Governance

CCAB is governed by a national, voluntary Board of Directors representing CCAB patrons, Aboriginal business members, and other senior industry leaders. CCAB is administered by a dynamic team in Toronto, Ontario.

CCAB Board of Directors

Darrell Beaulieu
CEO
Denendeh Investments Inc (Yellowknife, NT)

Darrell Beaulieu was born and raised in Yellowknife, capital of the Northwest Territories and has served three terms as the Chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, whose traditional territory surrounds the capital area. In October 2005,

Darrell was appointed President and CEO of Denendeh Investments Incorporated by its Board of Directors. Prior to being appointed to DII, Mr. Beaulieu was the founding President of Deton’Cho Corporation and Deton’Cho Diamonds. Mr. Beaulieu has been employed or self-employed in various aspects of mineral exploration in the NWT for many years and has served on both the Mine Training Society and NWT Chamber of Mines Boards of Directors.

At present, Darrell is on the Board of Directors of the NWT Law Foundation, Northland Utilities (Yellowknife & NWT), and since 2005 was appointed the Chair of the Northwest Territories Business Development Corporation (BDIC) by the Government of the Northwest Territories.

He also serves as Chairman of the Akaitcho Business Development Corporation. As President and CEO, Mr. Beaulieu provides the leadership, vision and public presence for DII.

James Blackman
President and CEO
Primco Dene Group of Companies (Cold Lake, AB)

James Blackman a Dene from Cold Lake First Nations in Northeast Alberta and one of youngest elected councilman at age 22. Two decades of political and business experience has led him to be a successful entrepreneur that he is today. In his third term in council he and 2 other individuals founded Primco Dene Catering Corporation, which services the oil & gas industry around Cold Lake. This venture allowed for other services required in the area; such as, Emergency Medical, Courier, Security, Janitorial and Commercial Franchises. James serves on various boards throughout Canada and also is a private entrepreneur in Denergy Solutions. Primco Dene boasts a healthy 80% aboriginal workforce of over 800 employees, one of the best in Canada.

Mervin Dewasha
Chief Executive Officer
Neegan Burnside (Orangeville, ON)

Merv Dewasha is a member of the Wahta Mohawk First Nation in Ontario. He has over 30 years of experience working with First Nations on projects related to housing, infrastructure, economic development and securing financing for Aboriginal businesses. A recognized leader in the development of native human resources through career building in science and engineering, Merv has served with AANDC (formerly INAC) in various capacities as well as on the Executive Interchange to the Assembly of First Nations and Chiefs of Ontario. Merv continues to work at developing business opportunities for clients and Neegan Burnside, and advising the current Executive, while remaining a mentor for junior aboriginal engineers.

Alicia Dubois, Co-Vice-Chair
Market Vice-President, Indigenous Markets
CIBC (Toronto, ON)

Alicia is a proud Indigenous woman who was born in Sudbury, Ontario and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Alicia earned a B.Sc., with Distinction, from the University of Lethbridge and had her first of three children while doing so. Afterward, Alicia and her then three year old daughter moved to Toronto where Alicia earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto before returning to Calgary to begin her legal career at Alberta Justice. Alicia and her family returned to Toronto in 2012.

In April, 2016, Alicia joined CIBC as Market Vice President, Indigenous Markets, before which she was the head of Aboriginal banking at Scotiabank. Prior to her career in Indigenous banking, Alicia practiced law in Toronto at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and Scotiabank.

Prior to returning to Toronto, Alicia served as a Board member for a not-for-profit organization and was Compliance Counsel at ENMAX Corporation in Calgary. While at ENMAX, she represented the corporation (and in effect, Canada) on an Antarctic expedition that focused on the environmental and economic benefits of alternative energy solutions. In this capacity, Alicia worked with international energy executives and NGO environmentalists, and presented to Alberta audiences on alternative energy solutions. As a result of her work, Alicia was named a delegate of the Canadian Electricity Association and attended the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

Maxime Faille
Partner
Gowlings LLP (Ottawa, ON)

Max Faille is a partner in Gowling’s Ottawa office, practising in Aboriginal Law, public law and general litigation.

Max currently serves as national leader of Gowlings’ Aboriginal Law Group and co-leader of Gowlings’ Aboriginal Law Tax Service. His clients consist of several First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada as well as private sector interests seeking to do business with Aboriginal communities. In addition to legal representation in the courts and in negotiations, Max regularly provides advice on matters of Aboriginal and treaty rights, First Nation taxation, self-government, Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, Impact and Benefit Agreements, and Aboriginal economic development.

