Speakers

  • Stedman Graham- Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur

    Individuals should not be defined by their circumstances, but only by their possibilities. More To be Announced for 2019

  • Audrey Mascarenhas- President and CEO

    Audrey Mascarenhas has worked in energy for over 35 years with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. and Questor Technology Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University...

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    Audrey Mascarenhas- President and CEO

    Audrey Mascarenhas has worked in energy for over 35 years with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. and Questor Technology Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers. Audrey served as a distinguished lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010/2011. She is a member of the Schulich Industry Engineering Advisory Council and currently chairs the Canadian federal government clean technology strategy table. Audrey was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Prairies Award for Cleantech and Environmental Services and received a national citation for Values-Based Innovation. She was chosen by Business in Calgary as a 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow, is a 2014 Board Diversity 50 cohort and one of Canada’s 2017 Clean50. Audrey is a fellow of the Energy Futures Lab, co-chairs the Governor General’s Innovation Awards assessment committee and Questor was recently recognized by the Cleantech Innovation exchange (CIX) as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Cleantech Canadian Companies.

    Audrey Mascarenhas
    President and CEO

    Questor Technology Inc.
    2240, 140 – 4 Avenue SW
    Calgary, AB T2P 3N3
    Canada

    www.QuestorTech.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/audreymascarenhas
    https://ca.linkedin.com/company/questor

  • Ngahiwi Tomoana- Chairman, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated

    Chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated since 1996, Ngahiwi is passionate about the rights of Māori and other indigenous peoples’ to their estates and fisheries, and represents...

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    Ngahiwi Tomoana- Chairman, Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated

    Chairman of Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated since 1996, Ngahiwi is passionate about the rights of Māori and other indigenous peoples’ to their estates and fisheries, and represents indigenous peoples’ views on the global stage.  Ngahiwi has been and continues to be involved in whānau, hapū and iwi development across all spectrums and sectors of the community. 

    Alongside his role with Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated, Ngahiwi holds a number of key strategic positions that include:  Deputy Chair of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board; Chair of the Hawke’s Bay District Health Boards Māori Relationship Board (MRB); Executive Board Member for the New Zealand China Council and Forum Member of the NZ Police Commissioner’s Māori Focus Forum; Waipatu Marae Representative – He Toa Takitini; Member and Co-Chair of the Pou Tahua Working Group for the Iwi Chairs Forum.

    Previous positions held include the role of Chair of the Māori Economic Development Advisory Board and Board Member for the Pacific Cooperation Foundation and Chair of Te Ohu Kaimoana.

    More importantly, Ngahiwi is a loving husband to Mere Tomoana, a father of six tamariki, grandfather to fifteen moko, and it is with his whānau in mind, that through all of these positions, responsibilities and vast experiences, he demonstrates his local, regional, national and international knowledge, pride and commitment to all things Māori, for the betterment of Māori katoa.

  • Keith Henry- President and CEO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

    Mr. Keith Henry is a Métis person that was born in Thompson, Manitoba and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Mr. Henry began his career in 1995 with teaching positions...

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    Keith Henry- President and CEO, Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

    Mr. Keith Henry is a Métis person that was born in Thompson, Manitoba and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

    Mr. Henry began his career in 1995 with teaching positions and has become well known for his strategic administrative and negotiations skills. Since 1998 Mr. Henry has led numerous provincial, federal and industry negotiations on a variety of issues. He has been directly responsible for financial administration of a number of Aboriginal non-profits and has a proven track record of success.

    Mr. Henry has become an international Indigenous cultural tourism leader receiving Aboriginal/Indigenous recognition as the former CEO for Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia (AtBC). In April 2014, the inaugural World Indigenous Tourism Alliance award recognized the work of AtBC and Mr. Henry’s leadership. Mr. Henry has been spearheading the growth of authentic Indigenous tourism in Canada as he worked to redevelop the national Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada as elected chair when this organization incorporated in April 2015. In October 2015 Mr. Henry took the full-time role as the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada’s CEO.

