Ch’nook Funding Partners



 Aquilini Family

The Aquilini Family and the Aquilini Group has a history of creating positive working partnerships with First Nations and Aboriginal communities across the Lower Mainland and BC and its Development and Construction group which is headed up by David Negrin is currently working on several master planned communities through such partnerships. The Aquilini family is proud of these successful relationships that have been built through trust and reciprocity.


Our Aboriginal Relations team seeks to support economic growth in the First Nations communities and cultures where we do business. Through our support of educational bursaries, we’re also helping to train the Aboriginal business leaders of tomorrow.

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Leith Wheeler

Leith Wheeler's initial Aboriginal client relationship began in 2004. Today, it manages trusts and investments for 14 Aboriginal communities, with approximately $500 million in assets under management. It believes that establishing strong relationships with its clients is a key part of Leith Wheeler’s business. Its objective is clear: Leith Wheeler is a steward of Aboriginal capital, it is precious and must be preserved and grown prudently for both current and future generations.

Sauder School of Business

The Sauder School of Business at UBC recognizes the need to increase Aboriginal participation in post-secondary business education. It founded and supports the Ch’nook Initiative’s focus on encouraging, enabling and enhancing business education opportunities for Aboriginal high school and post-secondary students as well as for Aboriginal senior leaders in communities across Canada.


TD Canada Trust

With their annual endowment, TD Canada Trust will assist Aboriginal students by removing barriers to education. In doing this, they support Ch’nook’s vision to develop tomorrow’s Aboriginal business leaders and inspire future generations to realize their community’s hopes and dreams.

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University of British Columbia

UBC is emerging as a leading destination for Aboriginal students and scholars. Since UBC’s Aboriginal Strategy was launched in 2009, the university has nearly doubled its complement of Aboriginal faculty to 26, making it one of the top recruiters of Aboriginal faculty among research universities. Since 2008, UBC has created 13 courses with significant Indigenous content, bringing the total to 66 across the faculties of Medicine, Law, Business, Arts, Education, Forestry, Graduate Studies and Continuing Studies. Finally, Enrolment is growing too. More than 630 UBC students current self-identify as Aboriginal. Graduate student enrolment has jumped 16 per cent since 2008.

G. Jeanne Elliot

The G.J. Elliot Aboriginal Student Award was established with a gift of $250,000 from UBC Sauder alumna Jeanne Elliot (BCom’74). The award supports Ch’nook Aboriginal Management Program and Ch’nook Scholars Program scholarships.
Jeanne Elliot was the only woman studying Finance at UBC Sauder in the early 1970s. As a mature student, she took advantage of student loans, and went on to work with the federal government.
Elliot says education can transform lives at any age. “There is always an opportunity to learn. You may not be able to do it in this decade, but it doesn’t matter how old you are … don’t give up!”