Hennie Tait, MBA


As CEO, Hennie is responsible for overseeing operations of KEL. A qualified business leader, Hennie works closely with staff to manage corporate governance, increase efficiencies across operations while seeking out opportunities to build and develop KEL’s operations and those of its associated companies. Hennie is originally from Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

Mirella Baillie, CPA-CGA-BMGT

Finance Manager

Recognized among the best tax and accountancy practitioners in the region, Mirella previously worked for KPMG, the CRA as a Federal Tax Auditor, as well as numerous other senior finance positions in Chicago. Mirella is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of KEL and all group companies. Mirella was born and raised in Cranbrook.

Heather Burrows, MBA

Director of Strategic HR

Heather was among the first KEL employees, and a recent MBA graduate. She focuses on strategic HR for KEL and business units as well as managing our communication plan. Outside of work, Heather's priorities are spending time with her family and rock climbing with friends.

Dalicia Reeser, BMGT

Executive Assistant

As Ktunaxa Enterprise Limited’s Executive Assistant, Dalicia provides administrative support for KEL’s collaborative and supportive team environment. She has previously worked as a marketing researcher in Budapest, and holds a private pilot license. Dalicia was born and raised in Boston, and has also lived in Prince Edward Island before moving to the Rockies.

Tracey Tarasoff, MGMT Diploma

Accounting Technician

Tracey has over 25 years of experience in bookkeeping and accounting support. With KEL, her role covers Payroll, Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable. She holds diplomas in Management, Marketing, and Accounting. Tracey is born and raised in Cranbrook.

Fred Hargrave

President Kettle River Contracting

Aaron Higgs, BSC

President - Nupqu

Aaron provides support, direction and oversight to core management staff in Finance, Operations, Health and Safety, Human Resources and Business Development in his role as president of Nupqu. Before joining Nupqu, Aaron spent 12 years as a Project Manager and Geologist in the mineral exploration industry.