Mr. Chanze Gamble

Mr. Chanze Gamble
NCIED Research Lead

In May 2020, Mr. Chanze Gamble joined the team as NCIED Research Lead. Gamble provides research leadership to facilitate NCIED’s mandate to promote independent and collaborative research projects, within UVic and externally, that reflect traditional knowledge, perspectives and wise practices.

Gamble, from Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, received his MBA from Royal Roads University in 2012, and in September 2019, he commenced a PhD program at UVic with Dr. Brent Mainprize and Dr. John Borrows. His work experience includes 20 years of senior management and executive roles and specializes in economic development, business development, governance and financial management and Indigenous/corporation relations.

Most recently, Gamble launched Invest Indigenous Summit Ltd., which prepares Indigenous businesses to develop and deliver professional equity finance proposals on stage to potential investors. He works extensively with First Nations, federal and provincial governments to design and implement innovative partnership solutions that advance organizational program and service goals. He has held senior executive roles with New Relationship Trust, NRT Foundation, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (now called Indspire) and Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). Additionally, Gamble has supported the completion of governance and business development projects with Indigenous communities such as the Business Sustainability Analysis for Northern Native Fishing Corporation, the Business Plan for the BC Métis Federation and Pre-feasibility Study for Tsawwassen First Nation to enhance Delta Port corridor efficiency.

As Research Lead, Gamble will promote and facilitate leading‑edge research, including collaborative and interdisciplinary research, in areas related to the goals of NCIED, Gustavson School of Business, Law Faculty and UVic. He will also build and provide support for innovative researchers to enhance the research capacity for NCIED and develop networks between NCIED and researchers in the public and private sectors, locally, nationally and internationally.

Currently, Gamble is collaborating with Mitacs, a Canadian national, not‑for‑profit organization that fosters growth and innovation in Canada through research and training programs. The Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship provides long‑term funding for academic research while Covid-19 initiatives are designed to engage students and graduates in internships. Additionally, in July 2020, Indigenous Works invited Gamble to join the Luminary Research Student Advisory Group, a 2020 Charter Partner to Advance Indigenous Learning, Research and Innovation for Economic Well-Being.

With Gamble as Research Lead, NCIED looks forward to developing partnerships with Indigenous Nations and communities, industry and academics to undertake quality and collaborative research, to support and advance Indigenous self-determination and well-being.