    In Canada Mr. Henry continues to be recognized across the country as one of the leaders in Indigenous tourism and has led many new initiatives including the national strategy entitled “The Path Forward 2016-2021”, contributions to the development of national standards on market readiness and authenticity, cruise industry opportunities and the national Aboriginal tourism research project on the economic value of Indigenous cultural tourism. Mr. Henry was instrumental in the development of the national Indigenous tourism strategy The Path Forward 2016-2021 which will focus on increasing Aboriginal market readiness, increasing jobs, and increasing revenues.

  • Dr. James C. Collard- Director of Planning and Economic Development, Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN)

    Dr. Collard is the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN). In this capacity he evaluates and facilitates business development...

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    Dr. James C. Collard- Director of Planning and Economic Development, Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN)

    Dr. Collard is the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN). In this capacity he evaluates and facilitates business development proposals and tribal franchise opportunities. He also developed and manages the CPN Economic Development Strategy. He is currently developing a rail-anchored industrial park that will serve as a destination for Foreign Direct Investment and Import/Export Center for U.S. domestic companies. Dr. Collard has initiated and packaged numerous economic development projects and agreements between multiple governmental entities. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council. He is also on the Executive Committee of the International Inter-tribal Trade & Investment Organization (IITO). Dr. Collard is the Past Chair of the OK Governor’s International Team and is a member of the Oklahoma District Export Council. Dr. Collard has traveled extensively internationally on business and as a participant on trade missions and diplomatic delegations. He is also the co-founder and chair of the Tribal-Municipal Dialogue, a group dedicated to increasing cooperation between tribal & local governments. He is currently working with the University of Oklahoma - College of Law on Indigenous Human Rights issues. He has also done Ph.D. in Political Science, Masters in Public Administration and B.A. in Political Science

  • Valerie Devol- Senior Attorney, Devol & Associates

    Valerie specializes in tax-driven transactions, business planning, economic development, and tax controversies involving individuals, business ...

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    Valerie Devol- Senior Attorney, Devol & Associates

    Valerie specializes in tax-driven transactions, business planning, economic development, and tax controversies involving individuals, business entities, including tax-exempt organizations and tribal governments. Prior to attending law school, Valerie worked in the banking industry in commercial and consumer lending and compliance. During law school, Valerie was an intern at a business incubator where she assisted small and start-up businesses with financial, managerial and tax related issues. Upon completion of law school, Valerie worked in Kansas City, Missouri where her practice emphasized estate and business succession planning, tax-driven business transactions and securities law. In 2003, she moved home to Oklahoma where she continued her existing practice and then embraced the practice of Native American law with an emphasis on tax-driven transactions and tax controversy.

    Education:
    Valerie graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 receiving a B.B.A. in Finance. She then attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City where she received an M.B.A. with an emphasis in Finance in 1991, her Juris Doctor in 1997 and an LL.M. in Taxation in 1998.

    Admissions/Membership:
    Valerie is admitted to practice before the United State Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, U.S. District of Kansas, U.S District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma County Bar Association.

    Publications and Presentations:
    Author: “Taxation Update,” 30 Am. Indian L. Rev. 397 (2005-2006).

  • Wayne D. Garnons-Williams- Chair International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization

    Wayne is Plains Cree from Treaty 6, Moosomin First Nation, the founding President of International Inter-tribal Trade Organization, Senior Lawyer ...

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    Wayne D. Garnons-Williams- Chair International Inter-tribal Trade and Investment Organization

    Wayne is Plains Cree from Treaty 6, Moosomin First Nation, the founding President of International Inter-tribal Trade Organization, Senior Lawyer and Principal Director of the law firm Garwill Law Professional Corporation specializing in Tribal Trade and Economic Development, as well as past Chair of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Appeal Tribunal. He is on the board of directors of the International Council of the Great Lakes Region a board member of Capacity Canada and a board member of Three Feather Corporation. He is also a Research Fellow specializing in International Comparative Indigenous law at the University of Oklahoma, College of Law. He is appointed by Order in Council as a member to the NAFTA Chapter 19 Trade Remedies roster. He is the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business 2019 Award winner for Excellence in Aboriginal Relations.

  • Scott Freeny- Senior Legal Director for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

    Scott Freeny has been with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma since 2013 and currently serves as the Senior Legal Director for the Nation’s Division of Commerce...

