Our team

The NCIED governance structure includes director, administration and board of advisers. Director Miles Richardson is supported by the dean of the University of Victoria's Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, Dr. Saul Klein; the dean of law, Dr. Jeremy Webber; and two faculty champions designated by the deans: Dr. Brent Mainprize and Dr. John Borrows.

These members are strategic thinkers with experience in governance, financial and human resource management, programming, and delivery of services in Indigenous economic development. They each possess a strong interest in building economic capacity in Aboriginal communities in Canada.

Miles G. Richardson

A prominent Indigenous leader, Miles brings an extensive background in Indigenous and Canadian government relations. After graduating in 1979 from UVic, he served as administrator for the Skidegate Band Council and directed the establishment of the Haida Gwaii Watchmen program. In 1984 Miles was the youngest person to be elected President of the Council of the Haida Nation, a position he held until 1996. During his tenure, Miles led the drafting of the constitution of the Haida Nation and protected the Gwaii Haanas area of Haida Gwaii with the Gwaii Haanas Agreement, the first modern nation-to-nation agreement between the Haida Nation and Canada. Read more
Renée Letellier


Renée has a Bachelor of Commerce and a diverse professional career that includes small businesses, government and a multi-national corporation. She helped re-structure organizations and her proven track record includes coordinating complex projects with multi‑million dollar budgets to meet objectives and deliverables on time. With her unique combination of business experience, Renée liaised effectively with a wide range of stakeholder groups. Renée has a Métis heritage; her paternal grandmother is Cree and her grandfather is French Canadian.

Dr. Brent Mainprize

Gustavson School of Business champion

Dr. Brent Mainprize, MBA, PhD, professor at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business, teaches entrepreneurship and Aboriginal economic development. Brent has over 17 years' experience as an entrepreneurship educator, academic, and facilitator of economic change in Aboriginal communities. He brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the NCIED. Read more

Dr. John Borrows

Faculty of Law champion
John is Canada's pre-eminent legal scholar and a global leader in the field of Indigenous legal traditions and Aboriginal rights. John holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Law at UVic as well as the Law Foundation Chair in Aboriginal Justice and Governance. He teaches in the area of constitutional law, Indigenous law and environmental law, and his research focuses on advancing the understanding of Indigenous laws and customs. Read more