Max’s advocacy includes representing clients before the Ontario Superior Court and Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories, the Yukon Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Prior to completing his law studies, Max worked on Parliament Hill and as special advisor on United Nations Reform to the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1995, he was awarded the Government of Canada Merit Award by the Minister of Foreign Affairs for “Exceptional and Distinguished Contribution to the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Public Service”. From 1988 to 1993, he worked at the United Nations in New York in the areas of human rights, arms control and peacekeeping.

Max is frequently invited to present to or chair major national legal conferences in Aboriginal Law on such topics as Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, First Nation taxation, Aboriginal economic development, and Impact Benefit Agreements. Fluent in both English and French, Max practices in both official languages. Max is recognized in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 for Aboriginal Law.

Stephen Fay
National Director, Aboriginal Banking
BMO Financial Group (Toronto, ON)

Since December 2000, Stephen Fay has held the role of National Director, Aboriginal Banking at BMO Financial Group. In this role, Stephen is accountable to develop long-term strategic recommendations that allow BMO to pursue and develop opportunities with the Aboriginal market. Stephen serves as a leader within the Aboriginal marketplace advocating BMO Financial Group, developing and nurturing relationships with leaders and associations at a national level, and leading the development and positioning of holistic financial solutions for this unique market.

Stephen began his career with BMO in 1980 as a Management Trainee and has extensive experience through a range of roles including Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager and mid-market Commercial Account Manager. As a Commercial Account Manager, he was accountable for managing BMO’s relationship with one of Canada’s largest First Nation communities. In 1998, Stephen assumed the role of Commercial Banking Area Manager, and was accountable for a large team of Commercial Account Managers, including those managing Aboriginal files.

Since joining Aboriginal Banking, Stephen has been instrumental in establishing the first On-Reserve Housing Loan Program in western Canada and for negotiating BMO’s participation in the First Nation Market Housing Fund, established by the Federal Government in 2007. Stephen has contributed to several other industry “firsts”, some of the most notable being his involvement in arranging financial support for the first Aboriginal-owned dialysis and MRI clinics in Canada.
Stephen is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University, with a BA in Economics and Political Science. He is CSC registered and has been a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officer’s Association since 2004.

Michael Fox
President
Fox High Impact Consulting (Thunder Bay, ON)

Michael Fox is the President of Fox High Impact Consulting, a national firm that specializes in Aboriginal processes, participation, and partnership development in the energy and mineral sectors. He brings a wealth of experience in structuring projects, partnership, and financing from early stage engagement through later stage formal consultation with First Nations.

In his previous employment, he assisted northern Ontario First Nations with economic development initiatives within the main natural resource development sectors of Ontario: forestry, energy, and mining. He has facilitated joint ventures and partnership arrangements between First Nations and industry. In addition, he has acted as one of key liaison persons between First Nations’ project proponents and governmental agencies as well as facilitated capacity building initiatives. He obtained a post-secondary education in business administration and an honours degree in political science, with the latter being primarily focused on natural resource development in Ontario and Aboriginal law. He’s originally from Weenusk First Nation and has twin boys and a daughter..

Michael Hachey
President
ESS North America (Calgary, AB)

Michael Hachey is President of ESS North America, a division of Compass Group Canada, a role he was appointed to in April 2015. Michael joined the organization in the Fall of 2014 and managed all of ESS’s oil sand accounts. As a Chartered Accountant whom also holds an MBA from Queen’s University, Michael brings a new and diversified skill set to ESS with a long track record of success from many different industries and functional roles. Most recently, he brings his strong leadership experience from Mr. Lube Canada, where he held progressive executive management roles, most recently in their Walmart division, with full accountability for all functions including marketing, franchise sales, finance, operations and corporate stores. During his leadership Mr. Lube was recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and was ranked as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures.

Leanne Hall, Co-Vice-Chair
Partner, National Aboriginal Client Services Leader
Deloitte (Toronto, ON)

Leanne leads the National Aboriginal Client Services Practice for Deloitte Canada and a Partner in Enterprise Risk Services providing professional services across the country for Corporate Canada, Aboriginal Communities, Aboriginal Economic Development Corporation and their private businesses. Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women 2013 by WXN in the Trendsetter and Trailblazer Category, Leanne is a Senior Executive with Aboriginal and Stakeholder Relations, Corporate Responsibility, Diversity and Inclusion, Aboriginal Business Development, Aboriginal Employment, Training and Skills Development, Community Investment, Community Education and Human Resources experience in the resource development and extractive industry.