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    Scott Freeny- Senior Legal Director for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

    Scott Freeny has been with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma since 2013 and currently serves as the Senior Legal Director for the Nation’s Division of Commerce. In this role, Scott oversees the provision of legal services to the Nation’s businesses and support services and provides advice and guidance to the Division of Commerce’s senior leadership.

    Scott has been providing legal counsel for over 15 years on business and transactional matters to clients ranging from solo entrepreneurs to large-scale, multinational corporations. Prior to joining the Choctaw Nation, Scott owned his own law firm and worked for two large, regional firms – one based in Oklahoma City and the other based in New Orleans. His educational experience includes a Bachelor of Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts – Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College, along with a Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt Law School and a Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma City University.

    Scott has served on the Executive Committee of the International Intertribal Trade and Investment Organization since 2016. Scott has also formerly served on the Boards of Oklahoma non-profit organizations such as Citizens Caring for Children, Second Century (Oklahoma Heritage Association) and Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition; participated in the Leadership Edmond and Leadership Oklahoma City LOYAL programs; and been recognized as an Oklahoma Journal Record’s Achiever Under 40.

  • Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary- Nepal Member of Parliament, and Tharu People Indigenous Leader

    Current Member of Provincial Parliament from Nepal and former state labor minister, Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary is an indigenous leader...

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    Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary- Nepal Member of Parliament, and Tharu People Indigenous Leader

    Current Member of Provincial Parliament from Nepal and former state labor minister, Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary is an indigenous leader from Tharu community. During his young age, he had walked through the country, more than 300 miles on foot to expand community network and raise awareness.

    Dilli forestalled the spirit of grassroots movement through education, economic empowerment and campaigning by establishing largest grassroots organization in Nepal, BASE (Backward Society Education) in 1991. He played a leadership role to outlaw bonded labor practice (called Kamaiya practice, and it is regarded as modern-day slavery) which helped him earn global awards namely; Anti-Slavery International Award (UK-2000), Rebook International Human Rights Award (US-1994), Ashoka Fellow (1992) to name a few.

    He believes that economic development and livelihood of the marginalized populations can be fostered through the promotion of trade, tourism and business, capacity building, use of innovation through culturally appropriate approaches and exchange of indigenous practices between developed and underdeveloped countries. He is also leading a unique project of Tharu Museum in a small village that connects the community with tourism (homestay, small business, livelihood, education). He has been leading Tharu traditional customary system of Tharu as a chairperson. Apart from this, his organization BASE has been supporting on livelihood, capacity development, infrastructure, saving-credit and other community development programs.

    For More Information please visit:
    http://nepalbase.org/
    https://www.ashoka.org/en-CA/fellow/dilli-chaudhary
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olY1TX84yHk

  • Harold Calla- FCPA, FCGA, CAFM

    Harold is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After many years of experience in international business, he worked with the Squamish Nation as a negotiator .......

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    Harold Calla- FCPA, FCGA, CAFM

    Harold is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After many years of experience in international business, he worked with the Squamish Nation as a negotiator in the areas of economic development, land management and finance and served 8 years on the Squamish Council. He has also acted as an advisor and an arbitrator for First Nations in Western Canada.

    He represented Squamish Nation interests in the development of the First Nations Land Management Act, First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA), First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA), and the First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act. These optional legislative pieces allow First Nations on a sectorial basis the ability to move out from under the Indian Act.

    Harold serves as the Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board, one of three fiscal institutions created under the FMA to support First Nations economic development, by supporting First Nations efforts to access the capital markets and by providing capacity development support to First Nations in the areas of financial administration law development and certification of their financial performance and financial management systems.

    Harold is a member of the Board of Directors of Trans Mountain Corporation, as well as a member of the Joint Assembly of First Nations-Indigenous Services Canada Committee on Fiscal Relations. He is a former member of the Board of Fortis BC Inc. where he was the Chair of the Audit Committee. He has also completed terms on the Boards of CMHC, Partnerships BC and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology.

