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
National Director for Aboriginal Financial Services
Scotiabank (Toronto, On)
Ravina Bains serves as the National Director for Aboriginal Financial Services at Scotiabank. Ravina has over 7 years of experience working with Aboriginal businesses and communities across the country. Prior to joining Scotiabank she served as the Director of Policy for the federal department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada in Ottawa, where she worked to advance Aboriginal economic development, education, fiscal and social policy issues in Canada.
Ravina also worked as a UN Human Rights Monitor for the International Service for Human Rights in Switzerland and serves as a Board of Director for the Canadian Women Voters Congress, an organization that works to demystify the political process for women interested in working on campaigns, advocating for issues, and running for elected office.
Ravina has published numerous original studies and articles on pressing Aboriginal public policy issues. Her work has been featured in major Canadian and American newspapers such as the National Post, Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, the Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and more. She has also appeared on Global News, CBC, BNN and radio talk shows across Canada.
Ravina holds a M.Sc. in Law from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a CN Scholar, a B.A. and M.A. from UBC, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy at Carleton University.
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.
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.
Vice President Corporate Services
Points Athabasca Contracting (Saskatoon, SK)
Lyle is Métis, born in Saskatchewan and raised in the prairie region. He is a lawyer by profession and has worked for nearly twenty years as a lawyer in Manitoba and Saskatchewan in both public and private practice and has extensive experience in aboriginal law, taxation and corporate litigation. For the past 5 years he has worked in executive roles for Aboriginal-owned businesses. He currently sits as the Vice President of Corporate Service for Points Athabasca Contracting. Lyle has extensive board experienceincluding roles of chairman of the board of directors for an aboriginal labor supply company and the chairof an election appeal committee. In addition to legal work he has also owned and managed a successfuloil service company.
Neegan Burnside Ltd. (Orangeville, ON)
Mervin 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, Mervin 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. Mervin 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.
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.
Greg Fuhr, P. Eng., ICD.D
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 sites, as well as Syncrude’s lease development, closure and tailings operations. Greg is also a member of the company’s Aboriginal Relations Steering Committee, which guides and champions Syncrude’s strategies to ensure positive outcomes for its Aboriginal stakeholders, and is a Champion of Indigenous Works.
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 currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Northern Lights Health Foundation and the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. He is Past Chair of the Coal Association of Canada and Past Member, Board of Directors, of the Alberta Chamber of Resources.
Business Development Director
Mines and Heavy Civil Works & Aboriginal Affairs
EBC (Val-d’Or, QC)
Dany Gaudreault has been in the mining industry for 37 seven years. He started with EBC 3 years ago and is now in charge of Business Development for Mining & Heavy Civil Works and also all Aboriginal Affairs across Canada, developing relationships and partnerships with several First Nations across the country. He worked 25 years with a major mining supplier, prior to joining EBC. Dany has been married for more than 30 years and has two beautiful children, Isabelle 19 and Pierrat 24. He enjoys golfing, hunting and fishing and travelling with his wife.
EBC was founded in 1968. Over the course of their mandates, EBC has diversified and expanded, to become one of the two largest construction companies in Quebec. The company takes particular pride in the fact that they have continued to live by the original values of EBC’s founder: respect, integrity and a job well done; their “foundations”. These key values guide the approximately 1,500 employees on worksites in Quebec and across Canada. EBC’s clients appreciate the company’s rigorous work methods and their employees’ expertise. EBC’s employees take pride in working for a company that treats them with respect and puts their health and safety first.
EBC is a thriving construction company that has the advantage of being both diversified and specialized, meeting a client’s needs and maximizing the value of their projects. Their team is always ready to take on the most daunting challenges, including Quebec’s Plan Nord, while developing business partnerships with other companies and First Nations Communities.
Robert J. Gosse
MGI (St. John’s, NL)
NGAI (St. John’s, NL)
Bob is a proud member of the Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation Band of Newfoundland & Labrador. He is currently a member of the board of directors for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) on behalf of Newfoundland & Labrador. He has also served on the board for Canadian Paraplegic Association (May 1984 – May 1987).
Before his retirement in May 2012 as Operations Manager for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Bob was instrumental in ensuring aviation security by overseeing audits to guarantee regulatory compliance throughout Atlantic Canada.
