Ian Benson, President – Shareholder Group
Ian started his career with Teck in July of 1994, in the 17 years of working with Teck, he left with a resume of Pit Operations for 10 years, Ministry of Mines Open Pit Surface Mine Recue for 4 years, and Senior Process Operator for 7 years. During this time, he experienced some success in the hospitality business in the town of Elkford with the Lamplighter Pub, 1999-2007. In 2006 he envisioned bringing hospitality customer care to the Industrial setting, the adventure began.
With his industrial and hospitality experience he brings 11 years of contracting business in the Valley specifically, supporting the mining sector. Ian has supported many non-profit organizations in Elkford and the Elk Valley, he believes in giving back and building a strong community. He is personal with his employees, giving many an honest chance and has helped many in need. As president of the shareholder group, Ian works daily with the General Manager, as part of the team, with financial and investment matters.
Bud Lynch, General Manager
Bud has been in the construction industry since 1995, from operating equipment to supervisor, operations manager and now General Manager. He has also been involved in other self employment ventures. Bud is currently in charge of managing all operations. His duties include supervising all Project Managers and Supervisors, direct involvement with the bidding process, communications with shareholder group, direct contact with general contractor’s project management staff, oversees the hiring process, job cost review and all financial and investment matters. Bud has worked on many projects such as Teck Coal Greenhills Operations Dam Raise/Soil stripping/Erosion repair/Pond construction, Coal Mountain Operations Pit Coal Haul/soil Stripping/Load out expansion, Fording River Operations Erosion Repair/Pipe line upgrades/Burning Waste Haul/Spoil Construction/Cut-Mining/Dewatering/Pit Bottom Mining, Elk Valley Airport Construction, Corbin Creek Construction, BC Forestry Road building, and civil construction on 2 Fernie projects. Bud brings not only his experience to Transcendent Mining, he also brings with him a team of supervisors and heavy equipment operators whom he has worked with on past projects. Bud has a high respect for all his employees and stays personal with everyone. This respect is returned in the quality of work and integrity of employment. He currently holds a Ministry of Energy and Mines Shift boss Certification (No. 10220 – Open pit with no restrictions), Loss Control Management, Safety Excellence Program, Standard FA with spine immobilization, WHIMIS and Professional Supervision Training. Bud is the ‘pin in the wheel’ at Transcendent Mining and Mobilization Inc., there is no task too big or too small that he won’t conquer.
Our Office Staff
Shelley Lynch, Office Manager / Safety Lead
Shelley joined TMM in June of 2015. Her brother, Bud, asked if she wanted to come help develop the safety program and structure the office. Shelley comes from many years of safety, rescue, and emergency medicine. Her weekends are spent supporting her community as a primary care paramedic with BC ambulance service. She also has experience in the coal mine industry along with running a few successful businesses of her own. Shelley is the Office Manager and Safety Lead with Transcendent Mining and her duties consist of managing all the office staff, human resources duties, COR safety audits and compliance, Courageous Safety Leadership Facilitator (Teck Coal), Implementation of Critical Incident Management Training (Teck Coal), accounts payable and receivable, payroll, budgeting, profit margin tracking, public relations, technical support, assisting with the bid process and ensuring all the duties of each member below work efficiently and together as a team. Shelley brings to the table an extensive amount of education and accreditations that come from many licences and certifications in emergency medicine and safety, to many years of business experience, education, and training.
Amanda Ham, Administration Assistant
Amanda has been with TMM since July 2016. Providing administration duties that vary from sorting files, communications, payroll data entry, accounts payables entries, Maintenance scheduling, Fleet Insurance in Avetta, creating and updating records in all areas, job and equipment tracking, New Hire orientations including drug analysis, and organizing accommodations along with assistance in employee events and recognition, an ever-changing environment. This hard-working individual will be the first to tell you if your employees are non-compliant with their safety or equipment documentation as her organizational skills and professionalism are second to none. Amanda has an Office Administration Certificate, along with drug analysis training.
