Organizational Chart
Staff Directory

Executive

Meko Nicholas

Executive Director

Meko Nicholas is the Executive Director of the First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre and is Welastekokewin (Maliseet) from the Neqotkuk (Tobique) First Nation in New Brunswick.  He has been working to support the development, finalization and fulfillment of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management for the past 23 years.

Angie Pitre

 Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Angie Pitre, a member of the Elsipogtog First Nation, NB, joins us from the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). During her 11 year career as a public servant, she volunteered in varying capacities (Co-Spokesperson, Secretary and project lead) on the Aboriginal Employees’ Network, a committee which focuses on Indigenous recruitment, retention, advancement and the cultural competencies within the regional ISC office.

In the fall of 2018, Angie joined our team as an Executive Assistant. She provides administrative support to the Resource Centre’s Executive Director, Meko Nicholas.

Finance, Information Technology & Administration

Sandra Gfellner

Director, Finance, Information Technology & Administration

Sandra was born and raised in British Columbia and is one of four siblings to Irish Immigrants.  She spent 30 years working in the accounting field before starting work with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre.  Since February 2006, Sandra has been Director of Finance, reporting to the Executive Director.  Sandra oversees and administers all financial functions of the Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre.

Robina Bear

Executive Assistant to RC Chair

Robina Bear has worked for the Resource Centre since 2001 as Executive Assistant to Chief Austin Bear the RC Chair. Robina completed her studies in Business Administration at SIAST campus in Prince Albert Saskatchewan in 1995. She is originally from Powell River, BC but now has a home on Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan with her husband and their rescue animals. Robina is a photographer specializing in people and wedding photography.

Virginia Game

Administrative Support to the Lands Advisory Board

Virginia was born and lived in Victoria, BC until 1999 when she moved to Winnipeg, Canmore and finally settled in Kelowna the summer of 2010. Virginia worked in the policing and legal worlds until she began working for Westbank First Nation in January 2011 in the finance department. In June 2011 she became Chief Robert Louie’s Executive Assistant in WFN’s corporate department and started with the Resource Centre as Chairman Robert Louie’s Executive Assistant in October 2016. Virginia has two sons and two dogs that take up most of her time, if she’s not at work she is out walking her dogs.

Dan Bear

Administrative Assistant

Dan Bear joined the team in 2008 and has worked with First Nation communities in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as a Field Technician before moving into an administrative role in 2014.

Dan received his professional training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and earned an Associate Certificate while studying Dispute Resolution Mediation and Negotiation.

He is a proud member of the Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan where he was raised and lives with his wife Sarah and their two cats and dog. Together they have a son and are expecting a baby boy in early May.

Dan’s spare time is often spent writing and creating music, as he has been involved in Canada’s independent music industry for many years. Several songs featuring Dan have been used in film and television projects. He has shared the studio and stage with Canadian Indigenous and Juno award winners while releasing several independent albums.

Martin de Kryger

IT Support Services

Martin de Kryger, born and raised in Ottawa Ontario, graduated from Computer Systems Technology at Algonquin College.  Shortly after completing college, he joined the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club as an IT Support Technician, where he worked for over four years.

In August 2017 he accepted a position as the IT Support Services Officer with the Resource Centre.

Martin, his wife and their two energetic boys live in eastern Ontario. Martin loves spending time with his kids, playing guitar, relaxing at the cottage, gardening, cooking, and is a sports nut.

Shannon Goedike

Financial Services Officer

Shannon is Cree from Peguis, Manitoba, born and raised Montreal. She has worked with First Nations for over a decade and has 20+ years’ experience in finance. Joining the Resource Centre in 2022, she brings with her experience in policy and procedure witting, strategic planning, budgeting, and the sound financial management of public funds.

Shannon has two teenage sons and enjoys spending her free time with family and friends. She is a foodie who loves to cook and enjoys gardening and reading a good book.

Operations

Steven Bonspille

Director Developmental & Operational Support

Shékon sewakwékon (Greeting to everyone),

Sosé Onahsakenrat iontiàts ne Kanien’kehà tànon Kanesatake Kanien’kehà:ka kanakerahsera nia’tewake:né. Joseph swan is his Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk) name and is from the Kanien’kehà:ka territory of Kanesatake.

Steven is a proud member of the Bear clan as are his eight brothers and sisters. He is also the proud dad of three boys.

Being born, raised and living most of his adult life in Kanesatake has given him the insight on the many good things that can happen when a community works together to find solutions. How a community can change its present for a better tomorrow. He has dedicated his career to helping our indigenous communities and people improve their current situations for a brighter future for them, their communities and future generations.

His career has taken him on the path of culture and language (Director of the Kanesatake Cultural Centre), politics (Chief and Grand Chief of Kanesatake), Housing (Regional Manager of Aboriginal Housing – Quebec bureau of Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation), employment and capacity development (First Nations Human Resource Development Commission of Quebec) to his present position of Managing Director of Operations for the FNLMRC.

