THIS IS A PAST EVENT – TERRACE 2015
The N2N Forum is open to SME’s, LNG, industry, government, contractors, and First Nations leaders who are seeking to identify frameworks to help address priorities while working in partnership on resource development in First Nations territories.
|8:00 – 8:45||Registration|
|8:45 – 9:00||Welcome by Chief Don Roberts
Words from Terrace Mayor Carol Leclerc
|9:00 – 9:15||KEYNOTE: Empowering First Nations through business partnerships – Shane Gottriedson Chief BC AFN|
|9:15 – 9:35||KEYNOTE: Stewart World Port – Open for Business – Grant Barley, Vice President of Operations|
|9:35 -10:35||SESSION 1: PANEL – Perspective on First Nations Development
Moderator: Lucy Praught, Spirit Strategies
Speaker: Joe Bevan – Chief of Kitselas
Speaker: Garry Merkel – CEO of Tahltan Nation Development Corporation
Speaker: Harry Nyce Jr – CEO Nisga’a Pacific Ventures LP
|10:35 -11:00||NETWORKING & COFFEE BREAK|
|11:00 12:00||SESSION 2: PANEL – Collaboration between businesses and First Nations
Moderator: Calvin Carlick, Executive Director of TCG
Speaker: Ellis Ross – Chief of Haisla
Speaker: Jay Layman – President/COO of Seabridge Gold
Speaker: Susannah Pierce – External Affairs Director of LNG Canada
|12:00 – 1:00||LUNCH|
|1:00 – 2:00||SESSION 3: YOUTH PANEL – Youth 2 Nation
Moderator: Judy Carlick-Pearson, CEO Synergy North Aboriginal Consulting
Speaker: Cyril J. Bennett-Nabéss – Community Engagement of Kitselas
Speaker: Peyal Francis Laceese – Tsilhqot’in youth Ambassador
|2:00 – 3:15||SESSION 4: PANEL – Update on Tsilhoqot’in Title Transition agreement
Moderator: Thomas Barnett, Barrister & Solicitor
Speaker: Roger William – Chief of Xeni Gwet’in
Speaker: Joe Alphonse – Chief of Tl’etinqox-t’in and Speaker: Bernie Mack – Chief of Esdilagh
|3:15 – 3:30||CLOSING|
Please note: Agenda subject to change.
Kiefer Collison is a youth worker, film maker, public speaker, and radio host who was born and raised on Haida Gwaii. He recently moved to Terrace BC to take a full time position with CFNR a first nation’s radio station. He has been an elected official of the Council of the Haida Nation, and a youth worker on Haida Gwaii.
With a strong business background from 38 years in the logging and equipment operator and 34 year as a commercial fishing owner and operator on the BC coast, Chief Roberts has been a valuable asset to the Kitsumkalum people. Since elected as Kitsumkalum Chief Councillor in 2007, Roberts has been the lead on Lands negotiations, elected board member and chairman for the North Coast-Skeena First Nations Stewardship Society and board member for the Tsimshian First Nations Treaty Society. Chief Roberts is currently the lead on the Kitsumkalum Heritage Project, Kitsumkalum Aboriginal Title and Rights advocate and Strength of Claim research and documentation initiative. He is also the current Lead Impact and Economic Benefits Agreement Negotiator for the Kitsumkalum Indian Band. Chief Roberts was also the lead hand on the Skeena River and Ecstall River Eulachon Research/Studies and the “Go – To” person for information on the Skeena River and Ecstall River Eulachon.
Grant has extensive strategic, operations, and commercial experience in a variety of construction and natural resource projects. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and is a Registered Professional Forester in BC. As Manager Corporate Development for Stewart World Port, Grant develops commercial deals for the facility and manages interface relationships with key customers and suppliers. In his role as Vice-President of Operations with Arctic, Grant is responsible for Canadian operations from project initiation to completion.
