Métis Business Advisory Committee

Lisa Shepherd

Artist – Golden Ears Metis Society – Entrepreneur

Born and raised in Alberta, Lisa Shepherd migrated west to BC where she now lives and creates one-of-a-kind award-winning Metis Garments and fine art works.

Today, the designer is best known for beaded garments that pay tribute to her Metis roots.

Lisa’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Royal Alberta Museum, Jasper Yellowhead Museum and Archives, Gabriel Dumont Museum and Archives and the National Music Centre, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art (Kansas, USA), Germany and in many private collections.

Sid Peltier

Elder, strong northern connections. Wants to see business move forward. Looking to help all not just a few. Currently in the tourism sector as an owner of a small fishing resort.

-Appointed to the Indigenous Business Investment Council in 2012 – this Provincial Council membership is comprised of First Nations Chief Counselors, Metis, and non-Indigenous business leaders. Members are appointed by the BC Premier.

-Past board member of the Kermode Friendship Centre Society (KFCS) from 2003-2020. While as a board member I worked with the community and membership to support and provide resources to urban Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. I initiated the negotiations for the purchase of land and worked with the building committee to choose a general contractor to build a facility to house all of KFCS programs. Our newest program an early learning and child care facility will be housed within these premises which had its grand opening in September 2019.

-President/vice-President of our local Metis Community in Terrace helping our membership to recognize and promote our rich cultural history through community activities, networking opportunities and social gatherings. I have been recognized by Kermode Friendship Centre Society for my years of service.

-Was acknowledged by the President of our Metis Nation Bruce Dumont for my contributions as Chair of AdHoc Adoption Committee bringing about an accepted Province-wide definition that determined how an adoptive person could hold status as a recognized Metis person.

Tim Low

From Ladysmith, Vancouver Island. Tim brings experience in how to run a Capital Corporation. Works part-time with the federal department of Public Services and Procurement Canada/Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Branch as a Policy Advisor to assist with their Indigenous Engagement Strategy. Vice-President of Mid Island Metis Nation and Vice President of All Nations Trust Company. Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina and holds a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer designation from the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers. (CANDO). Tim has over 30 years of Senior Management/executive experience as well as in the private and Indigenous non-profit sectors. Tim has also served on the Saskatchewan Metis Economic Development Corp. Other experience involved partnership and joint venture opportunities and experience as owner/operator of a sporting goods business, licensed Realtor, co-owner of a courier service, management consulting and current owner of an Airb&b business.

Ryan Gervais

From Prince George working in family welding and fabrication business. Expertise working in the oil and gas industry. Worked in sawmills doing various positions and gained an understanding of the wood industry. Pivoted to decorative interior design making metal furniture. Excellent understanding of small business. Understanding of city codes, bylaws, government licences etc. Operates an interior design metal furniture and decorative railing shop designing numerous mom and pop style retail stores, hair salons, restaurant and pub interiors across the lower mainland.

Alex Ibbotson

Royal Roads University – Master of Arts in Leadership, Erickson College – Art and Science of Coaching Certificate, Camosun College – Business Administration – Marketing and Sales Diploma

Passionate and driven coach, consultant and outdoor/virtual educator who believes in the power of connecting with the land. Avalanche Operations Level 2, Canadian Avalanche Association Search and Rescue Advanced, Trauma Informed Coaching Certificate (Instructor),

Tribal Theory, Wilderness First Aid (Instructor), BC Accredited Silviculture Surveyor.

Matthew Lindsay, Region 2 Youth Rep.

UBC – Post Graduate Certificate in Property Valuation

Thompson Rivers University – Bachelor of Real Estate Management

UBC – Diploma in Urban Land Economics

BCIT – Marketing Management Diploma – Commercial Real Estate

Currently employed with Grayrose Developments

Created financial proformas, analyze property development and land acquisition opportunities. Built land development database to input and track potential investment opportunities.

ITP Technology Consulting – founded consulting business after identifying the need for a concierge IT support experience for small enterprises and individuals.

Bucci Developments – Development Assistant Internship – Analyzed land-use planning to identify real estate development opportunities. Performed financial feasibility and Pro-forma analysis. Researched political, socioeconomic, environmental and market risks for each top opportunity.