When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his kids, playing lacrosse and golf, listening to music, being with family and friends and working on his 69 Road Runner.

Julie Pellerin

Senior Policy Advisor, Field Support Services

A member of the Nipissing First Nation, Julie Pellerin is a fierce Anishinaabe Kwe. Julie has over 17 years experience with the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. She began on September 10, 2001, as the Land Code Coordinator for Nipissing.

From 2003 to 2009, she provided support to other signatory First Nations as a technician. Since 2009, she has been employed as the Operational and Developmental Support Services Officer, the Advisor Economic Development and Communications, and Manager for Developmental and Operational Support Services East.

Currently, as the Senior Policy Advisor for Field Support Services she is very proud to contribute to the entire Field team.

In her various roles for the Resource Centre, as an executive for the Nipissing First Nation Economic Development Corporation, as a business owner and as the Economic Development Coordinator for the Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing, her successes are measurable by the successes of her clients, First Nations, community members and stakeholders.

Julie has always been involved in communications, including public speaking, presentations, marketing, press releases and various other communications. She is fully bilingual and is a proficient translator and interpreter.

Julie also rocks in her personal life. She and her husband just celebrated 32 years together and are happy to not have custody of their adult son and daughter who are thriving on their own. Julie is a world traveller, outdoor enthusiast and artist.

First Nation Support Services – BC

Patti Wight

Patti Wight

Manager First Nation Support Services BC

Patti Wight is from the Squamish Nation and currently resides in the heart of Lheidli T’enneh traditional territory (Prince George, BC) where she has been working with the Resource Centre since 2012. Patti holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography with an environmental science focus from the University of Northern BC and also has a certificate in Indigenous Peoples Resource Management from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Patti was the Lheidli T’enneh Director of Lands & Natural Resources.  Patti enjoys spending her free time in nature exploring and camping.  She loves to travel and is always trying out new ways to prepare foods, teas and medicines.

Bonnie Hill

Land Code Governance Advisor BC

Bonnie Arden is a proud member of T’Sou-ke First Nation on Southern Vancouver Island and resides in the village of Siaosun. For 17 years Bonnie worked with her Nation in their efforts to create sustainable systems of Governance including management of lands and resources, cultural revitalization and food security.

In 2015, Bonnie accepted a position with the Resource Centre as a Developmental and Operational Support Technician. She assists Nations on Vancouver Island and in northern BC to develop and implement their Land Codes.

In addition to taking an active role in her community, Bonnie most enjoys spending time with her three grown children and extended family. Most of the time, she can be found at her desk, but in her down time, beachcombing and live music are on the agenda!

Shawn Speirs

Land Code Governance Advisor BC

Originally from Pointe-Claire Montreal, Shawn Speirs grew up in Westbank, BC. He attended UBC for his undergraduate degree and subsequently received his Law degree from Thompson Rivers University.

His legal practice initially focussed on estate and trust planning before he transitioned into law and policy development. Shawn accepted a position with the Resource Centre in 2017 as part of the BC support services team and is excited to continue working with communities both in the development and implementation of their land codes.

Jackie Brown

Land Code Governance Advisor BC

Jackie Brown is a member of the Kispiox(Anspayaxw), a BC community within the Gitxsan First Nation, Lax Gibuu (wolf) clan from the House (Wilp) of Wii Eelast. His Gitxsan name is Guiyee’is. He grew up in Terrace, BC which is an hour and half away from Kispiox. After obtaining his Forest Technology Diploma at Northwest Community College (now Coast Mountain College), he worked in the forest consultant world for 8 years before moving his family to Prince George, BC.

He was the Forestry Coordinator at Lheidli T’enneh Nation for 7 years before joining the BC Government as a Senior Advisor, First Nation Relations within the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development for 3 years.

His wife, Cheryl, is from the Nisga’a Nation community of Gitlakdamiiks(New Aiyansh), Ganada(frog) clan, they have 2 kids, their daughter, Alyssa Brown, 16 years old and their son, Jack, 12 years old. They also have a dog, Charlie, she’s around 5 yrs old. He enjoy playing basketball and soccer from time to time. Their kids keep them active with their sports, basketball and soccer, which he coached them both in for about 5/6 years. They try to make it back home as often as they can to keep close to their families, especially when cultural duties call them home.

Cheryl Bryce

Cheryl Bryce

Land Code Governance Advisor BC

Cheryl Bryce is a Songhees Nation member and has over eighteen years of First Nation land management experience. Her knowledge and skills including research, finance, planning, community development, communication and analytical abilities especially in the management of an operational land code. As the Resource Centre First Nation Support Technician she provides her knowledge and skills to each First Nation she works with in the development and implementation of their land code.

