Mr. Guy Lonechild
Mr. Lonechild (White Bear First Nations- Treaty #4) is a well-known advocate in creating new economic opportunities and serves as President and CEO of First Nations Power Authority connecting both Indigenous and Industry leaders in renewable and alternative energy development. As a first of its kind organization, Mr. Lonechild heads the organization as our strategic leader and serves the FNPA Board and provides leadership direction to the FNPA Team.
Guy served as Vice-Chief and Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (1999-2008 and 2009-2011), where he oversaw the 25-year Economic Development Strategy highlighting important work in Alternative Energy, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Tourism, Gaming, Housing and Community Infrastructure, Education, Health and Social Development.
Before entering politics, Guy served in various capacities as band administrator and private consultant to First Nations in Business and Community Development. He holds a Masters of Business Administration in Strategic Leadership from Cape Breton University and Associates Degree in Golf Complex Operations Management. He and his wife Leah have one child, Darian Lonechild and enjoy quality time with friends and extended family.
Tribal Chief Felix Thomas
Felix Thomas hails from the Kinistin Saulteaux Nation. He obtained his formal education from the University of Saskatchewan earning a bachelor’s degree of Science in Phys. Ed and a bachelor’s degree of Arts with a major in Native Studies.
Felix has accumulated more than seventeen years of political experience in First Nation governance serving as a band Councilor, advancing to Chief, serving his home community for eleven years. In 2008 he was elected as Tribal Chief of the Saskatoon Tribal Council.
Felix has worked in a range of First Nations political positions and organizations. He has been involved in economic development initiatives; accountability and governance to First Nations; improvements in education; health and social programs; and the protection of Treaty rights.
In addition, he has also served on various boards and committees including: Assembly of First Nations National Self-Government Committee; FSIN Indian Government Commission; Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority; and Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation. He has most recently been appointed Chair of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
He advocates for responsible and responsive leadership by endorsing the principles of accountability, proficiency, knowledge and devotion and has taken lead on the STC strategic direction to improve the quality of life for First Nations.
His work has continued STC in the direction of progressive partnerships with all levels of government, public service and private industry, with the goal of STC becoming an active participant in the community and Saskatchewan economy.
He and his wife Dawne have four children ranging in age from high school to university.
Crystal is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation and is from Saskatchewan. She has many years’ experience as a corporate/commercial lawyer, working at medium to large law firms. Her practice focuses on corporate/commercial, Indigenous business/Economic Development and First Nations law and some general practice. Crystal received a B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Saskatchewan in 1995 and a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia in 2001. She has practiced law in both the public and private sectors, and has contributed her skills as Director to a number of corporate and public boards including:
-First Nations Bank of Canada
-Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation
-SIEF Investments Inc. – Chair
-FHQ Development Corporation
-Board of Governors of Lakeland College
Crystal is a regular speaker at local, national and international events and conferences, including numerous times for the Canadian Institute (Saskatoon/Edmonton), Northern Administrator’s Conference (Elk Ridge Resort), Canadian Bar Association (Regina), was the Keynote Speaker at the Canadian Indigenous Business & Economic Development (Saskatoon), Guest Speaker at Construction Super-Conference (Saskatoon), Saskatchewan Municipal Water Conference (Regina) and World Indigenous Business Conference (Australia). Crystal has previously worked with Onion Lake Cree Nation and was the Director of Consultation for the Province of Saskatchewan.
In 2009, Crystal was named a “Woman of Influence” by SaskBusiness Magazine for her “significant contributions to the Saskatchewan economy” and she looks forward to doing her part to ensure First Nations are included in a meaningful way in building the economy in Saskatchewan and Alberta. She has participated in the Indigenous Economic Partnership Summit in Lloydminster for the past 3 years and supports initiatives related to empowering First Nations women.
Mr. Harvie Campbell
Mr. Campbell is a principal and founder of Bastion Power Inc., a power generation development company involved in the development of gas, hydro, and biomass projects primarily in western Canada. He was a founder, Director and Executive Vice President of Pristine Power Inc., an independent power company focused on developing dependable, cost-effective power utilizing innovative and emerging technologies. Pristine was sold to Veresen Inc. in 2010 for $140m.
Mr. Campbell has spent over 30 years in the energy business with the last 25 focused on energy project development, mergers and acquisitions. He has played a leadership role in the development of 15 power and International infrastructure projects which are currently in operation and represent over 3.0 GW of capacity and $3.0 billion of investment.
Prior to joining Pristine, he was Vice President of Business Development for Westcoast Power Inc., the power arm of Westcoast Energy Inc. He holds a BA (Honors) from the University of Alberta and an MA (Economics) from Simon Fraser University and is a past Chairman of the Clean Energy Association of B.C.
