to hire an engineering, procurement and construction management contractor,” says Alan MacDonald, CFSW Lead for social performance, environment and permitting. “That main contractor then hires the various subcontractors and employees who will work to build the project, and manages all aspects of building the facility. Right now my colleagues and I are working with LNG Canada to finalize the design of the facility and develop plans so that we have the drawings, permits and workers in place to build the project in Kitimat.” As LNG Canada’s main contractor they will meet LNG Canada’s own commitment to provide local opportunities, including jobs and business contracts. “We are truly committed to creating economic benefits in the communities where we aspire to operate,” says Joan Goldhawk, senior advisor for local content at LNG Canada, who is working with Alan MacDonald on local contracting, business capacity

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development and employment and workforce development initiatives. “Many of these economic benefits will come through employment and procurement opportunities during construction which will be managed by CFSW.” LNG Canada and CFSW are working together to help local residents and business be ready for project opportunities through means such as investing in skills training, developing partnerships and hosting contracting networking sessions with local businesses. Together LNG Canada and CFSW have already hosted a few such events over the past few months, and they say the community should expect to see more of CFSW outside of those events in the coming months as well. Meanwhile CFSW and LNG Canada staff will be further studying the project site as they continue to gather all the information they need to finalize engineering and construction plans. MacDonald says that CFSW encourages people to introduce themselves, and for local businesses to register themselves in their database by sending a note to

$200 million investment to make expansion a reality By Shaun Thomas


f you asked some in the transport industry about the possibility of Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert becoming the fastest growing container terminal in North America when it first opened, they would tell you the odds sat somewhere between “slim” and “none”. Indeed, the odds seemed stacked against the upstart facility that would be competing against such giants as Port Metro Vancouver, the Port of Seattle and the Port of Long Beach for container traffic. “There was a great deal of uncertainty in 2007 and a lot of skepticism about our chances for success here in Prince Rupert — it was a greenfield container terminal; it was located and is located in a small, isolated rural community; it was a new, untested inter-modal shipment model. Then, to make matters worse, in our first year of operation we were hit with what is now referred to as the great recession of 2008. The industry pundits back then said phrases like, ‘I doubt it’ while others added, ‘I will believe it when I see it’,” recalls Prince Rupert Port

“There is a huge demand for growth in Prince Rupert.” - Don Krusel Authority president and CEO Don Krusel, noting it didn’t take long for Fairview to start proving the critics wrong. “Despite all the skepticism, container volumes through Fairview Terminal grew by 40 per cent in 2009, the second full year of operation, 30 per cent in 2010 and another 20 per cent in 2011. In 2012 traffic jumped again by 38 per cent as the terminal surpassed its initial design capacity of 500,000 TEUs [twenty-foot equivalent units].” See Page 8


Based on the success of the first two years of operations, expansion of Fairview Terminal was proving imminent. “Maher Terminals added a fourth container crane in 2013 and CN doubled its siding capacity in the same year. Last year, terminal volume was up another 15 per cent and so far this year, in the first two months of operation, we are up 37 per cent on a year-to-date basis. The terminal continues to set new records and is recognized as the most successful container terminal in North America,” said Krusel. With the doubts and skepticism distant memories, Krusel stood before a packed house at the Port Interpretive Centre on March 10 to announce the largest single investment in the history of the Port of Prince Rupert: A $200 million expansion that would increase the capacity of Fairview Terminal to 1.3 million TEUs by the end of 2017. Plans call for the addition of four cranes to create two separate berths, a 286-metre extension of the dock to create a total of 800 metres of crane-operated dockside and the creation of four rail tracks. The project started immediately and will create approximately 600 person years of employment with an average of 240 workers on-site over the length of the project.


“This announcement will give customers confidence that the Port of Prince Rupert is growing to meet that demand.” - Don Krusel “This is a very important announcement for this community, but it is also a very significant announcement for the industry. Prince Rupert has seen exceptional growth in the seven years it has been in operation and customers are recognizing and continuing to discover the advantages in moving their goods through Prince Rupert. As a result, there is a huge demand for growth in Prince Rupert ... this announcement will give customers confidence that the Port of Prince Rupert is growing to meet that demand and that there will be the capacity here to meet the future growth,” said Krusel. See Page 9

“The commitment of Maher Terminals to invest over $200 million into the Fairview expansion is recognition that they, along with our customers and everyone else in the industry, expects the success that has been achieved over the past seven years to continue into the future,” he said. While the announcement came from the Prince Rupert Port Authority based on a final investment decision of Maher Terminals, Krusel said it is the workers who can claim the lion’s share of the credit for the expansion moving forward. “The men and women providing that service here in Prince Rupert have proven that they can win against some of the strongest competition in all of North America. Today that is a fact that is recognized throughout the industry and, I am proud to say, that is a fact that is recognized throughout the entire world ... It has been the men and women of the Prince Rupert gateway who have won and kept the business of hundreds of other major importers and exporters through hard work, commitment and trust. Today that hard work and commitment is being rewarded,” he said, adding the commitment of the on-site workers has launched Prince Rupert to the forefront of shippers’ minds. “Prince Rupert is really the only fluid gateway on

“To get us to the two million TEUs of capacity envisioned, we will eventually be expanding to the south.” - Don Krusel the west coast of North America and, as a result, many people are moving their goods through the Port of Prince Rupert because of the other gateways being so congested. We want to demonstrate that we can handle their products and goods effectively and efficiently and, as a result of that, we expect them to be repeat customers.” Work may now be underway on Phase 2, but Krusel said it is important to note that this is by no means the end of expansion for Prince Rupert’s container facility. “We refer to the build out of Phase 2 as being a Phase 2 north and Phase 2 south. Ultimately, to get us to the two million TEUs of capacity envisioned, we will eventually be expanding to the south as well,” he said.