Leanne holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. She uses her innovative skills to cultivate First Nations and Aboriginal community partnerships, promote engagement and encourage relationship building and is committed to building trusting and long-term relationships. Leanne is also a current member of the Board of Directors for:

• Pine River Foundation
• Wilfrid Laurier University, Board of Governors – HR & Compensation Committee Member

Past Board Member, Mining Association of Canada (MAC)
Past Board Member, Mining Industry Human Resource Council (MiHR)
Past Board Member, Women in Mining Canada (WIM Canada)

As mother of two Cree children, Leanne Hall’s passionate efforts to support First Nations peoples and Aboriginal communities are an intrinsic part of her personal and professional life.

Candice Holmstrom
President
CH Designs Inc. (Toronto, ON)

Candice Holmstrom an Ojibway of Onigaming First Nation and Founder of a professionally accredited interior design consulting firm based in Toronto. In 2010, the firm celebrated 25 years of specializing in the customer’s buying experience and is known for its creative approach to enhancing or developing a brand through its holistic approach. The award-winning firm as worked nationally and internationally for some of Canada’s largest business icons. Candice has a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Waterloo and a Diploma in Interior Design. She started her career in Sweden where she was trained and mentored by two internationally award-winning industrial designers. Her work has periodically appeared in the media and she developed LEED® standards for the Canadian Green Building Council. She is very proud of her Aboriginal heritage and is a member and a past director of various Aboriginal groups.

Jasper Lamouelle
President
Tlicho Investments Corporation (Yellowknife, NT)

Jasper, a proud Tlicho, was born and raised in Canada’s North, Tlicho region, and became a certified Journeyman Instrument Technician and Power Engineer with 13 years’ experience in Canada’s northern diamond mine industry. Jasper, at the age of 35, and for the past three years, is the proud President of the Tlicho Investment Corporation. In his role as President, Jasper has negotiated and implemented Impact Benefit Agreements with industry to maximize the benefits for Tlicho people. Jasper demonstrates strong leadership and was instrumental in securing major business contracts that supports employment opportunities and capacity building for Aboriginal people. With strong business acumen, Jasper was instrumental in re-structuring the company to support the future growth of TIC that aligned with the vision of the Tlicho Nation. Jasper’s love and respect for his aboriginal people, culture, land and business is further demonstrated through the many initiatives he implemented resulting in direct benefits for the Tlicho people. Best quoted as having said that “By fostering relationships and connecting arms in communication I feel TIC will continue its growth into the vision our Tlicho people have always had for our businesses, our economic autonomy and our future as a whole”.

“Strong like two people” derived from Chief Jimmy Bruneau, and is a quote that has and will impact all aspects of the Tlicho people, personally and well into all life’s facets; including business.

When not at work Jasper is a dedicated husband and father to his beautiful wife, three young sons and newborn daughter. He loves sports with special devotion to the Edmonton Oilers hockey club… sports talks notwithstanding. Jasper’s philosophy is to “Build, Sustain, Maintain… and then do it all over again”- Truly an equation for success.

Michael Ledgett
Partner
Dentons Canada LLP (Toronto, ON)

Michael F. Ledgett has practiced law in Ontario for more than forty years. Michael centres his practice on corporate and commercial law. His clients include businesses (domestic and foreign), governments and their agencies and not-for-profit organizations. As National Co-Chair of the Infrastructure & Public-Private Partnership Group, Michael advises governments and their agencies, as well as private sector developers, operators, lenders and investors on P3 projects in Canada and abroad.

As National Co-Chair of the Transportation Group, Michael advises governments and their agencies, as well as private sectors participants in the air, bus, marine, rail, transit and truck sectors of the transportation industry. Michael is Honorary Counsel to the Ontario Public Transit Association. OPTA is the Province of Ontario forum for public transportation, representing the views of its public transit system and business supplier membership to governments and other agencies.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) and Past Chair of Ontario Chapter of the ICD. The ICD is a not-for-profit, member-based professional association representing Canadian directors and boards across the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors.

