Capital & Special Projects Department
The Lheidli T’enneh Capital and Special Projects Department is responsible for developing, improving, and maintaining capital assets of the Band such as infrastructure, buildings, and roads.
Capital and special projects are selected by Chief and Council. These projects are vital to the community and Band members. These tend to be large in scope and require clear coordination between the different departments and groups involved. This includes securing and verifying funding, tendering contractors, monitoring work progress, and reporting afterwards. With proper planning and preparation however, the processes involved are achieved efficiently and effectively by Capital & Special Projects Department, and funded by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).
Capital & Special Projects Officer-Zawad Abedin
Zawad Abedin is the Capital & Special Projects Officer for Lheidli T’enneh Nation. In his role, he oversees capital and special projects assigned to him by the Chief and Council through Executive Director. In addition to the paperwork necessary to begin these projects, Zawad is also very involved with the ground work. By physically visiting the sites where projects take place, he can address any problems early on, ensuring the projects achieve certain standards when they are built, but also when they are maintained. Zawad properly documents the projects and their progress so the community can stay informed and understand why the project is important, the work that was done to achieve it, and how that asset can be properly maintained in the future. Currently the only staff member in his department, Zawad plays an important role in Lheidli T’enneh Nation.
Accomplished with both Bachelor and Master’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Bangladesh, Zawad’s educational background makes him well suited for his position. As a Senior Project Officer for CEAT Ltd in Mumbai, India; he learned how to commission and install industrial equipment and utility systems, an integral part of any capital project. Also, his time spent working in the production department in CEAT Ltd and Nestlé gave him insight into day-to-day operations. Zawad is currently pursuing his second Master’s in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at UNBC researching drinking water issues for Indigenous peoples, a very common but serious problem that many First Nation communities continue to face. The research involves researchers from UBC and TRU along with him. With his extensive knowledge of the different stages for developing capital projects, Zawad is an asset to the Lheidli T’enneh Administration.
What is a capital project?
A capital project is a new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement project for an existing facility. Most common examples are infrastructure, buildings, and roads, important parts of a community which are integral to the services provided to the community members. These projects often involve different departments, like Lands, Housing, or Finance.
What is a capital asset?
These kinds of projects are decided by Band administration and can mean different tasks for the Capital & Special Projects Department. These projects help improve opportunities or capacity for capital assets. For example, the officer may perform the necessary paperwork to achieve certifications for tenure (the conditions under which land or buildings are held or occupied) or for Lheidli T’enneh Nation to receive certification from Financial Management Board. According to the First Nations Financial Management Board website, by becoming certified First Nations governments can be on the same playing field as other governments and public institutions, allowing them to be eligible to borrow at similar rates and terms as other governments in Canada. This vastly improves the development opportunities for bands like Lheidli T’enneh and benefits its members consequently.
Lheidli T’enneh Capital & Special Project Department