Cathy Follett, Field Safety Services
Cathy has been working with safety services since 2004 along with Emergency medical care, which includes joining BC Ambulance Service as a paramedic in 2015. She joined the TMM team in September 2016 and her jobs consist of updating and implementing the OH&S manual, updating and implantation of the Safe Work Practices, facilitating monthly safety meetings, Field safety audits, organizing the JOHS program, Incident Investigation, New hire orientations along with Drug analysis, EHSC and EPWP forms, Permit to Work training (Teck coal), Hazardous Isolation Training (Teck Coal), Emergency Spare Air Training (Teck Coal), maintaining the fire extinguisher program and various administrative functions. Cathy’s education and accreditations include Emergency Medical training in many areas, Loss Control Management, LOTO trainer, Confined Space, ICS, Advanced Mine Rescue, Fire Instructor, Urine Analysis, and other various professional seminars and training.
Kennedy Borgan, Field Safety (Student)
Kennedy started field safety training in March 2019. She is a young fresh set of eyes for our safety department with field safety audits, Incident Investigation, EHSC and EPWP forms, Permit to Work, maintaining the fire extinguisher program and various administrative functions. Kennedy started as a labourer with TMM and worked her way up to a truck driver and moved on to helping out the safety department. She will be attending school and working with us in between. Kennedy is a valuable asset to Transcendent Mining.
Michelle Legacy, Administration Assistant
Michelle has been with TMM since August 2018. Providing administration duties that vary from sorting files, communications, creating and updating records in all areas, job and equipment tracking, New Hire orientations including drug analysis, and organizing accommodations. Michelle has a college internship and worked as a consultant to develop a full public relations and communications plan for The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce. She also brings Health and Safety clerk duties to the team, as she was involved in managing a variety of safety systems, tracked safety statistics, supported OHS department, secretary for OHS committee and planned CSL training with Teck Coal. After her maternity leave she assumed the role of maintenance clerk. Michelle is a true asset to our team.
Jacqueline Blumhagen, Administration Assistant
Jacqueline started with TMM May 2019. Providing administration duties that vary from sorting files, communications, creating and updating records in all areas, job and equipment tracking, New Hire orientations including drug analysis, and organizing accommodations. Jacqueline has a Business Administration Certificate and is currently working on her Bachelors of Business Management. She also has a Class 1 drivers licence with Air Brakes Endorsement and has experience driving truck. Jacqueline is a true asset to our team.
Kirby England, P. Biol.
Kirby is new to the TMM team, February 2019. Primarily a wetland and riparian areas ecologist, Kirby received a BSc. from the University of Lethbridge with a Biological Sciences major and a cooperative education designation with work terms at the Foothills Research Institute, Parks Canada, and Agriculture and Agrifood Canada. After several years in the field as a biologist in training and now a professional biologist, Kirby returned to graduate school to further his education in riparian and wetland science discipline at University of Saskatchewan via a Masters of Science degree in Geography. His thesis research, on Beaver Impacts to Woody Vegetation in Urban Riverine Forests, is in the thesis writing stage and one of the intended results of this publication are management suggestions to improve the ability of land manager’s making informed decisions regarding beaver management in riverine forests.
Kirby’s professional experience continues to be in environmental sciences and in addition to completing his graduate education, he is a Term Certain Instructor at the Lethbridge College, School of Environmental Sciences. Prior to taking on near full time employment at Lethbridge College, Kirby spent nearly five years as a Riparian Resource Analyst at Cows and Fish (the Alberta RIparian Habitat Management Society). In that time he became involved in many aspects of riparian and wetland management including: over 300 riparian health inventories or assessments across Alberta, technical report writing and preparation, spatial analysis and mapping, and involvement in all stages of hands-on riparian restoration through planning and participation in multiple bio-engineering projects in Westslope Cutthroat Trout habitat.
