Divisions, Companies and Partnerships
Des Nedhe Industrial
Tron Construction & Mining
Tron Construction & Mining has been delivering excellence in infrastructure and construction services to leading Canadian companies for more than 20 years.
Able to handle logistics throughout the construction project lifecycle, Tron Construction & Mining offers consulting, general contracting, construction management and design/build services though both via its own company and its joint venture partners.
Tron’s deep industrial experience brings expert service and support to new or existing facilities, including natural gas power plants, oil and gas facilities, cogeneration plants, and more.
Tron Industrial can plan and execute projects of any scope, scale, or level of complexity, with proven methodologies designed to deliver projects safely – on time and on budget.
A north-south joint venture between Tron and George Gordon First Nation, GGDL-Tron strengthens relationships with our southern clients, opening new opportunities in this region.
Iron Trail Industrial
A joint venture between Tron and Prairie Machine, Iron Trail Industrial is a leading repair and maintenance provider for large-scale potash mining equipment.
A joint venture with Makwa Development Corp. of Nawash First Nation, Makwa-Tron was created to provide infrastructure construction and refurbishment services to Bruce Power in Ontario.
A joint venture between Mudjatik Enterprises, Thyssen Mining, and Tron Construction – and co-owned by several local First Nations and Métis communities – Mudjatik Thyssen Mining (MTM) was created to undertake mine construction, development, and production contract work in northern Saskatchewan.
Managed by Tron Construction, MTM brings capital and employment to more than 13 communities in the north, providing northern Saskatchewan residents and communities with the opportunity to responsibly participate in and benefit from the Saskatchewan uranium mining industry.
Neetah Construction LP is a Multi-Service Heavy Civil and Roadbuilding Construction and Maintenance Company. Newly formed in 2021, Neetah Construction is backed by it’s founding Partners, the Des Nedhe Group of Companies, with its Flagship Company, Tron Construction, and the Magnorum Management Group with support from long-time Roadbuilding and Infrastructure companies Morsky Industrial Services, and Western Infrastructure Ltd.
Des Nedhe Retail
The retail division is the backbone of Des Nedhe Group. It includes businesses run by English River Enterprises (ERE). These include full-service gas stations and convenience stores, a general store, gas bar and more recently a liquor store. These retail businesses together employ around 100 full and part-time local workers from English River First Nation.
Grasswood Gas Bar and Convenience Store
Our Grasswood Gas Bar & Convenience Store is our flagship retail enterprise and is a familiar landmark, meeting place, and service stop for thousands of travellers using Highway 11 South. The operation is open seven days a week and offers both unleaded and diesel fuel service. The convenience store also features basic groceries, a full line of convenience items as well as a coffee bar.
Patuanak Gas Bar and Convenience Store
Located in the close-knit community of Patuanak in Northern Saskatchewan, is the Patuanak Gas Bar & Convenience Store. Open seven days a week, the service station offers quality fuel and convenience. It provides unleaded fuel service, basic groceries, a full line of convenience items as well as an ATM.
Beauval General Store and Gas Bar
The Beauval Forks location is an important gathering place and service provider for English River First Nation. Located near Lac Île-à-la-Crosse, in Northern Saskatchewan, this retail enterprise opened in 2008 and was the first in the region to provide a restaurant, bakery, butcher, full grocery selection and ATM. Prior to its construction, the nearest location with this range of services was Meadow Lake, nearly two hours from Beauval and three and a half hours from Patuanak. Today, it continues to provide accessible groceries and supplies for local residents.
This enterprise is one of the largest employers for the communities of Beauval and Patuanak. The Gas Bar is open seven days a week and offers unleaded and diesel fuel service.
The Patch Liquor Store
In 2020, DNG proudly opened Saskatchewan’s first Indigenous-owned liquor store located on the English River First Nation urban reserve in the Grasswood Community of Saskatoon.
This one-of-a-kind retail outlet provides convenience for residents of Corman Park and offers a tax savings for Status individuals. Future plans for the liquor store include Indigenous art installations, as well as a section dedicated to curated Indigenous-made beer, wine and spirits from across the country.
Des Nedhe Properties
Des Nedhe Properties
Des Nedhe Group is a significant player in the office, industrial and retail property market, with management and development operations in Grasswood and Beauval Forks, SK.
Located three kilometers south of Saskatoon near a major commercial district and a year-round recreational complex, our 10 building Grasswood Junction property is home to post-secondary, government and community organizations, mining businesses, and other service companies.
Prime for future development, the site will soon expand to include other retail, office, and hospitality sector businesses.
Our 2.8 acre Beauval property, strategically located at an important northern junction, is designated reserve land for commercial purposes.
Des Nedhe Professional Services
Wholly-owned by Des Nedhe Group, Creative Fire is the only 100 percent Indigenous-owned communications company in Canada exclusively committed to providing expert strategic communications, research, and creative services, with a specialty in Indigenous engagement and relationship building.
With more than two decades of experience serving many of Canada’s most successful resource-sector companies, Creative Fire thought leaders and industry experts help bridge gaps of understanding and build connections between Indigenous and non-Indigenous players in the Canadian business landscape.
Des Nedhe Investments
Des Nedhe Group investments enable us to diversify away from uranium companies while still working on our traditional territory.
Athabasca Catering Limited Partnership has provided the majority of remote site food services at northern mining operations since 1994. Supporting a local workforce of more than 500 employees, the company is a major contributor to the local Indigenous economy. Des Nedhe owns a 10 percent share of this company, which is managed by the Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership.
Northern Resource Trucking
Northern Resource Trucking provides essential transportation services, delivering consumables, general freight, liquid and dry bulk commodities, machinery, and oversized loads between northern mining sites and the rest of Canada. Des Nedhe Group is one of 12 northern Saskatchewan First Nations & Métis owners of the venture, along with Trimac Transportation.
Majority owned by Des Nedhe Group and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation, JNE Welding is one of Western Canada’s most diverse custom steel fabricators, with clients in North American industry sectors ranging from mining, environmental and construction to petrochemical and power generation.
Des Nedhe Group owns a 25 percent share of 5Buds Cannabis, a Saskatchewan-based grower whose profits support economic development for the 13 First Nations in the province. The company operates locations in North Battleford, Warman and Yorkton, with new locations set to open in Kindersley and Prince Albert.
Tamarack Mining Services | Group Purchasing Organization
Tamarack Mining Services is a Group Purchasing Organization dedicated to the mining industry and Des Nedhe Group is Tamarack’s largest external shareholder. We harness the purchasing power of mining companies to negotiate with world-class suppliers to achieve AISC savings, streamline contracting processes for buyers and sellers, and simplify supply chains. Our core values include advancing Indigenous partnerships and participation in the mining sector supply chain.
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