Primco Dene was founded in 1999, with the stated goal of taking advantage of the opportunities created by the oilsands development in the Cold Lake First Nations traditional territory.
Starting with fifty employees, we began by capitalizing on the skills that already existed in our community, such as catering and janitorial services. Our close relationships with our clients allowed us to find ways in which we could extend our capabilities to fulfill needs. Expanding beyond oilfield services, we added consumer franchises and business support services, becoming a company with a solution built around the dynamic needs of a vast majority of individuals and businesses in our region and beyond.
Today Primco Dene has over 800 employees across 19 companies, representing fifty aboriginal communities across Alberta, Saskatchewan and B.C, as well as ethnicities from across the world. We are partnered with other organizations and First Nations groups on joint ventures, operating in industries from oilfield services to soil remediation. We continue to add new companies to our Group by taking advantage of opportunities and creating valuable partnerships.Meet Our Current Board Visit the Cold Lake First Nations Website
At the time of founding, Judy Nest was the Economic Development Coordinator with Cold Lake First Nations.
Wilma Jacknife has received her Doctorate of Law and continues to serve as a Director.
The youngest-ever person elected to Cold Lake First Nations Council.
Founding Board Members
Founding Chief & Council
Finalist in Canada Oil & Gas CSR Award
Recipient of Global Petroleum Show Award
Received the Aboriginal Role Model Community Development Award
Recipient of Alberta Chamber of Commerce Partnership Award
James Blackman, CEO, nominated for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Aboriginal Human Resource Development Award
Eagle Feather Award
Primco Dene will be celebrating our 20th anniversary come 2019, and throughout our 20-year history, we have built an industry-leading Indigenous business while serving clients of all sizes.
Completed projects/contracts for various industry clients
Contributed to the U of A Indigenous Community-Industry Relations Programs
of our workforce represented by women