Mr. AJ Felix
AJ was born and raised in Saskatchewan. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Commerce with an accounting major in 1987. He articled with Deloitte & Touche and obtained his Chartered Accountant designation in 1990. Since then he has held executive management positions with several organizations including the CFO position at the Yanke Group of Companies and the CEO position at Nu-Fab Building Products.
Currently AJ is the President and founder of Jasper Enterprises Inc. Jasper works extensively with numerous First Nation communities throughout Saskatchewan to develop their economic development entities. AJ’s education background coupled with his industry experience provides a unique blend of skill sets that combine a high level of financial expertise with proven abilities in developing and directing all aspects of a business. AJ also developed and teaches Indigenous Business in Canada, a third level Class at the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan.
Mr. Lee Ahenakew
Lee is the Manager of Community Engagement at BHP Billiton’s Potash businesses working with local communities to the Jansen project to create an understanding of and engagement in the project. Lee has worked in sales management, management consulting and marketing with a specialty in business development with First Nations. A key focus of his work has been corporate social responsibility programs to improve relations with and for the benefit of the Indigenous community.
Lee is a member of the Ahtahkakoop Cree Nation in Saskatchewan. Lee graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce. He the Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan, and a member of the Board of Directors for the First Nations Power Authority and Kaha:wii Dance Theatre.
Chief Reg Bellerose
Chief Reginald Bellerose, Muskowekan First Nation & Chief Executive Officer, Muskowekwan Resources Limited
Chief Reg Bellerose was born and raised on the Muskowekwan First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory. He left to pursue his education at the University of Saskatchewan, where he received his BA in 1996 and his Masters in Project Management in 2005. Prior to being elected leader of his community, Chief Bellerose held two national level positions.
Muskowekan First Nation
P.O. Box 249
Phone: (306) 274-2061
Thomas Benjoe, until recently, was the Commercial Account Manager – Indigenous Banking Specialist with RBC. There he was responsible for managing the day to day banking, investing and credit needs of Saskatchewan’s First Nation and Metis Governments, Corporations and non-profits and developing strategies supporting Indigenous Communities including Recruitment and Retention.
He currently is the President and CEO of FHQ Developments. He brings with him experience in Finance, Accounting & Banking, Risk Management, Indigenous Culture & Communities, Strategic Planning, Governance, and Business and Community Knowledge.
Thomas also volunteers his time on the Investment & Growth Committee of the SK Chamber of Commerce, as Treasurer for the First Nations University Pow-wow Committee, and on the steering committee of the First Nations University Youth Entrepreneurship Camp.
Ms. Marnie Dawson
Marnie Dawson, is the Principal of the Renewable Energy Group at Prairie Sky Consulting. She has been involved in renewables since 2004 as both a consultant and developer. She has worked on projects across Canada as the industry as grown and developed. She is a director on the board of First Nations Power Authority in Saskatchewan as well as one of the founding advisors of Women in Renewable Energy.
Marnie has lead multiple disciplined teams and numerous engagement activities with varying stakeholders and indigenous peoples to ensure both wind and solar projects have been developed successfully. As well, she has been an active member of CanWEA promoting and lobbying the industry for many years.
Mr. Albert Derocher
Born and raised on the Flying Dust First Nation, Mr. Derocher has worked for his community for the last 33 years. His experience entails working with various Business Organizations, Levels of Government, Non Profits and Indigenous Institutions. For the majority of years he has worked for Indigenous People both provincially, regionally and locally. He has worked for Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Meadow Lake Tribal Council and the Flying Dust First Nation, which is his home community. He has witnessed the transformation of Indigenous communities as they grow and gain inclusion into mainstream society.
As a graduate of Palliser Campus in Business Administration, Mr. Derocher has applied his skills and knowledge to help further Flying Dust First Nation Holdings Corp. He has worked for FDB Holdings (Flying Dust First Nation’s Corporate Arm) as their General Manager for the past five years. He was the Economic Development Officer previous to that for 8 years and has worked for FDFN for the past 17 years. Having worked in various capacities throughout that time Albert has developed an appreciation for the work that the staff at FDFN performs and is proud to be a member of his community.
Mr. Derocher has raised a blended family of ten children and 15 grandchildren who are all very active in their lives and it is his proudest accomplishment.
Mr. Paul Obyrne
Paul has worked in a variety of capacities in the communications industry since 1974. In 2003, Paul and long-time business partner Greg Fehr, partnered with the Battlefords Tribal Council (BTC) to form Saskatchewan’s premier Indigenous advertising and communications agency – MGM Communications.
