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 at Large
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 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
Dan Toth is based in Calgary and manages every aspect of Indigenous Business Engagement for TransCanada Pipelines.
Dan was born in Regina and lived in Saskatchewan for more than two decades but has been a proud Albertan since 1990. He is a former journalist and has studied Aboriginal Relations at the University of Calgary and received a Citation in Indigenous Community-Industry Relations from the University of Alberta. He is the former Manager of Aboriginal Business Development with Noralta Lodge and ATCO and has held various communications roles with industry and the federal government.
In addition to building Indigenous business partnerships, Dan has played a key role in developing capacity-building programs and small businesses for Indigenous communities throughout Western Canada and the North.
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.
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.
Dr. Patricia Makokis
Dr. Patricia Makokis is employed full time as the Director of Indigenous Programs with the Faculty of Extension at the University of Alberta. She has a B.Ed., an M.A., and an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education); her doctorate degree is from the University of San Diego. Dr. Makokis has worked with industry and continues to consult for different organizations, including the oil and gas sector. She has worked as an academic for 25 plus years as a front line Teacher, Vice Principal, Principal, and Professor.
Accomplishments: The strength of the family unit is a primary focus for Dr. Makokis who has been married to her husband Eugene for 35 plus years; they’ve raised and nurtured a daughter (non-practicing lawyer) and son (medical doctor) and they now enjoy their grandson Atayoh. Participation in traditional Cree ceremonies keeps the entire Makokis family grounded and focused on wholistic well-being and the importance of family and Nation.
Awards: 2014, Aboriginal Role Model of Alberta (Community Development), Alumni leadership award – University of San Diego, CA. (2009); Queens Golden Jubilee Medal Award (2002); Seekers & Storytellers – Aboriginal Role Model (2002)
Personal and Professional areas of Interest and Contribution include: Indigenous wellness (economic, health, social, education); fostering positive business/industry relations between Indigenous people and industry / business (relational leadership); building Nations (one person at a time).
Additional Boards and / or Committees: Dr. Makokis was appointed to the Judicial Council of Alberta in February, 2016. Additionally, she was recently appointed by the Saddle Lake Chief and Council to the Saddle Lake Cree Nation Child Welfare Board.
Regan is an Indigenous Engagement Specialist at Alberta Energy Regulator (AER)
Tammy Charland McLaughlin
Todd Pruden, Owner, Dreamline Canada Inc.
Todd is the CEO of Dreamline Canada and AWS group.
New Board Members
Janel works with CP Rail in Indigenous Relations.
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.