During his appointment as President of CHC Composites, Bob supervised the construction and maintenance of a state-of-the-art composite facility located at Gander International Airport. His proven track record as a leader of successful teams enabled him to deliver increased profitability and revenues throughout his tenure.
Bob has made significant contributions to Air Atlantic where he previously held the position of Vice-President of Maintenance and Operations as well as to the Newfoundland Government Air Services as Director of Maintenance and Engineering. Throughout his career he has made a positive impact in the area of recruitment and retention due to his strong customer focus and commitment to open communication.
Post-Secondary: Queen’s University 2001, Business Administration and Management and Gander Aviation College, Aircraft Maintenance Engineering.
Certifications: Canadian Institute of Management, 2002; Private Pilot Licence: 1982 and Aircraft Maintenance Engineer: Transport Canada Certified 1974: Ml, M2
ESS North America (Calgary, AB)
Michael is a Chartered Accountant and also holds an MBA from Queen’s University. He brings a diversified skill set with a long track record of success from many different industries and functional roles. He has worked with companies including Ernst & Young, Labatt’s, Bell Canada and Mr. Lube Canada. During his leadership tenure at Mr. Lube, he helped them become recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and was ranked as one of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures.
Currently, Michael is the President of ESS, North America, which has a long standing relationship with Aboriginal communities in Canada through its partnership with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and membership in the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. Michael and ESS, are committed to building a business portfolio with Aboriginal communities that extends across the country through great joint venture partnerships.
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.
Michael S. Jacobs
Chairman and General Manager
Cambium Aboriginal Inc. (Curve Lake First Nation, ON)
Michael Jacobs is a member of the Curve Lake First Nation, a graduate of McMaster University and an experienced Aboriginal entrepreneur. Over his 25 year career in First Nations economic development, Mr. Jacobs has raised over $10M for First Nation based economic development projects and trained hundreds of First Nation members, leaders and organizations in all facets of operations including strategic planning, business planning and day to day operational strategies. Mr. Jacobs has held management level positions within the federal government at Industry Canada. Mr. Jacobs has sat on many Boards including the President of an Aboriginal Capital Corporation. Mr. Jacobs sits directly on the Curve Lake First Nation finance committee and Gaming Revenue Committee. Mr. Jacobs has owned 5 businesses in his lifetime and is currently building Cambium Aboriginal Inc., an environmental firm specializing in First Nation land and economic development issues.
As a federal government employee, Mr. Jacobs completed program reviews and evaluations of how valuable government contributions were to the economy on the whole. He was involved in the very early stages of the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business within the federal government. As a First Nation member, entrepreneur and First Nation based SME advisor, Mr. Jacobs understands the needs of First Nation business owners and how an organization like the CCAB can best position themselves to meet their needs. In areas of event planning, business planning, procurement and strategic planning Mr. Jacobs will be able to take a leadership role on committees and be able to support the various activities of the CCAB.
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.
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.
Denise L. Pothier, P.Eng.
Vice President, Practice Services & Aboriginal Relations
Stantec (Halifax, NS)
Denise was born and raised in Nova Scotia, with French Acadian and Mi’kmaq heritage.
Denise has more than 20 years’ experience in regulatory compliance, quality assurance, process engineering, risk assessment, instrumentation and control engineering. Her areas of specialty include quality, health, safety and environmental regulatory compliance, petroleum refinery and offshore operations. As Vice President of Aboriginal Relations, Denise is responsible for fostering and building on Stantec’s existing relationships with Aboriginal communities and businesses with a commitment to provide opportunities for training, hands-on skills development, employment, and business to Aboriginal community members, when possible, during the execution of projects. Denise is a member of the Stantec Canadian Diversity & Inclusion Council and lead for Aboriginal Connections sub-committee.
Denise is currently on the Board of Directors of Techsploration, an organization helping empower young women to explore careers in sciences, trades and technology and is the Vice-Chair of the Women in Engineering committee for Engineers Nova Scotia and a member of Continuing Professional Development Committee.
