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Kitsaki Projects Limited Partnership welcomes new General Manager, Benson Thoudsanikone

Benson Thoudsanikone brings an entrepreneurial spirit and strong belief in helping people to his new position as General Manager of Kitsaki Projects.

Born and raised in Regina, Benson's parents left the post-Vietnam War violence devastating Laos for a refugee camp in Thailand, before being sponsored to come to Kronau, Saskatchewan. They lived there for a little over a year before moving to Regina, where Benson was born and still lives with his family. After high school, he left Regina to obtain his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan and then to work as an engineering consultant in Vancouver. He has also completed an Executive MBA and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Benson eventually returned to Regina and worked in various roles at SaskPower for nine years in the capital projects, generation planning, and business development areas. His particular focus was on the development of the Tazi Twé Hydroelectric Project on Black Lake First Nation. Working in partnership with Black Lake First Nation, he negotiated the main commercial agreements, developed the employment and contracting strategies, and oversaw the technical development of the project.

"It really gave me an appreciation for the culture and the warmth of people," says Benson. "I got to learn first-hand the struggles they deal with on a day-to-day basis." This experience was one of the main reasons he decided to move over to Kitsaki Projects.

"I wanted to help promote the economic development of First Nations communities in Saskatchewan," explains Benson. "This is what sets Kitsaki Projects apart, because we are a direct avenue for the Lac La Ronge Indian Band members to develop meaningful and successful careers."

Kitsaki Projects currently has 12 permanent staff and up to 80 seasonal staff, but can hire up to 300 depending on the job. Some recent projects include a SaskTel fibre plough project bringing fibre to the North, power line projects that install and rebuild rural power lines, and brush clearing in the North.

"I really look forward to growing Kitsaki Projects from the ground up, using the potential that is already there," he says. Benson is married and has a son who just turned three. He is a sports enthusiast who likes to stay active and spend time with family and friends.