Chief Gottfriedson’s work ethic has been reflected in his leadership where he has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to creating sustainable opportunities for the First People. Chief Gottfriedson set forth an aggressive financial plan to eliminate the Tk’emlúps Indian Band debt and increase capital assets within his first term. As a result of his direction, the Tk’emlúps Indian Band became debt free almost a year ahead of schedule owns and operates 10 corporations and is operating year-to-year with an increasing surplus.
Chief Gottfriedson’s mission in life is to create a better quality of life for our people by supporting and empowering our leadership and communities through economic development. The responsibility of leadership is to create a better future for our next generation. Building partnerships through business and industry is essential to improve our communities’ quality of life.
Chief Gottfriedson strongly believes that our Aboriginal Title and Rights need to be recognized not only by Federal and Provincial governments but also by industry. By advocating for the recognition of our rights and also advancing a strong platform of economic development, this innovative approach will seek to improve the quality of life and social fabric of our communities
Lee Brain – Mayor of Prince Rupert
Nathan Cullen – MP Skeena-Bulkley Valley
SESSION 1: – Perspective on First Nations Development
Moderator - LUCY PRAUGHT
Lucy has extensive knowledge and understanding of the communities in Northern British Columbia. With over 20 years experience living and working in rural British Columbia and First Nations communities, her ability to develop and execute stakeholder and engagement strategies is bar none. Her solutions are transparent and creative.
Lucy understands the values of family, environment and the territories that have been respected and honored for generations. Wanting to further make a difference not only in her community but in the board room, Lucy earned her MBA from UNBC in 2013 and she currently resides in Terrace, B.C. with her two sons.
Gerry Merkel – CEO Tahltan Nation Development Corporation
Gerry has over thirty-five years in most aspects of land management, and community development. His purpose is to create better ways to look after the land primarily by empowering communities and others. He believes that we are not putting enough effort into creating and integrating a deep philosophical base that worships the land. He has worked together with others to build practical land management tools, organizations, education, businesses and public policy that attempt to define and incorporate this land ethic.
Other current affiliations and positions:
- Senior Negotiator/Advisor, Ktunaxa Nation Council
- Registered Professional Forester, Association of BC Professional Foresters
- Co-chair, BC Minister of Forests Practises Advisory Council
- Co-chair, First Nations Council of Advisors, UBC Faculty of Forestry
Joseph (Joe) was elected Chief Councillor of Kitselas First Nation (second term) in 2013, and has been around politics for quite sometime. Joe spent two terms as a Councillor for Kitselas prior to being elected as chief.
Also spent five years at council table as a resource for the Chief and Council as their Finance Manager. Joe’s dad is the Hereditary Chief of the Killer Whale clan of the Kitselas, and gets his inspiration from his father.
With over 25 years experience in finance and some business development, Joe received excellent experience and an education in the business world. The business development exposure, at a young age, helped him see the connections to developing a successful business (never under capitalize). And, was Comptroller at Kalum Ventures Ltd for 9 years, and successfully ran the financial operations.
Harry Nyce Jr.
Harry serves in a number of positions including Corporate Officer, Council Clerk, Emergency Operations Director, Nursery School Principal, and back-up Water Treatment plant operator.
Since 1997, Harry has been an instructor for the Nisga’a University College, the University of Northern BC, and the Justice Institute of BC. His courses include study skills, research writing, Nisga’a Fisheries.
Prior to the effective date of the Nisga’a Treaty, Harry also served as the Housing Services Manager, in addition to representing the Village on Treaty working groups. Harry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Northern British Columbia at Prince George.
SESSION 2: PANEL – Collaboration between businesses and First Nations
MODERATOR - CALVIN CARLICK
Chief Ellis Ross, O.B.C.
Ellis Ross was elected Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation in 2011 and was in 2013 re-elected by acclamation to a four-year term. He has been a full-time Councillor since 2003 when he began to focus on Aboriginal Rights and Title and Economic Development issues.