John Derhousoff, Operations Manager
John (JD) joined TMM in May of 2018. He has worked with Bud, GM, with other contractors previous to this venture. JD has worked in all Teck Mines in the Valley, including Superintendent for the KMC FRO Pit Bottom Mining project in 2011-2012, along with other civil construction. JD runs all types of equipment and is known to be the ‘get it done’ guy. He has supervised and worked many projects from soil stripping to settling pond construction, erosion repair and dam raise projects. He has a BC Ministry of Mines Supervisor Open Pit Mining Certificate, BC Shift Boss (No. 1232) / WHIMIS / Hazardous Energy Isolation / St John Ambulance FA Certificates and a class 1 drivers license. John brings a diverse amount of skills and experience to the TMM team.
Kasey Musil, Supervisor Special Projects
Kasey joined TMM in the early 2015. His experience in heavy equipment operations goes back many years. He is known locally to be an expert as an Excavator Operator and much of the time is spent supervising a crew and running a Hoe. He has worked with Bud, GM, with other contractors previous to this venture. Kasey has 25 plus years in heavy equipment operations and specializes in working in sensitive areas such has gas and pipe lines. His main area of work is with the Teck Coal Greenhills mine, assisting with designing and maintaining settling ponds, excavation work at their plant and assisting with job estimates and project organization for his area directly with the General Manager. Kasey is also a good resource for trouble shooting and planning of all other special projects with TMM. With a Supervisor Safety Training Course, Certificate of Dangerous Goods, Ground Disturbance/H2S Alive/Hazard Identification Assessment and Control/WHIMIS/ Hazardous Energy Isolation/BC Forestry/St John Ambulance FA Certificates he is a true asset to the team.
Larry Poch, Site Manager
Larry joined TMM in September 2016, coming from 28 years with the Nohels Group. He continues to work directly with Teck Coal but his main area of work is our Gravel Pit, south of Elkford. He has worked with Bud, GM, with other contractors previous to this venture. Larry is known to be the man to turn to for advice involving activities at the Fording River Mine site. Larry has supervised many projects within the coal mining industry and when needed will venture out to other mines in the area. He has operated Excavators, Dozers, Loaders, Haul Trucks and on his spare time manages his personal farm operating all types of tractors and other machinery. From soil salvage, to RipRap and Fish Habitat projects, to all the Greenhouse management, growing trees, all wild life habitat, site drainage, Larry brings many years of experience and knowledge to the team. He has a BC Ministry of Mines Supervisor Safety Training Course, Hazard Identification Assessment and Control/WHIMIS/ Hazardous Energy Isolation/Environmental Diploma/St John Ambulance FA Certificates.
Jean-Paul Larocque, Supervisor
Jean-Paul (JP) joined TMM in the fall of 2016. He has worked with Bud, GM, with other contractors previous to this venture. JP has been in Supervisor positions within the last 15 years with crews up to 50 men. He has operated and trained many operators on all types of equipment. His experience ranges from a diverse number of contractors throughout Canada. JP has worked at all the mine sites in the valley and specializes in open pit mining along with soil salvage projects. He holds a BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Mining & Minerals Division ShiftBoss Certificate (No. 10080), along with OFA Level 1 with transportation endorsement. His experience and mentorship adds to our team.
Les Czernicki, Training Supervisor
Les is new to the team in 2017. From a previous Senior Training Coordinator at Teck Coal Coal Mountain Operations and Canadian natural Resources Limited and Canadian Natural Resources Operations Training Departments to equipment operator at Teck Coal Elkview Operations, TER Contracting LTD and Westar Mining Greenhills, Les brings years of training and supervisor experience to the team. His certificates include Ministry of Energy and Mines – Shift Boss Certification No. OP (Coal) 1054, 2011 Canadian Propane Association Certified Trainer, Simulator Level 2 (immersive Technology) Courageous Safety Leadership Facilitator, 1081 Industrial Fire Fighter Certificate, British Columbia Ministry of Mines Open Pit Mining Mine Rescue Certificate, St. Johns Ambulance Standard First Aid, and British Columbia Class 1 Drivers License with Air Brakes Endorsement. As our commitment to Safety and efficient heavy equipment operators, Les is a sure asset to keep us compliant.