Building its reputation as the North’s exploration hub By Alicia Bridges


ith a showcase of “stunningly fantastic” core samples and a whole tent dedicated to rocks, the annual Mineral Exploration Roundup speaks a language that might be incomprehensible to the layperson. Tailored to the mining exploration industry, the Association of Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AMEBC) event consists of displays, exhibitions and technical talks. For between 6,000-8,000 people who converge on Vancouver for the conference every year, it’s an invaluable place to network, learn and indulge their inner geological nerd. And for the town of Smithers, the conference is helping to strengthen a long-held reputation as an exploration hub for northern B.C. The town had the third-largest representation after Vancouver and Victoria in 2015, with 70 people attending the conference. According to AMEBC numbers, one in 90 attendees at the Roundup was from the Smithers area. Many of those individuals are somehow associated with the Smithers Exploration Group, known as SEG, which is a sizable collective of individuals with ties to the industry. Having started as a social gathering, SEG has evolved into an advocacy group for the northern exploration


“When you have 70 people from a small town show up ... it says a lot about your town.” - Anastasia Ledwon industry. Director Anastasia Ledwon said the town’s strong showing at the conference was helping to build its reputation as an exploration hub of the north. “When you have 70 people from a small town show up to Vancouver and all of us are wearing Smithers pins it says a lot about your town in terms of letting everybody else know we are pretty damned pleased to be here and we are pretty damned pleased about where we’re from,” said Ledwon. “We’re all working together, which usually blows people away.” SEG’s booth at Roundup is staffed primarily by volunteers from other organizations or groups with displays at the conference. See Page 11

The group also uses the opportunity to distribute its northern B.C. industry directory, which is its biggest annual fundraiser. According to Ledwon, the exploration industry itself was sitting in the downward arc of a perpetual cycle. “We’re extremely cyclical because what happens is all the advanced projects move ahead and then there’s no grassroots projects and then everybody panics because it takes like an average of 28 years to get to a mine status from finding a rock to getting to a mine,” Ledwon said. Although jobs for geologists and small grassroots operations are waiting for an upswing to stimulate investment in exploration, Ledwon said companies were using the quiet time to diversify and pursue additional certifications. She said the big turnout at Roundup was also an indication the atmosphere in the industry was “cautiously optimistic”. AMEBC president and chief executive Gavin Dirom was born and raised in Smithers while his father worked in exploration for copper projects in the 1960s. He said Smithers has been a hub for the exploration and mining sector for a long time. “Smithers has played a key role in support of the exploration and mining sector ever since it was founded. It’s also a hub for a lot of other industries and a transportation hub ... so it makes sense,” he said. “It has that mineral development potential, we know that because discoveries have been made, and in fact many of them have turned into mines in the past and some of them are in development for future mines ... It’s going to, in my

opinion, continue to play a very important role as a hub for the northwest exploration development.” He said the high level of resources activity in the Northwest, paired with the development of Smithers training facilities such as the Northwest Community College’s School of Exploration and Mining, was also contributing to the town’s growing role in exploration. “You have a nice connection between industry, government, academia and practical people that want to try things and do things,” said Dirom. “They have that spirit of moving forward.”

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kydiving, sight seeing, charter flights and pilot training aren’t even half the services offered by Guardian Aerospace (GA), a Vanderhoof-based flight centre. “Anyone can fix a plane, rebuild one or fly one. There’s not many companies like us in the world that have a small group of people who do everything,” said Eric Stier, chief pilot and part owner. The small aviation business primarily offers plane maintenance and inspections along with charter flights and pilot training. Stier and his partner Brian Wallace, chief maintenance engineer, opened the business in 2002 and it has since grown to three locations undertaking charter flights in Mackenzie, charter and training flights in Prince George and maintenance and marketing out of their shop in Vanderhoof. Typically for a population base of 80,000, one person per year will become a commercial pilot. It is hopeful that a partnership with the College of New Caledonia will attract more people from all over the world to come to B.C. and train with the company, Stier said.


“There’s not many companies like us in the world.” - Eric Stier “A school like ours is about trying to bring people into the community,” said Stier, who added in past years people have come to Vanderhoof from England, Spain, Switzerland and Germany, there is currently apprentice from India and a student on the way from Nepal. “Our ultimate goal is to have 30 students from different countries training here at any given time.” GA generally employs 6-10 people as either instructors or apprentices. “But the apprentices don’t just become pilots. They do more than one job. They’ll be instructors, charter pilots and machinists,” Stier said. See Page 13

Adam Taylor, 32, learned to fly in Brampton, Ontario but came to Vanderhoof as an apprentice in aircraft mechanics. Sometimes he finds himself welding a boat propeller or working on a school district project. “Here you’re not just specializing in one aspect, you do a little bit of everything and I like that. I get to hone a bunch of different skills,� Taylor said. Most of the work in the shop, however, is rebuilding planes, switching seamlessly from fabrication to restoration. Currently, GA has five operable planes, two being worked on for first flight this summer and two with time lines that are still up-in-the-air as to when they will be finished. Right now GA is ramping up for their summer season training crews and hiring - in which longer flight hours can be expected. “And with all the industry coming through the area over the next few years, we’re going to start looking at becoming more of a corporate charter and a lot higher end,� Stier said. The working planes are used for a variety of charter services such as medical deliveries, animal wilderness research, evacuation procedures, aerial photography, forest fire patrols, industry crew changes, and fishing trips to Haida Gwaii to name a few. “We deal with a handful of people to say the least,� Stier said. “The toughest part is being a pilot, business owner, marketing genius and the list goes on. At the end of the day you can’t do everything but [here in the north] you have to come close or you’ll be out of business.�


