Tweela Nepoose, President

Tweela is an Indigenous Relations Practitioner and has a long history with CFAR having served on our Board for many years before taking a brief hiatus. Ms. Nepoose’s became CFAR’s President in January 2019. Her bio is coming soon.

Steve Saddleback, Vice President

Steve Saddleback, Director of the National Energy Business Centre of Excellence (NEBCE) at the Indian Resource Council of Canada (IRC). A member of Treaty 6 from the Samson Cree Nation located in Maskwacis, AB. Mr. Saddleback has worked for a number of national and international organizations in Finance, Real Estate investment, Banking, Economic Development, Fiscal Relations and was a co-owner of an Oil and Gas lease construction company in Northeastern British Columbia. Steve volunteers his time on numerous boards including the Indigenous Opportunities Committee at the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, SADLBAK Trucking, Samson Cree Nation – Nipishkopahk Wellness and Social Development Committee, Nipisihkopahk Miyomacihowyn Society, Co-Chair of the program advisory committee and board member for the ReDeveLop initiative – University of Calgary, and is the Vice-President of the Circle for Aboriginal Relations Society. Steve is adamant on working towards meaningful involvement of indigenous communities in all areas of the economy with a focus on the Energy sector.

Tim Heins – Treasurer

Mr. Heins is the Manager of Community Engagement for Royal Camps. Tim Heins is of non-aboriginal heritage, born and raised in Central Canada with the majority of his adult years spent in the Northwest Territories from 1985 to 2004. In late 2004, Tim moved to Edmonton and joined Flint Energy Services Ltd (now URS Flint) as the Manager of Aboriginal Community Engagement. Tim has been a member of CFAR since 2008 and is in his second year of service on the Board of Directors, first as a member at large and currently in the role of Vice-President. Tim is a member of the Governance Committee. Tim’s brings a wealth of business and community experience from his service as General Manager in the Co-operative system in the NWT; Economic Development Officer for the GNWT; Executive Director of The Deline Land Corporation in Deline, NT; Finance Manager for North-Wright Airways Ltd. and now, in his role as Manager of Aboriginal Community Engagement for a major subcontractor corporation in the oil & gas industry in Western Canada and the north. Tim has served as a Justice of the Peace in the NWT from 1988 to 1992. Tim has also represented URS Flint at the Alberta Chamber of Resources as a member of the Aboriginal Programs Project since 2005.

Connie Landry – Secretary

Connie is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte. She recently retired from a 34 year career at Nexen Energy, during which time she held progressively responsible roles, initially in Finance and for ten years prior to her retirement as the Program & Planning Advisor for Aboriginal Relations. While contemplating her next chapter Connie remains committed to mentoring today’s Aboriginal youth and tomorrows leaders.

Todd Belot – Past President

Aboriginal & Community Relations Senior Advisor, Husky Energy

Born and raised in Alberta, Todd spent 15 years in the Canadian Pharmaceutical Industry where he received his first opportunity to work with Aboriginal communities in rural Alberta. Todd then joined Travers Food Service, which later became ARAMARK Remote Services, as their Manager of Aboriginal and Community Relations. After 6 years Todd left ARAMARK to begin his role as Senior Advisor, Aboriginal and Community Relations with Husky Energy where he remains today.

Todd is a skilled relationship professional who has been recognized for his strong interpersonal skills, work ethic and professionalism.

Married and the proud father of two daughters, Todd savours the time he spends with his young family. An avid sports enthusiast, Todd regularly competes in basketball and golf.  Those that know him well appreciate his enthusiasm for his Big Green Egg.

Board Members

Board Members at Large

Andrea McLandress

Andrea is an Indigenous Relations Consultant. She recently served as the Executive Director of the Mining Association of Manitoba Inc. and  has worked in the private and public sector building relationships between mainstream organizations and Indigenous communities for 15+ years. Her persuasive communication skills and commitment to improving relations between business and community have been invaluable at building support for a variety of projects and programs across Western Canada. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Manitoba and is a founder of the St Norbert – LaBarriere Parish Metis Local, established in 1999.