He was awarded the Order of British Columbia in 2014 in recognition of his community leadership.
In 2012 Premier Clark appointed him as the inaugural Chair of the Aboriginal Business and Investment Council. She also presented him with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for Community Service. BC Business magazine named him to “BC’s Power 50” in 2012, and Canadian Business magazine in 2013 named him one of the 50 Canadians who exert the most influence on the country’s business climate and community.
He has worked for the private sector, the public sector and operated his own business in partnership with his brothers through the lean 1990s. He is active in golf, soccer and basketball. Ellis has a passion for seeing Haisla succeed in athletics, school and life. For the past 12 years, he has coached and assisted Haisla basketball teams. He also coached the MESS Senior girls basketball team to a zone championship.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Seabridge Gold, Mr. Layman is responsible for designing and managing the technical programs required to advance Seabridge`s two main assets–KSM and Courageous Lake–towards feasibility and advising the Board of Directors on the best strategy for unlocking shareholder value in these assets.
Mr. Layman has an unusually broad range of technical expertise which makes him uniquely qualified for his role. Most recently, he was Vice President Solutions and Innovation for Newmont Mining Company where he was responsible for managing Global Technical Services and launching a Global Innovation Department. Functions reporting to him included Mining Engineering, Metallurgy and Process, Geostatistics and Reserves, Economic Geology, Project Engineering, Renewable Energy and Global Exploration, Technology and Solutions. During his employment at Newmont, he was responsible for managing numerous Feasibility Studies and his career includes experience in Business Development, Operations, Finance and B2B Supply Chain connectivity.
In his wide-ranging career, Mr. Layman has lived in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Indonesia and Australia and has additional work experience in Russia, Singapore, China and Peru. He has worked in both underground and open pit operations containing gold, copper, silver, lead and zinc metals. His education includes Bachelors Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Finance from Washington State University and an MBA from Eastern Washington University.
Susannah Pierce – External Affairs Director, LNG Canada.
Susannah leads the Environmental, Regulatory, First Nations and External Affairs functions for the project. Roles prior to this included Vice President, Value Chain Integration, Shell Canada; Vice President, Communications, Upstream International, Shell Canada; and before joining Shell in 2009, Susannah was head of US Public Sector Affairs for TransCanada Pipelines.
Susannah has a Masters from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from The George Washington University. Born in Canada but living the balance of her life in the US and Europe, Susannah now considers BC home for the long term with her two children.
SESSION 3: YOUTH PANEL – Youth 2 Future
MODERATOR - JUDY CARLICK PEARSON
Judy Carlick-Pearson, born and raised in the city of Prince Rupert and is the owner of the consulting firm, Synergy North Aboriginal Consulting. She currently also sits on the Prince Rupert School Board as a Trustee. Before that municipal election, she was elected as the first, First Nations woman to sit on Prince Rupert city council, where she served for 3 years. Judy has a Diploma in Criminal Justice, Certificate in Aboriginal Leadership, Certificate in Victim Services and is currently enrolled into a BA Interdisciplinary Studies program at Royal Roads University with a focus on communication, management and sustainability.
I, as the Tsilhqot’in youth Ambassador representing my nation. Have been taking part as being a shadow of our Tsilhqot’in chiefs. To learn and experience these opportunities ahead of time, and to be able to sing and speak from a youths perspective to other chiefs and delegates of first nations from all over British Columbia. I’ve only seen myself as a youth taking part as sitting side by side with my leaders. My father being one of the six. I’m always engaged in everything he his, being his shadow. I’m honored to have this opportunity to listen in and obtain all the knowledge of chiefs from all over the province. It makes me happy knowing that my leaders work hard so that i as a youth and my generation won’t have to have the same conflicts as they did.
Cyril “CJ” Bennett-Nabess was born in the Tsimshian community of Gitselasu (Kitselas) B.C. He belongs to the Ganhada (Raven) house of Dz’wilaaks in the coastal community of Gitxaala (Kitkatla).
