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Local and Indigenous communities are a critical part of the mining ecosystem and Tamarack's model for mining procurement paves the way for more inclusivity for Indigenous communities and businesses.  
We are excited to use group procurement to grow local participation in the mining supply chain.  While we source with world class suppliers from near and far we also bring value to communities with strategic partnerships that deliver more ownership, autonomy and capacity than traditional solutions.  

Tamarack works closely with communities where our members have mining operations, operates a supplier diversity program that advances Indigenous owned businesses, is a proud member of the Anishnawbe Business Professionals Association, and has a core business value to lead transformation in the mining supply space that sees new value propositions for community partners. 


Tamarack and Des Nedhe Forge Path for Canada's First Accredited First Nations GPO

TORONTO, ONTARIO — March 5, 2024 — Tamarack Mining Services Inc., a leading group purchasing organization (GPO) in Canada serving the mining, industrial, and construction sectors, proudly announces the establishment of the nation's inaugural Fully Accredited First Nations Group Purchasing Organization. This historic achievement is the result of a strategic partnership between Tamarack Mining Services Inc. and the Des Nedhe Group.

The formation of this Canadian GPO signifies a groundbreaking shift in procurement practices across Canada's mining, industrial, and construction sectors. By harnessing the specialized knowledge of the Des Nedhe Group, a respected entity within Indigenous communities, and drawing upon Tamarack Mining Services Inc.'s wealth of experience and resources in procurement and technology, this initiative promises to revolutionize the landscape of group purchasing, unlocking value for members and fostering sustainable, cost-effective practices.

Jordan Baptiste, a distinguished leader in Indigenous business development and the mining industry, will spearhead the newly formed GPO in Canada as managing director with the unwavering support of Tamarack's seasoned professionals. Commenting on the venture, Baptiste emphasized the transformative potential of group purchasing for Canada, stating, "Our aim is to provide our members with access to best-in-class suppliers, ensuring a cost-effective and secure supply chain that contributes to the sustainability of our business operations."

Sean Willy, CEO of Des Nedhe, expressed enthusiasm for the collaboration, affirming that the establishment of an accredited First Nations GPO represents a significant milestone in reshaping procurement within the Canadian mining and industrial sectors. "Our partnership with Tamarack since 2021 has continually pushed boundaries," Willy remarked. "Together, we are driving sustainable mining and industrial development, benefiting both Indigenous communities and the broader Canadian economy."

Ben-Schoeman Geldenhuys, CEO of Tamarack, underscored the importance of the Des Nedhe Group's support in expanding procurement opportunities for Indigenous communities. "This marks another pivotal moment in Canada's journey toward sustainable resource and industrial development," Geldenhuys noted. "As we continue to grow our economy through mining, industrial development and construction, Tamarack remains committed to supporting our members' growth through innovative group purchasing initiatives."

About Tamarack Mining Services Inc.:
Tamarack Mining Services Inc. is a trusted leader in providing innovative group purchasing and procurement solutions to the mining, industrial, and construction sectors. Committed to excellence, integrity, and safety, Tamarack offers a comprehensive range of services, including equipment procurement, maintenance, and logistical support, tailored to meet each client's unique needs. Backed by industry experts and cutting-edge technology, Tamarack continuously exceeds customer expectations while upholding the highest standards of sustainability and social responsibility. Tamarack operates globally including Mexico, the United States, Canada and Greenland.


About Des Nedhe Group:
The Des Nedhe Group is a First Nation-owned and operated organization dedicated to fostering economic development and empowerment within First Nations communities. With a focus on building sustainable partnerships and creating growth opportunities, the Des Nedhe Group has emerged as a trusted leader in Indigenous business initiatives. Through strategic investments and collaborative ventures, the Des Nedhe Group is driving positive change and prosperity for present and future generations.

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