Yellowknife, NT—After 25 prosperous years, Det’on Cho Corporation took the time to thank those who helped along with way. On Friday, March 8, Det’on Cho Corporation held the first ever Prosperity Awards at the Smokehouse Café in Ndilo.
“This is an opportunity for us to recognize those partners who have contributed to our company’s prosperity and success,” said Roy Erasmus Jr., CEO of Det’on Cho Corporation. The recipients of the Prosperity Awards were: Stanton Territorial Health Authority, Diavik Diamond Mines Inc., De Beers and the GNWT Department of Transportation.
Det’on Cho Corporation was barely a year old when Stanton Territorial Health Authority awarded the fledging company the contract to build the Vital Abel Boarding Home in 1988. Today, We Le Dai Corporation, a Det’on Cho company, continues to operate the Boarding Home.
“The support that the staff of Vital Abel provides is invaluable to the delivery of medical travel services in the NWT,” said Kay Lewis, CEO of Stanton Territorial Health Authority.
Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. was recognized for building a partnership with Det’on Cho that led to the formation of Bouwa Whee Catering.
“This partnership is an example of the kind of lasting and sustainable relationship that is integral to how we do business,” noted Niels Kristensen, the President and COO of Diavik Diamond Mines Inc. “In Bouwa Whee, Det’on Cho has built a business that will last long after the mine has closed.”
Maxwell Morapeli, General Manager of De Beers’ Snap Lake Diamond Mine stated that his company’s partnership with Det’on Cho was an example of the kind of growth that can be achieved through working in partnership.
“Det’on Cho Logistics does more than just provide logistics services to our mine,” Morapeli noted. “They partner with us to find solutions. We see every day how this company has grown, and we’re proud to have played a role in that.”
Kevin McLeod, Director of Highways with the GNWT Department of Transportation, mentioned how he has seen Det’on Cho grow since the Department first hired it to work on the Dettah Access Road.
“They have built their own capacity while providing services that are on the cutting edge of the industry,” added McLeod.
David Ramsay, the Minister of Transportation, was also impressed with Det’on Cho Corporation’s growth.
“I believe that this company serves as a model, not only in the NWT, but for the rest of Canada, of how governments and Aboriginal companies can work together toward mutual benefit,” said Ramsay. “It’s amazing what this company has accomplished over the past 25 years, and I believe that the next 25 years will be even more prosperous.”
Det’on Cho Corporation is the economic development arm of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. Established in 1988, the company includes 16 subsidiaries, partnerships and joint ventures. Det’on Cho companies provide a full range of services to the northern mining sector, including logistics and expediting, construction and construction management, and environmental and remediation services.