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$500,000 TransCanada support post-secondary education By Flavio Nienow


ransCanada has been committed to holding public information sessions in all communities where its proposed liquefied natural gas pipelines are passing through. “During these information sessions, we heard that communities would like to see more training opportunities, so we have been developing partnerships with colleges, schools and several organizations,” said Kiel Giddens, land, community and Aboriginal relations for TransCanada. One of these partnerships includes the Breakfast Club of Canada. The partnership started at the beginning of the 2014 school year. Since then, hundreds of students of different schools in Northern B.C. have been enjoying a healthy meal daily, including Evelyn Dickson Elementary from Vanderhoof, Thornhill Primary from Terrace, Ron Brent Elementary from Prince George and Port Edward Elementary. On March 11, 2015, TransCanada announced another major partnership to support education and training in Northern B.C. Two TransCanada projects - Coastal GasLink Pipeline and Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project - have partnered to support skills training programs at the College of New Caledonia (CNC). The college is receiving $250,000 from this partnership. The money will be allocated to bursaries for trades students, region-wide safety training programs and implementation of the college’s digital delivery initiative. Henry Reiser, CNC president, believes that the generous


“We are very happy with this agreement.” - Henry Reiser donation will be a great benefit to those looking to get into the trades within the next couple of years. “We are very happy with this agreement with TransCanada which will help to make education and skills training more available to communities across the region and to lowincome learners,” he said following the announcement. The pathway to pipeline readiness initiative will allot $55,000 in bursaries for trades students in financial need. The qualifying students will be enrolled in Industry Training Authority-recognized trades programs at CNC that align with TransCanada’s operations needs, including welding, power engineering, heavy duty mechanic, industrial mechanic and millwright, electrical, carpentry and professional cook. A total of $45,000 will sponsor safety training week, a series of industry certification courses through CNC continuing education. The program, which will be offered at minimal cost for students, will run later this year at CNC’s campuses in Burns Lake, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, Vanderhoof and Prince George. See Page 15

TransCanada’s donation will also support the design and implementation of CNC’s digital delivery initiative (DDI) through funding of $150,000. The funding will go toward educational planning as well as research and application of the DDI infrastructure and pilot delivery of programs and courses. “Through discussions with local residents, community leaders, and Aboriginal groups, we have learned that investment in skills development and long-term education legacy programs are important to northern British Columbians,” said Tony Palmer, TransCanada’s senior vicepresident of stakeholder relations, in the press release. The company also provided $250,000 to Northwest Community College, with A good portion of the donation being used to help people obtain driver’s licences – the lack of which has been cited frequently by those training people for jobs.

“We have long heard from communities and students that not having a driver’s licence is not only a barrier to accessing post-secondary education, but also a barrier to employment,” says Northwest Community College President Ken Burt. “This program will help build capacity in small communities and enable students to access educational and employment opportunities.” The car purchased, a Toyota Corolla, is outfitted with dual brake pedals, a feature on vehicles used driver training companies. Vehicle and simulator cost $53,000 and $24,000 will be spent on training drivers. The remainder of the donation, $98,000, is for bursaries for students going through a variety of trades training and specific certifications such as first aid, hazardous material handling and flagging while another $75,000 is being held in reserve for a future project. - With files from Rod Link

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Container examination business expands to meet demand By Shaun Thomas


ith an extensive background in logistics and supply chain management in the United States and the Asia Pacific region, Matt Holland knew there had to be an opportunity to become a big player in the industry in Canada. The only question he had was where. “I realized the importance of port infrastructure on the coast of North America and kept thinking, ‘there has to be a port that is not so situated in the middle of a city and is not hemmed in and has growth potential’. After scratching at that itch for a while, someone mentioned Prince Rupert, so my first trip here was in 2004 when I met with Don Krusel and heard his vision for what Prince Rupert could become,” he recalls. “He really sold me and, having become a believer at that point, I kept my eyes open for an opportunity in Prince Rupert.” Some years later, with the imminent opening of Fairview Terminal drawing nearer, the Prince Rupert Port Authority put out a Request for Proposal for someone to build and operate a container examination facility on the North Coast – a legal requirement for ports handling container traffic in Canada. When Holland responded and was accepted, Quickload Logistics was founded. But what started as a small operation in one of the empty warehouses at the shuttered Watson Island pulp mill in 2007 has grown and expanded by leaps and bounds to include a state-of-the-art facility on Ridley Island and a stuffing operation that sends lumber from across B.C. to markets


“We started with two employees and 10 directlyrelated jobs ... today we have 45 employees paid by Quickload and 45 contracted employees. ” - Kristina De Araujo overseas. “In 2007 we started with two employees and 10 directlyrelated jobs through trucking and other subcontracting. Today we have 45 employees paid by Quickload and 45 contracted employees, ,” explained Quickload director of corporate affairs Kristina De Araujo.

Quick learning for Quickload Holland, the chief executive officer of Quickload Logistics, said the process of launching a business that would destuff and restuff containers the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) identified as needing examination brought with it a steep learning curve. See Page 17

“It has been a real success story. ” - Matt Holland Fortunately, as a critical component of building the Prince Rupert gateway, the company was not alone in striving for success. “We worked very closely with the Canadian Border Services Agency and the port authority to make that happen. In some way, every party involved with the examination facility was learning the business because Prince Rupert didn’t have one before, the CBSA was largely new staff and Quickload was new to this business as well,” he said. “We were partly learning our way along. The port started slow and then ramped up as time passed and that gave us an opportunity to learn the business as we went along.” With only two employees and little money following the construction of the Ridley Island facility getting underway, a lot of the work was contracted out, but Holland had bigger plans for Quickload. The result of bringing on dedicated examination staff has been impressive, with the Quickload name now being recognized throughout the industry. “We are very proud of where the Quickload container examination facility ranks in the Canadian space. The CBSA has a clear set of metrics where they track a whole

variety of performance measures, most related to efficiency, and Quickload is at the top or near the top of all container examination facilities in all of Canada,” he said. “It has been a real success story, but it was all grounded on this partnership that was formed when we didn’t quite know what we were doing – the port authority, the CBSA and Quickload with the assistance of our shipping partners. It has really been, I think, a unique collaboration around how to make it work effectively as we go along.” But even while establishing the Quickload name after just over a year of operations, Holland made the move to grow the business beyond just the container examination sector. See Page 18