Michael is listed as one of the outstanding Canadian experts on Infrastructure, P3 and transportation issues in several recognized directories. Most recently, Michael was featured in the 2012 Lexpert Special Edition on Infrastructure and has been recognized for Transportation (Road and Rails) in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012.

Stephen Lindley
Vice President, Aboriginal & Northern Affairs
SNC-Lavalin Inc. (Toronto, ON)

Stephen Lindley is corporate Vice President responsible for Aboriginal & Northern Affairs for SNC-Lavalin Inc., one of the world’s leading engineering and construction firms. Stephen is responsible for developing and maintaining corporate relations and partnerships with aboriginal organizations and businesses throughout Canada, conducting business development and marketing and providing project support to all Divisions of the Company. Stephen is currently a member of the Board of Directors of three aboriginal-owned joint venture companies, of which SNC-Lavalin is a minority shareholder. He is also a Director in the SNC-Lavalin Environment Division and an Adjunct Professor in the University of Toronto Civil Engineering Program.

Randy Moore, Co-Chair
Vice President, Strategic Development and Aboriginal Relations
Bee-Clean Building Maintenance (Edmonton, AB)

Randy married his wife Gerri in 1972. They have four married children and are the proud grandparents of six.

Randy is an entrepreneur at heart He has been in business for himself in one way or another since he was 16.

In 1993 Randy accepted the position of Vice President and General Manger of Creative Door Services. When Randy and the companies founder Dan Nixon sold Creative Door in 2006 it was recognized as the largest installing door dealer in the world with 10 offices throughout Western Canada. During his time at Creative Door Randy served on the Board of the International Door Association for two, three-year terms. He was their dealer Vice President for four years.

After Creative Door Randy went into retirement. That lasted 10 months. As Randy says “I just love business too much. It is my passion. Business is a game and I couldn’t imagine knowing the game is being played and I don’t have a seat at the table.”

Randy is proud to have received his ICD.D designation in 2014 and currently serves on three corporate boards. His involvement with Bee Clean Building Maintenance started when asked to sit on their Corporate Advisory Board upon its inception in 2010. He accepted a contract position as Vice President in 2011 and is currently Vice President of Strategic Development and Aboriginal Relations. Randy’s focus at Bee Clean is on developing business relationships with Aboriginal business groups who are active in the industrial sector. Under Randy’s guidance Bee Clean has successfully entered into partnerships with Aboriginal groups throughout Canada.

Randy’s hobbies include motorcycling, golf, poker, traveling and spoiling his Grandchildren.

Clayton Norris (Treasurer)
Vice President, Aboriginal Services
MNP LLP (Calgary, AB)

Clayton Norris, CAFM, MBA is the Vice President of MNP’s Aboriginal Services. He leads the MNP Aboriginal Services team across Canada, which currently provides services in consulting, accounting, and business advisory services in over 150 Aboriginal communities. Based in Calgary, Clayton works closely with First Nations and Métis communities in an advisory capacity, assisting clients in the areas of business and strategic planning, human resource issues, corporate finance, training and economic development consulting. With his extensive experience working with Aboriginal business and communities Clayton understands the unique requirements of Aboriginal people. He takes great pride in being a close professional advisor to the individuals and organizations that manage and direct development within the Aboriginal community.

Clayton played a key role in the development of MNPs Aboriginal Self Employment and Management Training programs, customized training designed to develop business and entrepreneurial skills for Aboriginal entrepreneurs and management. Since inception these programs have trained over 2000 participants across Canada.

As a member of the AFOA Alberta Board in 2005, Clayton was awarded the Deputy Minister’s Pride and Recognition award for Excellence in Leadership. He was a member of the 2008 Governor General Leadership Conference, an active participant in Roundtable of Economic Development with Members of Parliament, Aboriginal and Industry leaders, and took part in the Canada Public Policy Forum for Aboriginal Participation in Major Resource Projects. He has been the project team leader for a variety of management and financial advisory projects in Aboriginal communities, a speaker for numerous charities and charity events and a volunteer with several organizations in Alberta. Clayton is a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager, and earned his MBA from Nottingham Trent University in England. Clayton is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta.children.

Paul Summers
Chairman and CEO
SteelCraft Inc. (Waterloo, ON)

Paul Summers had an extensive senior management career prior to acquiring CSTI in 1996. He was CEO of Hanson Inc., a chemical manufacturing company, and the Canada Metal Company, a metals manufacturer. CSTI is a leading supplier of storage systems for liquid and solid materials, pressure vessels and process reactors, mixing systems and welded/machined components for heavy off-highway equipment and manufacturers.

