The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Capital Projects and Asset Management (CP&AM) Department works in the following areas:
- Capital Projects Planning and Management
- Asset Management including O&M of all assets and IT activities
- Human Resource Management
CP&AM department is responsible for developing, improving, and managing all tangible capital assets and projects. This department keeps track of all assets and manages the operation and maintenance (O&M) activities. Through Asset Management Plan (AMP) all groups of assets are managed over their full lifecycles in order to deliver according to the standard of service.
Capital and special projects are selected by the 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. Project Management of such projects is done through this department at Lheidli T’enneh.
A capital project is a new construction, expansion, renovation, or replacement project for an existing facility. The most common examples are infrastructure, buildings, and roads, important parts of a community that is integral to the services provided to the community members. Management of such projects often involves coordination with different departments, like Lands, Housing, Finance.
Fundamentally, assets exist to provide services to our community. Managing Lheidli T’enneh assets to deliver those services is asset management. In order to have a sustainable, resilient community that will thrive now, and for future generations, ensuring appropriate asset management (AM) efforts is essential.
At this point, asset types include but are not solely limited to, tangible capital assets such as buildings, engineering structures, roads, parks, IT network and equipment, water and wastewater systems, vehicles; are gradually being brought into AM practice. Intangible assets such as land, software, data, natural resources, and intellectual property not associated with TCA are managed through the appropriate individual departments at this moment.
An asset management plan (AMP) is a document that describes how one or more groups of assets are managed over a period of time to deliver an agreed-upon standard of service. It compiles and analyzes information about assets to identify issues and strategies for moving forward in a proactive and sustainable manner.
AMP provides important information to support decision-making. Understanding what assets we have and how to manage those assets can help our community maximize the value of existing infrastructure that delivers core community services. At Lheidli T’enneh, we have started the work to formulate the policy and plan, as a key item to have an efficient AM framework in place.
7 ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS FOR ASSET MANAGEMENT PLAN
Zawad Abedin – Manager, Capital Project & Asset Management
Zawad Abedin is the Manager of Capital Project and Asset Management Department for Lheidli T’enneh Nation. In his role, Zawad leads all capital projects of Lheidli T’enneh assigned to him by the Chief and Council through the Executive Director. He also ensures efficient asset management as per the approved policy and plan.
Zawad is currently pursuing his second Master’s at the University of Northern British Columbia in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies. His research relates to First Nation community infrastructure and asset development. Prior to this, he has completed his Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also possesses diversified knowledge and skill in administrative activities with his Post-Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management and Human Resources from IQN, UK.
He has over seven years of professional experience, prior to joining the Lheidli Administration. He worked as a Lead Project Engineer with CEAT Ltd for over two years. He has also served Nestlé, a multinational giant in the FMCG industry as well before joining Lheidli T’enneh Nation.
Lheidli T’enneh Capital Project & Asset Management Department
- 150 Brunswick Street
Prince George BC V2L 2B3
- Tel: 250 562-0847
- Fax: 250.963-6954