YYC Calgary International Airport
Almost a year after relocating its Canadian Operational Support Centre from Toronto, De Beers Canada is expanding its operations and will now make Calgary its transportation hub connecting to its mines in Northern Canada and to the global business community.
The move reaffirms Calgary’s status as a transportation and logistics centre and leading inland port in Western Canada. It will add a total of 16,000 inbound and outbound passengers each year passing through YYC Calgary International Airport as De Beers shuttles workers to and from the Gahcho Kue mine in the Northwest Territories.
Gahcho Kue, the largest new diamond mine in the world, opened last September.
De Beers previously had air transport hubs in Edmonton and Calgary but consolidated the operations in Calgary to improve efficiency. The twice weekly flights to Gahcho Kue for staff and contractors will start in July through Summit Air of Yellowknife.
“The move also provides our De Beers global colleagues visiting Canada better access to our De Beers Canada team and the Gahcho Kue mine as well,” De Beers Canada CEO Kim Truter said during a news conference at the aiport.
De Beers said basing its transportation hub near its Operational Support Centre at the Business Centre at YYC Calgary International Airport will enhance both its operational excellence and strategic approach to remote mining.
Calgary is the fourth busiest airport in Canada and a key economic driver – generating over $8 billion in economic activity a year and creating 48,000 jobs.
“When a company like De Beers establishes its headquarters in Calgary they become a magnet that attracts other economic activity and more jobs,” said Deana Haley, Vice-President Business Development and Workforce Initiatives for Calgary Economic Development. “We were happy to work with De Beers to support their move to Calgary last year, so we are thrilled they are seeing even more value to being here with the strong transportation network.”
De Beers has operated mines in Canada for more than 50 years. The company cited the top-caliber workers, excellent transportation links and quality of life when it relocated to Calgary in July 2016.
"This is very much a long-term move,” Truter said in announcing the expansion of its operations.