Paul became a founding director of the CCAB in 1984. In 2005, he was Chairman and CEO of the World Presidents’ Organization, a world-wide organization with 5,000 current or former corporate presidents as members.

Mr. Summers holds a B.Sc. from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Stephen Watson
Senior Vice President, Strategic Growth
Carillion Canada (Concord, ON)

Stephen Watson is Senior Vice President of Strategic Growth. Since 2011, he has led the development and implementation of Carillion’s strategy, marketing, communications and bidding activities for the business in all markets in Canada and the Caribbean.

Stephen joined Carillion in 2002 and was soon promoted to Business Development Director for the construction business in the United Kingdom in 2009. He is a Board member of the Bouchier Carillion Group, a leading Aboriginal business, in which Carillion made a significant minority investment in 2012. Stephen is a graduate of the University of London and Liverpool John Moores Univeristy with a Master of Science degree in Financial Economics and a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree respectively.

Sean Willy, Co-Chair
Director, Corporate Responsibility
Cameco Corporation (Saskatoon, SK)

Sean Willy is a driving force behind one of the world’s most progressive aboriginal engagement programs as the director of corporate responsibility for Cameco Corporation.

His innovative approach to community engagement emphasizes a commitment to a strong and sustainable business model. His work also extends globally, engaging Indigenous people in potential development in the United States and Australia.

Sean was born in Inuvik, Northwest Territories (NWT) and is a member of the North Slave Metis Alliance of NWT. Sean spent his early years in Yellowknife and Rankin Inlet, Nunavut before moving to Saskatchewan. His experience in the mining industry dates back to his teens when he began as an underground, mill maintenance and general labourer for numerous northern operations

Sean holds a Bachelor of Commerce with distinction from the University of Saskatchewan, where he was a proud recipient of three National Aboriginal scholarships. He is currently sits on the boards of the Community Vitality Monitoring Program, the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business, and numerous Mining Association of Canada committees.

Leanne Bellegarde
Director, Diversity and Inclusion
PotashCorp (Saskatoon, SK)

Leanne M. Bellegarde is from Treaty 4 territory but grew up in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and calls Saskatoon home. She is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation.

Leanne has been the Director of Aboriginal Strategy at PotashCorp since 2010. This important corporate initiative fosters mutually beneficial relationships with First Nations and Métis people for economic prosperity with an emphasis on employment and business opportunities directly and through PotashCorp’s local supply chain. Leanne is excited to broaden her horizons at PotashCorp where she has been asked to expand her role to be the Director, Diversity and Inclusion.

She completed her law degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1993 after completing her articles in the Saskatoon offices of MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman. Leanne has accumulated variety of experience over her career. She worked at the U of S Edwards School of Business leading Aboriginal Initiatives before joining PotashCorp. She has also been engaged with the settlement of Treaty land entitlement, worked for SaskTel, been a solicitor with the City of Saskatoon, advised the FSIN, had her own law practice, and worked with SIGA.

Leanne is the recipient of an Athena Award, recognizing her professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills. In the same regard she has been recognized by the FSIN’s Circle of Honour award for women’s leadership. She received a United Way W.A. Milne volunteer of the year award in 2013 and is also the recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Last fall, Leanne was recognized by the University of Saskatchewan with an Alumni Achievement Award for Aboriginal Partnerships.

Leanne has a beautiful teenage daughter, Ciella, and her mom, Irene, lives with them.

Jack Blacksmith
President
Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Company (Ouje-Bougoumou, QC)

Jack R. Blacksmith, a Cree and Representative from Waswanipi, Quebec, was re-elected as Chairman of the Board of Compensation and President of The Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Company Inc. (CreeCo Inc.) in December 2014.

Mr. Blacksmith has served the Board of Compensation and Creeco for over 20 years, which includes 13 years as Chairman/President and has many years of work experience in economic development throughout various local, regional and national organizations.

He is also the Chairman to CreeCo’s subsidiaries; Air Creebec, Cree Construction & Development Company (CCDC), Gestion ADC, Eeyou Eenou Realty Property (EERP), & Valpiro. Creeco is also in partnership with Quality Inn & Suites-Val-d’Or, Creeco Dumas and Eeyou Power.

