ODK Engineering (formerly Oodanooketoh) has been in operation since 2013. Our founders – Ralph, Eric, and Calvin – grew up on First Nations in Manitoba and attribute their pursuit of engineering to a curiosity about building projects they would see in their communities while growing up. Between them, they have over 50 years of experience in the engineering field.
ODK was founded on five values that guide our work:
Integrity: We are honest, fair, and caring in all our work and we do what we believe is right.
Respect: We treat our employees, clients, communities, and the land with respect.
Innovation: We provide groundbreaking options to meet our clients’ needs.
Inspiration: We are 100% Indigenous-owned and understand the responsibility that carries.
Empowerment: We are vested in our employees, customers, and communities.
Our mission is to provide Indigenous-led project management, engineering, and construction management services that enhance economic opportunities for Indigenous people, leading to better communities in which to live.
Our vision is to design and build the future by empowering our clients to achieve self-sufficiency.
ODK has had much success since its inception. We attribute this to our professionalism, our execution, and our positive reputation in the industry. Our strength is our inherent capacity to understand and promote our clients’ goals and objectives. To date, our clientele has been primarily First Nations; however, we also work on other Manitoba-based projects. We believe our strong partnerships with First Nations come from our understanding of their specific needs, as we know how unique each community is and how important construction and engineering projects are for all members. We work with communities on projects from beginning to end, keep them well-informed of all decisions, and we always try to leave the community better than we found it. This can be through proposal writing and funding advice, skill development and employment training, or by hiring local contractors.
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Ralph Beardy holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba, and is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba. Mr. Beardy has over 21 years of experience in project management and is a member of Fox Lake Cree Nation.
With over 18 years of experience, Calvin Chubb is registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. Mr. Chubb is a member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation.
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A member of Ebb & Flow First Nation, Eric Ducharme has over 20 years of experience working on a wide variety of First Nations civil engineering and construction projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba.
A NOTE ABOUT OUR LOGO
Beavers are known as ecosystem engineers, constantly reshaping the environment to suit their needs. The beaver is representative of ODK’s drive to work with nature and communities to design the world around us. The colours of the four tipis are those of the medicine wheel: red, white, black, and yellow. They represent many of life’s cycles such as the seasons, stages of life, medicines, four elements, and cardinal directions. The machinery intertwined with the land, water, and sky demonstrates the interconnectedness of the natural world and ODK’s ability to work within this worldview.