Hecate Strait Employment Development Society received it’s not for profit status and incorporation in May 1995. The first manager of the Society was C. Leslie Hermanson.  Since then, we have grown from an organization with a staff of three in one office to one with three centres: Prince Rupert, Masset and Queen Charlotte City.

The Society is governed by a volunteer board that sets the policies by which we operate. The mandate of the Society is”to provide employment programming and training to enhance the opportunities of the residents of the North Coast and Haida Gwaii.”
Our stated goals are:

  • To participate in partnerships with other organizations to increase the community capacity building.
  • To organize and implement employment-based proposals to various funding agencies and organizations.
  • To deliver this purpose, we have a training centre that offers everything from customer service, office training to forklift certification.