board of directors leadership team

Board of Directors

Our board of directors is appointed by the chief and council of Cold Lake First Nations to represent the interests of Primco Dene's shareholders: the members of Cold Lake First Nations. They are entrusted with ensuring that Primco Dene stays true to its mission of creating lasting prosperity through strong businesses.

Robert Machatis


Travis Matchatis


Judy Nest

Board Member

George Machatis

Board Member

Gordon Piche

Board Member

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Senior Leadership Team

Primco Dene strives to appoint the best and brightest employees to positions of responsibility within Primco Dene Ltd. and all of the companies we own. Most of the people in management positions at Primco Dene started much further down the corporate ladder and were promoted to their current positions, underlining our commitment to the growth and development of our employees.

James Blackman

President & CEO

James Blackman is a proud Dene member of Cold Lake First Nations in Northeast Alberta and was one of the youngest elected councilmen at age 22. He founded Primco Dene Catering Corporation, along with two other individuals in his third term in council. Today he heads up Primco Dene as President and CEO. He was also one of the founders of Seven Lakes Oilfield Services, a sister company under the umbrella of Primco Dene Group of Companies.

James was instrumental in the creation of the Primco Business Centre, which houses Primco Dene and a number of other Cold Lake First Nations’ businesses and partnerships. As an advocate for aboriginal business, James has played a significant role in other business projects in his community, including Casino Dene and the Hotel and Conference Centre. Throughout it all, he has provided award-winning leadership and has been a driver of the many successes, awards and accolades that Primco Dene has received throughout the years.

James has recently completed the University of Alberta’s Indigenous Community-Industry Relations certificate from the University of Alberta. This program is designed to be a catalyst for community engagement between Indigenous people, industry, and government in relation to issues of social and economic development as well as the environment. He is the director of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and sits on over a dozen corporate boards across Canada. James is also a private entrepreneur in his own business, Denergy Solutions.

Tammy Charland-McLaughlin

VP Operations

Tammy Charland-McLaughlin has been the Vice President of Operations for Primco Dene Group of Companies since December 2000. Best described as a creative and driven businesswoman, Tammy holds a Certificate in Indigenous Community Industry Relations from the University of Alberta and has been recognized as a finalist for the 2010 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. Her professional experience encompasses time spent with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, Alberta Securities Commission Agency and the Métis Nation of Alberta Zone II.

Larry Henderson

VP Commercial Operations

Larry has been a resident of Cold Lake for the past 30 years, originally coming to assist in the opening of the McDonald’s in 1988. He then went on to run the Mohawk Convenience store and Gas Bar and the Greyhound Bus Depot.

In 2002 Larry joined Primco Dene Group of Companies to open and manage Primco’s first Lubex (now Jiffylube). In Larry’s capacity as VP, Commercial Operations he oversees the Security and the Commercial divisions of the company.

Through his tenure with Primco Dene Group of Companies, Larry has successfully managed the construction of five Primco Commercial multi-million dollar projects and is continuing to oversee the development of Primco’s growing property holdings.


Eliza Minoose-Flores

Office/Marketing Manager

Deneen Goyer


Amanda Moe

Finance Manager

Andrew Fox

Fleet & Field Maintenance Manager

Brent Cey

Primco Dene (EMS) LP Operations Manager

Mike Brown

Primco Security Services LP Manager

Joseph Anderson

HR Manager

Kari Brown

Commissary Manager

Alasdair Drinnan

Primco Dene (EMS) LP Manager

Shane Freeson

Business Development