Capital Projects & Asset Management (CP&AM)

Department Overview

The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Capital Projects and Asset Management (CP&AM) Department works in the following areas:

  1. Capital Projects Planning and Management
  2. Asset Management 
Asset Management consists of three major areas:
  • Infrastructure Asset & Facilities O&M
  • IT 
  • Human Resources 

Capital Projects

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.

Asset Management

  • 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; 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.

  • Human Resources Management (HRM)

Human resource management (HRM) activities under this department consist of recruiting, hiring, deploying, and managing LTFN employees. Human Resources are conceptually categorized as assets in LTFN and managed under Asset Management. The department is responsible for creating, putting into effect, and overseeing policies governing employees and the relationship of LTFN as an organization with its employees. As with other business assets, the goal is to make effective use of employees, reducing risk and maximizing return on investment.

The role of HRM practices is to manage the people within the workplace to achieve the LTFN mission and reinforce the work culture. The goal of the department manager is to help recruit new professionals who have the skills necessary to further the goals of the nation as well as aid with the training and development of current employees to meet objectives.

Since the organization is only as good as its employees, LTFN administration made HRM a crucial part of maintaining and continuously improving the health of the operation. 

The manager is responsible for the day-to-day execution of HR-related functions, talent management, benefits, compensation, reporting, and more. Payroll is managed by Finance.

  • 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

Zawad Abedin – Manager

Zawad Abedin is the Manager of Capital Projects and Asset Management Department for Lheidli T’enneh Nation.  In his role, Zawad leads all capital projects of Lheidli T’enneh assigned. He also ensures efficient asset management as per the approved policy and plan.

Zawad completed his second Master’s at the University of Northern British Columbia in Environmental Science where his research was related to First Nation community infrastructure and asset development. Prior to that, he had completed his Bachelor’s and Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He also possesses diversified knowledge and skill in administration and management with his academic suit of Diploma in Supply Chain Management and Human Resources from International Qualifications Network, UK and Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto. He had over seven years of professional experience, prior to joining the Lheidli Administration in 2020. He worked in the role of Project Engineer at CEAT Ltd, which is a global leader in tyre manufacturing industry, and at Nestlé, the multinational giant in the FMCG industry before joining Lheidli T’enneh Nation.

Meiting Li – IT Officer

Meiting Li is the IT officer for Lheidli T’enneh Nation. She reports to the Manager, Capital projects & Asset Management, and manages IT technology services that meet organization operational requirements. Meiting spends much of her time providing technical support across the company, monitors, and maintains computer systems and networks. In her IT officer role, she’s also responsible for IT planning, reviewing vendor contracts, coordinating IT purchases, and developing IT policies.

Meiting completed her Master’s in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Manitoba and Bachelor in Communication Engineering from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications in China. Prior to joining Lheidli T’enneh Nation, she worked as an Electrical Design Engineer in the automotive industry.

Contact

Lheidli T’enneh Capital Project & Asset Management Department

150 Brunswick Street
Prince George BC V2L 2B3

Tel: 250 562-0847

Fax: 250.963-6954

zabedin@lheidli.ca

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