Heather McIntyre

Land Code Governance Advisor BC

Heather McIntyre is of Mohawk descent and is originally from Peterborough, Ontario, but grew up in Kelowna, BC. Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology with a focus on archaeology and a minor in history from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She has worked in the real estate appraisal industry for the past two decades first as a research analyst and most recently as an Appraisal Institute of Canada candidate member in the commercial appraisal field. She has worked on many appraisal assignments related to land leases for a variety of First Nations throughout the Interior and has worked on historical and archival research for several Specific Claims projects.  Heather is excited to continue working with First Nation communities utilizing her experience and education to assist in the development and implementation of their own Land Codes. Heather enjoys spending time with her family and her animals and loves to travel. She is also a musician and artist and enjoys live theatre, music, art and literature.

First Nation Support Services – BC, Fraser Valley

Denise Unger

Manager First Nation Support Services Fraser Valley

Ey Swayel (Good Day)

Denise Unger is a proud member of Chi’yaqtel (Tzeachten) First Nation in Chilliwack, BC, which is also where she resides. The Chi’yaqtel people originate from the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe and they are politically affiliated with Stó:ló Nation.

Denise began working with the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre in 2009 as a field technician on Vancouver Island and is now the Manager of Support Services – Fraser Valley Region. She has a wonderful team of Land Code Advisors who also provide land management support services to the signatory First Nations in that region.

Before establishing her 20+ year career working with the Stó:ló and other Indigenous peoples in the Fraser Valley and throughout BC, Denise’s background includes commerce and banking. In 2000, Denise joined Stó:ló Development Corporation and Stó:ló Community Futures, which further lead to an opportunity to manage the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe in 2007. She has been actively involved with various initiatives Chi’yaqtel has pursued over the years, including the development and implementation of their Land Code. She was passionate about assisting other First Nations in re-gaining jurisdiction over their reserve lands and resources and establishing strong systems of land governance, which lead her to joining the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre.

Denise and her husband Mark have four children, two dogs and they have been blessed with five wonderful grandchildren (the sixth is on the way). Outside of work, Denise enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, crafting, and riding her Harley Davidson on sunny days.

“S’ólh Téméxw te ikw’elo. Xolhmet te mekw’stam it kwelat”

(This is Our land we have to take care of everything that belongs to us)

Dr. Wenona Hall

 

 

Brittany Hall

Land Code Governance Advisor Fraser Valley

Brittany Hall is a member of Sq’ewqeyl (Skowkale) First Nation, located in Chilliwack, BC. In the Halq’emeylem language, Sq’ewqeyl means “Going around a turn”. Brittany previously worked for the Skowkale, Aitchelitz and Yakweakwioose (SAY) Lands Office in Chilliwack for a number of years. SAY is the first joint management agreement group of First Nations in Canada.

Tabitha Donkers

Land Code Governance Advisor Fraser Valley

Tabitha grew up in the Fraser Valley of BC in Coast Salish territory and is now living on Central Vancouver Island. She completed her undergraduate degree in business at UBC and her master’s in public policy from SFU. Prior to joining the RC Tabitha worked in the private sector, non-profit, and First Nation government. In her role with the RC, Tabitha focuses on supporting First Nation communities in the Fraser Valley in implementing their Land Codes. In her free time, Tabitha enjoys volunteering at local community events, gardening, Mountain biking, and almost everything else outdoors.

First Nation Support Services – Prairies

Eugene Peterson

Manager First Nation Support Services Prairies

Eugene Peterson is a member of Long Plain in Treaty 1 south central Manitoba. While growing up in Vancouver Eugene often visited friends and family in Manitoba each summer.

After attending Simon Fraser University (Economics and Business) and University of British Columbia (Law) Eugene moved to Winnipeg where he practiced law in Child and Family Services, Land Claims and Self Government. Eugene accepted a full time position with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre in 2017.  Eugene provides technical support services for southern Manitoba  and southern Saskatchewan operational and developmental communities.

Eugene is a father of four who enjoys life with his wife Carmella throughout Treaty 1, western Canada and central U.S.A.

Leah Bitternose

Leah Bitternose

Land Code Governance Advisor Prairies

Tānsi, Kitatamiskātināwāw! Leah Bitternose Nitisiyihkāson. Nēhiyawskwēw ohci George Gordon ēkwa Treaty 4 Niwīcihowān.  Leah M. Bitternose is Cree from the George Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory.  She has a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan and is dedicated to the protection of Indigenous and Treaty Rights.  She is honoured to work for the FNLMRC assisting First Nation’s in the Prairie Region and North West Territories to take back control of their lands and resources.

Ed Vystrcil

Land Code Governance Advisor Prairies

Ed Vystrcil is a proud member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (Nelson House) in Northern Manitoba. He lead the territorial Land Use Planning process for his First Nations Resource Management Area consisting of 5.6 Million acres, and sits as a current Resource Management Board member.

He has a passion for First Nation land issues and understands the importance of meaningful community engagement to guide First Nation Governance initiatives. Ed is considered one of Northern Manitoba’s First Nation land and resource management specialists, and has spent most of his career assisting numerous First Nations with the implementation of various land claim and land related settlement agreements. Ed has extensive experience with the TLE/ATR and assisted 20 First Nations convert 450,000 acres of land to reserve under the Manitoba TLE Process.

