Hiring people for good jobs and getting them the necessary training is Hilda’s passion. “When you see the pride people have in their work, the self-esteem and self-confidence that they get from prospering and achieving their goals, this is what economic development is all about for me — helping people”.
Hilda Broomfield Letemplier is currently the President and Chief Financial Officer of Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Limited, an industrial and mining supplier that services some of the largest resource development projects in Labrador. Broomfield Letemplier and her husband, Lionel, began this company in the front yard of their first home in Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Labrador. To keep up with the diversity of her business endeavor, Ms. Broomfield Letemplier completed a project management fundamentals course to boost her leadership, project planning, and management skills as well as monitoring and control at the College of the North Atlantic. For the future, Hilda foresees the company continuing to grow, train more multi-skilled employees, and introduce new high technology to its operations.
As an Inuk woman in a non-traditional industry, Ms. Broomfield Letemplier continues to give back to the community through her encouragement and support for female-owned businesses. For example, she is a long-time member and regional director for Labrador for the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs, an organization that helps women entrepreneurs start and develop successful businesses. She is a member of WEConnect International, a non-profit organization that guides and mentors women-owned businesses. She is also a member of the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Suppliers Council (CAMSC), a non-profit organization that aims to boost economic development efforts and employment. Pressure Pipe Steel Fabrication Ltd. won CAMSC’s Business Achievement Award in 2012.
Broomfield Letemplier is frequently profiled in the media, including Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, The Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs Advisor, National Post, Administrative Procedures for the Canadian Office, Indian Country, and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She was also a panelist at Ovations, which celebrated the achievements of women entrepreneurs. As well, she spoke at the Aboriginal Entrepreneurs Conference and Trade Show in Ottawa in 2012. These initiatives help to inspire and provide a role model for aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly women and those of Indigenous ancestry.