CIMA+ joins forces with Tagodi Development Corporation in Northern BC

We have joined forces with a prominent Canadian Indigenous leader, Jerry Asp, and his company, Tagodi Development Corporation, to build sustainable communities and create economic opportunities in Northern British Columbia.

Through the decades, Jerry has demonstrated his commitment to the community with his advocacy, leadership, and in key roles for associations and councils worldwide. He has also received many prestigious awards over the years.

In 2018, Jerry was appointed to the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Body on Responsible Business Conduct (MSAB) by the Minister of International Trade and has shared his knowledge and experience with Indigenous communities across the world. On January 9, 2020, Jerry was inducted into the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame and was named Mining Person of the Year for BC, by the Mining Association of British Columbia (MABC).

As part of CIMA+’s commitment to improving the quality of life for all Canadians, we are honoured to work with Jerry and the Tagodi team.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Jerry, and our Senior Project Manager and Specialist, James Couto, on what brought us together for this joint venture and what we hope to achieve collectively.

Tagodi and CIMA+ logos to show the fusion between the two companies

Jerry, tell us more about yourself and Tagodi:

“My career and experience in mining go back to 1965, and I have had the opportunity to travel the world as a leader working with Indigenous communities across multiple countries. From South America to Australasia and Europe, I have made it back home to Northern BC, where I continue to lead and advocate for the Tahltan nation. It is my goal to maintain an active business voice for today and into the future through partnerships like this one.”

“Tagodi is my family’s business and we have worked very hard over the years to provide economic development for our people through growing work and education opportunities.”


James, can you tell us more about this joint venture?

“As part of our BC growth strategy, we wanted to reach out to local communities and find opportunities to partner and work together. We were introduced to Jerry, and it was a great fit for both organizations. His company is family-owned and operated, and both firms share similar values. Through our engineering experience and Tagodi’s reputation in mining and strong presence in the community, we can build on each other’s strengths in the mining industry, along with other project opportunities that arise.”


What do you hope to achieve with this joint venture?

“Our goal with this joint venture is to engage with the community to support local employment opportunities. Jerry helped accelerate the economic development of the Tahltan nation, resulting in the seasonal employment rate going from 50% to more than 95%. Each youth is either in school or working. He has done a phenomenal job of bringing opportunities to the people and we are excited to be part of taking this initiative to another level.” – James Couto

“Ultimately, we continue to encourage more of the community to pursue careers in STEM. Additionally, it is important that benefits from the joint projects we work on flow back into the community, whether through employment or direct benefits from the improvement of infrastructure for the people who live in the Tahltan Territory.” – Jerry Asp


Stay tuned for updates on this joint venture in upcoming months!

The Tahltan territory covers 150,000 km2 and makes up over 11% of the province, including the Stikine River watershed and a portion of Yukon. Also known as the Golden Triangle, the territory is rich in natural resources, such as gold, silver, and copper.

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