Patrick Kelly Biography

Patrick Kelly


A member of the Leq:amel First Nation (Sto:lo Nation), Patrick is a widely respected independent consultant who heads up First Peoples Group operations in British Columbia. The Leq:amel First Nation elected him Treaty Representative for treaty negotiations, a role he held from 1998 to 2001.

Patrick has had a wide and varied public service career. From 2010 to 2012 Patrick served a two-year term as Vice President, National Services for CESO. In September 2012, he completed a five-year term as Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of BC. Patrick was appointed in December 2010 as Governor of the Law Foundation of BC. In September 2012 Patrick became an Advisor to the Banff Centre for Indigenous Leadership & Management. Patrick is a mentor for Commerce students in the UVic Gustavson School of Business. Patrick also served as an Advisor and Director of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.

From 2001 to 2007 Patrick was BC Director, Strategic Planning and Communications, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. In July 2002, the Attorney General for British Columbia appointed Patrick as a Bencher for the Law Society of BC, to represent the public interest in the administration of justice and he served in this capacity until June 2010. From February 2001 to May 2002, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the BC Buildings Corporation. In June 1997, Patrick completed a five-year term on the Board of Governors of Vancouver Community College.

Patrick served as the Manager for BC Hydro’s Cultural Relations and Corporate Training in BC Hydro’s Aboriginal Relations Department from April 1993 to December 1997. Prior to that, he was Executive Director of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

Patrick has been an active community volunteer holding executive positions with the Mission Chamber of Commerce, the Mission Heritage Association, the Mission Indian Friendship Centre, and the Coqualeetza Cultural Centre. As well, he attended dinner with Queen Elizabeth II in 1982 as a Young Achiever for Canada at the ceremony to repatriate Canada’s constitution. In March 2009, Patrick received a BC Community Achievement Award. Patrick is founding President of the BC Aboriginal Golf Association established in April 2009.