Chief Executive Officer, Tk'emlups te Secwépemc (Kamloops Indian Band) March 2011 - June 2013
As the operational head of a dynamic and complex First Nations organization, I led a team managing over 200 employees and an annual operating budget of over 34 million dollars. The Tk'emlups band provides all aspects of governance for its members including housing, education and social development. Municipal services included infrastructure, wastewater, roads, garbage collection, fire protection, planning and zoning for both members and thousands of non-aboriginal people living and working within reserve lands. Other operations ranged from a band operated K-7 school, daycare and nursery as well as a large working ranch, logging company, convenience store, gas station, car wash as well as a large Lands, Leasing and Taxation Department.
Major Achievements at Tk'emlups:
Implemented a three year strategic budget to chart a path of sustainability for Band finances. This was a complex and difficult process that involved splitting many long term member entitlements and cutting staff levels by approximately 15%.
Adopted a Financial Administration Law and Governance Model for future financial transparency, controls, and accountability.
Facilitated new business opportunities and relationships including build to suit leasing opportunities, re-development of prime commercial space combined with master planning and re-branding of the gas station with a national retailer. (Petro-Canada)
Used my legal and civic experience to provided necessary skills in reviewing proposed contracts/ development plans and assisting the legislative drafting for financial management laws allowing Tk'emlups to participate in capital funding through the First Nations Finance Authority.
Improved the lease registration process.
Drafted briefing notes for and participated in meetings with a wide range of provincial ministers including the premier and cabinet members.
Participated in federal discussions with current and former AANDC Minsters regarding local and provincial issues affecting First Nations.