Byers, Kristine

Kristine Byers Union Representative British Columbia Regional Council of Carpenters (BCRCC) New Westminster, British Columbia   Kristine is a Red Seal Journeyperson Carpenter from New Westminster, B.C. and is currently employed as a Union Representative and safety and equipment Instructor for the British Columbia Regional Council of Carpenters. She is passionate about diversifying the workforce…

Barajas, Jose

Jose Barajas CEO & President Infinity Enterprises Group Whistler, British Columbia   Pepe Barajas is an entrepreneur in British Columbia and is at the helm of 7 companies as owner/CEO. Held under Infinity Enterprises Group, the companies consist of food and beverage operations mainly. Mr. Barajas has been awarded Best Immigrant Entrepreneur from Business BC,…

Alexis, Norman

Norman Alexis Manager, Finance Binche Whut’en First Nations Fort James, British Columbia   Norman is a member of the Tl’azt’en First Nations and currently works for the Binche Whut’en First Nations as their Finance Manager. He has worked as the Emergency Program Coordinator for Tl’azt’en Nation for over 11 Years, He has also received his…

Prasad, Deepak

Deepak Prasad RCMP Officer Royal Canadian Mounted Police Nova Scotia Lakeside, Nova Scotia   Deepak loves to boat, ATV, cheer on the Vancouver Canucks, learn about new things, and volunteer with his dog, Fin. He is currently posted to Halifax as an RCMP Officer and assigned to the Wellness Unit. He is an Honorary Aide-de-Camp…

Pothier, Denise

Denise Pothier Vice-President, Indigenous Relations and Practice Services Stantec Consulting Halifax, Nova Scotia   Denise has a background in Chemical Engineering and more than twenty-five years of industry experience. She is currently the Vice President of Practice Services and was the first-ever Vice President of Indigenous Relations at Stantec. She is a firm believer that…

McLean, Sarah

Sarah McLean Senior Director, Public Affairs NATIONAL PR Halifax, Nova Scotia   Sarah is a highly regarded public affairs and corporate communications practitioner in Atlantic Canada, as a Senior Director at NATIONAL Public Relations. Sarah is passionate about Indigenous engagement and is a trusted advisor for clients seeking to secure social license in the communities…

Graff, Ann-Barbara

Ann-Barbara Graff Vice-President, Academic & Research NSCAD University Halifax, Nova Scotia   Ann is a senior academic administrator at Canada’s premier university of art, craft and design (NSCAD University). She is passionate about the arts and what they contribute to culture and to the promise of creative futures and it is by working together that…

Fraughton, Holly

Holly Fraughton Communications Officer Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union Dartmouth, Nova Scotia   Holly works as a Communications Officer for the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU) and is the appointed Communicator for her own staff local, IAMAW Local Lodge 2797. Before joining staff at the union, Holly worked as a…

DeCoste, Luke

Luke DeCoste Co-Founder, Chief Governance Officer Proof Data Technology Inc. Halifax, Nova Scotia   Luke loves leading people who are doing amazing things. For the last three years, he has done that by co-founding Proofgov.com, a venture-backed software company helping public servants achieve their mandates with less risk. As an entrepreneur and senior public servant,…

Black, Paul

Paul Black Principal Dot Connector Fisherwick Collaborations Inc. Dartmouth, Nova Scotia   As an immigrant from “the troubles” of Northern Ireland, Paul has lived a life of great good fortune. He has worked in government, business and with NGOs, so he is tri lingual. Paul provides counsel to a variety of private and public entities;…