Chief Executive Officer
The Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation was created out of a social need to establish and develop profitable business opportunities that will create jobs and opportunities for the membership of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation.
KEMC is a group of companies established by the First Nation to separate Business and the Economic Development function from the daily administration and politics of the First Nation. Our goal is to sustain existing operations while pursuing new profitable business ventures for the First Nation. In creating these business ventures, it is also our goal to provide quality career opportunities and employment to the membership of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation. These jobs and careers cannot be provided to the membership of the First Nation if our businesses are not successful. The organizational structure of the corporation consists of a Chief Executive Officer, five Board members, Finance & Payroll services from the First Nation, and an office manager.
Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation (KEMC) through Kahkewistahaw Management Limited Partnerships (KMLP), oversees the operations and development of Mamawi Holdings, Kahkewistahaw Gas & Convenience Store (KGCS), Penipa Hotel (Home Inn & Suites) and Kahkewistahaw Sand & Gravel (KS&G).
Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation provides overall management and operational guidance to the subsidiary companies and Limited Partnerships. The Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation is wholly owned by the Kahkewistahaw First Nation.
These groups of companies under Kahkewistahaw Economic Management Corporation generate annual revenues that go to benefit the First Nation. These companies are:
Mamawi Holdings Corp.
Mamawi Holdings Ltd is the property management company that manages the 12-acre parcel of land in Yorkton owned by the Kahkewistahaw First Nation (KFN) purchased in 2001 that is located adjacent to the Yorkton Gallagher Center at 500 Broadway Street West Yorkton, Saskatchewan which is on the west boundary of the city of Yorkton.
Currently, Mamawi holds a lease agreement with the Painted Hand Casino through PHC Holdings, D3H Hotels which is the management company contracted to manage the Home Inn & Suites, and the Petro Canada Kahkewistahaw Gas & Convenience Store.
Kahkewistahaw Gas & Convenience Store
KGCS Ltd. hosted its Grand Opening June 17, 2004 and has operated from this date as a Petro-Canada Retail outlet. The KGCS is owned by the Kahkewistahaw First Nation and is presently the only First Nations gas and convenience store within the City of Yorkton operating on First Nations land. The Petro Canada Gas & Convenience Store is a full-service gas & convenience store, with an organizational structure that includes a General Manager, Assistant General Manager, Inventory Clerk, Accounting Clerk, 2 Shift Supervisors and a number of Gas Service Attendants and Cashier Service Attendants.
Penipa Hotel Ltd.
Penipa Hotels LP is a Limited Partnership, owned by the Kahkewistahaw First Nation operating under the KEMC umbrella, which holds a management agreement with D3H Hotels that operates the Home Inn & Suites.
The hotel opened in March of 2013 and is an $8 million dollar facility that is situated on Kahkewistahaw Urban Reserve land within the city of Yorkton, adjacent to the Painted Hand Casino and across the street from the Yorkton Gallagher Center. The hotel is managed by D3H Hotels and is a recognized franchise chain of Home Inn and Suites.
Kahkewistahaw Sand & Gravel Ltd.
In 2013, Kahkewistahaw First Nation created a new company called, Kahkewistahaw Sand & Gravel. The company would not only meet the First Nation’s need for aggregate but the need for aggregate by any surrounding First Nation or Rural Municipality.
The intent of the company was to develop Sand & Gravel operations in order to have the ability to produce higher quality road gravel for the First Nation as well as provide that same service to any surrounding First Nation, Rural Municipalities, individuals, or businesses that require good quality aggregate.
The Sand & Gravel operation consists of; a control van, grizzly feeder, 3 deck screener, cone crusher, 2 conveyors, portable weigh scale, and front-end loader.
Globally with the world moving toward Green Energy and Saskatchewan aiming to get half of its power from renewable energy by the year 2030 KEMC felt a need to become involved in this movement as well. Depending on the method and size of production facility, the production of Green Energy would not only provide energy to the First Nation but would have potential to become a viable revenue stream from any excess power produced.
Kanatan Energy is a recent venture that became incorporated in 2016 as a limited partnership to initially develop a solar micro-grid project to serve the Kahkewistahaw First Nation’s houses and commercial office buildings. By late 2019, Kanatan Energy hopes to be providing power to the Kahkewistahaw First Nation and selling the excess power back to SaskPower as an Independent Power Producer from a 1 or 2 Megawatt solar micro-grid project located on Kahkewistahaw First Nation lands.
Kanatan Energy is optimistic about the future and helping to play an important part in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while maximizing economic benefits to shareholders. The leadership and foresight shown by the Kahkewistahaw First Nation will help to grow new innovative technologies and lessen the reliance on fossil fuels for generations to come. From the northernmost regions of the planet to rural and remote areas, Kanatan Energy and its investment partners will put the very best minds to work to create returns for current and future renewable energy projects with other surrounding First Nations.