Jaime Harpe

Jaime Harpe

43 Years Old

Class of 2020

“Working as an entrepreneur and co-owner of a business that my husband and I started over 20 years ago is very rewarding.”

As an Indigenous woman, Jaime Harpe is passionate about building strength and unity through connecting, learning, and cultural teachings.

A proud member of the Chipewyan Prairie First Nation, Jaime, together with her husband Terrance, raises their children to honour, respect, and learn their aboriginal roots.

“We love being outdoors, and we spend a great deal of time on the land creating great memories with our family,” she said. “Our Dene culture, values, and traditions are at the core of our beliefs.”

Jaime is the co-owner and president of the TJS Group, along with Terrance who is the co-owner and CEO. They started TJS Oilfield Contracting Ltd. in 2000 as a side business while they both worked full-time jobs elsewhere in the oil and gas sector.

Within a couple of years, the company had grown to the point where both Jaime and her husband decided to run the company on a full-time basis.

Currently, the President and Board Chair of Northeastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA), Jaime has spent a lot of time over the years volunteering in the community.

“I was a board member for the SEKWEHA Youth Centre in Janvier where I assisted in the planning of the Centre’s operations and the grand opening,” Jaime shared of the facility that runs programs for the children and youth in the community.

“The following year, I helped plan the playground facility that is located at the SEKWEHA property.”

When she’s not working or volunteering, Jaime’s favourite place to spend time is at her family’s cabin.

“It is so peaceful, and there are so many things to do outdoors,” she said. “We spend time fishing, hunting, and trapping. Just being in nature is great, and is such an important part of our Indigenous culture.

For Jaime, success is defined by being wholehearted, happy, and seeing the joy in the little things, as well as being able to give back to the community, and making a difference in the region.

Making the change by being a part of programs that foster the teaching of our culture, values, and traditions which come from being immersed in the culture is part of what I would like my legacy to be,” she said.

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