Mark Herring, Supervisor
Mark is new to the team in 2017, he was hired to complete the Montane Stage 3 project. Mark comes from a long line of heavy equipment operations, general foreman and supervision positions with VVI and Ledcor Construction companies. Underground utility installation, replacement for infrastructure improvements, contaminated soil and fuel disposal, road and bridge construction, high tension hydro tower pad and access construction, crushing and screening with Flatiron Construction – Fort McMurray/Chilliwack. He held the Site superintendent position for demolition projects and deep pipe construction with Calgary International Airport. Mark’s core competencies are safety, quality control, coaching and mentoring, scheduling, team work, customer focus, leadership, enforcing laws, rules and regulations, planning and scheduling. With a supervisor in Open Pit Mining and many other certifications, Mark is a sure asset to Transcendent Mining.
Graham Harder, Supervisor / Engineer / Project Administration
Graham joined the Transcendent team in 2018. He is a graduate of Lethbridge College with a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology. As a young engineer, he is no stranger to heavy equipment as he grew up on a farm. Graham moved into the ‘hands on mining environment’ using his skills with the Fluor AWTF Fording River Project, first as an operator and advanced into a supervisor. He also had the opportunity to supervise the Contouring project at Line Creek Operations and assisted with smaller projects at Fording River. Graham also spends time in the office assisting with bidding on new projects, tracking and administrating current ones. He also participates in lining up the crews for the day, along with decision making meetings and sourcing equipment and materials for special projects. Graham not only brings new experience and knowledge to our team, (Air Brakes certification, Ground Disturbance, first aid, TDG, Drafting and Design, Survey skills), he also has a long career with the company which is truly an asset.
Charlie Lynch, Supervisor
Charlie has been with Transcendent Mining since it’s inception in 2014. Son of Bud Lynch, his skills come naturally. He brings nearly 10 years of heavy equipment operations in mining, construction and subdivision work. Charlie moved into a supervisor position with the Montane subdivision in 2017 and worked his way into the Fluor AWTF Fording River project 2018 and then onto the Fording River Fish Habitat. Charlie continues to work as both supervisor and heavy equipment operator bringing great talent and commitment to the team.
Eric Lovestrom, Supervisor
Eric joined TMM in May of 2018. He has worked with Bud, GM, with other contractors previous to this venture. Eric has been in Supervisor positions within the last 10 years. He has operated and trained many operators on all types of equipment. His experience ranges from a diverse number of contractors throughout Canada. Eric has worked at many mine sites in the valley and is diversified in all areas. He holds a BC Ministry of Energy, Surface Open Pit Mining Certificate, along with OFA Level 1 with transportation endorsement. Eric is a sure asset to the TMM team.
Charlie Burton, Supervisor
Charlie has been operating heavy equipment for many years in mining and construction industry. Joining the TMM team in 2016, Charlie’s skills have recently brought him into a supervisor position with Transcendent Mining. His experience ranges from a diverse number of contractors. Charlie has worked at all the mine sites in the valley and specializes in open pit mining along with soil salvage projects. He holds a BC Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Mining & Minerals Division Shift Boss Certificate (No. 10792), along with OFA Level 1 with transportation endorsement. His experience and mentorship is a great asset to our team.
Rob White, Supervisor
Rob joined TMM in the fall of 2016. He has worked with Bud, GM, with other contractors previous to this venture. Rob is a new Supervisor, started on 2018. He has operated and trained many operators on all types of equipment. His experience ranges from a diverse number of contractors through the valley. Rob has worked at many mine sites in the valley and is diversified in all areas. He holds a BC Ministry of Energy, Surface Open Pit Mining Certificate, along with OFA Level 1 with transportation endorsement, a sure asset to the TMM team.
