At the site of the Black Lake Cell tower, August 10, 2016. Left to right: Terri-Lynn Beavereye, Band Manager, Black Lake; Kristy Jackson, Director of Marketing & Communications, ABD; Todd Atamanchuk, Sales Director, Huawei Canada; Alain Foster, CFO, Huawei Canada; Oneill Gladue, Account Rep, SaskTel; Joe Renie, Councillor, Black Lake; Scott Bradley, VP Corporate Affairs, Huawei Canada; Claudia Ju, Corporate Communications, Huawei China; Greg Meister, VP Business Sales, SaskTel; John Toutsaint, Councillor, Black Lake; Delbert Bouvier, Councillor, Black Lake; Trevor Boneleye, Councillor, Black Lake.
Huawei, SaskTel Visit Black Lake Cell Tower
On August 10, representatives from Huawei Canada, SaskTel, and Athabasca Basin Development visited the Black Lake cell tower site and spent the day learning about the impact the cell towers have had on the community. Reports from local people have so far been very positive, and SaskTel produced an excellent video with interviews with customers in the Athabasca region about the impact these towers have had – visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/AthabascaBasin to watch the video.
In 2013, Huawei Canada and Athabasca Basin Development partnered with SaskTel to build four cell towers in the Athabasca Region; the total cost for this project was $6M and Huawei Canada provided $385,000 in funding and telecommunications equipment and Athabasca Basin Development donated $249,000. The Black Lake cell tower was the last of the four to be completed and it became operational in December 2015.