With a collective vision for northern development & ownership, a team of people came together to form Northern Resource Trucking.
In the mid-1980's Myles Venne, once Chief of the Lac La Ronge Indian Band, directed Dave McIlmoyl, who was at the time the Band's Executive Director, to seek out strong and secure business opportunities for his people.
In 1986, NRT was launched with Rick Reynolds as President and Roger Olyowsky as the first General Manager of NRT. Roger came to the job with vast experience and a will to succeed. Throughout his 15 years as General Manager, he helped NRT become one of the finest in the industry.
In its first decade, NRT went through tremendous growth and a major learning curve. A company like no other, it blazed a trail in the north that has changed north-south business relations in a significant and profound way. It was a company created to fill a need; it is a north-south model that has been successful because of everyone involved. NRT proved that a company could be built and prosper in this type of partnership that combines the wisdom and knowledge of two cultures.
NRT was launched under Kitsaki Development Corporation owned by Trimac Transportation Systems and Kitsaki; Kitsaki had controlling interest to serve the emerging uranium of northern Saskatchewan. As a significant stakeholder, Trimac has contributed its knowledge and expertise in the trucking industry to the northern venture for over the past 28 years. Kitsaki contributed its northern experience and acted as a liaison with the mining companies. NRT has always run as an independent company ut with access to Trimac’s expertise and systems to help it run efficiently.
In 1994, NRT broadened its ownership to include seven northern Indian bands and three Metis communities. Pooling their knowledge and experience, Trimac Transportation and the First Nations and Métis communities in northern Saskatchewan came together, with the support of the mining industry to change NRT into a more diversely owned entity. Roger retired his from his position as NRT General Manager in 2001 but as the company has grown, the precedent set by Roger of an ever-open door to management remains
In 2002, after several decades in the industry, Rick retired from his position, as Senior Vice President of Trimac Transportation but remained President of NRT, until his retirement in 2014. As President, for 20 years Rick kept the company on course. To keep the rapidly expanding company operating smoothly and efficiently, Dave became the obvious choice in 1998 for Vice President of NRT and in March of this year he became President and was inducted into the Transportation Hall of Fame.
While celebrating 20 successful years, in 2006, NRT reached another milestone in its well-crafted strategy. NRT established the NRT Training School in La Ronge, a facility dedicated to driver training; an SGI-accredited educational presence in the north. For more information on the school.