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Your Question:

How could you maximize civil works production by improving the existing charter flight system that provides service between Fort St. John and six flight hubs in BC?

The Background:
On complex infrastructure projects such as the Site C Clean Energy Project, experienced workers are essential. While there is a skilled local workforce in Northern BC, uniquely qualified workers are still in short supply. Experienced workers are often flown in to Fort St. John from around the province and country, resulting in extensive use of the charter flight system.

The Challenge We’re Facing:
Our skilled workers are currently on a 21 and 7 shift rotation (21 days on, 7 days off). Our charter flight system – which provides service to six flight hubs in Western Canada including Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Kelowna, Kamloops and Prince George – is not effectively optimized. This is complicated by requirements such as workers on a 7am – 7pm day shift must arrive the night before and those working a 7pm – 7am night shift must arrive several hours in advance of their start time.

What We Need From You:
Design a charter flight system that provides service to these six flight hubs while maximizing production output on the project and minimizing cost for a 21 and 7 shift rotation.

Judges will take the following criteria into consideration:
Ability to implement into current practices
Positive impact on careers for skilled trades

Peace River Hydro Partners offers unique STEM career opportunities

Peace River Hydro Partners (PRHP) is a partnership between ACCIONA Infrastructure Canada Inc., Petrowest Corporation, and Samsung C&T Canada Ltd. PRHP holds the main civil works contract for the Site C Clean Energy Project.

The main civil works contract includes the following key components:

  • Earthfill dam
  • Two diversion tunnels
  • Concrete foundation for generation station, spillways and dam buttress


PRHP currently holds the main civil works contract on the largest infrastructure project in British Columbia. At the peak of the project in mid-2018 we will employ over 1,500 employees and the main civil works component will create more than 8,000 person-years of employment. Our goal is to employ as many British Columbians on this project as possible. Once built, Site C will be a source of clean, reliable and affordable electricity in B.C. for more than 100 years.

PRHP’s Commitment to the STEM Spotlight Awards

Many of the 1,500 employees we have at the peak of construction will be in the STEM sectors. Along with employing British Columbians we are also committed to building the capacity of the workforce in this province for future large infrastructure projects. We look forward to seeing how BC students – who are the next generation of BC leaders – rise to meet our challenge.

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