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Our Core Values

At Chieftain Energy, our core values are safety, operational excellence and customer experience.

Our Mission

We are redefining what it means to be an energy company by helping the Canadian North take charge of its own energy needs to the benefit of all Northerners. Every dollar we earn in part helps to fulfill our social missions:

  1. To help Air North, Yukon’s Airline make the North a great place to live and work by providing sustainable affordable air access

  2. To help our First Nation owners and partners achieve greater benefits from the energy sector in their traditional territories

  3. To help our communities shine through our commitment to our Yukon Spirit in Action Community Wellness program

  4. To help drive innovation in the way that our future energy needs are met

  5. To build a strong team of local energy sector employees who work together to maximize safety,

    to drive operational excellence, and to create an unmatched customer experience.

Our History

Formed in 2014, Chieftain Energy LP is a partnership between Air North, Yukon’s Airline, and a growing group of First Nation businesses. Chieftain was founded on the belief that the North does not generate enough benefit from its current energy supply chain, with most energy companies that service the North being based in the South. Chieftain was borne to make Whitehorse, Yukon an energy hub, with plans to expand services throughout communities in Yukon, NWT, and Northern B.C. In 2017, Chieftain grew through the acquisition of the Northern Operation of an Alberta-based energy company, expanding its fleet and acquiring a wealth of trade knowledge relating to safety and operations. Since the acquisition, Chieftain has spread its wings across the North, working with key Business Partners to deliver safe, reliable, and affordable energy service.

The Key Moment

In 2014, Air North’s Board of Directors, including representatives from the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation observed that Air North and the community of Old Crow had significant and sustainable energy needs for years to come. With this realization, the partners agreed that it made sense to take greater control of their energy needs through the formation of Chieftain Energy LP. Further to that, the partners felt that other Yukon First Nations, and other northern communities might also value having more say and control in their energy supply chain, and sure enough Kluane Dana Shaw LP and Na-Cho Nyak Dun Development Corporation joined Vuntut Gwitchin Limited Partnership and Air North, Yukon’s Airline in the formation of Chieftain Energy.