Ed is a nationally certified lands manager, has a University educational background in Environmental studies and has participated in numerous Land and Natural Resource events across Canada. He’s foresees the need for a national land based education program as an integral component of First Nation Governance, healing and reconciliation.

Joey Fulton

Land Code Governance Advisor Prairies

Joey Leigh Fulton started with the Resource Centre Prairie Region in early 2019. Her home base is located in Treaty 6 Territory in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

She has been working in the Lands field since 2009 and has completed the Level Two: Technical Training in the Professional Lands Management Certification Program in 2009.

Joey is a proud member of Chippewas of Nawash First Nation and volunteers with the Canadian Native Friendship Centre in Edmonton and volunteers as a knowledge keeper and Auntie with Indigenous Birth of Alberta.

Her pride is her family and her greatest blessings are her 2 kids.

Dean Bear

Land Code Governance Advisor Prairies

Dean Bear is a member of the Muskoday First Nation in central Saskatchewan and comes to the Resource Center after 17 years working as the Director of the Muskoday lands department. During that time, he helped develop laws and procedures under the Land Code that have helped Muskoday First Nation become a trailblazer for other operational First Nation communities to follow. He assisted the First Nation in negotiating a Treaty Land Entitlement settlement and a land exchange agreement with the neighboring rural municipality – both firsts for a Land Code community in Canada. Dean is a major proponent of the Framework Agreement and has a desire to see more First nations strive toward sectoral self-government. He has sat on numerous boards at the First Nation level, is a previous chairman of the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Land Technicians (SALT) and former board member of the National Aboriginal Land Manager’s Association (NALMA).

His background includes farming with a diploma in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan. He has also received certification from the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management program at the U of S and the First Nation Tax Administration program at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.

Dean and his wife Kim reside on the family farm at Muskoday with their three cats. In his off time, he enjoys golf and is a member of the Birch Hills Golf Club board, watching football and hockey and cooking different delicacies on his wood and charcoal smokers.

First Nation Support Services – East

Crystal Restoule

Manager First Nation Support Services East

Crystal Restoule is a proud member of Dokis First Nation, located on the boundaries that separate the Districts of Parry Sound, Sudbury and Nipissing, Ontario. Crystal and her spouse are proud parents of a beautiful boy and enjoy spending much of their free time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and participating in various sporting activities.

While attending Laurentian University, Crystal worked with the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada as a summer student and continued her work there after graduation. Crystal accepted a position with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre in 2014 as Support Services Technician for the Eastern Region.  In April 2018, Crystal accepted the position as Manager of Support Services for Ontario, Québec and the Atlantic Regions. She looks forward to continuing her work with First Nations in pursuing land governance under the Framework Agreement.

Cassandra Cadeau

Land Code Governance Advisor East

Cassandra Cadeau, also known as Cass, grew up in the Niagara Falls area where she took part in a house build project with Habitat for Humanity in 2009. Cass began working for Shawanaga First Nation in 2011, assisting with the implementation of the consultation and accommodation protocol, coordinating logistics for major projects and providing administrative support for the Shawanaga Youth Council.

Throughout the following years, Cass built upon her education in Negotiation, Aboriginal Law, Consultation and Accommodation, Project Management, Aboriginal Professional Administration and Indigenous Peoples Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan.

Cass then lead Shawanaga First Nation and the community through the development of a Land Code in 2013 and pioneered an electronic voting ratification process. With the successful vote for Shawanaga’s Land Code, Cass accepted a Technician position with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre in 2015, where she continues her work with pride in developing and implementing Land Codes in other First Nations throughout Ontario. She has supported many First Nations through Land Code votes, including Long Lake 58, Wasauksing, Temagami, Beausoleil, Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point, and Chippewas of Rama.

Cass enjoys cottage country life with her fiancé Adam, three children and house full of cats and dogs in the small town of Parry Sound, in the traditional territory of Shawanaga First Nation. Her family are from Alderville First Nation in southern Ontario. In her free time, Cass enjoys cruising around Georgian Bay, fishing and taking on pinterest DIY building projects.

Danielle Alain

Land Code Governance Advisor East

Danielle Alain is a proud member of the Wolastoqiyik (People of the Beautiful River) from Woodstock First Nation, New Brunswick.

Danielle completed her Bachelor of Arts at St. Thomas University, graduating with a double major in Criminology and Native Studies.

Upon graduation, Danielle accepted a position with, at the time, Aboriginal Affairs and Norther Development Canada and spent two years as a Band Governance and Estates Officer and eight years as a Lands Officer, where she thoroughly enjoyed working with many of the First Nation communities in the Atlantic.  Most recently, Danielle accepted a position with the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre and currently works as a Support Technician for the Eastern Team!

Danielle has two beautiful children and they love to hang out with friends and family, travel, participate in community activities and whatever daily adventures come their way!