Denise is the recipient of 2016 the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Women of Excellence Award for Management and the Professions and will be profiled in the 2017 Women of Innovation: The Influence of leading Canadian Women in Engineering book.
In addition to Denise’s professional life, she volunteers for various organizations around Halifax including the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Feed NS Foodbank, Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, Habitat for Humanity and is a Walking With Our Sisters Planning Committee member. Denise is also near completion of a MBA through Athabasca University
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.
President & CEO
Big Grizzly Construction Inc. (Surrey, BC)
Mr. Rodeck has over 20 years’ of international experience in the energy industry primarily bridging the Asian and North American markets. Throughout his career, Mr. Rodeck has consulted for and/or held senior management positions and directorships with private, publically traded, and Crown Corporations in mining, oil & gas, hydroelectric production, and civil construction. It Is through the combination of entrepreneurship, business, and law that Mr. Rodeck has built a strong background managing all aspects of a company’s corporate and legal life; from identifying business opportunities; managing stakeholder affairs; implementing corporate development programs to structuring, negotiating and managing mergers & acquisitions and related regulatory, compliance, and general legal matters, all with the view to advance a company’s business and growth objectives.
Mr. Rodeck holds a Bachelors of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University and has qualified to practice law in the Province of British Columbia and Saskatchewan in energy, international securities and corporate law.
Currently Mr. Rodeck sits as the Chairman, President and CEO of Big Grizzly Construction Inc., a EPCM service provider; Director and Vice-Chairman of Canadian Spirit Prefabricated Building Systems Ltd.; Director, Vice-Chairman of National Renewable Energy Corporation; Director, Chairman, and CEO of Ravenbear Energy Inc.; on the Advisory Board – Business Development Centre (Toronto) and a Partner with Turning Point Partners LLP. Mr. Rodeck’s past director appointments include Sterling Mining Company, Inc. (Idaho; 2009).
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.
Sean Willy, Co-Chair
President and CEO
Des Nedhe Development (Saskatoon, SK)
With a 20-year career in the resource industry – growing from an underground and mill labourer to a Human Resources manager to a global Corporate Responsibility and Indigenous engagement leader – Sean knows the literal and figurative roads that lead to stronger ties between corporations, communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
With roots in the Denesuline and Métis communities, Sean has an understanding of the expectations and needs of Indigenous people. Growing up in a mining household, he experienced life in communities across the Canadian Shield – from the Northwest Territories to Nunavut to Alberta to Saskatchewan.
Sean has developed the strategies and led negotiations for Cameco and Rio Tinto to their successful track record with Indigenous peoples. This led to Sean building partnerships in Australia, the United States, and throughout Canada.
He brings a depth of knowledge in Indigenous engagement and inclusion, human resources, communications and government relations.
Sean serves as co-chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and chairs the highly successful training partnership, Northern Career Quest; he is also past chair of the Aboriginal Affairs committee of the Mining Association of Canada.
KPMG LLP (Toronto, ON)
Pam is a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation of Golden Lake, Ontario.
Pam has over 24 years of professional experience with KPMG, including 21 years in the tax practice. She is currently a tax partner in KPMG’s Consumer Industrial Markets group and serves as the leader of KPMG’s internal National Tax Accounting and Audit Support Group. She is also a leader in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting practice.
Pam specializes in Canadian corporate income tax planning and compliance for Canadian public companies and Canadian subsidiaries of foreign multinationals. Her experience includes acquisition, financing and structuring of investments in and outside of Canada and reorganization and re-financing of existing corporate structures.
As the leader of the National Tax Accounting and Support Group, Pam is also responsible for addressing complex tax accounting matters in the application of IFRS, Canadian and US GAAP and developing KPMG’s internal training with respect to tax accounting matters. She has extensive experience servicing public companies in the financial services, industrial markets and consumer markets industries.
As a leader in KPMG’s Tax Management Consulting practice, she is involved with assisting companies implement technology solutions for the tax function, including tax provision software.
Pam has been involved with CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses since May 2014. She is a Board member, Chair of the Finance Committee and Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee. CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses is a charitable organization created in 2001 to address a major gap in Ontario’s healthcare human resources strategy. Over 3,500 nurses from more than 140 countries have accessed services and supports at CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses since 2001.