NEDC is governed by a Board of Directors  and elected Chief and Council (“Council”), on behalf of members of the ‘NAMGIS FIRST NATION (“NFN”), as set out in our Governance Policy. We operate under six guiding principles:

  1. NEDC creates and directs business opportunities, following the input and approval from its shareholders (the NFN through its Council);
  2. Income, corporate or other taxes on all revenues are minimized, whether earned on or off reserve;
  3. NEDC is transparent and accountable to the members of NFN;
  4. Clearly delineated roles and responsibilities of all parties involved with NEDC;
  5. Any investments from NFN for new businesses flows through NEDC; and
  6. The Council, on behalf of the NFN, through its oversight of the NEDC Board is informed in relation to the business activities under the NEDC umbrella, but it does not engage in management of those entities.

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Board of Directors:

Jean La Rose, Board Chair, ICD.D

Jean La Rose, Board Chair, ICD.D

CEO, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Winnipeg

Jean La Rose is a First Nations citizen from the Abenaki First Nation of Odanak in Québec. He grew up in Ottawa where he studied Journalism at Algonquin College and obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Social Communication at the University of Ottawa/Université St. Paul.

Jean La Rose was the Chief Executive Officer of APTN, the first national Indigenous broadcaster in the world, with programming by, for and about Indigenous Peoples, from 2002 to 2019. Since then, he has taken the role of President/CEO of Dadan Sivunivut, a holding company for the many subsidiaries that were created by APTN to assist artists and producers in furthering their careers and expanding their audiences across Canada and beyond.

Mr. La Rose sits on the Board of Directors of Mother Earth Recycling (a social enterprise located in Winnipeg), the Nations Translation Group and La Cité Collégiale (Ontario’s largest French-language community college). He received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award (now known as Indspire Awards) for Media and Communications in 2011, and the CEO HR Champion of the Year Award from the Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba in 2015. He was named “Alumni of the Year” in 2015 by St. Paul University and received an Honorary Diploma in Journalism from La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa in 2015.

Mr. La Rose is also the Chair of the Heritage Canada Departmental Audit Committee, is a member of the Parks Canada Departmental Audit Committee and served on Minister Joly’s Panel of Experts examining the future of the digital economy as it pertains to the Arts and Culture industries.

 

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Chris Little, CPA, CA

Chris Little, CPA, CA

CFO, MakeWay

Chris joined MakeWay (formerly Tides Canada) in October 2015 and provides operational and strategic leadership including oversight of the accounting, financial planning & analysis, information systems, and organizational risk management strategy for the $65M organization. She is also responsible for managing their $40M investment portfolio.

Before joining MakeWay, Chris served as Project Manager for a large finance system implementation at Vancity Savings and Credit Union. Chris is also a co-founder of the charitable project Reconciliation Canada and held numerous roles there including Director, Operations and Partnerships and Director, New Way Forward Development.

Chris is a CPA, CA with a breadth of financial experience that includes 11 years with the accounting firm Ernst & Young working both as an auditor and in the tax department, where she led the Scientific and Research Development (“SRED”) department. She holds a BSc in Physiotherapy from the University of Toronto. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of Raincity Housing and New Market Funds Society.

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Jonathan Lok, RFT

Jonathan Lok, RFT

Managing Director, Strategic Natural Resource Consultants Inc.

Jon began his forestry career on Northern Vancouver Island with companies like Canfor, TimberWest, Weyerhaeuser and Canadian Air Crane and was inspired to co-found Strategic Natural Resource Consultants, one of the larger resource management consultancies in BC. In his role as Managing Director, he is responsible for setting strategy, growing culture and building a world-class team. The firm was recently named as one of the Top 100 Employers in Canada.

Jon studied at SFU, BCIT and UBC Sauder School of Business and has been recognized as the ABCFP’s Forest Technologist of the Year, received the CIF’s James Kitz Award and was named by Canadian Forest Industries Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 40 in the forest sector.

Jon has served as President of the Consulting Foresters of BC, the Association of BC Forest Professionals, the Canadian Institute of Forestry and the North Island Community Forest.

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Chris Robertson

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Coming Soon

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Strategic Plan

NEDC’s 5-Year Strategic Plan sets out its goals, strategies, objectives and tactics to be undertaken. This plan has been approved by Council and is to be updated annually. NEDC’s goals are:

  1. Collectively, NEDC’s business portfolio is the leading source of employment on the North Island (“Employment”);
  2. Collectively, NEDC’s business portfolio generate net profits valued at a minimum of 50% of NFN’s annual budget (“Profitability”); and
  3. NEDC’s business portfolio is the leader in environmentally sustainable practices on the North Island (“Environmental”).

NEDC’s current objectives are:

Budget

Based on the approved 5-Year Strategic Plan, an annual budget is developed for NEDC, which is reviewed and approved by the NEDC Board. Learn more at the June 1st Community Meeting. Click here for more info: Community Engagement