George Wilson, Contract General Foreman
George joined TMM in 2016 as a Contract General Foreman and Project Consultant. He started his heavy equipment operations as an operator further moving up to supervisor and estimator with the Nohels group in 1972. From there, in 1981 to retirement, he worked at Teck Coal Line Creek Operations as a Utility Crew Foreman, Drill Blast Foreman, Senior Operations Foreman and moved up to General Foreman of Operations at LCO. George is since retired from Teck Coal and is currently self employed with Wilson Drill and Blast. He brings many years of mining knowledge to the TMM team.
John Gravelle, First Nations Advisor
Transcendent Mining and Mobilization Inc. is proud to introduce an addition to our management team since 2017, Mr. John Gravelle, as our First Nations Advisor for the Tobacco Plains Band. He is a First Nation member and a well-respected Elder from our Local Tobacco Plains Indian Band which is part of the Ktunaxa Nation. He works closely with Transcendent Mining management team as an advisor for the local Tobacco Plains Indian Band. Mr. Gravelle will be directly involved in ensuring his local members are given preference and opportunity for direct involvement and employment whenever possible as well as surrounding first nations groups in all projects in their local traditional lands at all Teck Coal sites here in the Elk Valley.
Mr. Gravelle brings to the Transcendent management team a wealth of knowledge on the First Nations needs and will be assisting Transcendent Mining in our commitment to bridging the gap of understanding and creating a long-term relationship in both the business and social aspect of First Nation involvement.
Mr. Gravelle is a Senior Elder of the Tobacco Plains Indian Band and was born and raised in Grasmere BC where he lives his life. He has been part of many logging operations throughout the Elk Valley on his people’s native land working under John Gravelle Contracting as well as working with many other local contractors. In addition to Mr. Gravelle joining our team, Transcendent Mining and Mobilization is currently working with the Tobacco Plains Band to identify partnership and employment opportunities for future projects.
When we take on larger projects that require more management, tracking and engineering we have access to a support team that is able to complete these tasks on a larger scale; Three-O-Six Industrial. Three-O-Six is a professional and progressive multi-discipline industrial solutions provider, serving the resources and infrastructure industries. Their daily goal is to provide a professionally managed and safety conscious approach to construction, maintenance, fabrication and mining that is easily recognized as the new standard.
Rick joined our team in the fall of 2017. Rick has worked on heavy equipment for many years with other contractors and currently works closely with Fiorentino mechanics as a TMM employee. Together they have a weekly plan of maintenance for all equipment used by TMM and our field mechanics for running repairs. Rick not only brings great work and integrity to our team, he also has a passion for getting the job done right the first time. Rick holds a Supervisor for Open Pit Mining certificate, WHMIS (annual), LOTO, HEI, Fire Extinguisher training, Fall protection and FLHA Training.
Kyle joined the TMM team in June of 2019. He is a licenced light duty mechanic and works mainly in the TMM shop in Elkford maintaining our company light duty vehicles and our highway trucks and trailers. On occasion you will find him at one of our project sites helping the heavy-duty mechanics with heavy equipment repairs. Kyle’s commitment to maintaining the maintenance required on light duty vehicles is second to none. His job is to ensure our workers have safe transportation to and from job sites. Along with his Light Duty Mechanic certificate he also has WHMIS (annual), LOTO, HEI, Fire Extinguisher training, Fall protection and FLHA Training.
Heavy Equipment Operators and Labours
Our heavy equipment operators come from many fields of expertise. Our employees in both heavy equipment, mechanics and labours specialize in different areas and take their work very serious. We have ‘seasoned’ operators who have retired from full time mining employment and bring their experience to us through completing projects efficiently and under budget, along with training our younger generation. All employees are paid a fair rate of pay to maintain consistency in our work. We have an open relationship with our employees based on mutual trust, respect, and success. All Employees sign off on our company ‘Code of Ethical Conduct’ and ‘Job Expectations’ forms. All Employees are trained and signed off on each piece of equipment by our Training Supervisor.