Our shareholders are the nine First Nations who comprise the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. Their vast land holdings across Northwestern Saskatchewan are located in one of the fastest growing economic regions in Canada, securing their place to take advantage of opportunities that arise in this hotbed of economic activity.
The MLTC Industrial Investments board is comprised of seven independent directors who bring an exceptional level of professionalism and expertise to overseeing the company.
Blair Davidson is an FCPA, FCA with 30 years of experience as a professional accountant in the province of Saskatchewan, with experience in assurance, tax and small business. He is a former partner with Ernst Young and Hergott Duval Stack LLP. In 2014, Blair successfully completed the Directors Education Program and received the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Blair has been involved as a director of a number of organizations, including the Board of Saskatchewan Telecommunications (SaskTel); the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAS), and is currently the Chair of CPA Saskatchewan, Co-Chair of Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame, and Chair of Beads of Courage Canada.
Through his work with ICAS and CPA Saskatchewan, Blair was a member of the transitional steering committee that successfully guided the three legacy accounting bodies into a successful merger, resulting in The Accounting Profession Act in Saskatchewan and the formation of CPA Saskatchewan.
Ms. Mirwald served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Services at Cameco Corporation, a position she held from 1995 to 2009, when she retired. In this role she was responsible for brand and image development, communications, investor relations, human resources, and government and community liaison. She also played a leading role in the execution of Cameco’s training, employment and community investment programs for First Nations and Metis people of northern Saskatchewan. In July 2010, Ms. Mirwald was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. Ms. Mirwald has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma of Education from University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts from University of Oregon and has completed the executive program at Queen’s University. She is past Chair of the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy and the Global Strategies Committee of the World Nuclear Association.
Ty Rutzki has had a long career, spanning in excess of 30 years, associated with economic development initiatives in northwest Saskatchewan. From 1986 to 1998, Ty served in the capacity of Director of Finance and Administration for the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. During this time he was responsible for all finance and administration of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council’s service delivery and corporate affairs. The service delivery portion included the operations of its Health, Social Development, Child Care, Post-Secondary / Secondary education, Economic Development, Capital and Engineering programs. In addition, his duties included direct management of MLTC’s corporate ventures in bulk fuel, forestry, trucking, natural gas storage and real estate. Ty was also part of the team which successfully initially acquired 50% ownership of NorSask Forest Products in June, 1988 and 100% ownership in April, 1998.
Since that time, Ty has been active in a diversity of roles in northwest Saskatchewan as the Corporate Development Officer at NorSask Forest Products, General Manager of Mistik Management Ltd., President & CEO of Robwel Constructors LP, IWL Steel Fabricators LP and Clearwater River Enviro LP – all 100% owned by the Clearwater River Dene Nation and employing in excess of 300 employees and contractors with operations both in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Since 2017, Ty has been the Executive Director of the Beaver River Community Futures Development Corporation based in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. The Beaver River Community Futures Corporation was established in 1988, and the Beaver River Business Development Corporation in 1989. In 1994, these two corporations merged into what is now the Beaver River Community Futures Development Corporation (BRCFDC). Beaver River serves 46 communities in northwest Saskatchewan, in an area covering 120,000 square kilometres.
Karl is president of a management consultancy that provides operational and strategic advice. He was with Tembec, a major forest products firm, from 1991 to 2010. While with Tembec, Karl served in various positions in sales and marketing and in business and corporate development, including as president of several holdings and joint-venture companies. He represented Tembec on numerous company and trade association boards, including the Ontario Lumber Manufacturers Association, Canadian Wood Council and the Free Trade Lumber Council. Karl is an independent director of North Bay Hydro Services Inc., vice chair of North Bay Jack Garland Airport Corporation, a member of the executive committee of Nipissing University’s board of governors. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from Concordia University.
With over 30 years of senior leadership experience in First Nation, government, corporate governance and business development, Richard Gladue has been a dedicated and tireless advocate for strong economic growth in Saskatchewan. A member of Flying Dust First Nation, Richard has served the Flying Dust community as Chief for many years. From 1994 to 2005 Richard led the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (comprised of nine First Nations) through a period of rapid growth, innovation and economic development in his role as Tribal Chief of MLTC. Following his time as MLTC Tribal Chief, Richard worked with the Saskatchewan government as Assistant Deputy Minister (and Deputy Minister) of First Nations and Metis Relations, and joined AREVA Resources Canada in 2008 as Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility. From 2013 to present, Richard assumed a variety of duties serving as the Executive Operating Officer for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and an additional term as Chief of Flying Dust First Nation. He is currently a Director of MLTC Industrial Investments Board.
Bradley Young, B.A., M.A, ICD.D, is the executive director of the National Aboriginal Forestry Association, Canada’s national indigenous forest sector voice. He holds a Master’s Degree in Indigenous Governance (University of Victoria) and retains formal designation under the Institute of Corporate Directors (University of Toronto Rotman School of Management). He has contributed to indigenous forest initiatives in Canada and abroad, including co-founding and chairing the Permanent Indigenous Peoples Committee of Forest Stewardship Council International. Originally from the Opaskwayak Cree Nation in northern Manitoba, Bradley has served on numerous academic, non-profit and business boards and committees.
A member of the Ahtahkakoop First Nation, Ray Ahenakew has cleared the way for Saskatchewan’s First Nation’s people to strengthen their participation in the provincial economy. A tireless leader, he believes in education for Aboriginal people as a powerful tool for advancement and opportunity. He served as president of the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies. He was chair of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, and the National Labour Training Market Board of Human Resources Development Canada. He was also a member of the University of Regina’s Board of Governors, the National Advisory Panel on Skill Development Leave, the President’s Provincial Image Team of Tourism Saskatchewan, the provincial Uranium Development Panel and the National Advisory Board to the Auditor General of Canada.
As Meadow Lake Tribal Council Chief Executive Officer, he led a team that pioneered self-government negotiations with Ottawa and purchased Norsask Forest Products. The purchase benefited the local economy and the council member communities in terms of jobs in logging, trucking, mill workers and tree planting. He was a member of the Board of Peace Hills Trust for eighteen years and served one term as chair. He served as chair of Makwa International, a joint venture with the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua and Contigo International Inc., Canada’s first and only Indigenous non-government organization.
He was part of a team that was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Aircraft Maintenance engineer program at Saskatoon’s John G. Diefenbaker Airport. He has garnered the respect for removing barriers, prejudice and expanding the potential for economic development and improved lifestyles for First Nations people.
Mr. Ahenakew was awarded an Honorary Diploma in Management Studies from the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Ahenakew is the recipient of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan, the Raj Manek Above and Beyond Award, and has been recognized by the Saskatchewan Business Magazine as one of Saskatchewan’s most influential men in March 2008.