Neyaskweyahk Wildland Firefighting hire Crew and Safety Manager

Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) today announced that Neyaskweyahk Wildland Firefighting (NWLF) subsidiary has contracted and retained the services of Wanda Baptiste as Crew and Safety Manager for the 2020 fire season.   Baptiste will commence services immediately and prepare the company and crews for the 2020 Wildfire Season. A NWLF spring BBQ is being planned to bring together Certified and Rookie Firefighters from Maskwacis and area in preparation for the 2020 season.   It is the understanding of the company that the UCP government did not bid base crews for 2020, opting instead to fill base crews with secondary contracts.…

CEO Activates Succession Plan

Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. today announced that Sam Minde, Chief Executive Officer and a President of the Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. Directors (“the Board”) since December 2014, has requested to the Board to activate the CEO Succession Plan.  Minde will continue to serve as CEO until March 31st, 2020 as the succession plan had identified Maureen Ward VP of Operations as successor.  Minde will be retained as a Business Development contractor for 3 months providing support to the new CEO to ensure a smooth transition.  NGCI Board of Directors,  I hereby resign my position as President and CEO of…

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NGCI Posting for a Board of Director – ECN Citizen

The Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) currently are seeking applicants for one Board of Director - Ermineskin Cree Nation Citizen. The application deadline is October 29th, 2019. The Board consists of a maximum of five Business Professionals bringing various perspectives of business and leadership experience. The Board make up is 3 ECN Citizens and 2 Independent (Non ECN Citizens) of which one Board Members is Chairman. NGCI Directors are appointed for a three-year term which can be renewed with Chief and Council approval. Here is a prevue to NGCI Corporate Governance Standards: NGCI Corporate Board Governance refers to oversight…

1st Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser

N-Wildland Firefighters: Kieran Minde, Leon Moonias, Byron Moonias and Irvin Brown Mark August 16th, 2019 as the date the Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies hosted their 1st Annual Golf Tournament and Fundraiser at the Montgomery Glen in Wetaskiwin Alberta. A tremendous success. "A great turnout of people supporting a great cause" said the CEO Sam Minde as 72 golfers (18 teams of 4) braved the cold and windy day. A low of 12 and wind gusts of 34 kms/h proved challenging for even the most experienced players on the course that day. "I had to use my 9 iron from 140…

NGCI’s Wildland Firefighting COR Certified

Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) COR Certification is a health and safety review and was conducted in March and April, 2019 for Neyaskweyahk Wildland Firefighters. The program review utilized the AFPA Injury Reduction Standard Health and Safety Audit Protocol (2019).  Neyaskweyahk Wildland Firefighters are part of the Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies, Inc. They work to combat the wildfires in Indigenous territorial lands, and other locations in Alberta. This project, under NGCI management, provides trained firefighters and provides the administration, contract, and crew management to the Department of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (ESRD) with the Province of Alberta.  NGCI Wildland…

Ground Breaking Event for 1MW Solar Array

The Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. marked July 3rd, 2019 as the day to officially begin construction for the 1MW Solar Array known as the “Sundancer”.  "I would like to thank the Alberta Government Climate Leadership Program and Western Economic Diversification for financially supporting this project, NGCI reinvests all revenues back into the Nation to support job creation, infrastructure revitalization, capacity development and capture economic leakage" said NGCI CEO Sam Minde. NGCI also worked closely with Indigenous Services Canada (Lands and Economic Development) the Nation's leadership approved a ISC permit to develop the solar project on reserve lands. Former Minister…

NGCI Complete Acquisition for a Trusted Freshness Franchise

On March 31st, 2019 NGCI CEO signed the Trusted Freshness Franchise Agreement to officially purchase a Trusted Freshness Vertical Growers Franchise. NGCI's newest business has been named "Neyaskweyahk Vertical Growers LP (NVG)."  NVG will be posting for two positions for "growers" for the business within the next couple of weeks." NVG is located in Leduc, AB, and will be growing nutritious, fresh, safe and truly local salad greens and herbs for the Edmonton area. NVG and Trusted Freshness strive to provide the highest level of quality control to offer peace of mind for those looking for a fresh to market alternative…

NGCI Sign Lease Agreement with Heritage Family Services

The Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) signed a 2-year lease agreement with Heritage Family Services (HFS) for a family placement on April 1st, 2019. NGCI purchased the Bear Paw Trading Post business, land and home on December 29th, 2017 and the home sat empty for over a year.   Heritage Family Services has a philosophy of keeping children in care close to their home community, the company has expanded to include facilities in both Rocky Mountain House, Ponoka and Wetaskiwin.  The company currently employs approximately 180 staff and cares for over 100 children on a daily basis.

Bear Paw Trading Post open Online Store

The Neyaskweyahk Group of Companies Inc. (NGCI) is please to announce the opening of our Bear Paw Trading Post online store!  The new online store will allow our current and future customers access to our best selling products our regular store has to offer. � "We have an excellent selection of products" says Tara Vaudry, General Manager of the Bear Paw Trading Post. "Sales for our products are strong at the store and with an online store,  we can increase our service offering to new and existing customers via the web." "When we were planning to acquire Bear Paw Trading…