    Harold is a recipient of numerous awards in recognition of excellence in leadership. In particular, the C.G.A. Association of Canada celebrating their 100th year in 2008 recognized Harold as one of 100 CGA’s who, in their view, over the 100 years have made a difference. In August 2012 Harold was also awarded a fellowship by the C.G.A. Association of Canada. Harold is also a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association and has been awarded the designation of Certified Aboriginal Financing Manager (CAFM).

  • Mouneeb Shahid- Founder of 2web.ca

    Mouneeb Shahid is the founder of 2WEB, an award-winning website design and digital marketing agency, which he founded before the days of social media in 2004.......

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    Mouneeb Shahid- Founder of 2web.ca

    Mouneeb Shahid is the founder of 2WEB, an award-winning website design and digital marketing agency, which he founded before the days of social media in 2004. As an experienced digital marketing strategist, he has a passion for helping businesses achieve their goals online.

    With over 15 years of experience in designing, developing, and managing a team that develops cutting-edge web projects, he brings a wealth of information to the teams that he leads and the leaders that he follows.

    His most fulfilling achievement is the ability to deal with outstanding clients and make their organizational goals a reality.

  • Maria Ines Salamanca vidak- UN Women Country Programme Coordinator

    Maria Ines Salamanca is sociologist and hold a Master degree in International Development (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York). She works at UN-Women since 2013.......

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    Maria Ines Salamanca vidak- UN Women Country Programme Coordinator

    Maria Ines Salamanca is sociologist and hold a Master degree in International Development (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York). She works at UN-Women since 2013 as Country Programme Coordinator, establishing partnerships with different stakeholders, and led programmes focus on gender equality and empowerment of women, particularly on indigenous women, youth, and the role of private sector and entrepreneurs for the economic empowerment of women. Previously she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as adviser at the mission of Chile to the United Nations. She started her career as United Nations Volunteer (UNV).

  • Tamara Lakomy- Author and the Founder of Blueprints.org

    Tamara Lakomy is an indigenous Berber, who grew up in the slums of Mellassine where she experienced first-hand human trafficking and radicalisation, inmates...

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    Tamara Lakomy- Author and the Founder of Blueprints.org

    Tamara Lakomy is an indigenous Berber, who grew up in the slums of Mellassine where she experienced first-hand human trafficking and radicalisation, inmates from the overflowing jails were dumped into the slums and the children there became the most vulnerable to exploitation. Tamara’s life was juxtaposed by the other side of her family who lived close to the Prime Minister, the contrast marked her deeply. She excelled in her education becoming the youngest person to publish a paper during her Archaeology degree at Aberdeen University. She went on to become an advisor to heads of state and heads of intelligence on economic development in Africa and Latin America.

    *She is a published author and the Founder of Blueprints.org, whose mission is to enable indigenous people to achieve economic autonomy and secure an equitable share of their own development.

    *She is a voice for ending centuries of injustice to establish a new blueprint for economic development. She is lifting Narino in Colombia as the new vanguard for economic solutions for socially minded nations.

    *She has spoken on behalf of Blueprints at UN week to create an equitable development path for indigenous tribes.

    *Developed a model that would break the cycle of dependency and scale the world’s leading solutions, thus transitioning regions from AID to development.

    *Economic development as a counter measure to extreme poverty, fundamentalism and famine.

    *Head of Heritage – leading an African heritage project that traces the earliest origins of hominids in East Africa.

    *Uniting leading minds to advance the empowerment, education and heritage of a historical tribe of 7.7mm people at the APEX of four East African countries - Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan & Ethiopia. One tribe - one people - one nation

    *She is a patron for restoring Indigenous Dignity in economic development.

    *Furthering her vision built on three pillars: “To Empower – To Liberate – To Produce”.

    *Blueprints was built to achieve self-autonomy for indigenous people, to unlock wealth equitably to empower the people and investors, shifting the paradigm in Latin America.

  • JERRY WARD- General Sales manager to Vice-President of the Fresh and Frozen division

    Jerry is a seasoned fishery development manager in both the private and public sector. He is currently Director of Fisheries with Qikiqtaaluk Corporation an Inuit Birthright company in Nunavut, Canada

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    JERRY WARD- General Sales manager to Vice-President of the Fresh and Frozen division

    Grew up in Triton, Notre Dame Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Graduate of Memorial University’s School of Business.

