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
A capital project is 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.
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.
Infrastructure Asset & Facilities O&M
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; which 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.
Information Technology (IT)
Information Technology (IT) is managed through Asset Management as well. IT segment oversees and maintains LTN compute hardware and software systems. IT provides technical support, system and network administration, and overall website maintenance. Through IT infrastructure management, we strive to save costs to the band in every way possible. In addition to that, we can facilitate community needs such as basic computer training, etc., at no additional cost.
Meet the team
Director of Engineering & Operations
Zawad Abedin is an accomplished professional currently serving as the Director of Engineering and Operations at Lheidli T’enneh Nation. In this role, he leads the Capital Projects and Asset Management Department and plays an integral part in the overall band administration. His responsibilities are central to the management of a diverse range of capital projects and the effective oversight of the nation’s asset management program.
Zawad’s educational background is extensive and impressive. He holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Northern British Columbia, where his research delved into First Nation community infrastructure and asset development. He also possesses both a Bachelor’s and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. His professional qualifications include being a registered engineering professional with Engineers and Geoscientists of BC and a certified asset management professional accredited by IPWEA.
His expertise extends beyond engineering into administration and management. Zawad has acquired a Diploma in Supply Chain Management and Human Resources from the International Qualifications Network, UK, and a Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. This diverse skill set has been instrumental in his career advancements and effective leadership.
In addition to his primary role, Zawad contributes to the broader asset management community as a Director-Indigenous Community on the board of directors for the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM), a position he has held since being elected in May 2023.
Prior to joining the Lheidli Administration in 2020, Zawad built a solid foundation of professional experience, working for over seven years as a Project Engineer with global companies such as Nestlé and CEAT Ltd. His journey at Lheidli T’enneh Nation has seen him progress from Capital & Special Projects Officer to Senior Manager, CPAM, and eventually to his current position as Director of Engineering & Operations. His diverse experience and comprehensive skill set make him a valuable leader and asset to the Lheidli T’enneh Nation and the engineering community at large.
Asset Management Supervisor
Ronald Jason Pierreroy is the Asset Management Supervisor for Lheidli T’enneh Nation. He provides overall maintenance support for the band’s assets. He completed his first-year carpentry and level 03 culinary arts in basic, advanced, and specialty in post-secondary. Prior to LTFN, he has the wealth of experience of overall 33 years in a wide variety of places such as a sawmill, commercial kitchen, residential construction, office furniture, and equipment providers.
Jason is a proud LTFN member and he was born, raised, and lived his whole life in the city of Prince George. He is happily married and the father of one child. He is fond of outdoor and sports activities.
Adam Ethier is the Manager, IT, Asset, and Emergency Management for Lheidli T’enneh Nation. He procures, configures, installs, upgrades, and maintains all the IT infrastructure owned by the Nation, works with Zawad to maintain Asset Management across the Nation, and is responsible developing, maintaining, managing, and implementing all levels of Emergency Management for the Nation.
Before joining LTFN, Adam working in a variety of enterprise level IT departments, including a provincial school districts, an inter-provincial FTL trucking company, and a national glass company. He also worked as a fire fighter for over 10 years, and has a passion for safety culture and emergency management. He brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion in all areas related to IT and Emergency Management.
Adam grew up in Prince George, graduating from the old Duchess Park. He is looking forward to being back in Prince George with his wife and two kids.