Katharina Trottier

Katharina Trottier

Land Code Governance Advisor East

Brenda Belmore

Land Code Governance Advisor East

Brenda began with the FNLMRC in June 2019 as a technician with the East Team. She joins us from the Public Safety Division of the Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections where she was employed since 2011 as an Administrative Assistant. Most recently with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management,  Brenda had provided administrative and operational support in the Field and Advisory Services in the areas of the fire services, mutual aid, inspections & enforcement, municipal reviews and public education over the course of her career with the fire marshal. She has also held other positions during her time with the OFMEM as a Pay & Benefits Specialist with Ministry of Government & Consumer Services, Youth Mentor Project Advisor with the Career & Youth Employment Services, Electoral Officer for the Women’s Council with Nishnawbe Aski Nation,  and Facilitator for Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology. Prior to joining the public service, she worked in her home community, Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek as the Executive Assistant to the Chief & Council and Acting First Nation Administrator.

Brenda is formally educated in the following areas of Administration – Office, Business & Public. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, fishing and puzzles.

Kiley Shebageget

Land Code Governance Advisor East

Kiley joined the FNLMRC in June 2022 as a Land Code Governance Advisor with the East Team. Previously, she worked for Rainy River First Nations for 19 years, starting as a Project Officer in their grassroots environmental program, to eventually heading their Lands & Natural Resources Department as the Lands Manager for over 10 years. While at Rainy River, she oversaw the Land Code development process, bringing them to a successful vote in 2020. She also spearheaded the development of the Rainy River First Nations Land Use Plan, which went on to win the 2018 CIP Award of Planning Excellence in the Aboriginal Community Planning and Development category.

Kiley is a certified Aboriginal Lands Manager and has completed the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management certificate program at the University of Saskatchewan. She also attended Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, earing double diplomas in Forestry and Integrated Natural Resource Management.

Kiley grew up and still resides in Nestor Falls, ON in the heart of Treaty #3 territory in northwestern Ontario. Her husband and daughter are proud members of the Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation, and her family partakes in events and celebrations in their community. Kiley’s great-grandfather built tourist camps in the Nestor Falls area beginning in the 1920’s, and her family still operates some of the camps today. As such, fishing, hunting and being outdoors on the land with her family are among Kiley’s favourite activities.

Public Relations & Communications

John Makson

Senior Public Relations Advisor

John is a proud member of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, from the Wolf Clan, of the Kahienkeha’ka people from South Eastern Ontario. After attending Queen’s university John moved to British Columbia to work with the Federal Treaty Negotiation office in 1998. John moved on to Statistics Canada to work on the 2001 Aboriginal Census and Aboriginal People’s Survey, and then to the start-up First Nations Statistical Institute.

John accepted a full-time position with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre in 2007.  John has worked as a field technician in BC and was the Manager for the Western team and was happy to be a part of many successful votes throughout British Columbia. In 2017 John accepted the position of Manager of Communications to help build a new communications team and approach for the Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre.

John father of three and enjoys life with his wife Angela and three dogs on Vancouver Island, in the territory of the Malahat First Nation. He and his family love island life, from the island grown foods, great coffee and local artisans. John is an artist and spends much of his free time on a mountain bike chasing son down the mountains.

Suzanne Winch

Senior Communications Advisor

Suzanne Winch began her journey with the Framework Agreement in the early 1990’s, as administrative support to its legislative development.  She began working for the Lands Advisory Board in 1996 and later accepted the role of Manager of Administration for the First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre after it was incorporated in 2001.

Committed to her involvement in support of the Framework Agreement, Suzanne achieved a B.A. in Environmental Studies and consequently accepted a new position within the organization as an Environmental Technician.  With ever-growing First Nations’ interest in the Framework Agreement, and subsequent expansions to the Resource Centre, Suzanne joined the Strategic Planning and Communications team as a Communications Specialist where she helps craft and convey important messaging regarding the significance of the initiative.

Suzanne is mother to three active boys and lives with her husband on Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation traditional territory,  just East of the Resource Centre’s Sutton office in Ontario.  She and her family enjoy all things outdoors.  Suzanne adores sharing her love of the environment with her children and is pursuing studies in Environmental Education and Communication as part of that passion.  Suzanne has a lifetime of experience with animals (both domestic and wild) and expanded on that interest to attain certifications in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University.   Personal passions include photography, caring for her small farm menagerie, gardening, and making memories with her family.

Sean Cunningham

Graphic Designer

Sean graduated with honours from the Digital Design and Development program at the BC Institute of Technology where he learned graphic design, motion graphics and web and app development.

Sean has experience working as a brand designer for various companies and non-profit organizations in BC. After working with the Resource Centre for nearly a year as an independent contractor, Sean joined the team as a full-time graphic designer in November 2021.

Sean resides in the lower-mainland British Columbia and is an avid movie and concert-goer. Sean enjoys spending his free time honing his graphic skills, practising other artistic mediums and technologies as well as enjoying walks in the rainy weather with his girlfriend Kalee and their pup.

