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Leading in expertise and success

Denesoline Corporation is the NWT’s most successful Indigenous-owned company, and the proud recipient of Canada’s most prestigious business award for two consecutive years, the 2019 and 2020 Canada Award for Business Excellence. 

Denesoline is the recipient of Industry Canada’s 2019 Canada Award for Business Excellence, on behalf of the Governor General of Canada, described on Excellence Canada’s site as follows, “Our nation’s most coveted organizational awards program for recognizing outstanding achievement.….Applicants are evaluated in three key performance areas: (1) Delighted Customers; (2) Engaged Employees; and (3) Innovation…The recipients are role models of excellence in the areas of leadership, governance, strategy, planning, customer experience, employee engagement, innovation and wellness….but one thing they all have in common is a focus on continuous improvement and the pursuit of excellence.”


“The Canada Awards for Excellence are the national quality awards of Canada. They are administered by Excellence Canada, a not-for-profit organization on behalf of the Governor General of Canada. Industry Canada established the awards in 1984 as the Canadian Business Excellence Awards.” 



In terms of business success, excellence, innovation, and providing unbeatable value to clients, Denesoline Corporation’s start-up, DTR First Nation’s Construction, conceived, negotiated, developed, and represented by Denesoline’s CEO, competed against the well-established, sole incumbents, who had built the winter ice-road, the life line to Canada’s Arctic Diamond Mines, for the past 20 years. Denesoline successfully wrestled away a substantial portion of this crucial lifeline contract due to its innovative approach, saving Canada’s NWT Diamond Mines $10,000,000 in 3 years, and performing safely and commendably by all accounts.


Similarly, Denesoline Corporation helped end a decades long monopoly enjoyed by the largest oil company in the world at the NWT diamond mines, by saving the largest diamond mine in Canada millions of dollars on technically superior lubricants. Besides ice road construction and lubricants, Denesoline also supplies the following products and services to the diamond mines in NWT – Aviation, Bulk Freight, Diamond Core Drilling, Electrical and Mechanical Services, Environmental Services, Explosives, General Freight, Heavy Duty Tires, Heavy Haul Freight, Heliflight, Mining, Mine Site Construction and Maintenance, Staffing, and Steel Fabrication. Denesoline also provides firefighting services to the government and invests in real estate. And as a testament to its overall performance, Denesoline is the only indigenous owned company in NWT to have been operationally profitable in each of the past five years, and to have no debt at all. Denesoline is also the only indigenous-owned company, representing an impacted community, to successfully negotiate a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the multi-billion-dollar Jay Pipe Extension project with Dominion Diamond.


“With repeatedly tested and proven, unparalleled innovation, integrity, commitment, service, value-provided, and overall excellence in business achievement; and with demonstrated delighted customers, partners, employees and stakeholders; and with unprecedented and unmatched contributions to, and excellence in, community development and welfare; the award-winning Denesoline Corporation continues pioneering innovative, superior, one-of-a-kind, self-reliant, flagship solutions to longstanding, persisting, widely prevalent, daunting socio-economic challenges facing indigenous communities and businesses here, while also consistently outperforming its far larger peers across the board since 2014; in business and financial success; demonstrated corporate social responsibility; and actual cash community contributions, welfare, and development; just like the story of ‘The Little Engine that Could,’ ” stated Ron Barlas, Denesoline’s CEO, the visionary and strategist behind these ground-breaking, life-changing initiatives aimed at making Denesoline the best it can be in business; a world leader in indigenous circumpolar innovation; and a pioneer in developing superior sustainable solutions to seemingly impossible, long lingering indigenous challenges and problems. “I know we can make a real difference,” said Barlas continuing, “As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, and as we tell our indigenous community members ‘Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true,’ “Just like ‘The Little Engine that Could,’" he added.

Currently the company has four major innovative initiatives underway. These include:

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