Saskatoon, SK. October 17, 2023 Buffalo River Enterprises Corporation (BREC), the wholly-owned economic
development corporation of Buffalo River Dene Nation, announces today their strategic
partnership with Threeosix Industrial (Threeosix) to launch Buffalo Contracting LP, a
forward-thinking Indigenous-led contractor that will provide comprehensive services to meet the
growing demands of Saskatchewan's industrial and mining sector.
With 23 of the province's 31 critical minerals driving exploration, development, and operational
activities, the industrial and mining sector is experiencing a surge in demand for specialised
services. BREC and Saskatoon-based Threeosix recognize the tremendous potential in
Saskatchewan's industrial and mining sector, and are committed to advancing Indigenous
participation in mining and industrial contracting services.
"Our partnership with Threeosix aligns with BREC’s strategic objectives to diversify our
investment portfolio with sustainable, multi-sector businesses that grow us beyond our traditional
territory," says Brad Darbyshire, CEO of BREC, and Buffalo River Dene Nation member. “Buffalo
Contracting will increase employment and training opportunities for our membership, create high
quality jobs, increase capacity in our community, and enhance the quality of life for our members
and their families – these are core priorities for BREC.”
BREC is committed to forging strategic partnerships, fostering sustainable growth, and
championing local economic development. Buffalo Contracting will contribute significantly to
BRDN’s participation in the progress and expansion of the industrial and mining industry within
its traditional territory and beyond. It will provide industrial contracting services including
mechanical, civil, structural, and steel fabrication.
"When Brad Darbyshire and Chief Catarat presented this partnership opportunity, we recognized
its alignment with our vision right away," says Scott Longmuir, CEO of Threeosix Industrial. "Their
commitment to capacity building and expanding opportunities, not only for their community, but
also for their northern neighbours, is admirable, and we are excited to join them on this path of
community growth, sustainability, and economic development.”
BREC prioritises diversity, inclusion, and community-centred talent acquisition, building on the
rich resources of the regions they serve. Buffalo Contracting has the potential to create hundreds
of highly paid jobs in trades, operators, management, engineering, financial, and at the entry
"We were drawn to Threeosix's commitment to inclusivity and social responsibility,” says
Darbyshire. “Their dedication to bringing women and Indigenous people into non-traditional and
leadership roles is commendable. It not only promotes diversity in the workplace but also
empowers individuals with opportunities to excel in sectors where they are notably
under-represented. Partnering with Threeosix to launch Buffalo Contracting is not just a financial
decision, it’s one that supports our shared values and dedication to enhancing community growth
and fostering a more diverse, inclusive labour force."
This milestone partnership will leverage the synergies and expertise of Threeosix and BREC,
combining their commitment to utilising resources, talent, and innovation from within the
communities they serve. Buffalo Contracting aims to empower the regional economy, enhance
employment opportunities, and demonstrate the power of collaborative efforts in navigating
today's rapidly evolving industry landscape.
BRDN leadership and Threeosix will celebrate at a launch event on Thursday, October 19 at 10:00 am at Threeosix's Saskatoon location (602 48 St E).
Media Contact: Brad Darbyshire, 306-220-0109, email@example.com.
About Buffalo River Enterprises Corporation
Buffalo River Enterprises Corporation (BREC) is the wholly-owned economic development
corporation of the Buffalo River Dene Nation. Situated in the heart of Saskatchewan, this
corporation symbolises a progressive approach to local enterprise and sustainable business
growth. Integral to the economic stability and forward momentum of the community, BREC
leverages the strengths of the Buffalo River Dene Nation. The corporation is deeply embedded
within the unique geography and vibrant culture of Buffalo River Dene Nation, drawing upon local
resources, including an eager, agile workforce and abundant natural resources.
Threeosix is a professional and progressive multi-discipline industrial solutions provider, based in
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. With offices in Edmonton and Calgary Threeosix serves resource
and infrastructure industries across Canada. Their objective is to develop long-term, meaningful,
and value-added relationships with project owners with prompt and transparent services.
Threeosix is committed to diversity, inclusion and hiring from the communities in which they work.
Find out more at www.threeosix.ca.
About Buffalo River Dene Nation
With 1650+ Nation members (as of 2023), Buffalo River Dene Nation (BRDN) is located in
north-western Saskatchewan in Treaty 10 territory. BRDN has been led by Chief Norma Catarat
since February 2022. While BRDN continues to support traditional ways of living, they are
committed to pursuing opportunities to increase the wealth and self-determination of their Nation
through increased access to housing, education, and new avenues for economic development.
Find out more at www.brdn.ca.
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