Land Code Governance

Andrew Beynon

Director, Land Code Governance

Andrew Beynon has over thirty years experience working on First Nation lands and self-government. Andrew has worked on land development, environmental protection, environmental assessments, additions to reserve and treaty land entitlement, economic development, specific claims, federal-provincial agreements, optional self-government legislation, taxation, infrastructure projects, reform of federal funding agreements, work with First Nations drafting laws and many other areas.

Andrew was Canada’s lead lawyer on the Nisga’a treaty and has considerable experience with negotiations as well as drafting and has appeared on numerous occasions before Parliamentary Committees. Andrew is one of the authors of “Modern First Nations Legislation Annotated”, a legal publication which includes a chapter dealing with the Framework Agreement and the federal legislation which ratifies the Framework Agreement.

Andrew is married with two “kids” in post secondary studies. Andrew has no time for his wide range of hobbies and interests which range from eternal home renovations to collecting vintage JBL studio monitors originally used by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, to studying the history of the Nixon administration, as well as to international soccer and playing golf rarely, but always badly.

Sharon Jack

Administrative Assistant

Sharon Jack is a member of the Osoyoos Indian Band in the Syilx territory located in the southern interior of British Columbia.  She received her education from Thompson Rivers University attaining a Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing).  She worked for the Okanagan Indian Band for a number of years in the Social Development department.

She then took time off from work to raise her children until they were both full-time students in elementary.  Sharon started working with the Lands Advisory Board in April 2007; working as Executive Assistant to the LAB Chairman.  In April 2017, she then moved over to her current position with the Planning & Readiness team where she is the Administrative Assistant among her other duties.

Sharon is married to Ernest M. Jack (OJ), they have two adult children; Kylie who is in her final year at Simon Fraser University, majoring in Criminology and Austin is in his first year at UBCO.  The family resides on the Westbank First Nation in the Syilx Territory.  Sharon’s interests include golf, volunteering and she has found that she has a knack for Traditional crafting, after taking a class at the En’owkin Centre (Penticton) in January 2017 – she enjoys beading, basket weaving, working with leather and sewing.

Land Code Governance Team

Jennifer Predie

Manager, Land Code Governance

Jennifer Predie is a member of Six Nations, Onondaga. She is a professionally certified First Nations Land Manager with an applied degree in Environmental Management and diplomas in Terrain and Water Resources. Jennifer began her professional career in 2000 as an Environmental Scientist with EBA Engineering Consultants in Edmonton, AB.

In 2002, Jennifer moved to Regina, SK to work as a Fish Habitat Biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and in 2006, she transferred to the DFO Parry Sound, ON District office where she became their Senior Habitat Biologist. In 2013, Jennifer accepted a position as the Lands Manager for Wasauksing First Nation, located on Parry Island in Georgian Bay, leading the First Nation to the successful ratification of their Land Code in 2017.

A proud Haudenosaunee citizen, Jennifer resides just outside Parry Sound, ON, in the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, specifically of the Wasauksing First Nation, with her husband, Jason, and six-year-old daughter, Ava.  Jennifer enjoys spending her summers boating and fishing in Georgian Bay, and her winters shuttling her daughter to her various after-school activities.

Kevin Broughton

Enforcement Advisor – East

Kevin Broughton served 33 years with Ontario Provincial Police now living in Thunder Bay Ontario.  Kevin served across Ontario in the capacity of Provincial Constable posted to Schreiber, Temagami, Rolphton, and Pembroke. Kevin was promoted to the rank of Identification Constable posted to the Kenora, London, and the Tillsonburg Forensic Unit.

Kevin has worked extensively with First Nation communities throughout northern and southern Ontario. Kevin worked for the Ontario College of Trades as an Inspector, Manager of Investigations, Courts and Hearings and transferred to the position of Project Manager for their new Records Management system.

Some of Kevin’s Career Highlights:

OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Diver, Marine Operator, Certified in Clandestine Drug Lab Investigation, and handling of Chemical, Nuclear, Biological Warfare agents, Court Qualified to offer opinion evidence in all three levels of Court including at Coroner’s Inquest. As a member of the investigative team in the capacity of Forensic Identification officer, he was involved in many homicide cases, some being the largest high-profile homicide investigations in Ontario. Kevin was appointed and served as Fire Chief for 4 years in Temagami Ontario.

Kevin enjoyed building his home in Thunder Bay with his wife, flying radio-controlled planes, fishing and riding his motorcycle a Honda Goldwing.

Chantal Kitamura

Environment & Enforcement Advisor

Chantal joined the Resource Centre in 2021. She is delighted to be part of the team and is enthusiastic about her role as Environment and Enforcement Specialist.