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Filling a need Before moving into the current site at Ridley Island, Quickload shared Watson Island with a Vancouver executive named Peter Jaskiewicz, who operated Northern Pacific Transload on the site. His company was busy stuffing containers with lumber from mills across the North for export. “It was not coming along as fast as he had hoped, so we struck up a conversation and agreed to partner with him to effectively take in his company. He came on as an adviser and a partner,” said Holland, noting the agreement was reached in 2008. “Peter had good relationships with West Fraser and Canfor at the time and Canfor was our customer to begin with. Again, we learned the business and Peter was very helpful as a tutor, but our customers were also extremely helpful, with Canfor telling us what they needed to see from us ... What I find interesting is that in all these instances it wasn’t just a transaction, it wasn’t just, ‘What is your price for handling freight?’. It was, ‘We would like to build a long-term relationship, so let’s work together to determine how you can improve your service for us’. It was a very collaborative development of the business.” Container stuffing volumes grew as more and more exporters learned about the opportunities presented by Fairview Terminal, but Holland wasn’t content to just stay with the status quo and sought about a way of


“It was a very collaborative development of the business. ” - Matt Holland improving the service for customers and efficiency on the site. “The traditional way of stuffing containers with lumber involves a bit of a ballet with forklift to stuff it. It is highly-skilled work. When you see a pair of drivers who have worked together a long time and know how to do it, it is quite a fascinating process to watch, but it is not particularly quick. We came across some materials handling technology, not lumber, that looked like it may have an application for lumber. Peter went down and coached these designers about how we could adapt it ... out of that conversation, Container Stuffing Ltd. developed a unique approach to stuffing containers with lumber,” he said. “With a very good pair of forklift drivers working together loading, what would have taken 25-30 minutes to load now takes four minutes to load. It is a dramatic improvement. It was an expensive piece of equipment, but it met our business model which is to find larger segments of cargo handling activity and try to build scale and size around those opportunities. See Page 19

“If the community isn’t successful, the company isn’t going to be successful. ” - Kristina De Araujo As well as speeding up the process, De Araujo noted the loader increased both employee safety and the customer experience. “The quality control increases almost 100 per cent. When you are using the forklifts there are moments, because of the structure of the process, that the wrapping of the lumber could come of or get ripped and the bands break. It improves the safety aspect because when the bands break you then stop everything and individuals go in and have to unload the lumber piece by piece to restack it,” she said.

A policy of support Since its arrival on the North Coast, Quickload has prided itself on being a good corporate citizen. “In our very early days when we had not a lot of money and not a lot of staff, we effectively led the development of the QuickClimb as a specific way to give back to the community. Since then we have

continued to broaden our community engagement. We think it is good for our business and we want to be a positive contributor to the community,” said Holland, adding he was impressed with the spirit of giving held by the Prince Rupert business community. “Our company philosophy is that if the community isn’t successful, the company isn’t going to be successful. Our business doesn’t rely on direct purchase from the community, but the service providers we rely on 100 per cent,” added De Araujo.


A snowy day in the life of highway maintenance By Alicia Bridges


here’s a snowfall warning in Smithers on the day Nick Huget agrees to show me what it’s like to be a snowplough driver. When I arrive at Billabong Road and Bridge Maintenance, the depot is so deep in snow that the pieces of yellow machinery look like Tonka toys arranged in the icing on a child’s birthday cake. The scene comes to life when Huget pulls into the depot behind the wheel of a familiar yellow beast. He carves a path through the snow, parks the snowplough and invites me to climb over the “jungle gym” and up into the cab. I clamber over an hydraulic arm attached to a plough


and haul myself up into the passenger seat where I can see an array of levers, buttons and joysticks. Huget does something that looks complicated with the controls and then we’re on the road, chugging through town as snow flies past my peripherals. The driver is en route to Moricetown via Highway 16 to clean up the highway after heavy snowfall overnight. As the only “Class A” road in Billabong’s range in the Smithers region, it requires more attention than any other. Under Ministry of Transportation rules, no more than four centimetres of snow is allowed on the highway before it is ploughed. When Environment Canada issues a snowfall warning,

the snowploughs have to patrol every four hours. Huget, who has been a snowplough driver for about a year, said the company planned ahead for forecast weather events. “In times of forecast of heavier snow like right now, we actually have a snowfall warning for up to 15 centimetres, we will call in people on overtime to get all the equipment going,” he said. “Sometimes if it’s a last minute thing where we get more snow than is forecast or anticipated we might need a little bit of catching up, but as long as it’s forecast we will prepare ahead of time and have all the equipment [ready].”

“There is a lot to pay attention to because we can be a big hazard to other people.” - Nick Huget Highway 16 is one of many routes in Billabong’s patrol area around Smithers and all of them have classifications. See Page 22


Class B roads are also busy traffic corridors, including Old Babine Lake Road, parts of Babine Lake Road, Coalmine Road and the Hudson Bay Mountain Road to the ski hill. Roads used as school bus routes are classified “C” and smaller roads such as dead-ends and sub-division access roads are classified “D” or “E”. Most of the streets within the Town of Smithers are managed by the municipality. Because ploughs have been patrolling the highway overnight, Highway 16 is looking tidy as we travel past snowcovered trees and frozen rivers towards Moricetown. But there is chatter on the radio from other drivers reaching unploughed sections of smaller roads. Huget said some conditions were extremely trying even for the snowploughs, which have various tools for dealing with different types of snow or ice. The vehicle we’re traveling in today has a “wing” plough extending from its right side, which is for clearing to the shoulder on wide parts of the highway. It also has a standard front plough and an under-body plough. “The one underneath will actually put down-pressure on the ground and you use it to scrape compact snow that’s built up ... and cleaning the road up,” said Huget. “This big one on the front gets used for deeper, more accumulated snow on days when it’s snowing a lot like this.” Nonetheless, it’s not unheard of for the giant vehicles to get


