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Leadership Team

Leadership Team

Mark Brajer, MBA, P.Eng

Chief Executive Officer

Photo of Mark BrajerMr. Brajer is responsible for overseeing daily operations of the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation and its subsidiary companies and joint ventures. Mark joined TIC in December 2017 and is a licensed engineer in NT, NU, BC, and ON. He has 25+ years of experience working across North America managing many operations and functional areas. Mark reports to the Board of Directors.



Fauna Kingdon

Chief Financial Officer

Fauna KingdonFauna Kingdon is a Manitoba Métis/Cree, raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and who now resides in Yellowknife, NT.  She has been working with TIC since May of 2020. Ms. Kingdon has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hon.) degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan and received her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2009 – the only Indigenous graduate in her class. Ms. Kingdon has also obtained a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation and is currently working towards a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) designation.

In addition to receiving an Indspire Award in the youth category, Ms. Kingdon has received the James W. Clarke Award and the Great West Life Leadership Award from the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal and a Canada Day Youth Award, and has been named both a National Métis Youth Model and a National Aboriginal Youth Role Model. Ms. Kingdon was also awarded the Manitoba YMCA/YWCA Young Woman of Distinction.


Tian Du

Director of Finance/Controller

Tian DuTian (Tim) Du oversees the TIC finance department.  He has years of experience in financial reporting, budget, and payroll. His honesty, integrity, and professionalism are qualities many people appreciate. Tim is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and has completed his Bachelor of Accounting degree from Brock University. In his spare time, Tim enjoys spending time with his wife and two pets.



Betty Anne Nickerson

Director of Site Services and Labour Management

Photo of Betty Anne NickersonBetty Anne Nickerson is a Tłı̨chǫ citizen and has worked for Tli Cho Logistics for 19 years. She has attended programs and obtained certifications from the Alberta Construction Safety Association, Southern Alberta Institute for Technology, and McMaster University to better herself in the field of Diamond mining and construction. 
Betty Anne has developed a strong sense of devotion to the company and to the employees.  Her experiences in being able to provide employment to hundreds of individuals give her a deeper appreciation of the role she plays within the company. Continuously striving to grow the company and connecting personally with the clients and personnel is what makes the company successful. 


Jim Golchert

Director of Community Operations

Photo of Jim GolchertJim Golchert, otherwise known as “Jim Boy”, was born and raised in Yellowknife. He achieved his journeyperson carpentry certification in 1989 and has been working with the Tłı̨chǫ nation since 1994; coming on board with the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation group in 2004. Jim and his partner love the outdoors and cheering on their three children in both recreational and competitive sports.  




Paul Gourlay

Director of Construction

Paul GourlayA Construction Engineering Technologist with over 35 years of commercial and industrial construction experience, Paul has been a resident of the Northwest Territories for more than 37 years and has spent over 7 years working under the Tlicho Investment Corporation umbrella. Paul is an entrepreneur by heart, has a unique sense of humor and an unwavering level of dedication to the construction operations at TIC. 



Sarah Hunt

Director of Human Resources, Training & Development

Photo of Sarah HuntAfter completing her Business Commerce degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2004, Ms. Hunt made the decision to head North to get a start on her career in Human Resources and to experience the beauty and uniqueness of the Northern environment and culture. She began her career working for a former Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation-owned company, I&D Management Services Ltd.; focusing on indigenous employment and capacity building in the diamond mining industry. Sarah has been working within the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation and its group of companies since 2011 and is responsible for the oversight and management of the Human Resources functions and services. She also oversees TIC’s corporate administration and marketing/communications functions.  She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Candidate and an active member of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta. Sarah is passionate about, and dedicated to, maximizing northern and northern indigenous employment.   


Cory Vanthuyne

Director of Continuous Improvement

Cory Vanthuye Mr. Vanthuyne is a lifelong resident of the Northwest Territories. He is responsible for leading the quality assurance oversight and continuous improvement function across the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation, its owned and managed companies, and its subsidiaries. He has an Associate Degree in Business Management, is a Certified Project Manager, and is working toward completion of the Executive Program at the University of Alberta School of Business. He has a diverse background with over 20 plus years of experience in management and 10 years in elected office as a City Councillor and MLA for Yellowknife. Cory reports directly to the CEO on a regular basis.  


Garry Tkachuk

Director of Health, Safety & Environment

Garry TkachukGarry Tkachuk has been a resident of the Northwest Territories for 52 years and has been Corporate Health, Safety & Environmental Manager for the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation for the past 5 years. Prior to his role at TIC, he had accumulated 31 years of management experience incorporate safety and security professions in the North and has completed many related courses; gaining a vast amount of knowledge in an ever-changing profession.  Major accomplishments during his time with TIC include setting up of one central safety system that is recognized and used by all Tłı̨chǫ group of companies, and success in achieving COR Certification for 6 of the TIC companies.  Garry’s key goal is to create a safe workplace for all employees so that they can live life to the fullest, provide for their families and participate in the well being of the community they live in.  


Ron Pankratz

Director of Equipment, Environment, and Engineering

Ron PankratzRon presently leads the equipment, environment, and engineering division of the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation. He has lived in Yellowknife for 7 years. Of those years, he has worked with the Tłı̨chǫ Investment Corporation for 3 years, prior to which he worked at Dominion Diamond for 4 years in their major projects division. He has a degree and certification in International Business and Supply Chain Management. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and dogs hiking, canoeing, and camping.