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Louis Maurice De Jaeger, MBA – Region 2 Director

MNBC Minister of Economic Development & Natural Resources

With a hospitality career that spans 35 years, former Restaurant Owner and Professor also teaches First Nations Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack.  Louis completed his Master’s in Business and Aboriginal Leadership EMBA at Simon Fraser University with a Certification in Indigenous Governance from the University of Arizona’s Native Nations Institute.  Louis is the recipient of the RBC Entrepreneur Scholarship Award for business and holds a Certification in Indigenous Historical Impact from the Stó:lō Service Agency and Expanding Skills in Economic Development from the BC Economic Development Association.

Louis serves on several boards including Stó:lō Community Futures, UFV Senate Committee on Indigenization, Chilliwack Healthier Community and is currently a Director on the Metis Capital Corporation of BC. Past board positions include the Chilliwack Business Improvement Association, co-founder/past-President of the Stó:lō Business Association and past judicator on the BC Aboriginal Business Awards panel. Louis was the 2015 Federal candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada and in 2018 a candidate for Chilliwack City Council.

Lissa Smith, BSW – Acting President

Acting President, Minister of Digital Government, Minister of Justice and Minister of Metis Rights and as Senate Liaison for the Cabinet.

She has previously served as Minister of Children and Families and Minister of Health. Lissa holds a Bachelor of Social Work with an Indigenous specialization from the University of Victoria and a Human Service Diploma from Vancouver Island University. She developed an understanding of the complexities of intergenerational trauma after working as a social worker in First Nations Communities. Smith worked for the BC Ministry of Human Resources and as alternate director for emergency social services for city of Parksville. Smith exercises her passion for governance and justice by sitting on numerous boards and committees. In 2010, her dedication to the Aboriginal community was recognized when she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work with Aboriginal veterans.

Paulette Flamond – Region 7 Director

Minister of Health MNBC.

Paulette has post-secondary training in Native Communications from Grant MacEwan College and an Aboriginal Management Certification from UBC’s Saunder School of Business. In 2013, she received an Honorary Associate Arts Degree from Northern Lights College and is a graduate of two life coaching programs. Flamond’s dedication to advocacy for entrepreneurial and capacity development of Metis, Inuit and First Nations is demonstrated by her 18-year term as Executive Director of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ICBC and Indigenous Tourism BC. Flamond has also served on provincial and federal boards for the last 30 years, including Minister Mary Polak’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women from 2011 to 2019. Flamond has been honored with many awards for her advocacy work including Aboriginal Woman of the Year from Community Futures and, most recently, the BC Achievement Foundation Award of Distinction for her endeavors to elevate Indigenous business in BC.

Evan Salter, CPA, CMA

Evan has led the development of Metis Financial Corporation BC (MFCBC) since his appointment as MFCBC’s first CEO in 2018. Since joining MFCBC, Evan has overseen development of the first Strategic Plan 2019-2022, relocation of the office to Kelowna and delivery of over 165 COVID-19 Emergency Loans worth almost $5 million. Evan is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada and brings to MFCBC a wealth of experience acquired during his six years as the Director of Business Development and Finance for the Metis Voyageur Development Fund (MVDF) in Ottawa. He worked with MVDF from its inception and helped it become the largest Aboriginal Financial Institution in Ontario. Prior to working with MVDF, Evan spent two years as the Controller for Metis Nation Ontario. His previous work experience includes extensive for-profit and not-for-profit financial management in both the public and private sectors.

Paul Pasco, Senior Director

Natural Resources and Economic Development.

Paul Pasco was born in Calgary, Alberta raised in the Cranbrook/East Kootenay region. Paul spent 20 years living in Calgary becoming trained as an Oil and Gas Engineer. He spent time working in oil and gas operations in the Tumbler Ridge and Fort Saint John regions while in University moving on to working in Calgary for 8 years as an engineer focusing on oil and gas asset development and unconventional asset optimization. He moved on to working for an international investment consultancy running several international teams and consulting to global investors and banks on oil and gas developments across Canada. He then moved on to start his own business consulting with companies to acquire start up funding, government grants for green energy investment and the handling of large data sets. He has worked with Canadian majors in handling large datasets and market rationalization projects as well as consulted in the development of economic development software. His interests lie in the mountains and the markets spending his spare time better understanding both.

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