Chantal has great passion for environmental governance which began to flourish during her university studies. Chantal holds a Master of International Forestry Degree from the University of British Columbia. During her time at UBC, Chantal focused on furthering her knowledge of forest policy and resource management as it relates to Indigenous rights and land governance. Prior to attending UBC, Chantal graduated from the University of Waterloo where she obtained an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree in Urban Planning with specialization in Environmental Planning and Management. Chantal enjoys learning new things and is currently working towards becoming a Registered Professional Planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP).

Chantal’s passion for environmental governance has continued to grow throughout her various work experiences. Before joining the Resource Centre, Chantal worked with Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Treaty, Lands and Resource Department as both Consultation and Accommodation Manager as well as Referrals Analyst. Working as part of Tsleil-Waututh’s Consultation and Accommodation team, Chantal analyzed the environmental effects of various development projects and led consultation activities, building positive relationships with external organizations. Chantal has also appreciated completing several internships with federal and municipal government agencies as well as working in private sector and research-based roles. Chantal values the experience and knowledge she has gained in the fields of environmental policy and management, species at risk, environmental assessment, urban planning, and development.

Chantal is a coffee enthusiast, who enjoys traveling and outdoor adventures. Traveling within Canada and abroad, Chantal has tremendous appreciation for the environment and cultural values. Residing in western Canada, Chantal loves spending time in the mountains going biking, hiking and backcountry camping.

Cory Kozmik

Environment & Enforcement Advisor

Cory resides within Central-Northern Ontario and holds a BSc (Hons) specializing in Conservation from Trent University and is currently a Master’s candidate in Boreal Ecology at Laurentian University. She also holds a Business diploma from Fleming College and is a certified restricted drone operator and Nitrox Scuba Diver.

Before joining the RC in 2021, Cory spent 5 years with Magnetawan First Nation’s Lands, Resource & Environment Department as their Environmental Management Biologist, where she played a key role in developing programs, advancing their strategies, policies and laws for environmental protections and management under the Framework Agreement, as well as Magnetawan’s Species at Risk (SAR) program, Guardianship program and turtle incubation facility. She developed and delivered training programs focused on Species at Risk and environment to local contractors, environmental monitors, and other organizations to improve environmental awareness on the jobsite and foster meaningful relationships with communities on their lands.

Cory has experience in the fields of project development and management, infrastructure development, environmental impact and risk assessment, mitigation strategies, Species at Risk research, climate change monitoring and adaption planning. Her previous programs were successful in creating ethical spaces and partnerships to ensure that Indigenous Knowledge systems played critical roles to inform research direction, land-use, and adaptation planning.

When Cory is not working, she enjoys riding her horses, playing various instruments, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family on the farm. She loves to travel, so she can explore the lands and oceans of our planet and is quite the plant enthusiast. She brings passion and enthusiasm to her professional roles and is eager to continue in her work with First Nations across Canada in her role with the RC.

Stefanie Recollet

Waste Management Specialist

Stefanie Recollet is a member of Wahnapitae First Nation, in Northern Ontario. She is from the Crane Clan and a proud Anishinaabe kwe. Stefanie’s academic background includes a bachelors in Law, a certificate in Community Development and she holds numerous certifications related to land and environment management.

She spent 6 years working in Environmental Management within her home community before moving to Waabnoong Bemjiwang Tribal Council as the Waste Management Coordinator. She has since joined the Resource Centre’s Environment and Enforcement team as the Solid Waste Specialist where she leads the development of strategies for improving environmental governance in solid waste and is a resource in law development, management planning, implementation and protections.

Adam Wright

Planner, Land Code Governance

Adam Wright is a registered professional planner (RPP, MCIP) and works as a Land Code Governance Planner with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre. Over the past 10 + years Adam’s work has spanned various sectors including private, non-profit, government and academia with a specific focus on the planning processes that regulate and guide land development on First Nations land. In his role with the Resource Centre, Adam provides land-use planning support to signatory Communities which includes offering any relevant expertise, resources, information, advice and guidance.

Having been raised, educated and employed on Treaty 7 lands in Alberta and Treaty 3 lands in Ontario, Adam has a tremendous sense of gratitude to the land and the to the First Peoples from these lands. Resulting from this, and also being cognizant of the deep negative impacts of colonialism and the Indian Act, Adam recognizes his responsibility to support First Nation communities as they seek to exercise self-government over their lands. Adam is honoured to support First Nations with respect to lands management and governance of their lands and views this work to be a critical component of his responsibility towards reconciliation efforts.

Adam lives in Calgary with his wife and two daughters and spends his free time playing with his kidlets as well as ultimate frisbee, squash, basketball and anything else that gets the legs moving. When time allows, Adam likes to strum the guitar and torture his neighbours and family with off-key singing.

Leeanna Rhodes

GIS Specialist

Leeanna Rhodes, a member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation, has over 35 years GIS experience, over 25 years of using GPS and over 25 years working with First Nation Organizations.  Leeanna received her professional training from Simon Fraser University to BCIT and attending several ESRI hosted GIS certified workshops.  Leeanna has shared her knowledge with many First Nations’ community members on how to use a GPS and map that same data on GIS, which include Haida Gwai, Gitsan, Wetsewatan, Doig River and many communities in British Columbia.

