About KVES

In 2007, Rio Tinto Alcan purchased the corporation of Kitamaat Valley Institute Corporation (KVIC) from McNab Morris Developments. The idea was first entertained under Rio Tinto Alcan’s newly formed Regional Economic Development Department as a way to help Haisla members face the challenge of upgrading their education to become job ready and fit for employment for criteria related to smelter operations. This notion was discussed with Haisla Nation leadership at the time as prelude and evidence of the company’s intent and sincerity to begin negotiations of the Haisla Nation Legacy Agreement with Rio Tinto. The purchase of KVIC was subsequently made fully by Rio Tinto and equal shares in the corporation were gifted to the Haisla Nation. It was always Rio Tinto Alcan’s view to help support the Haisla Nation in their education and training journey. In fact, it was entrenched as an obligation by Rio Tinto Alcan as part of the Legacy Agreement. In 2010, KVIC was turned into a not-for-profit society which was renamed Kitamaat Valley Education Society.  Most recently, we became an Indigenous Non-Profit Society.

KVES Purpose:

Is to improve the lives of others. 

KVES Mission:

To provide efficient training opportunities that meet academic, industry and institutional training needs

KVES Vision:

We are a self-sustaining organization, a leader in training and education, and a partner of choice for individuals, industries, and institutions in developing qualified people.

KVES Core Values:


We are grounded in Indigenous knowledge and have respect for the dignity, rights, cultures, and beliefs of all people.


We ensure everything we do focuses on the experience of the learner and their success

Community Focused

We focus on meeting the needs of Indigenous communities, the Kitimat community, the North Coast area, and Northern BC.

Link to Employment

All of our training helps link students to employment. We include employment placement as part of all our program offerings.

Our organization comprises four primary branches, each catering to specific needs:

  1. Corporate Training: Whether at our KVI Campus or via remote virtual platforms, we offer comprehensive corporate training solutions designed to meet the evolving needs of businesses.
  2. KVES Employment Agency & Recruitment Solutions: We connect job seekers with employment opportunities and provide expert recruitment solutions to companies seeking qualified candidates.
  3. Management Consulting for Human Resource and Corporate Training: Our HR consulting services assist organizations in optimizing their human resources strategies for better outcomes.
  4. KVI Safety, Occupational Testing: Ensuring safety and compliance is paramount, and our KVI Safety division specializes in occupational testing and safety protocols.

Kitamaat Valley Education Society operates under the regulatory framework of the Private Training Institutions Branch, overseen by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (PTIB). It's worth noting that our online courses are offered in collaboration with BIS Training, and course registration and fees are managed directly through BIS Training. These online courses are not subject to approval under the Private Training Act, and participants should be aware that they cannot file claims against the fund with the trustee regarding these courses or programs of instruction.

At KVES, we are dedicated to empowering individuals and communities through education and employment opportunities. Join us in shaping a brighter future for Kitimat and beyond.

Kitamaat Valley Education Society
KVI Campus Location:
1352 Alexander Avenue
Kitimat, BC V8C 1A2
Phone: (250) 639-9199
Fax: (250) 639-9669
Email: admin@kves.ca

Kitamaat Valley Education Society is regulated by the Private Training Institutions Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training (PTIB).

Online courses are offered by BIS Training and not by Kitimat Valley Institute. Students will
register and pay course fees directly to BIS Training. These online courses do not require
approval under the Private Training Act; A student may not file a claim against the fund
with the trustee in respect to the course or program of instruction.


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