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B O A R D O F D I R E C T O R S
RAY AHENAKEW
Board of Directors Chair Ray Ahenakew, member of the
Ahtahkakoop First Nation, was appointed by the Federation
of the Saskatchewan Indian Nations in January 2007. Ray
has dedicated his entire career to improving conditions
and opportunities in both First Nations and non-First
Nations communities. Ray also serves as President of the
Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies.
DELORES BURKART
Ms. Burkart operates her own consulting business. She
has been active in Saskatoon for many years, serving on
numerous community boards and associations such as the
Canadian Institute of International Affairs, the Canadian
Club, the United Way and the Red Cross. She also has a
wealth of experience in corporate board directorship. Ms
Burkart has served on the Boards of Directors for SaskTel,
SaskPower and SGI. She competed term in January 2008.
CAROLE BRYANT
Ms. Bryant is currently Vice President of Administration with
the Ranch Ehrlo Society. She also serves on the Boards of
Investment Saskatchewan and Luther College. Carole has
undergraduate and master’s degrees in Social Work, an
MBA from Queen’s University in Kingston, and a Certified
Management Accountant (CMA) designation. Ms Bryant
joined the SIGA Board in 2005. Carole competed term in
January 2008.
VICE CHIEF EDWARD HENDERSON
Vice 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 and 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 & Training Commission. Edward is
currently in his second term as Vice Chief of the Prince
Albert Grand Council.
ROBIN WOODWARD
Robin Woodward was appointed to the board in 2007
by the provincial government. He graduated with a B.Sc.
(Honours) from the University of Regina and an MA in
Geography from the University of Miami. Robin became the
first CEO of the Saskatchewan Forest Centre, a technology
transfer and applied research company focusing on value
added wood processing, agro-forestry and sustainable
forest science in Prince Albert in October of 2002. Robin
completed term in January 2008.
GARY LAPLANTE
Mr. LaPlante has been a SIGA Board member for the
past four years. He is the political and policy advisor to
the Battlefords Tribal Council and serves on numerous
provincial boards and committees. He is from the
Moosomin First Nation and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree,
majoring in history, from the University of Saskatchewan.
CHIEF ISABEL O’SOUP
Chief O’Soup of the Key First Nation joined the SIGA board
in April 2007. Chief O’Soup serves as Chairperson for the
Yorkton Tribal Council Treasury Board, board member of
the Saulteaux Healing & Wellness Centre and is a member
of the Saskatchewan First Nations Women’s Commission.
Chief O’Soup has also been serving as a board member for
First Nations University of Canada for the past two years
and is a commission member of the FSIN Treasury Board
and Lands and Resources.
CHIEF FELIX THOMAS
Chief Thomas joined the SIGA board in 2008. He has sat
on a variety of boards including IGC, IGR and HSDC. Chief
Thomas has also participated on the committee on Health
for the Assembly of First Nations. Chief Thomas served as
band councillor of Kinistin First Nation from 1991-1993
and has been Chief for 12 of the past 15 years. He holds a
Bachelor of Arts. Chief Felix Thomas has also participated
on the Chiefs Committee on Health for the Assembly of
First Nations.
CHIEF REGINALD BELLEROSE
In 2008, Chief Bellerose joined the Saskatchewan Indian
Gaming Authority Board of Directors. He is currently
completing his second term as Chief of Muskowekan
First Nation. Chief Bellerose has a Bachelor of Arts degree
from Concordia University College, Edmonton and has
completed a Masters program in Project Management
at the University of Saskatchewan.
CHIEF BRIAN STANDINGREADY
In 2008, Chief Standingready rejoined the Board. He was
first appointed to the Board in 2003 holding the position
of Chair until January 2007. Brian has held a variety of
positions including Chief, Council member, and band
manager at the White Bear First Nation, near Carlyle. 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 as
Chief of White Bear First Nation in 2007.
BOB GEROW
Bob was appointed to the SIGA Board of Directors by
the Agency Chiefs Tribal Council (ACTC) in 2008. Bob,
a member of the Victoire Métis Local, has worked in First
Nations Education and Administration for the past 33 years.
He is currently the Executive Director with the Agency
Chiefs Tribal Council. Bob holds a B.A., B. ED, P.G.D.
and Masters in Education.