Athabasca Catering has been in operation since 1992 and employs a workforce of over 500 employees. English River is one of five first nation partners; Des Nedhe owns a 10% share of this company, which provides the majority of food services at northern mining operations. Cameco and Areva are its largest clients. Find out more at athabascacatering.com.
NORTHERN RESOURCE TRUCKING
English River is one of eight northern First Nations and three Métis community owners of Northern Resource Trucking, which provides much needed transportation of commodities to and from the north. Its major customers include Cameco, AREVA and Claude Resources. Find out more at nrtlp.com.
ERFN is one of nine shareholders in MLTC RDI, the economic development corporation of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council and one of Saskatchewan’s largest private equity investment managers. Its investments include MLTC Northern Trucking, Western First Nations Hospitality, Norsask Forest Products and more. MLTC RDI’s power project with Sask Power, the Meadow Lake Bioenergy Centre, began construction in 2014. The centre is expected to create 300 jobs over the course of its construction and 25 permanent jobs to operate the new plant, as well as contribute new jobs and investment in spin-off industries. Find out more at mltcrdi.ca.
In 2015, Des Nedhe purchased a majority interest in Creative Fire, a full-service communications firm based out of Saskatoon. Creative Fire provides a wide array of services to a varied list of clients that includes PotashCorp, Cameco, Federated Co-operatives Ltd., the Government of Saskatchewan and more. Find out more at creative-fire.com.
English River First Nation and Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation are majority owners of JNE Welding in Saskatoon – a full service steel fabricator with clients across North America. English River and Peter Ballantyne each hold a 30% interest with JNE’s current owners retaining the remaining shares. The combined strength of the three companies has solidified JNE’s standing as a preferred supplier to the mining, construction, petrochemical and power-generation sectors.
Find out more at jnewelding.com/.