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Long time TNDC employees Dawn (DJ) Loverin and Kevin Dennis became the first TNDC supervisors to obtain Shiftboss Certification while employed for TNDC. This important accreditation is bolstering their extensive on-the-job experience, meeting industry safety requirements, and advancing TNDC’s commitment to build a qualified workforce. It also marks an exciting milestone in their respective careers.
BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources requires anyone supervising more than six people in an active open-pit or underground mine to have Shiftboss Certification. Working in partnership with Newcrest Red Chris Mine, TNDC committed to supporting its tailings impoundment area (TIA) construction and road crew supervisors in achieving the certification.
“We are very happy and proud of DJ and Kevin for their dedication and hard work in achieving the Shiftboss Certification. By stepping up and pursuing this certification, they are expanding their knowledge and qualifications while enhancing TNDC’s reputation as a professional, qualified service provider. Their success is an inspiration for their coworkers who are following in their first steps, and their leadership in training our younger generation reinforces the importance mentorship will play in TNDC’s future,” says Clint Keso, TNDC’s CEO.
DJ has always been a trail blazer. In 2018 she moved into the role of foreman under supervisor training and mentorship – becoming TNDC’s first female construction supervisor. She was also one of the first TNDC employees to obtain Occupational First Aid Level 3 and pioneered the path for female equipment operators. DJ has been on TNDC’s Red Chris TIA crew since construction started, but her career with TNDC spans more than 30 years. She learned how to operate heavy equipment while working as a first aid attendant out in the field. Achieving Shiftboss Certification positions her one step closer to her goal of supervisor. With Level 3 First Aid, she is also recognized as a first aid attendant for the entire mine site.
“Learning I received Shiftboss Certification was an incredible day and feeling of accomplishment. I love my job and the certification enhances my ability to work with our crew, client and contractors. I especially enjoy working with our younger generation, teaching, reinforcing a strong work ethic, and watching them grow in their abilities. Mentoring them is paying forward the support, encouragement and guidance I have received from so many people throughout my career with TNDC. And in memory of the workers from TNDC’s early years who have passed, I thank them for paving my path,” DJ says.
Kevin’s motivation was to better himself and grow his career. He has operated equipment since his mid-teens, and since joining TNDC in 2012, has advanced from senior equipment operator to foreman, and this past June to superintendent. Certification builds on his knowledge and assurance in his new role, gives him a voice and serves as an inspiration to others.
“Achieving Shiftboss Certification has been rewarding. It has given me confidence to sit at the table with our client and contractors, feeling as an equal with the qualifications and understanding. I’m looking forward to continue growing my capabilities as a superintendent and training our people. That is most rewarding. We have some talented operators, and with guidance, hard work and determination I believe they can also achieve the qualifications to grow their careers,” Kevin says.
Kevin Dennis, superintendent (left), DJ Loverin, foreman (centre) and Sean Holkestad, project manager (right), planning the Red Chris TIA north dam crest for TNDC’s construction crew on shift cross over.