In 2015, Paul and Greg purchased BTC shares to become equal partners in MGM Communications.
In those years, Paul has gained extensive experience in all aspects of the industry including strategic planning, print, broadcast and multi-media productions. Today Paul is the CEO and managing partner of MGM Communications.
MGM is well established, having operated in Saskatchewan since 1984. With a focus to recruiting only the most talented communications professionals, MGM has a solid reputation for developing outstanding communications, marketing and advertising to private and public organizations in the province, and across Canada.
Business and Work Summary
First Communications Group/ MGM Communications – Partner – 2001 – present
Consulting – Producers Group – 1999
Vice President/Co-owner – Administration and Client Relations – Phoenix Advertising Group Ltd. – 1990-1998
President/ CEO/Owner – AV Production House Ltd. -1981-1991
President/ CEO/Co-owner- New Music Productions -1985-1991
Vice President / Co-owner – Grasslands Productions – 1989-1991
Vice President / Co-owner – Regina Color Works Ltd. – 1985 -1989
Communications Advisor – Communications and Public Affairs – SGI – 1979-1981
Education Consultant – Sask. Alcoholism Commission – 1974-1979
Mr. Chris Ball
An experienced financial executive with over forty years in international banking and infrastructure finance, Chris has specific expertise in the Green Energy Power field and was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award in 2013 by Clean Energy B.C. He has managed the financing of excess of 100 green energy projects during his career.
Chris is currently Executive Vice-President and Co-owner of Corpfinance International Inc. (CFI). CFI is a boutique investment bank, which has over $ 1.25 billion in assets under management and has raised over $7 billion in capital funding since its inception in 1985.
Chris has played a key role in the funding of a number of companies in the energy and infrastructure industry in Canada including the initial financing of both Innergex and Boralex.
As a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Algonquin Power, he has played a pivotal role in overseeing its growth from $90 Million in assets as an income trust, to over $10 Billion in assets today as a public company. Algonquin are now a global player and have expanded it operations of renewables power in ten countries.
Since 1994, Chris has been involved in helping many start-up energy projects in throughout Canada to develop and grow into significant entities,. Chris has also been an advisor to a number of Boards in the emerging energy markets and through his stewardship they are making strides to becoming well-recognized entities in their various fields.
Chris, is a member also on the board of Clean Energy B.C and is a gradated of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds a the destination ICD.D
Chris has an extensive background in all disciplines of independent power development and would like to bring his experience to benefit the mandate of Clean Energy BC and obtain the recognition these important renewable assets require. He hopes that his past dealings and negotiations with municipal, federal and provincial government agencies and his membership in the Institute of Public Directors, will also provide value to Clean Energy BC along with his intimate knowledge of the clean energy industry across North America.
Mr. Bradyn Parisian
Bradyn Parisian is a well-respected Métis entrepreneur and business leader that resides in Regina, SK with his wife and three young children. Bradyn is the Founder of Mo’ Solar Company Ltd. – a renewable energy company that provides solar PV system solutions and energy efficiency advice to residential, commercial and agricultural customers. He is also the President and principal consultant for Vincent Developments Inc., a management consulting company that serves a diverse group of clients across Saskatchewan. Prior to his foray into the world of entrepreneurship, Bradyn worked for SaskPower Corporation, a $12 billion electric utility company serving the province of Saskatchewan; gaining experience in key account management (First Nations, manufacturing and commercial property portfolios), renewables and demand side management (commercial energy efficiency programs). Additionally, Bradyn was tasked with writing the company’s business plan for renewable energy certificates (RECs) under the green power pricing program.
Mr. Parisian is the Past President & Chairman of the Board for Conexus Credit Union; the largest credit union in SK (6th largest in Canada) with over $8.4 billion in assets under management. While sitting on the Conexus board, he gained experience serving on the Audit & Conduct Review, Governance & HR, Compensation and Risk Committees. Bradyn currently serves as a corporate director on the boards of Cowessess Ventures Ltd., Black Lake Ventures LP, Gabriel Housing Corporation and the First Nations Power Authority.
A proud U of R graduate, Bradyn possesses MBA (Strategy) and Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) degrees, and is an ICD.D holder. He has also completed a professional certificate in corporate innovation & entrepreneurship from Stanford University, in addition to executive education programs at Rotman, Queen’s University, the Disney Institute and the Schulich School of Business.
Bradyn is the Executive-in-Residence (Indigenous Entrepreneurship) with the University of Regina’s Faculty of Business. He also serves as a sessional instructor at the University of Regina, and currently teaches business courses at the Paul J. Hill School of Business and First Nations University of Canada. In his spare time, Bradyn has also devoted a considerable amount of his time towards mentoring youth and coaching minor sports.