“We’re always on the worst roads because that is why we’re there.” - Nick Hugert stuck. Huget said freezing rain is the worst type of weather for drivers. “We are always on the worst roads because that’s why we’re there, weather conditions” he said. “It’s not too bad on the highway, but some of the side roads, we are the first vehicle to go there sometimes with all the snow and it’s slippery.” Road hazards for snowplough drivers are not limited to weather conditions, either. Huget said other drivers were often impatient to pass and put lives at risk when they chose risky places to do so. Snowploughs can only safely travel at about 30-35 kilometres per hour when they are salting the road and up to 60 km/h when they are ploughing. Drivers also have to be aware of their own presence on the road. See Page 23

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s Rio Tinto Alcan journeys toward completion of the Kitimat Modernization Project, they are pushing ahead efforts to get employees trained for operations. One of the more interesting aspects of worksite training — which is not a phrase that typically elicits excitement — is a virtual crane simulator at the Learning Centre at Roy Wilcox School that mixes the safety of video games with a near-total replica of the new smelter’s potline cranes. On first glance it looks like a computer game. In front of the operator’s chair, on the other side of replica bars — to copy the look of the real thing — is a large screen. An image is transmitted via a projector in the floor behind. On the other side of the simulator is a bank of computers, making sure each action by the operator creates an entirely realistic reaction on screen. The screen itself shows a 3D-rendered world inside an aluminum smelter’s pot room. The operator does


“It’s a replication of exactly the same cab of a real crane that we are commissioning.” - Gaby Poirier everything he or she would do in real life, of course making sure to avoid all the expected dangers. There are animated people and vehicles rendered on screen. As the machine activates the room — the room inside Roy Wilcox — fills with the sounds of a potroom, including the noises of vehicles beeping loudly in a reverse gear. A worker on the floor — the fictional 3D floor — stares up at you, absent-mindedly tapping his palm with a wrench. See Page 25

More sound, this time like a jackhammer as the crane breaks through the a molten crust. “It’s a very high tech simulator because when you sit in it, it’s a replication of exactly the same cab of a real crane that we’re commissioning as we speak,” said Gaby Poirier, general manager of B.C. Operations. He said a cap with a sensor will even move the display as the user moves their head. Despite its arcade-like experience it’s still a challenging course. Trainees take nearly 40 hours on the sim before moving to on-site training. In the non-modernized Rio Tinto Alcan smelter, crane operators didn’t get the luxury of a simulator: It was straight to the real thing. The cranes themselves, and the simulator, are made by ECL, which is actually a Rio Tinto-owned company. Poirier says the training is very effective and some operators have said the real cranes have even been more forgiving than the simulator is. One of the more amusing differences of the new crane system versus the old is the fact that all the controls are effectively reversed from how they used to be. Operators tend to overcome that obstacle fairly quickly. The company will run all of their operators through the simulator and Poirier says there are over 200 people who need the training. As for the future of this simulator, the company will hang on to it in Kitimat, however it won’t always reside in the Roy Wilcox Learning Centre.

The company has held a lease on the building for approximately two years, but the company says it will hold on to the former elementary school only for the life of the project. Once RTA gets their smelter back to what they call steady-state, the company will begin phasing out use of the building. The building’s been fully used so far. A lot of general training takes place on the school grounds as well as some trades training and electrical, says Poirier. The simulator could find itself at the RTA site in the future once Roy Wilcox, for RTA’s purposes, closes down. “You don’t need a big facility like [Roy Wilcox] to train people in a steady-state smelter,” said Poirier.

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Nisga’a focus on training ahead of LNG development By Rod Link


ith the prospect of more industrial development occurring on or near Nisga’a lands, the Nisga’a Lisims Government is now concentrating on preparing a workforce. From the potential of liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipelines crossing through Nisga’a lands to mining projects, one of which is preparing a construction camp in anticipation of receiving final financing, there’s a growing potential of significant employment for Nisga’a citizens living in the Nass Valley and elsewhere. Through a financial agreement with the federal government, Nisga’a Employment, Skills and Training (NEST) was established as an arm of the Lisims government as a prime point of contact for those seeking employment and other opportunities. One of its more recent high profile, large-scale events was a two-day workshop the end of February in Terrace at the Best Western Terrace Inn billed as NEST 360. It was an event for Nisga’a to learn more about marine and pipeline safety and LNG-related employment and training opportunities, said Gary Patsey, NEST’s New Aiyansh-based manager. “We were originally to cap attendance at 100, but we had


“What we can do is prepare them for the next level.” - Gary Patsey more interest so we made room for them,” said Patsey of demand. Specific topics included a basic course on liquefied natural gas and presentations from prospective employers, a list that included TransCanada and Spectra, two companies who would have pipelines crossing Nisga’a lands en route to planned LNG plants near Prince Rupert. “I think it was very successful. People were very receptive and there was a lot of information available,” said Patsey. “We called it 360 because that’s what it was – a view of all the LNG industry.” He said company officials mentioned that they were impressed with the level of knowledge and of the questions posed by participants. See Page 27

The Terrace event followed two smaller ones last fall in which NEST was also involved – one held in Vancouver and one in Terrace to explore the business opportunities for Nisga’a companies and entrepreneurs from Alloycorp’s planned Kitsault Avanti molybdenum mine. The company has full environmental approval from the Nisga’a, federal and provincial governments and is now awaiting word on final financing from a consortium of European banks. Patsey said assisting Nisga’a businesses and entrepreneurs is just as vital as training people for employment. “What we really want to do is create a space for success,” he said of the efforts to develop an economic base for employment in the Nass Valley. If NEST has its eye on large LNG developments and on mining projects, it’s also focused on other enterprises. Last year it helped provide for the hiring of health care assistants for the Nisga’a Valley Health Authority, the agency which provides health services in the Nass Valley. And it paid for the training of workers for Greenville Cedar Products, which produces shakes and other products. The agency is also helping, thanks to a wage subsidy, Steve Johnson’s 113 Taxi and Transportation service now that he’s purchased Tilthski Transport from Perry Azak. NEST has its main office in New Aiyansh and smaller offices in Terrace and Prince Rupert, employing five people altogether. Aside from job training, it will also start people along the road to opening their own businesses, said Patsey.