He is married to his beautiful wife Hattie, for 30 yrs now and they have 4 daughters and 10 grandchildren.

Greg Fuhr
Vice President Production, Mining
Syncrude Canada Ltd (Calgary, AB)

Greg Fuhr was appointed Vice President Production, Mining, for Syncrude Canada Ltd. in August 2012. In this role, he oversees Syncrude’s oil sands mining operations at its Mildred Lake and Aurora oil sites, as well as Syncrude’s lease development, closure and tailings operations. Greg is also the executive leader for Syncrude’s Aboriginal relations program and co-chairs the company’s Aboriginal Relations Steering Committee. The Committee guides and champions Syncrude’s strategies to ensure positive outcomes for its Aboriginal stakeholders.

Prior to joining Syncrude, Greg had a 27-year career working with Sherritt International. As the company’s Senior Vice President, Greg led the exploration and feasibility study for the subsequent development of the Sulawesi Nickel Project in Indonesia and oversaw the development of the organization for the commissioning and operations of the $5.5 billion Ambatovy Nickel Project in Madagascar.

Greg holds a Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Alberta and is accredited by the Institute of Corporate Directors with an ICD.D designation. He is also a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

Greg is Past Chair of the Coal Association of Canada and Past Member, Board of Directors, of the Alberta Chamber of Resources.

Rose Julian
Economic Development Officer
Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw (Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, NS)

Rose comes from the Mi’kmaw Nation. She is a member of the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Na of Nova Scotia. Rose has been the Economic Development Officer for 10 years and worked in advocacy for the improvement of the Nation on by developing partnerships, such as negotiating in major projects for the community and seeking funding to support capacity development for her Nation. Her major project is a multimillion dollar Highway Twinning Project that will showcase Commercial Development, supporting business development and entrepreneurship and expansion of land base and resources.

Rose holds Masters in Business Administration with a Major in Community Economic Development.

Rose has always worked hard not only for her nation but also as a strong advocate, speaker at the regional and national level when it comes to business arising that can maximize aboriginal economical benefits.

Mary-Jane (MJ) Loustel
National Aboriginal Program Executive
IBM Canada (Winnipeg, MB)

As National Aboriginal Program Executive, Mary Jane, often referred to as “MJ”, plays a leadership role in the IBM Canada Aboriginal Strategy. This strategy is designed to advance Aboriginal participation in the technology sector by addressing four key areas of interest: Employment, Procurement & Business Development, Community Relations and Community Investment.

A Chartered Accountant, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree, Mary Jane also holds a Masters degree in Native Studies on the topic of entrepreneurship and economic development.

Mary Jane has worked in the post-secondary education, finance and business services sectors providing leadership in strategic, financial and operational planning.

Mary Jane enjoys her professional and community work. In 2015, Mary Jane co-founded SHE Day, a one day event in which women network, share leadership stories and build alliances. Mary Jane currently serves as a Board Member, Community Appointee, of the Winnipeg Police Board. In this capacity, she is Chair Governance Committee, Member Risk Management & Audit Committee, Member Indigenous Liaison Committee, and Member Executive Committee. Mary Jane is also a Board Director, for the organization Ka Ni Ka Nichihk, a not for profit organization that provides culturally-based, Aboriginal-led services in support of women, children and families.

Katherine Power
Vice President Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sodexo Canada (Oakville, ON)

Katherine Power is Vice President Communications & Corporate Affairs with Sodexo Canada.

Katherine is responsible for developing a comprehensive and integrated strategy for managing

Sodexo Canada’s overall external relationships and reputation including with media, stakeholders and community groups as well as leading brand management, communications, corporate responsibility, aboriginal affairs and diversity & inclusion to help the company achieve its business goals and objectives in Canada while supporting the communities where our employees live and work. She is also Executive Director of Sodexo’s STOP HUNGER Foundation in Canada.

Prior to her joining Sodexo in 2011, Katherine held positions in the healthcare, automotive, amateur sport, and telecom sectors

Katherine has an Honours degree in Rhetoric and Professional Writing from the University of Waterloo, a Management Certificate from Carleton University with a concentration in Marketing, and a Diploma in International Trade from FITT. She is fluent in English and French.

Katherine and her husband David have two children, Emilie and Blake. Katherine enjoys downhill skiing and being a hockey mom in the winter and water sports at the cottage in the summer.