The Carmacks Development Corporation (CDC) recent press releases and news items.

May 5, 2022

Northwestel Fibre Optic Investment

CDC Board of Director Bernice Blattmann, and Executive Assistant to the CEO, Desiree Blackjack, CEO Ron Gartshore and Board Chair Sheila Garvice, received a painting from Curtis Shaw, President of Northwestel respecting the business agreement between Northwestel and the fourteen First Nation development corporations.

All of the fibre lines and related technology will be owned by the fourteen Yukon First Nation development corporations.

“I am pleased to see utility companies in the Yukon recognizing the place of Yukon First Nations in our economy,” said CDC Board of Director Bernice Blattmann.

May 11, 2022

Carmacks Development Corp and Northern Vision Development join forces to enter arrangement to acquire Carmacks Hotel Ltd.

Carmacks, Yukon – May 11, 2022 – Carmacks Development Corporation (“CDC”) and Northern Vision Development LP (“NVD”) are pleased to announce their plan to jointly acquire the Carmacks Hotel Ltd. on June 30, 2022.

Carmacks Hotel Ltd. owns and operates several facilities in the Village of Carmacks including: a 30-room hotel and cabins; 15 serviced RV park; a grocery store; fuel services; and a restaurant and lounge and cabins along the Yukon River, among additional retail outlets and services. 

The Tracey family has been the long-term owner operator of these assets and Kendell Tracey is looking to retire and hand off the facility to a group with a long-term vision to enhance the assets and to continue to improve the services available to people living and working in the Carmacks area.

Sheila Garvice, Chair of the Carmacks Development Corporation (CDC), beamed “We are excited to acquire such an important part of the Carmacks community, and to join with the NVD team to fulfill our vision for the Carmacks community. This is happening thanks to the support of the citizens of LSCFN and will be achieved in partnership with NVD’s significant experience and capability.”

“We are excited that both CDC and the Little Salmon Carmacks Trust (LSCFN) decided to make meaningful investments in NVD recently” says Rich Thompson, CEO of NVD. “As part of that investment, NVD committed to assess investment opportunities in Carmacks and to invest if an appropriate opportunity was available. We are certainly excited about the prospects we see for this wide range of businesses and I want to thank Ron Gartshore, CEO of CDC, for his hard work in making this historical purchase become a reality.”

NVD’s Chief Hospitality Officer Katja Schmidt added: “We are delighted to work with this comprehensive portfolio of assets and to bring NVD’s best practices and experience to Carmacks to help realize their potential. We have had excellent experiences working with our First Nation investors and their development corporations in Dawson, Mayo and Carcross and look forward to a similar experience in Carmacks.”

An official announcement will be made in front of the Carmacks Hotel at 4pm on Wednesday May 11th followed by an Open House and meet and greet at the LSCFN Heritage Hall, located before the LSCFN administration building from 430pm to 6pm.

Media Inquiries:

Adam Gerle, VP Marketing
Northern Vision Development LP
(867) 333 9886

Ron Gartshore, CEO
Carmacks Development Corporation
(867) 689- 7877


March 20, 2022

Preparations for the 24 hour fuel card lock, being installed at the CDC Commercial Centre for May 1st.

CDC and AFD fuels have entered into a long term business arrangement. AFD Petroleum is an independent supplier of bulk fuel, lubricants, and on-site tank storage systems to companies across western Canada and Alaska.

November 28, 2021

We have a two bedroom, one bath Riverbend apartment immediately available for occupancy. The unit rent is $1,300 plus a 1,000 deposit. Tenants will enjoy the convenient downtown location and private balcony overlooking the Yukon River. Applications can be filled out here.

November 12, 2021

Carmacks Development Corporation Supports Pelly Construction’s Carmacks Bypass Project Award

Carmacks Development Corporation (CDC) is pleased that Pelly Construction has been awarded the Carmacks Bypass/bridge tender as part of the Freegold Road Gateway Project. “The Carmacks Development Corporation has worked hard to ensure LSCFN businesses and citizens will be major players with Pelly Construction in the Carmacks Bypass Road and Bridge Development project,” said Chief Nicole Tom on behalf of CDC shareholders.

“CDC is negotiating multi-million dollar contracts for services with Pelly Construction and is looking to expanding our business relationship with Pelly Construction,” added Sheila Garvice, Chair of CDC. “From fuel supply to camp, catering and cleaning services, we will build a bright future for our Corporation LSCFN citizens and businesses. Pelly Construction has welcomed Indigenous business participation.” said Garvice.

Ron Gartshore, CEO of the Carmacks Development Corporation thanked Jennifer Byram, Vice President, Pelly Construction for her efforts to see meaningful participation by the Carmacks Development Corporation, the business arm of Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation. “This is a new day and a new horizon for cooperation by government, industry and indigenous business to develop meaningful partnerships within the Traditional Territory of Little Salmon First Nation.” said Gartshore.

For further information: Contact: Kara Lepine , CDC Communications. (867) 385-1953

Terry Billy

Terry Billy

June 14, 2021

Terry Billy, a former LSCFN counsellor and employee at the Carmacks Development Corporation has agreed to advise CDC  on major resource development issues which are happening right now within the LSCFN traditional territory. Terry’s experience in business including working with mines and major road contractors brings the type of knowledge needed in the immediate negotiations with business.

June 7, 2021

The CDC is undergoing a major renovation and upgrade to its commercial centre, located on the North Klondike Highway in Carmacks, Yukon.

The Carmacks Development Corporation Commercial Centre holds the offices of the Carmacks Renewable Resources Council, CDC and the CIBC bank. As well, boardroom facilities are available for training and other meetings.

Ron Gartshore, CEO and Sheila Garvice, Chair

May 31, 2021

Sheila Garvice, CDC Chair and Ron Gartshore, CEO recently signed a business arrangement with Capital Helicopters to provide services within the LSCFN Traditional Territory.

CDC is finalizing a number of business arrangements, preparing for major resource development, transmission line work and road and bridge construction this summer.



May 1, 2021

The CDC is completing a strategic economic development plan. The board of directors are seen here meeting with the CEO during a working lunch. 

 In preparation of the CDC strategic economic development planning meeting with the board, a strategic planning workshop was held with business advisors in Carmacks (see picture below).


Ron Gartshore, CEO, board members (l to r) Shannon Lachance, Sheila Garvice, Chair, Bernice Blattmann and Tanya Silverfox (Cory Bellmore was present via Zoom call).

Business advisors Debra Dupont and Mark Wickham
with Ron Gartshore, CEO

Desiree Blackjack

Desiree Blackjack is responsible for the property management of CDC Properties.

April 22, 2021

CDC is completing a new six-plex located on the Yukon River in downtown Carmacks.

The two bedroom energy efficient housing units will be ready for occupancy summer, 2021.