Diavik and Det’on Cho Logistics announce transportation partnership

Yellowknife, NT (14 March 2014) – Diavik Diamond Mines (2012) Inc., operator of the Diavik Diamond Mine is pleased to announce that Det’on Cho Logistics has been awarded Diavik’s jet passenger service contract.

“We are very pleased with our new partnership with Det’on Cho Logistics. The Yellowknives Dene First Nation and Diavik have a strong history of working together to create local benefits,” said Diavik Diamond Mines (2012) President Marc Cameron.

“We are confident that Det’on Cho Logistics will deliver a quality service to our operations. This new venture builds upon our existing business partnership with the Yellowknives Dene First Nation which includes Bouwa Whee, which provides Diavik with catering and accommodations services.”

Under the contract, Det’on Cho Logistics, in partnership with Summit Air and First Air, will manage the transportation of minesite employees traveling to the Diavik Diamond Mine from Edmonton. The contract takes effect 1 April 2014.

According to Det’on Cho Logistics Vice-President Stu Impett, the focus is on providing value for Diavik by putting together a robust solution for moving passengers to the Diavik Diamond Mine. “Our approach has always been to offer solutions to our clients today and adapt to their needs going forward,” said Impett. “Det’on Cho Logistics and our partners are able to provide multiple options for moving passengers to the mine, allowing Diavik to choose the best fit for their operation,” he said.

Due to its remote location 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, and with air only year-round access, Diavik flies its workforce to the mine site for their work rotations. The Diavik Diamond Mine employs 997 people with one half of the workforce residing in Northwest Territories and West Kitikmeot communities. The majority of Diavik local spending is with northern companies many of which are Aboriginal-owned. In 2013, Diavik’s total northern spend was $261 million or 73 per cent of total spend of $362 million. Total 2013 spending with Aboriginal businesses was $116 million or 32 per cent.

The Diavik Diamond Mine, located 300 km. northeast of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, is a Diavik Diamond Mines (2012) Inc. (60%) and Dominion Diamond Diavik Limited Partnership (40%) unincorporated joint venture. Both companies are located in Yellowknife, Canada. Diavik Diamond Mines (2012) Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc of London, England, and Dominion Diamond Diavik Limited Partnership is wholly owned by Dominion Diamond Corporation of Yellowknife.

Det’on Cho Logistics is a Det’on Cho company. It was established in 2009 by Deton’Cho Corporation and Matt Mossman and Stu Impett. With offices in Vancouver and Yellowknife, Det’on Cho Logistics provides expediting and logistics, freight forwarding and consolidation, air cargo handling support, and passenger movement services to the northern resource development industry.