Leeanna gained her Land Code experience from working with the community AQAM as their Lands Officer for over 5 years.

She has applied GIS to many disciplines such as forestry, anthropology, Oil and Gas, Mining, Archaeology and Land Code mapping.  She has worked with several organizations such as Treaty 8 Tribal Association, Sto:lo Nation, Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council, Shuswap Nation to name a few.

Some of the products developed by Ms. Rhodes include, but not limited to: Maps made for the documentary/video Peace Out; the book Where Happiness Dwells-A History of the Dane-Zaa First Nations and The Sto:lo Coast Salish Historical Atlas.

Leeanna has been married for over 35 years, is also the mother of two adult children and the proud grandmother of two amazing grandsons.

She enjoys NASCAR, POWWOWS and being with her family as much as possible.

Training, Mentorship & Professional Development

Angie Derrickson

Angie Derrickson

Manager: Training, Mentorship & Professional Development

Angie Derrickson is a proud member of Westbank First Nation, which is located in south central British Columbia, Canada. Her career started at
Westbank, with roles in Administration, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Senior Lands Officer from 2000 to 2010, while completing her Professional Lands Management Certification at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. She later contributed to the development and delivery of Parts 1, 2, 3 of the BCAFN Governance Toolkit. In June 2013, Angie was delighted to join the RC team and has since completed JIBC Associate Certificate in Training & Facilitation.

Angie has assisted with governance and implementation activities under the WFN Self‐Government Agreement, including community working groups, treaty, land acquisition, land code, law development and land registry system. She currently sits on both the WFN Public Arts Committee and WFN Allotment Commission.

From 2010 to 2013, Angie joined BC Assembly of First Nations as a Policy Analyst, where she continued to promote awareness of first nation governance initiatives and contributed to the BCAFN Governance Toolkit; supporting community governance structures and engagement tools.

In June 2013, Angie joined the Resource Centre providing support to First Nations under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management where she continues to develop her skills by achieving an Associate Certificate in Training and Facilitation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in 2018, and continues to support strategic approaches for Training, Mentorship and Professional Development for Land Management across Canada.

Leana Farlam

Specialist, Curriculum Development Knowledge Sharing

Leana Farlam has a passion for education and she believes in the importance of sharing knowledge and making information accessible to all. Her dedication to education is evident through her academic achievements. Leana has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, she has obtained a certificate in Online Learning Design and Development from Algonquin College.

Her role at the Resource Centre perfectly aligns with her own beliefs and passions. Leana works as the Curriculum Development – Knowledge Sharing Specialist. Her job is to create courses on a wide range of topics that are shared with communities. Her goal is to create factual, relevant and engaging content for everyone to enjoy!

Outside of work, Leana enjoys practicing yoga and trying new restaurants. She often has a book on the go – usually about yoga, or meditation! You may also find her hiking through local trails followed by her two pups or enjoying a movie with her husband.

Lise Steele

Coordinator, Training, Mentorship & Professional Development

Lise Steele is a proud member of the We Wai Kai Nation, located on both Vancouver and Quadra Island’s. After moving back home to the Quinsam Reserve in Campbell River in 2001, Lise changed her career path by attending the University of Victoria where she earned a certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization; while teaching the language she became interested in LANDS which then lead her into the position of Land Code Coordinator and she began further training at the University of Saskatchewan – Professional Lands Management Certificate.

During that time the We Wai Kai Nation voted on and ratified their own Land Code and the implantation process began. Lise continued her studies by attending Thompson River University – Tulo Program for First Nations Tax Administration and is a certified tax administrator. Lise accepted a position with the Resource Centre in 2016 and had has worked as a field technician on Vancouver Island as well as Event Planner for the organization. Working with the Resource Centre and First Nations across this country is truly exciting!

Lise is married with one grown daughter along with their wolf dog Shadow enjoy life on the Quinsam Reserve.

Advisors

Rob Pinkerton

Survey Advisor

Rob Pinkerton is a Land Surveyor and Engineer who has spent the last 20 years working on land surveys throughout the western provinces. He attended the University of Calgary and is licensed to survey in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and on Canada Lands.

Born in North Vancouver he has lived in Moncton, Edmonton and now calls Calgary home. He has served as a Councillor for the Alberta Land Surveyors’ Association (ALSA) and as President of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS).

Luke Forbes

Legal Survey Analyst

Luke has been in the survey industry for nearly 30 years. He graduated from BC Institute of Technology with a Diploma in Geomatics Technology. He has spent his career surveying in the prairies working in the industry. He has worked with the federal and Saskatchewan land tenure administrators. He has also spend many years working with private survey firms in Saskatchewan.

Luke was born in Regina and still lives there with his 3 children. He enjoys fishing, sports, and camping.