There are eight departments that work closely together to keep QC, its subsidiaries, and joint ventures operating smoothly and focused on success. Working as a team they also explore new opportunities for business, employment and training in the Qikiqtani region. These departments are:
The Administration team provides oversight for all corporate operations, strategic planning, policy and procedures, advocacy, and community support programs. In addition to that it provides administrative support services to the Board, senior management, subsidiaries and joint ventures.
The Finance Department’s role is to provide timely and accurate financial reports and general financial advice to senior management and the Board of Directors. The division also coordinates the preparation of annual budgets and prepares for the annual audit.
The Finance Department processes all revenues and expenses that have been approved by senior management; bank reconciliations, in addition to providing the payroll function and ensuring proper reporting is done to various government agencies like Revenue Canada and the Workers Safety and Compensation Commission.
On an as needed basis the Finance Division assists with securing project financing, and monitoring of those loans, lines of credit and other financial instruments. The Director of Finance is also responsible for preparing, evaluating and making recommendations to the Board on amending policy as required.
This division is responsible for ensuring a healthy and safe workplace, providing human resources services to QC and its subsidiaries, communications and marketing, inventory control, records management and general office administrative support services.
We offer an employment agency for remote site staffing and ensure Inuit are trained for their roles. There is a strong focus on health and safety and this is factored into all the training plans and work sites.
Training programs are offered on a regular basis to ensure skill and knowledge development; including cultural awareness training, keep pace with the changing technology and regulations.
All joint venture and partnership agreements and projects have a component specifically designed to promote Inuit training and high beneficiary employment numbers.
Fisheries and Marine
The Marine Development Division is sub-divided into three sub-divisions: Fisheries, Infrastructure, and Boards/Agencies. Under the Fisheries Division, two joint venture operations are overseen:
- Qikiqtaaluk Fisheries Corporation (QFC); and
- Unaaq Fisheries (UF).
QFC is a QC owned fishing company that fishes QC’s shrimp and turbot quotas in partnership with Nataaqnaq Fisheries. QFC owns the trawler MV Saputi. Unaaq Fisheries is a joint venture between QC and Makivik Corporation (MC). Shrimp quotas allocated to UF are fished by a Nova Scotia based fishing company.
Under the infrastructure division, QC formed a joint venture company, Tulaktarvik, with Ocean Group out of Quebec with the intent of supporting major marine infrastructure projects in Nunavut.
The Marine Development division also represents Qikiqtaaluk Corporation on various Boards and agencies such as:
- Northern Coalition Corporation,
- Nunavut Fisheries and Marine Training Consortium,
- Northern Shrimp Research Foundation,
- Nunavut Offshore Allocation Holders Association, and
Retail Services Division
This division is responsible for managing and creating business opportunities in retail services. The Division operates retail outlets in multiple locations and provides a wide variety of products from fuel, food and electronics to catering trays for special events. It prides itself on contributing to the development of youth in the community by providing employment and training opportunities. Its beneficiary employment rate is estimated in excess of 75%.
The Division currently operates two convenience stores and a gas bar along with a deli and coffee shop. In addition, it coordinates the annual sealift for individuals and companies, bids on tenders to supply unique items, and has special shipments throughout the year of speciality items.
There is some cross over with the Information Technology Division as the Director also has oversight of the retail electronics store. In addition, they coordinate the sales of lottery tickets and operate ATM’s and vending machines throughout Iqaluit.
Finally, QC is involved in petroleum distribution through a joint venture company, Uqsuq, which distributes fuel products to customers in the city of Iqaluit.
Real Estate and Development Division
This division manages all of the real estate holdings of Qikiqtaaluk Corporation and Qikiqtaaluk Properties Inc. They provide advice and assistance on property acquisition, construction, and management to the other subsidiaries in the group. They manage and maintain over $55M in real estate assets in Iqaluit. This Division is involved with residential, commercial and industrial properties.
The Real Estate Department is broken down into five main service areas: Administration, Maintenance and Custodial Services which relate directly to company owned property. Projects are handled separately with that specific project manager. Property Assessment is a service provided to the Government of Nunavut.
The Division is currently heavily involved in the development of Inuit Owned Lands. As the Developer for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association the Division, using it expertise in real estate development is working on a number of projects from site study and land use planning to design and financing projects and facilitating construction.
This division is under contract to provide property assessment services to the Government of Nunavut. Each year properties are assessed a value and notices are sent to each property owner. This information then generates a “roll” from which the taxing authority collects property taxes. The division maintain over 11,000 property files for all of Nunavut and participates in the appeal process. They also work with the Government administration on recommending changes and improvements to the Act.
Projects (Infrastructure and Industrial Development)
This division works in a number of areas servicing mining, environmental clean ups, infrastructure development and related activities. The main focus is on developing and enhancing the capacity among Inuit to work in the natural resources sector.
With the approval of bonding the companies can now take contracts as the general contractor.
This division also provides equipment rental and warehousing facilities. If a project needs logistical support, expediting or catering staff then this Division is well positioned to provide a tailor made program to meet the clients’ needs.
However, they are also involved in higher level project work as well, through services like:
- project management, budget development, accounting, financing, general administration
- feasibility and business/project case studies
- Design tender, construction and commissioning process supervision
- Risk management and quality control
- Industrial and Institutional construction/renovation, and
- Public-private partnership (PPP) contracted developments
This facilitated through a strong network of joint ventures and partnerships.
Environmental and Camp Services
Our start in remote site work began as a subcontractor for large environmental cleanup sites. With those projects nearing completion we are working on environmental assessments for construction projects and fuel tank spills as needed. With the emergence of exploration in the mining and resources sector those skills have been transferred to service this sector.
We offer a full range of services for remote camps from custodial workers, cooks, heavy equipment operators, medical personnel and security staff through to supervisory staff and managers.
Key to supporting remote camp sites is the logistics of bringing in supplies, equipment and staff, something we have done successfully for many years. We are involved in air and marine transportation services to compliment this need.