Director, Business Development & Partnerships
Tejas has been active in the Canadian Arctic both as a venture capitalist and from a policy perspective, so he understands the challenges Canadian businesses and entrepreneurs face. His focus at Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation (TIC) is on the continuous improvement of processes used in mining, construction, engineering, and supply chain divisions; and increasing the organization’s capacity in new ventures based on low-carbon technologies and the supporting infrastructure (including renewable energy and energy efficiency)
Tejas started his career at Emerald Technology Ventures, Toronto analyzing technologies and companies focusing in smart grids, clean energy, advanced materials and water technologies. One of the Emerald’s portfolio companies – RuggedCom was acquired by Siemens for $382 million. Tejas also worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories as the Specialist for Mineral Investments, and during his tenure of attracting investments to NWT mineral industry, De Beers Canada Inc. and Mountain Province Diamonds Inc. opened world’s newest and one of the biggest diamond mine (Gahcho Kué mine) with capital costs $970 million.
Additionally, Tejas sits on the Board of Directors for American Chamber of Commerce – Canada West; and Foresight Cleantech Accelerator.
Tejas holds a Master of Business Administration from Vancouver Island University, Canada; and Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya Technological University, India.
Director, Safety & Security
Garry Tkachuk has been a resident of the Northwest Territories for 52 years and has been with the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation since 2015. Garry oversees our Tłı̨chǫ Safety & Security company and is responsible for managing the Corporate Health, Safety & Environmental operations. Prior to his role at TIC, he had accumulated 31 years of management experience in safety and security professions in the North and has completed many related courses; gaining a vast amount of knowledge in an ever-changing industry. Garry’s key goal is to create a safe and secure 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.
Director of Finance, CPA, MBA
Bernard is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a holder of Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialty in Finance and Sustainability and currently pursuing PhD studies with Walden University, USA.
With a career spanning nearly two decades across three different jurisdictions, his career has been one of growth and promotion. Started off in Zimbabwe as an Accountant after graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting Honors degree. He was groomed at Nestle, the Swiss manufacturing multinational and thereafter worked for other national brands where he subsequently got promoted to Divisional Accountant responsible for the finances of six agro-industrial divisions.
He then crossed the border into neighboring South Africa, worked for various billion-dollar international organizations including Cashbuild (South Africa), BASF(Germany), Karl Storz Endoscopy (Germany) and Stryker (USA), garnering a wealth of experience in retail, chemicals, medical and health care industries. He got promoted to Finance Controller and won the Annual Finance Excellence Award at Karl Storz Endoscopy.
In April 2017, he permanently relocated to Saskatoon, SK, Canada as a nominee program skilled worker and quickly got a job at the retail giant Federated Co-operatives (Co-op) Ltd. as a Corporate Accounting Supervisor, worked in construction and real estate before heading up north, joining the Government of Northwest Territories as Financial Operations Coordinator and thereafter the Workers’ Safety and Compensation Commission as Manager, Financial Reporting and then Corporate Comptroller.
In August 2023, Bernard joined Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation and group of companies, and his message is simple: ‘’Finance is the lifeblood of any business because at the end of the day, anything that happens in an organization has a financial impact. It is therefore critical that we watch over that dollar by having the proper controls in place and keep the company financially sound.’’
Director, Property Management & Real Estate (TPM)
Raymon presently leads the Real Estate and Property Management business unit of the Tłįcho˛ Investment Corporation (TIC). He moved to Behchokò˛ from Toronto in June of 2020. With over nine years experience in Toronto in the residential/commercial real estate industry, Raymon decided to join TIC to progress our real estate and property management business. He has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree with a minor in Economics from McMaster University.
Director of Construction (TCB)
Mr. Sputek joined our Tłįcho Community Builders (TCB) team as Director of Construction in November of 2022. He is a graduate of Building Construction Engineering Technology of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and is a member of the Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists where he has held membership for over 36 years. Working in the construction industry throughout his career, he has gained valuable experience ranging from water treatment plants and reservoirs to commercial and institutional construction projects. As a long-term resident in the NT, he has been involved in multiple design-build and Public tendered projects since 1991 and in 1998 he became a partner in Hovat Construction Ltd., which eventually led to him being the 100% owner of the company in 2002. Throughout his northern tenure in the industry, he has worked on projects with many clients throughout the NT and NU, including the TIC group and the Government of the Northwest Territories. Eric is a dedicated leader with the goal of successfully growing the TCB operations.
Director of Tourism
Samantha Stuart enthusiastically joined the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation group through Tłı̨chǫ Adventures Ltd. as Director of Tourism in May of 2023. Samantha brings over 18 years of progressive experience, including a background in marketing, sales and project management. She has worked for the Northwest Territories Tourism Association, Canadian North, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and was an entrepreneur for several years. She is currently a member of the NWT Tourism Association Board of Directors.
As Director of Tourism, Samantha is responsible for leading the planning, development, and implementation of tourism strategies designed to promote Tłı̨chǫ Adventures Ltd. and its group of companies. She oversees the management of existing and new tourism operations; ensuring that all tourism offerings operate in a professional, safety-conscious, environmentally friendly and efficient manner.
"I am excited to lead the team and to work with our partners to promote the beautiful Northwest Territories as a world-class tourism destination. I am passionate about creating quality tourism products, services and experiences that attract visitors to our region, create job opportunities for the Tłı̨chǫ
Senior Project Manager
A 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.
Mr. Babkirk was raised in Northern BC and went to school in Fort St John. After graduating he worked on drilling rigs throughout Canada and the US. He then worked in the Oil & Gas Service Industry, providing coring, drilling and drill bit rentals in Canada, Cuba, US and Middle East. When the Energy Industry slowed in 2015, Mr. Babkirk moved to Yellowknife to work for Tłı̨chǫ Landtran. TIC purchased all the shares in 2016 and he stayed on with Tłı̨chǫ. Chris is the current Senior Manager for Tłı̨chǫ Engineering & Environmental Services Ltd. Throughout his time with the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation and Group of Companies, he has had the opportunity to be involved in many projects including working at the mines, completing remediation and lot development, the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road (Tłı̨chǫ Highway) project, sewer/ water infrastructure and building the winter roads to the Tłı̨chǫ communities.
“I’ve met many community members during my time in the North and will have many great memories!” – Chris Babkirk
Senior Manager (TEL)
Darren Robertson joined Tłįcho Equipment Ltd. (TEL) in January 2022, with over 25 years of experience in the NWT heavy equipment Industry. Darren is committed to improving the supply and reliability of TEL equipment fleet and assets to meet existing and expanding future TIC business needs. Darren has built solid relationships in the industry that will support TEL’s stability and growth. Darren is excited about the opportunities to expand Tłįcho employment and build a foundation with employment, training, parts, service, and rentals of our mobile assets.