ARVIAT, Nunavut, Aug. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nunavut Connections, a newly-formed majority Inuit company with shareholders from the Kivalliq and Baffin regions – in partnership with OmniTRAX Canada – has been formed to pursue new business opportunities in Nunavut.
"We have assembled a great team of business people and are extremely excited about the employment and economic potential of our business plans with OmniTRAX Canada," said Elizabeth Copland, a resident of Arviat, Nunavut, who is president and chairperson of Nunavut Connections.
Nunavut Connections' initial business venture is to provide the stevedoring services at the Port of Churchill, loading vessels and coordinating the movement of fuel and freight from the port to destinations in Nunavut. This start-up phase of the business will employ 12 people. Nunavut Connections is actively pursuing other supply chain opportunities throughout Nunavut.
In addition to Copland, Nunavut Connections brings together a broad base of shareholders from across the Baffin and Kivalliq regions.
"We believe this is the opportune time for us to partner with a well-established company such as OmniTRAX Canada," said Simon Merkosak of Pond Inlet, a shareholder in the venture. "Nunavut needs these type of ventures to benefit not only the people of Nunavut but also our young Nunavut government."
"Nunavut Connections shows OmniTRAX Canada's commitment to Nunavut," said Brad Chase, president of OmniTRAX Canada. "We are pursuing new business opportunities at the Port of Churchill and economic development in the North that support Canada's Northern Strategy."
A vessel at the Port of Churchill – loaded by employees of Nunavut Connections – moved north on July 28 with 3,000 tons of general cargo destined for various communities in the Kivalliq. For more, including photos, see www.nunavutconnections.ca.
OmniTRAX Canada operations include the Port of Churchill, which is Manitoba's gateway to Nunavut, and North America's only deepwater Arctic port; the Churchill Marine Tank Farm; the Hudson Bay Railway, which delivers goods to businesses and communities in Manitoba along 1,017 km of track; the Carlton Trail Railway, based in Saskatchewan; and the Kettle Falls International Railway connecting British Columbia to the United States. For more, see www.omnitrax.com.
SOURCE Nunavut Connections