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fter more than a decade of trying, Port Clements is celebrating the start-up of a new wood briquette plant. After Old Massett Forestry Corporation and Abfam Enterprises secured funding through a grant made possible by the Northern Development Initiative Trust and financing by Northern Savings Credit Union, the $1 million plant on the shore of Masset Inlet was unveiled to dignitaries and residents at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 9. The plant is expected to initially produce 14,000 tonnes of briquettes generating revenues of approximately $280,000 per year. “The plant is a large-scale investment, and will be going 24/7 once it’s ramped up.” Ken Rea, Old Massett chief councillor, said.


“The plant is a large-scale investment and will be going 24/7 once it’s ramped up.” - Ken Rea The briquettes are processed out of wood waste that is compressed under high pressure to form cylindrical logs. The logs are then often cut into three-inch diskshaped briquettes for burning. They have no chemical additives and are valued for burning hotter than regular wood while emitting less carbon. See Page 29

Briquettes can be burned in normal domestic fireplaces or stoves, as well as industrial boilers and heating plants or for the production of electric power from biomass. The new plant is being hailed as a positive step to help Port Clements after recent years of declining population. Abfam owners Jim and Dan Abbott said they estimate they will need between six-to-10 employees for the operation. The Abbotts said they plan to expand production at a later date, but in terms of numbers they’re taking a wait-and-see approach. “When we establish the margins, and take wood from the bush we’ll see,” Jim Abbott said. “But a second phase of briquette production will increase the annual capacity to 30,000 tonnes of finished briquettes and has the capacity to process and market all of the wood waste generated on Haida Gwaii.”



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uilding a pipeline to carry liquefied natural gas across the entire province and through a portion of the Pacific Ocean is no easy undertaking, but it is one that TransCanada Pipelines is tackling head-on with its Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project. While the company is championing the multi-billion dollar project to supply gas to the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal on Lelu Island, manager of B.C. labour and local contracting Brent Diemert said it is important to note others will be doing the on-the-ground work to make the pipeline a reality. “TransCanada is a rather large infrastructure company. We plan, design and implement pipelines but we are not a construction company, so we go out to prime contractors to construct the pipeline. These prime contractors are large, multinational companies with experience in constructing 48-inch pipeline,” he said. “We are currently going through an evaluation of prime contractors. We’ve had bids submitted to us last year and we are currently evaluating those bids, negotiating with those companies and we have a series of contractors that we’ve shortlisted,” he said.


“We are going to encourage the prime contractor to work with that local community.” - Brent Diemert But for a project of this magnitude, TransCanada will be looking for more than one prime contractor. The approximately 900-kilometre pipeline will be split into three sections and each section will have its own prime contractor. Running from Hudson’s Hope to Port Edward means that not only will multiple prime contractors be used in construction, it means businesses from across Northern B.C. will be able to benefit during the approximate four year construction window. In fact, Diemert said that providing opportunities for communities along the line is a necessity for any large firm hoping to land a prime contractor role. See Page 31


â&#x20AC;&#x153;Part of the criteria we go through in selecting a prime contractor is looking at what their local and aboriginal participation plan is and how they are going to get the local community involved as far as employment is concerned. The participation plans are going to include what local contracting and employment they are going to hire. Our role during this process is to not only review those plans prior to construction but, once construction is underway, continually monitor and implement the plans they have submitted to us. There is strict communication between us and the prime contractor that they are going to be reporting to us on a monthly basis and we will monitor how the progress takes place,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once the prime contractors have been selected and announced, our role will also be to bring the community and the prime contractor together to introduce you ... this will be done through a series of networking events, job fairs and economic summits.â&#x20AC;? While TransCanada may not yet know its three prime contractors for pipeline construction, anyone wanting to get a foot in the door can do so by registering their business on the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project website. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Essentially you are providing us information on what kind of contracting business you have and how you can help the construction of the pipeline, but TransCanada doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t actually hire the people the prime contractors do,â&#x20AC;? said Diemert, adding response has already been quite positive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have received over 350 vendor registrations for the line and are currently in the process of categorizing those geographically throughout the 900-plus kilometre pipeline

so we can provide a list to the prime contractor and say â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;these are the types of services that have submitted interest and these are the types of jobs they are interested inâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. We are going to encourage the prime contractors to work with that local community in terms of those that have shown interest.â&#x20AC;? To ensure aboriginal participation in the project, TransCanada has designated duties such as camp preparation, clearing, medical services and security as â&#x20AC;&#x153;aboriginal opportunitiesâ&#x20AC;?, but hopes this will serve to bring aboriginal and non-aboriginal businesses together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Typically these are aboriginal companies that have 51 per cent aboriginal ownership in these services, but these opportunities lead to joint ventures and partnerships with companies that have experience with the service,â&#x20AC;? said Diemert. As for a time line, Diemert said TransCanada will be ready to hit the ground running as soon as Pacific NorthWest LNG makes a positive final investment decision and hopes to begin clearing and pre-construction work later this year.

