Advisory board

The NCIED advisory board includes Indigenous and non-Indigenous members who represent the interests and perspectives of Indigenous nations, their communities, other governments and business in regions across Canada.

The advisory board assists the NCIED in setting and achieving strategic objectives by providing cultural insight, advice and support relative to wise practices' research, outreach programs, curriculum and development, and fundraising endeavours, while providing links to the various stakeholder communities.

Our members

The following board members demonstrate:

  • experience in Indigenous economic development
  • familiarity with diversity of approaches to economic development across Canada
  • experience with Indigenous governance, values, and issues
  • significant experience in their respective careers
  • willingness to serve the NCIED national mandate

Dr. Saul Klein, Dean, University of Victoria Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

Dr. Jeremy Webber, Dean, University of Victoria Faculty of Law

Dr. John Borrows, NCIED law faculty champion

Dr. Brent Mainprize, NCIED business school champion

Kimberly Jonathan, First Vice-Chief, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN)

  • The FSIN is the largest governing body of First Nations in Saskatchewan, representing 74 Nations
  • Vice-Chief Jonathan was the first woman to hold the position of Chief in the FSIN and to be bestowed with the iconic Plains Indian headdress
  • Priorities include child welfare; non-insured health benefits; missing and murdered Indigenous women; and understanding underlying issues linked to poverty and violence

Madeleine Redfern, president, AJUNGI Group, Professional Aboriginal Consulting Services

  • Graduate of the Akitsiraq Law School with an LLB from the University of Victoria
  • First Inuk to be offered a Supreme Court of Canada clerkship
  • Mayor of Iqaluit, Nunavut

Anne Marie Sam, elected Councillor, Nak’azdli Whut’en Band Council

  • Chair of First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining (FNWARM)
  • Former school board trustee
  • Undergraduate degree in history, MA in history and First Nations studies

Bernd Christmas, CEO, Gitpo STORMS Corporation

  • Former CEO of the Membertou Band of Nova Scotia
  • Former partner of Cassels Brock and founder of the Bernd Christmas Law Group, focusing on Indigenous economic development
  • Former member of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board

Charles Coffey, retired

  • Officer of the Order of Canada
  • 44-year career with Royal Bank of Canada including Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and Business Development
  • Named Honorary Chief by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for his support of First Nations economic development and self-sufficiency