Corey Janvier

Corey is from the community of Chipewyan Prairie Dene First Nation, which is located in the Municipality of Wood Buffalo.  Corey grew up in Fort McMurray where He graduated from Father Patrick Mercredi High School in 1999 and then went on to peruse his first career path and passion in the field of social work to both work with First Nations peoples and communities.

During his time involved in social work and the human services field Corey has achieved many achievements and milestones throughout Alberta and BC with both his work and passion in the betterment of First Nations people as a whole.  They include some of the following:

·  Social Work Diploma (Maskwachees Cultural College, Edmonton Alberta)

·  BSW Nicola Valley Institute of Technology/Thompson Rivers University (Merritt/Kamloops, BC)

·  Male Citizen of the Year (RARA Awards/Community Development CPDFN/Fort McMurray)

·  Assisted in Developing/Opening in First Nations Youth Treatment Facility (Chilliwack, BC)

·  Assisted in Many Youth and Elder Camps with CPDFN

After 10+ Years in the field of Social Work, Corey decided that it was time to move on and go into his second passion of both sales/business development and in 2012 started working with a newly developed Civil Earthworks company Summit Civils in Fort McMurray.  Throughout the past 5 years Summit Civils has become a preferred contractor to many major Oil and Gas Clients throughout Alberta and BC.

Corey Janvier on a personal side has a great family with Wife Jessica and Children Clea, Kai and Parker who support him in his work which seems to be endless hours, travel, meetings and of course golf games with Industry Clients, Supporting and Sub Contractors

Deion Blackman (Youth Board Member)

Deion Blackman is a Cold lake First Nations member. He has worked in the commercial retail business division of Primco Dene since 2010. He has since completed the Indigenous Community Industry Relations (ICIR) course through the University of Alberta Faculty of extension.

A main goal of his is to be able to help development with youth in areas of counselling, programming, and social welfare.

Jonathan Stringer

Jon is the General Manager of Aboriginal Relations for Black Diamond Group Limited.

Born in Iqaluit, NU Jonathan has grown up living from coast to coast to coast across Canada. Professionally, he has been lucky enough to work in a variety of different roles which have included working in the non-profit, governmental and for-profit industries. He brings this well rounded background to his current role with Black Diamond where he is responsible for building and maintaining positive relationships with the communities that surround Black Diamond and their operations. Prior to Black Diamond Jonathan spent 4 years working with Aramark Remote Workplace Services in the position of Director, Aboriginal Relations. In addition to Chairing CFAR’s Sponsorship Committee and serving on the Board of Directors, Jonathan is currently working toward acquiring his Citation in Indigenous Community-Industry Relations from the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension. Married, he is the proud father of two (Oliver and Penelope) young children. Jonathan enjoys nothing more than the time he gets to spend with his young family.

Lorne Ternes

Owner, Lorne J. Ternes Professional Corp.

Lorne Ternes provides counsel to diverse senior elected and appointed government and Aboriginal leaders and Industry decision makers. He has a reputation for delivering successful outcomes to complicated conflict situations through collaboration and innovation.

Working as a land agent gave Lorne insight regarding the necessity for effective management of the changing resource industry and community expectations. He appreciates his early work experience for providing a solid foundation of understanding regarding the intricacies of oil and gas resource development in Canada.

“Bringing Aboriginal perspectives alive is one of my great passions. We need to understand each other and our shared history before we can have meaningful conversations and collaborate for an honourable future. It is a pleasure to speak at conferences and seminars and build those bridges of understanding.”

Serving as part of the team that negotiated and drafted the Alberta Métis Settlements Legislation and over a dozen land claims represents high points in Lorne’s career. The same is true in his role as Lead Negotiator for Meadow Lake Tribal Council and Meadow Lake First Nations in self-government negotiations in Saskatchewan. These are examples of working with Canada’s laws to facilitate change benefiting a previously overlooked people without denying the rights of any other sector.

Working with the province of Alberta, resource developers, First Nations and Aboriginal communities, in developing policy, legislation and a variety of agreements and understandings gives Lorne a front-row view of the continued importance of respectful negotiation.

