Board of Directors
Message from the Board Chair,
The Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) was created out of a social need to create jobs and opportunities for First Nations people. SIGA is owned by 74 First Nations of Saskatchewan (The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN)), and it is an honour to represent the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
As stewards of the organization, the Board sets out a course for the future by implementing the strategic direction for the company. Always looking five years ahead, SIGA continues to reinvest in its facilities, its people and implement initiatives that focus on the outcomes required by our shareholders, customers and employees.
Since opening its doors, SIGA has generated over $1 billion in revenue for our beneficiaries. As a fairly young company, this is an outstanding accomplishment – one that we can all be proud of.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we look forward to sharing in the success of our common vision.
Chief Reginald Bellerose
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the stewardship of the organization and is ultimately accountable for the management of the affairs and business of SIGA. It has established a terms of reference addressing its principle duties and responsibilities as a Board. All of its directors are independent of management and no member of management serves as a director.
The Chair, as the presiding director, provides leadership in guiding the Board and coordinating its activities; and fosters Board relationships in the best interests of the organization. The Chair, while working closely with the President and CEO, retains an independent perspective to best represent the interests of SIGA, the Board and the communities they serve. The Chair, on behalf of the Board, reports to the FSIN Economic and Community Development Commission (ECDC) and the FSIN Legislative Assembly on the affairs of the corporation, including all business aspects of casinos owned or operated by SIGA. The Chair in turn reports to the Board of Directors any recommendations offered by ECDC and the Assembly. The Chair is a non-executive appointment.
The Board of Directors is comprised of not more than thirteen members. The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Tribal Councils appoint these members to the Board. Only individuals registered under The Alcohol and Gaming Regulation Act, 1997 may be members of the SIGA Board.
Board Chair – Chief Reginald Bellerose joined the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Board of Directors in 2008. He is in his sixth term as Chief of Muskowekan First Nation. Chief Bellerose has a bachelor of arts degree from Concordia University College in Edmonton and has completed a master’s degree in project management at the University of Saskatchewan.
Chief Darcy Bear is in his seventh consecutive term as Chief of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. He holds a Business Administration Certificate and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the U of S. Chief Bear has also been the recipient of many awards including the Commemorative Medal for the Centennial of Saskatchewan in 2005; the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 2011; and the Saskatchewan Diamond Jubilee in 2012. Recently, he was awarded the 2016 Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Lifetime Achievement Award for his oversight of the transformation of the community, increasing opportunity and prosperity against formidable odds. He has dedicated half of his life to the betterment of his community and has been the driving force behind extensive economic development and an improved quality of life within the community. To date there has been approximately $100 million in capital investment in the community and a reduced unemployment rate from 70 per cent to 5 per cent.
Chief Richard Ben joined the SIGA Board in October 2009. Prior to being elected as Chief of Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation, he had served one term as a band councillor. Chief Ben’s experience includes terms with the FSIN Education and Justice Commissions, and a number of boards with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council. Chief Ben’s background also includes three years in the army reserve, four years as a recreation director on his home reserve, as well as an education in police sciences and information technology.
Chief Connie Big Eagle is the Chief of Ocean Man First Nation. She has served her nation in leadership for 13 years as chief and on council. Chief Connie chairs the Yorkton Tribal Council Treasury Board, vice chairs the Treaty 4 Education Alliance and represents Saskatchewan on the Assembly of First Nations Women’s Council. Chief Big Eagle joined SIGA Board in August 2015.
Carole Bryant rejoined the SIGA Board in January 2010. Carole is currently VP of Administration with the Ranch Ehrlo Society. She has had a diverse career experience in social work, community development, HR, corporate services, board governance and communication. Carole is the past-president of the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW) and is a former past-president of the Regina Rotary Club. She was one of the founding board members of SaskPower Commercial Inc. and has board experience with the Luther College Board of Directors, Investment Saskatchewan and is a former President of the Regina and District Food Bank. Carole has a master’s degree in social work. She completed her MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston and has her CPA designation.
