Judith Sayers

 Judith Sayers
Adjunct Professor



International Law


Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers

Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers, is the President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. She is an adjunct professor with both the Gustavson School of Business and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.

Judith practiced law for 18 years and served fourteen years as Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation. As Chief of her First Nation, she focused on capacity building and sustainable development. Judith was instrumental in several sustainable development projects and put in place mechanisms to help protect the territory.

Judith has been the Visiting Chair for the National Chair of Aboriginal Economic Development at the Business School as well as an assistant professor of both Business and Law at the University of Victoria.

Judith serves on the Boards of BC Ferries, Clean Energy BC, Island Corridor Foundation, BC Achievement Foundation and New Relationship Trust Foundation.

Judith received Clean Energy BC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, was inducted into Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame and has been the recipient of the Bora Laskin Fellowship on Human Rights, a Finalist for the Buffet award for indigenous leadership and twice awarded the Woman of Distinction from the Alberni Chamber of Commerce. She has received the Silver Award from the Canadian Environmental Association for Climate Change. Judith has also recently been admitted as a member of the Order of Canada.