Lorne was appointed by the Cabinet of the Government of Alberta as a Part-Time Hearing Commissioner between 2013 and 2018.

Lorne teaches seminars at the University of Alberta’s School of Business, lectures regularly at the Banff Centre, and speaks at national and international conferences.

Awarded a 2008-09 Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Deputy Minister’s Pride and Recognition Award and the Alberta Premier’s Award of Excellence (Silver) in 2010.

LLB, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB; BA (cum laude), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK.

Member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and the Circle for Aboriginal Relations (CFAR).

Dr. Patricia Makokis

Dr. Patricia Makokis resides on Saddle Lake Cree Nation with her husband Eugene.  Pat currently works as a private contractor and is semi-retired (hard to do)!  She has years of experience in teaching and program development and delivery.  She is one of the development and delivery team members of the Indigenous Community Industry Relations Certificate (ICIR).

The ICIR certificate is a partnership between the University of Alberta and CFAR and is designed to assist in building better relationships between industry, governments and Indigenous peoples. The program is team taught with Indigenous scholars and Elders and several of the courses are land based.  All who work in business development on the traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples’ should consider ICIR.  It is all about enhancing Indigenous Business Development.  Having worked in Business Development most recently, Pat understands how critical those relationships are in understanding and working with Indigenous Nations.

Pat believes in life-long learning and works with Elders, ensuring curriculum development and instruction is holistic, and incorporates Indigenous instructional methods and age old ways of knowing. She sees herself as a servant of the people and works towards a better humankind for all.

Her most recent work is being a team member in the production of the film, TREATY TALK: SHARING THE RIVER OF LIFE.  www.treatytalk.com    An off shoot of the film is the upcoming walk entitled, WALKING FOR COMMON GROUND.  Pat and others are walking from Edmonton to Calgary May 31, 2019 to June 14, 2019.

Regan Smith

Regan is an Indigenous Engagement Specialist at Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)

Tammy Charland McLaughlin

Tammy Charland McLaughlin is the Vice President of Operations for Primco Dene Group of Companies. She is a proud member of the Cold Lake First Nations Denesuline Tribe.  As V.P. of Operation’s, she is responsible for the coordination and implementation of project management to create a functional organization approach for the group of companies. She has excellent communication skills that assist in her activities related to business development, employment initiatives, relationship agreements and community development. Her dedicated professional commitment Primco Dene and CLFN have been invaluable at building support among internal and external stakeholders.

Todd Pruden

Todd Pruden is the CEO of Dreamline Canada Inc. and AWS Group.

New Board Members

Janel McLaren

Janel works with CP Rail in Indigenous Relations. Currently Ms. McLaren is enjoying family time while on maternity leave, congratulations Janel!

Jorge Aviles

Jorge is an Indigenous Relations / Cross-cultural Communications Strategist with proven ability to engage and retain key stakeholders. His years as an overseas Sustainable Projects Manager provided him with more than a decade’s experience in communicating, training and negotiating with Indigenous groups in Latin America, West Africa and Southeast Asia. A true citizen of the world, Mr. Avilés not only makes good use of the 4 languages he’s fluent in, but he also trains other professionals in the art of cross-cultural communications and negotiations. He also takes the time to volunteer as a Mentor for the University of Calgary’s Haskayne graduate students’ program and the Indigenous Leadership Program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Most recently, the University of Calgary asked Mr. Avilés to assist with the writing of an Indigenous Awareness unit for Engineering students at the Schulich School of Engineering. His participation in several significant initiatives focused on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have afforded Mr. Avilés the savvy needed to promote a corporate culture of early engagement and meaningful consultation – a set of skills he’s proud to utilize at his present employer: Canada West Land Services.


Andrew Loosely, Art Cunningham, Bob Phillips, Cliff Supernault, Esther Johnson, James Blackman, Joe Moravetz, Mel Benson, Robin Campbell, Janais Turuk


Alita Murowchuk, Garret Strawberry, Justin Fontaine, Mitch Wincentaylo


Sandra Sutter, Executive Director

Maureen Doyle, Finance and Administration