    Has been in the Seafood industry for over 40 years. Over this period, he has held Senior Management positions in the industry in both Canada and the United States.

    private sector until 1997.

    1980 – 1987 – Manager of Finance and Administration with P. Janes & Sons Limited, Hants Harbour, Newfoundland & Labrador.

    1987 – 1997 – Employed by Connors Bros., Limited in New Brunswick, a vertically integrated International Seafood Company. He progressed from General Sales manager to Vice-President of the Fresh and Frozen division. In 1991 he became President of Connors Bros., Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts a major subsidiary of Connors Bros., Limited. In this position he was responsible for the overall management of an International Seafood Procurement and Marketing company.

    Public Sector 1997 – 2001

    In 1997 he returned to Newfoundland and accepted a position as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Back to the Private sector in 2001

    In 2001, formed he his own fishery consulting company.

    From 2001 - 2014 he became Chief Executive Officer of the Baffin Fisheries Coalition, Iqaluit Nunavut, and since 2015 has been Director of Fisheries with Qikiqtaaluk Corporation, an Inuit Birth right company located in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

  • Stephen Nairne- Chief Investment Officer at Raven Indigenous Capital Partners

    Stephen Nairne currently serves as Chief Investment Officer at Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, where he leads Raven’s work on deal sourcing, due diligence

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    Stephen Nairne- Chief Investment Officer at Raven Indigenous Capital Partners

    Stephen Nairne currently serves as Chief Investment Officer at Raven Indigenous Capital Partners, where he leads Raven’s work on deal sourcing, due diligence, investment structuring, and value creation. Stephen is strongly committed to creating investment platforms that allow retail and institutional investors to participate in building a reconciliation economy in Canada and beyond. Immediately prior to joining Raven, Stephen was the Founder / Managing Partner of AHL Venture Partners, a $75mn impact investing fund with operations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Stephen lives with wife and two children in Vancouver.

  • Steven Teed- CEO Green Future Industries

    Steven Teed, owner of Green Future Industries, is an Organic Hemp famer from the Secwepemc Nation, he has been working with Hemp for several years learning large scale agriculture.....

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    Steven Teed- CEO Green Future Industries

    Steven Teed, owner of Green Future Industries, is an Organic Hemp famer from the Secwepemc Nation, he has been working with Hemp for several years learning large scale agriculture. He has a strong passion for respecting and caring for the land and recognizes the importance of food and community. He is an elected Councillor for the Adams Lake Indian Band where he pushes for the protection of our natural resources and promotes culture, language and unity.

    Before starting his hemp farm, Steven volunteered on farms across Canada to learn the art of Hemp. He has attended hemp workshops and classes where he learned to work with hemp building materials, he continues to study and work with industry experts around the world learning new ways to work with Hemp.

    Now going into his third year of Organic Hemp farming, Green Future Industries is expanding and teaching others about the opportunity that Hemp can bring to Indigenous communities across turtle island and the impact it can have on the environment.

  • Paul Lacerte- Member of the Nadleh Whuten Band

    Paul Lacerte is a member of the Nadleh Whuten Band and belongs to the Carrier First Nation in northern BC. He served as the Provincial CEO for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship...

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    Paul Lacerte- Member of the Nadleh Whuten Band

    Paul Lacerte is a member of the Nadleh Whuten Band and belongs to the Carrier First Nation in northern BC. He served as the Provincial CEO for the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres for 20 years. In 2011, Paul and his daughter Raven co-founded the Moose Hide Campaign, a grassroots movement of Indigenous and non-Indigenous men working to end violence against women and children. Since then, over 1 million moose hide pins have been distributed and the Campaign has spread to over 400 communities and organizations across Canada.

    Paul is a Managing Partner with Raven Indigenous Capital Partners (the first Indigenous financial intermediary in Canada), the former Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Foundation Board of Directors, the former Board Chair for Reconciliation Canada, and a former representative to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014.

  • Wes Sam- Founder & Executive Chair NATIONS

    Wes Sam is the Founder and Executive Chair of NATIONS a cannabis production company in Burns Lake.

