Ch'nook Advisory Board


Jeff Beale

Aboriginal Relations Advisor, Encana

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Harold Calla

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.

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Steven Cronshaw

Dr. Cronshaw is the Chair of, and Professor in, the School of Business at the University of Northern British Columbia.  His areas of research and consulting involvement over the years include personnel selection, work analysis, and HR metrics.   

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James Dekker

A Ch'nook Alumni and member of the Ch'nook Board, James is a globally well-rounded Business and Human Resources professional establishing a career in the financial services sector with the world's leading international Bank.

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Shane Gottfriedson

Regional Chief, British Columbia Assembly of First Nations

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Robert Helsley

Robert Helsley is Dean of the Sauder School of Business and Grosvenor Professor of Cities, Business Economics and Public Policy. He joined the Sauder School of Business as Dean on July 1, 2012.

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Keith Henry

Keith Henry is a Métis person that was born in Thompson, Manitoba and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Mr. Henry achieved a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 1995. He began employment with the Métis Employment and Training of Saskatchewan Incorporated (METSI) as the Director of Programming and quickly was promoted to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

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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.

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Linc Kesler

Dr Kesler’s indigenous ancestry is Oglala Lakota. His research work focuses on the relationship between technological change and the representation of knowledge, a topic vital to strategizing the survival of Indigenous communities. He is also interested in developing uses of emerging technologies that serve the needs of Indigenous communities.

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Kin Lo

Associate Professor, Accounting Division – Sauder School of Business, UBC

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Katriona MacDonald

Senior Advisor to the Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, Sauder School of Business, UBC

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Brian Payer

Brian Payer is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) and operates Brian Payer and Associates, a consulting company that focuses on business development, market enhancement and strategic economic development primarily with Aboriginal individuals, corporations and organizations.

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Hafiz Rahman

Associate Professor, School of Business and Economics – Thompson Rivers University

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Dale Safinuk

Dale has worked in the Financial Services industry for 30 years in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. In his current role as District Vice President, TD Canada Trust, BC southern Interior Mr. Safinuk support 16 branches located in the Okanagan and Columbia Kootenay areas of of BC.

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Dr. Dave Twynam

Dr. Dave Tynam is Dean of the Faculty of Management at Vancouver Island University and is a well-published tourism researcher and administrator whose recent work has included research on special event volunteer motivations, community involvement and the social economy, provincial articulation agreements in tourism, and a study on Alpine Ski Athletes satisfaction with their overall experience in the sport.

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Matt Vickers

Matt Vickers is an accomplished businessperson who has been at the forefront of establishing links in a cross-cultural business environment since 1970.  Matt is the owner of Vickers & Associates, a management and financial consultancy, that has a successful track record of matching the needs of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal potential business partners in organizing and developing business venture.

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Ruth Williams

Ruth Williams has been a leader in social and economic development for Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia for over 30 years. She has been a member of dozens of organizations over the years, almost invariably assuming a leadership role.

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