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iveo, a global corporation specializing in workforce accommodation, is looking to the Northwest for future operations. With an array of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects being proposed on the North Coast, representatives from Civeo provided an overview of the business during the Northwest Growth Conference in Prince Rupert. “Civeo is a leading workforce accommodations company. We look at solutions to housing and feed the people that are going to be brought in from outside of this region in order to build these projects,” Troy Van Bostelen, Civeo’s senior manager of business development, said during the conference in March. “What we are looking for here in the Northwest is great working relationships with local governments and First Nations, collaboration on infrastructure and local suppliers and employees.” Civeo is North America’s largest fully-integrated supplier of workforce accommodations, operating in Canada, the United States and Australia. The corporation has more than 3,000 employees around the globe, with approximately 15 per cent of its overall employees of Aboriginal status. The corporation was initiated by two brothers in 1978,


“We’re getting people off the road and getting them into a safe environment.” - Troy Van Bostelen who started the business off by building trailers for office complexes and housing workers. Civeo has gone on to build 3,800 modular units and invest more than $1 billion into the market since 2005. Van Bostelen said if all of the units were lined up end to end, they would span 4.6 million kilometres. All of the lodges are manufactured and constructed by the corporation. Its facility-management approach is the key to support the wellness of their guests and the long-term success of their clients. “We’re very much like a hotel facility,” said Van Bostelen, adding Civeo prefers to refer to their facilities as lodges instead of work camps. “We’re large. We have lots of amenities.” See Page 33

Civeo provides workers with a variety of activities including access to fitness facilities, high-speed Internet access and satellite TV, onsite laundry services and caters three meals per day. “If you’re well-fed and well-rested, you’re going to be safe and productive,” Van Bostelen said. Van Bostelen said Civeo aims to be a good neighbour and listen to the concerns of communities they operate in, engaging with Aboriginal communities in the areas they serve. “Our real value-added is by consolidating where the workers are living, where they’re returning after their shift. We’re getting people off of the road, and getting them into a safe environment,” he said, noting this is safer for the communities they operate in. Van Bostelen noted Civeo facilities create employment opportunities for people in the regions they operate in. “A good rule of thumb is that for every 10 guests we’ll have one staff employee, housekeeping or security or whatever ... We obviously want to hire locally because if we’re hiring locally [we can sell more beds to out-of-town workers],” he said. “We all know the construction phase is going to require significant labour. Workers are not all going to be local,” said Van Bostelen. “These people are looking for a good place to stay; that’s part of their employment decision. So it’s key in attracting workers and attaining them. If we don’t have good facilities, and if there are no good facilities in the Northwest, [they’ll go elsewhere to work].”

Van Bostelen said for every one of Civeo’s facilities, the corporation requires a variety of workers including construction, skilled trades, maintenance, plumbing, H-Vac, carpenters, electrical, house keeping, kitchen staff and more. “We have a lot of flexibility, we’ve got well-paying jobs and we really believe in the learning-on-the-job model. A lot of our positions are entry-level. You get in and you train and advance at the job,” he said, noting the lodge manager at its largest facility north of Fort McMurray worked her way up from a housekeeper. “Five years later she’s running the show,” he said. Aside from employment, Civeo also aims to leave a legacy behind in terms of infrastructure. SKE

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hen several thousand aboriginal elders poured into Terrace in 2009 for the 33rd annual B.C. Elders Conference it may not have looked like a job creation project. But the revenue that the conference, hosted by the Nass Valley village of Gitlaxt’aamiks (New Aiyansh), generated through food sales, craft sales and the staging of the conference at the arena meant an investment by a Nisga’a Nation-owned business development fund was worthwhile. “We put in $200,000. There were definite benefits,” says Bert Mercer, the general manager of the Nisga’a Business Development Fund. “It was just like a small business and that’s how we approached it,” he added. “There was employment created in a number of areas – food, crafts. In this case the benefits were spread out beyond the Nass Valley.” The development fund grew out of earlier programs and took on a formal identity in 2008 through


“We’ve supported 23 projects since 2009 and that’s come to $1.2 million in investment and 95 jobs.” - Bert Mercer legislation passed by the Nisga’a Lisims Government. “We’ve supported 23 projects since 2009 and that’s come to $1.2 million in investment and 95 jobs,” said Mercer. Just recently, it provided $20,000 to help with the purchase of Perry Azak’s taxi and transportation Tilthski Transport business in the Nass Valley by Steve Johnson, who already conducts tours in the valley. See Page 35

With an annual budget of $400,000, the business fund considers a wide variety of applications either sent to it directly or through the economic development offices of the four Nisga’a villages in the Nass Valley and its three urban locals in Terrace, Prince Rupert and Vancouver. “We don’t loan money,” explains Mercer. “We make a contribution, a grant. And then we follow the business for two years. The major goal is economic development for Nisga’a citizens in the Nass Valley and elsewhere. “What we provide is start-up funding and that can also bridge the gap so the business can leverage other financing.” The amount of equity in either cash or assets required by a business or a person with an idea for a business can be as low as five per cent if the person is under the age of 35. That’s to encourage younger entrepreneurs, said Mercer.

For older Nisga’a citizens, the equity percentage increases to 10 per cent and for corporations in which Nisga’a citizens hold a controlling interest, the equity percentage required is 20 per cent. It’s also 20 per cent for Nisga’a societies, Nisga’a village governments and Nisga’a urban locals. The development fund is open for use by any and all Nisga’a and isn’t restricted by geography. The fund’s client list includes Vancouver-based clothing retailer Wolf Pack Apparel which sells online and which sets up booths at trade shows and cultural and sporting events such as the annual All-Native Basketball Tournament in Prince Rupert. In the Nass Valley, the U Seafood, U Eat It restaurant in Gingolx and Doolan’s Trucking, also in Gingolx, have received financial help from the fund. “We’re also anticipating more activity in the service sector,” said Mercer. “With LNG and mining initiatives, there’s now that opportunity.”


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REGISTERED NURSE – HOME MANAGER Prince George, BC TCS is establishing a home in Prince George for individuals with complex health care needs and developmental disabilities. As the RN / Home Manager you will be responsible for the provision of all aspects of care in the home as well as supervision, training and leadership of staff members, administrative management, communication and liaison with professionals in the community. You will also have extensive experience in a variety of health care settings and supervisory experience. As a team player you must be able to build relationships, be an excellent interpersonal communicator and be able to maintain a flexible schedule as necessary. We offer competitive salary with an excellent benefit package. Please submit resumes by April 3, 2015 to Kristine DeMonte at


A Terrace locksmith business is seeking a motivated, skilled technician. Wages Commensurate with experience. Please email resume to FIELD SERVICE MECHANICS Masonlift Ltd. Is an industry leader in mobile material handling solutions. We are currently seeking fully qualified Mechanics, preferably with Field work experience for our Prince George location and a resident mechanic to look after our Prince Rupert area. Masonlift is the authorized dealer for Toyota and Kalmar Lift Trucks, Kalmar Container Handler, Kalmar Terminal Tractors and Load Lifter Rough Terrain for the Lower Mainland, Interior, North Regions and Vancouver Island.

