Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad (left) hands George Lacerte (right) the award from the BC Aboriginal Business Awards.

Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad (left) hands George Lacerte (right) the award from the BC Aboriginal Business Awards.

Local business leader wins award

George Lacerte is a resident of Fraser Lake whose business has been active in the community and Prince George for over five years.

George Lacerte is a resident of Fraser Lake whose business, LHI Tutl’it Services Inc. has been active in the community and Prince George for over five years.

He recently won a citation for the Aboriginal Business Awards for Joint Venture business of the year. He started LHI Tutl’it and since it partnered with Stephen Bros. Contracting and TBD Consulting in 2008 it has grown in size and stability.

“I’m proud but it’s mostly due to the hard work, efficiency and dedication of our employees,” said Lacerte. “I share it with them. Plus I share it with their wives and their families because a lot of the time they’re away from home working in other parts of the province. It’s definitely a contribution from all our employees and our families.”

He attended the awards ceremony on December 5, 2013 in Vancouver.

LHI Tutl’it is a company heavily involved in resource management in the area. It has contracts with BC Hydro and logging companies and Lacerte has said that they would be interested in working on the Liquified Natural Gas pipeline “which is destined to come through our territory, it’s work that hits close to home for sure.”

Lacerte is a member of the Nadleh Whut’en band and he strives to make sure that his workforce is always First Nations friendly.

“Whenever we go into another territory we always try to make use of the First Nations subcontractors in the area,” said Lacerte. “There’s a good opportunity for First Nations here, we’re run well to compete with the other businesses that are out there and we definitely try to use them when we go into their territories but we have a very stable crew so we’re never having to lay anyone off to hire others.”