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    Wes Sam- Founder & Executive Chair NATIONS

    Wes Sam is the Founder and Executive Chair of NATIONS a cannabis production company in Burns Lake. Wes is also the chair of the Joint Working Group on the Legalization and Regulation of Non-Medical Cannabis in BC. As a former Band Councillor and Chief of the Ts’il Kaz Koh Burns Lake Band and Municipal Councillor and acting Mayor of the Village of Burns Lake, Wes brings a deep knowledge and expertise in First Nations business, leadership and governance. Wes is also a successful business owner, entrepreneur and the former President of the largest provincial community forest organization.

  • Rahera Ohia- Deputy Chief Executive

    Ms Rahera Ohia (QSM), of Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi Te Rangi, Waitaha, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Māhanga descent, is the Deputy Chief Executive, Policy Partnerships.

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    Rahera Ohia- Deputy Chief Executive

    Ms Rahera Ohia (QSM), of Ngāti Pūkenga, Ngāi Te Rangi, Waitaha, Ngāti Raukawa and Ngāti Māhanga descent, is the Deputy Chief Executive, Policy Partnerships.

    Rahera was raised in Waitao, Tauranga, under the shadow of her ancestral mountain Kopukairoa, on her parents’ farm.

    Before becoming a Deputy Secretary, Rahera was Manager, Whānau Wellbeing Team in the Policy Puni at Te Puni Kōkiri.

    From 2013 Rahera was the chief executive of Te Au Maro o Ngāti Pukenga - the entity responsible for conducting the Treaty of Waitangi settlement negotiations for Ngāti Pukenga. She was Lead Negotiator for the claim since 2009. She went on to chair the post-settlement governance entity for the iwi.

    Rahera’s government career spans 20 years across several departments and a number of diverse roles focusing on policy development and strategic advice. Rahera was also a Ministerial appointee to the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic Council.

    Rahera qualified as a social worker with a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Massey University. Her experiences and professional skills as a social worker were the catalysts for her transition to developing policy in the public sector.

  • Ryan Rogers- Marketing Coordinator at Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

    A proud member of the Musqueam Nation, Ryan is the Marketing Coordinator at Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada.

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    Ryan Rogers- Marketing Coordinator at Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada

    A proud member of the Musqueam Nation, Ryan is the Marketing Coordinator at Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. His role is focused on the travel trade in the Asian Markets as well as managing media relations and he will be graduating shortly with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of British Columbia."

  • Stephen Lee- FCPA, FCMA

    Stephen is the CEO of Musqueam Capital Corporation. Hi joined Musqueam in 2011 and prior to assuming his current role, he was the Band’s Chief Financial Officer...

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    Stephen Lee- FCPA, FCMA

    Stephen is the CEO of Musqueam Capital Corporation. Hi joined Musqueam in 2011 and prior to assuming his current role, he was the Band’s Chief Financial Officer. Stephen’s past experience spans 25 years in senior leadership roles in a variety of private and public companies.

    MCC is a wholly owned entity of Musqueam formed to manage and develop the Band’s business assets and key land holdings. Musqueam off-reserve holdings include lelem (formerly known as Block F), the University Golf Club lands, Bridgepoint lands (site of the River Rock Casino) and several parcels in the Marpole Midden site (South Granville area). On-reserve land include IR2, which is home to a majority of the Musqueam Members and IR4 which is a 140-acre parcel located in Delta, B.C.. Jointly owned land holdings include 6 prime properties throughout the shared territories with our First Nation partners, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

    MCC’s vision is “Building a progressive future on a proud history”.

  • Teresa Ryde- Director of Business Development

    Teresa Ryder works as the Director of Business Development at ITAC. Teresa is of Musqueam descent, born in the Lower Mainland and raised...

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    Teresa Ryde- Director of Business Development

    Teresa Ryder works as the Director of Business Development at ITAC. Teresa is of Musqueam descent, born in the Lower Mainland and raised on Vancouver Island. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Criminology from Simon Fraser University.

    Before joining the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC), Teresa worked for the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC (AtBC), as well as in various roles throughout the hospitality industry. Her passion for working with people and joy in learning from and about other Indigenous communities has led her to her career in tourism and community development.

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