FULL-TIME COMMERCIAL TRANSPORT MECHANIC LEVEL 2 OR HIGHER We are a growing, progressive and well respected carrier operating a full repair and maintenance facility at our head office in Coquitlam. REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically fit, communicates well in English, full certification. WE OFFER: Attractive compensation package which includes group benefits. Please email resume: or Fax: (1) 604-472-2136

You will be responsible for the maintenance and repairs of all types of forklifts (both ICand Electric) as well as a variety of Material Handling Equipment. Suitable applicants must have a valid B.C. driver’s license, HD Mechanic, Forklift or Automotive certification along with excellent customer service skills and the ability to work without supervision at our customer’s locations. Preference will be given to those with Material Handling Equipment or HD experience. Masonlift offers continuous Health and Safety Training and is committed to ongoing Technical Training. We offer a challenging and rewarding career with competitive wages, medical and dental benefits, and a company matched RRSP Program. Please email your resume and supporting documents to:

Sullivan Motor Products is looking for a

FINANCE & INSURANCE MANAGER FULL-TIME COMPANY TOWN & HIGHWAY DRIVER We are a growing, progressive and well respected carrier specializing in the transportation of perishable and dry freight, since 1957. We are currently looking for an individual to support our Founding Values for future success at our Coquitlam Terminal. We are currently looking for a FT Company Town & Highway Driver. Requires a Class 1 license with 6 -12 months of previous driving experience required. Consistent hours and start times. We offer competitive wages with group benefits and a group RRSP plan. Fax Resume & abstract to (1)604-472-2136 or email to:

If you are an experienced F&I Manager or have lending experience, and are looking for a new opportunity and want to work in an amazing workplace then this is the right job for you! t We’re looking for someone that has several years lending experience that is looking to further their career or an experienced F&I Manager. t Team player t Highly self-motivated t ADP or PBS experience an asset Sullivan Motor Products offers a competitive pay plan, exceptional benefits package, great working environment, exceptional management support, & a 5-day work week! If interested, please email your resume: All resumes will remain confidential. We thank all applicants who apply but only those selected will be contacted.

BUILDING MAINTENANCE ENGINEER Looking for a Building Maintenance Engineer to maintain, install, upgrade, monitor and repair building mechanical systems and services and respond to client concerns in assigned buildings. The successful candidate will be a Journeyman Refrigeration Mechanic and hold a Gasfitter B Ticket. We would also consider other trade skills such as plumber, sheet metal worker, electrician, pipefitter/steamfitter. JOB DUTIES AND TASKS: t Maintains and repairs building mechanical systems. t Installs, repairs and modifies heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment such as filters, fans, thermostats, controls, pumps, boilers, furnaces, compressors t Repairs and maintains refrigeration equipment such as chillers, condenser motors and fans t Repairs, monitors and maintains Client Comfort Systems including adjusting and updating computer programs and data and replacing, calibrating and adjusting system panels and input and output devices t Selects and monitors contractors, ensuring completion of work to a standard and authorizing payment within commitment authority t Coordinates the repair or planned maintenance of HVAC equipment t Reviews specification and plans for new installations and makes recommendations t Performs minor building maintenance as required and coordinates the repair of equipment such as plumbing, kitchen appliances, fire sprinklers, gas or electric heaters and irrigation systems Maintains client satisfaction in assigned building responds to client concerns regarding room temperatures, ventilation, fans, dusty vents test indoor air quality; modify temperature and fresh air levels; maintain humidity levels addresses client safety concerns on issues involving air quality and informs clients of actions taken. Excellent wages, paid vacation & benefit package for the right person. If you are a career minded person looking for a challenging and rewarding opportunity then please apply. For full details and to apply visit: Requisition #150917 for Haida Gwaii. Requisition # 150921 for Terrace.

Haisla Nation Council HAISLA PO BOX 1101, KITAMAAT VILLAGE, BC V0T 2B0

PH: (250) 639-9361 Toll Free 1-888-842-4752 FAX: (250) 632-2840

Haisla Nation Council (LNG Canada) has immediate openings for the following positions for our ongoing LNG Projects:

t5FBN-FBEt$PNNVOJUZ$VMUVSBM-JBJTPO t3FHVMBUPSZ&OWJSPONFOUBM-JBJTPO LNG - Liquefied natural gas is an in-demand commodity created when natural gas is cooled to around -160ÂşC. Cooling the natural gas shrinks it to 1/600th of its original volume, making it easier to store and transport to markets around the world. Once the gas arrives at its destination, it is regasified and piped to homes, businesses and industries. The Haisla Nation is currently involved in several major LNG projects that are at various stages of development. They include: 1. Kitimat LNG (KLNG) (with Chevron Canada) 2. Pacific Trail Pipeline (with Chevron and 14 other BC First Nations) 3. Douglas Channel Energy Project (with LNG partners) 4. LNG Canada (with Shell, Mitsubishi, Korean Gas and PetroChina) For full details please visit: Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume, which must include names of three (3) references and the express permission for HNC to contact the references, to: Stephanie McClure, Human Resources Manager Haisla Nation Council Haisla PO Box 1101 Kitamaat Village, BC, V0T 2B0 Fax (250) 632-2840, Phone (250) 639-9361, ext. 204 Email: Applications accepted no later than 4 pm on Friday, April 10, 2015. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those short-listed will be contacted.

019*+4+0) Huckleberry Mines Ltd. is an 18,000 TPD open pit copper molybdenum mine located 120 km south of Houston in west central British Columbia. We are currently recruiting for the following positions to join our mine site team:





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