Investing in the community, our people and our partnerships

Tamarack strives to understand stakeholder risks and opportunities, going above and beyond to actively engage in open dialogue with all groups affected by our business and operations. We seek to establish productive engagement balanced with accountability that underpins the process of informed decision-making for all stakeholders.

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Two men wearing Native American headdresses and speaking into a microphone

Indigenous Partnerships

Tamarack has a long history of working alongside First Nations’ communities with a focus on education and entrepreneurship. We believe Respect, Friendship and Trust are the key components to the successful business partnership between Tamarack Valley and the Blood Tribe of Southern Alberta. Our CEO, Brian Schmidt, was appointed an Honorary Chief of the Blood Tribe in 2018 and serves as an advisor to multiple Indigenous organizations. He is a volunteer teacher of oil and gas courses aimed at helping First Nations realize optimal value from the resources on their lands.

Chief Roy Fox (left) with Brian Schmidt (right)

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Marten Hills Facility

This new platform provides a path forward for future opportunities for Tamarack to partner with Indigenous communities on other projects.


Tamarack and 12 First Nation and Métis communities formed a new partnership, the Clearwater Infrastructure Limited Partnership (the "CIP").

  • 12 First Nation and Métis communities, through a newly formed entity called Wapiscanis Waseskwan Nipiy Holding Limited Partnership, will acquire an 85% non-operated working interest in CIP
  • Tamarack transferred $172MM of Clearwater assets to the CIP in exchange for $146.2MM in cash and a 15% interest in CIP
  • Tamarack is the operator of these assets and will retain full access to 100% of existing capacity
  • The newly created CIP will facilitate emissions abatement projects that are expected to initially reduce Tamarack’s annual CO2e emissions by approximately 140,000 tonnes


(Non-Operated 85% W.I.)

(Operated 15% W.I.)

Driftpile Cree Nation
Duncan’s First Nation
East Prairie Métis Settlement
Gift Lake Métis Settlement
Kapawe’no First Nation
Loon River First Nation

Peavine Métis Settlement
Peerless Trout First Nation
Sawridge First Nation
Sucker Creek First Nation
Swan River First Nation
Whitefish Lake First Nation #459

Community IMPACT

For Tamarack, engagement goes far beyond required community consultations. We believe that better results can be achieved through meaningful partnerships and collaboration, and that our best opportunity to be responsible community members is through regular and active engagement. Tamarack seeks to evaluate and understand ways that it can be an active contributor, which includes providing:

Economic benefit

Economic benefit for local communities through job creation, and the contracting of local service providers

Community support

Support for local communities including contributions to local youth sporting teams, and events, drug and alcohol awareness campaigns, high school scholarships, community projects and charitable organizations

Community participation

Partnership through joint initiatives, including crime watch groups and open houses

Christmas Program

Annual employee-driven Christmas program to support families with special needs

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Two women smiling at each other

At Tamarack, we believe that investing in our human resources is equally critical as investing in our natural resources. We strive to:

prioritise Inclusion

Ensure inclusion through diverse representation on internal committees, mentorship programs and staff lead initiatives such as our lunch and learn series

Support our team during covid-19

Provide peace of mind to employees during the COVID-19 pandemic by creating thorough safety policies with self-screening protocols, adapting work-from-home capabilities, keeping all staff working full time, and offering mental health counseling

Male  63%
Female  37%
<30  12%
30–50  56%
50+  32%
Community EVENTS & Awards
September 24, 2020
Open House Presentation
September 24, 2020
Virtual Open House Recording
Global Petroleum Show 2018
2018 Global Petroleum Show
Corporate Social Responsibility award
Global Petroleum Show 2019
2019 Global Petroleum Show
- Indigenous Excellence award
- Community Engagement award (honorable mention)
Global Energy Show
2020 Global Energy Show
Collaborative Trendsetter award (NBC Drilling won this award in collaboration with Tamarack)