Bob Gerow was appointed to the SIGA Board of Directors by the Agency Chiefs Tribal Council (ACTC) in 2008. Bob is a member of the Victoire Métis Local, has worked in First Nations Education and Administration for the past 37 years. He is the VP of Askiy Forest Management and he is currently the Executive Director with the Agency Chiefs Tribal Council. Bob holds a B.A., B.Ed., P.G.D. and a Master of Education (M.Ed.).
Chief Edward Henderson of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation joined the board in December 2005. He is past Chair of Little Red Reserve School Authority and Woodland Cree Board. He currently serves on the boards of PAGC Education, Forestry, Women’s Commission, Sports Culture and Recreation, Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation, First Nations University of Canada and the Saskatchewan Indian Education & d Commission.
Dr. Ron Martin of the Fond-du-Lac First Nation was appointed to the SIGA Board on October 2012. Dr. Martin completed his Native Law Program; a Bachelor of Arts Advanced Degree in Sociology; Bachelor of Science Advanced Degree in Anatomy; certified Director training; and a Doctor of Medical Dentistry Degree. He owns and operates a busy and expanding dental practice (Dene Dent Family Dentistry) on Treaty 4 territory near Fort Qu’Appelle.
Chief Kenny Moccasin joined the SIGA Board in December 2015. Chief Moccasin was elected for a second term in 2015 to the position of Chief of the Saulteaux First Nation. Prior to being elected as a band councillor, Chief Moccasin completed his Computer IT Information Technology Diploma and worked in the education system for eight years as a Computer Technician/Networking/Teacher at the Saulteaux Heritage School and the NNEC School Division. He currently represents Battleford Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) on the SIGA Board, and was recently appointed as Tribal Chief in October 2015.
Chief Marie Ann Daywalker-Pelletier was appointed from the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council in early January, 2013 to the SIGA Board. Currently she is the Chief of Okanese First Nation, and has filled the position since March, 1981 – serving a total of 35 consecutive years to date. Chief Daywalker-Pelletier has sat on many boards and obtained professional director designation in 2015. Currently she is the Chair of the Saskatchewan Indian Women’s Commission, Chair of the TFHQ Safe Shelters and a member of the Health and Social Development Commission.
Kevin Poock from the Battleford Tribal Council Management Corp. was appointed to the Board in February 2012 by the Battlefords Tribal Council. Kevin is a Chartered Financial Planner who has 25 years experience in the financial services industry. He was instrumental in the financing and opening of the first four casinos operated by SIGA. In 1998, he joined Battlefords Tribal Council to assist its Economic Development Division. Kevin currently is part of a group that manages several diversified businesses and holding companies, and analyzes new opportunities for First Nations.
Chief Brian Standingready of White Bear First Nation was first appointed to the Board in 2003, holding the position of Chair until January 2007. In 2008, Chief Standingready rejoined the Board. He has held a variety of positions, including Chief, council member, and band manager at the White Bear First Nation. He has also served as the district representative for the Yorkton Tribal Council and has sat on numerous boards, committees and commissions. Chief Standingready was re-elected in 2011.
Chief Delbert Wapass is a fluent speaker of the Cree language from Thunderchild First Nation. Chief Wapass holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Native Studies from the University of Regina, and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) from the University of Saskatchewan. Chief Wapass has previously served with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (formerly the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations) as both the Second and Third Vice Chief, with portfolio experience in economic development, education and health. A very traditional and cultural person, Chief Wapass was raised by his grandparents on the Thunderchild First Nation.
Senator Ted Quewezance is from Keeseekoose First Nation. Elected to Council in 1977, he served eight years on the Keeseekoose First Nation. Ted also served as Communications Officer with the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and was later Chief of Staff for the FSIN for eight years. Ted was elected in 1995 to be Chief of his community and served three consecutive terms. He also served as Advisor to the Assembly of First Nations for the Residential School file. Ted continues to travel across Canada at speaking engagements as a survivor of residential schools.