As a child CJ fished out of Prince Rupert with his grandparents Wilfred Bennett Sr, and Audrey (Innes) Bennett. While fishing, his grandparents would tell him A’dawx (Family History’s) that were passed down from generation to generation. Today CJ is capturing those A’dawx through the traditional art form of the Tsimshian people.
Currently he is working for Kitselas Treaty Office, serving as director of community engagement. He has also worked in Kitselas Canyon National Historic Site as a summer student & guide, and Kitselas Forest Products as a Yard Runner. Most recently he was involved with class instruction and several large scale mural projects in School District 82. He credits successes to many years of study and education at the Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art. From his teachings, he never hesitates to give credit and acknowledgement. He says everyone has something to teach you, the only thing you have to do is listen.
SESSION 4: PANEL – The Tsilhoqot’in Decision updates and it’s Impact on BC
MODERATOR - Thomas Barnett
Thomas Barnett – Moderator
Thomas is a member of the Lac La Ronge Cree Nation from Nemeibem River, Saskatchewan. He attended the University of British Columbia, where he completed a bachelors degree in English Literature and a degree in law. He has worked at the First Nations Legal Clinic in Vancouver and Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto. Recently, he moved to Prince Rupert, BC to establish his own legal practice focusing specifically on criminal law and child protection. He is a section officer in the Canadian Bar Association. Thomas is 27 years old and his interests include hunting and fishing.
Chief Roger William
Chief Roger William has been the Chief of Xeni Gwet’in First Nation for 20 years and was a council member for 5 years. From 2011 to 2015 he has also acted as the Area J Director for the Cariboo regional District. Being born and raised in the Nemiah Valley by his mother Eileen Sammy William, Chief Roger William holds Tsilhqot’in history, culture and traditions close.
Chief Roger William is more recently known as the Plaintiff in the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision, granting full Aboriginal Title to the Tsilhqot’in Nation in his traditional territory. He has been the Vice Chairman of the Tsilhqot’in National Government for the last year. Chief William strives for sustainable economic development that is sensitive to Aboriginal Rights and Title, the environment, and culture of the Tsilhqot’in. Chief Roger William is married and the proud father of four children.
Chief Joe Alphonse
Chief Joe Alphonse has been the Tribal Chairman of the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) since 2010 and elected Chief of the Tl’etinqox-t’in Government since 2009. From 2000 to 2009 Chief Alphonse acted as the Director of Government and Services at the TNG. From 1997 to 2000 he attended Lethbridge Community College for Environmental and Political Science and managed Punky Lake Wilderness Camp Society in 2000. Chief Alphonse also acted as a Council member of Tl’etinqox-t’in from 1989 to 1993.
Chief Alphonse played an instrumental role in the Tsilhqot’in Nation vs. British Columbia Aboriginal Title case. As a fluent Chilcotin speaker, Chief Alphonse is a fifth generation Tsilhqot’in Chief and the direct decedent of Chief Anaham, the Grand Chief of the Tsilhqot’in Nation during the Chilcotin War of 1864. Chief Alphonse has brought stability, consistency and respectability into the many roles he has been honoured to hold within his community and Nation.
Chief Bernie Mack
Chief Bernie Mack has been the elected Chief of Esdilagh since 2008. He passes daily learning to his son and three daughters of trapping, tanning moose hide and drying fish and deer meat, coming from his father Bernard Elkins and mother Theresa Stump.
As one of the six Tsilhqot’in Chiefs within the Tsilhqot’in National government, Chief Mack holds wealth development and environmental sustainability close to his heart. Being both the Tribal Chairman and Vice Chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government at different times, Chief Bernie Mack played a key role in the Supreme Court of Canada Tsilhqot’in Nation judgment.”
Chiefs Dinner Speakers:
John Rustad – Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation
Lindsay Jones – PNW LNG
Paul Harrison – Triton Environmental
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