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Amanda Louison was appointed to the SIGA Board in March, 2012 and is a member of the
Kahkewistahaw First Nation representing the Yorkton Tribal Council. This is the third time she has served
on SIGA’s Board. Amanda holds a diploma of Associate in Administration from the University of Regina.
She was elected the first female Chief for Kahkewistahaw First Nation in 1995, and served on her Band
Council for five terms. In 2003-2004 she was appointed Tribal Chief (first female) by acclamation.
Kevin was appointed to the SIGA Board on February 14, 2012 by 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 their Economic Development Division. He currently is part of a group
that manages several diversified businesses, holding companies and analyzes new opportunities for
First Nations.
On March 19, 2008, Chief Standingready rejoined the Board. He was first appointed to the Board on
May 6, 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. Also in 2007 he was advisor to the FSIN GFA Negotiating Team. In 2011 he was re-elected as
Chief of White Bear First Nation. He has now served as Chief for 25 years. In 2011 he received a Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Canadian Gaming Association.
Newly elected Chairman of the Board – June of 2012, Tribal Chief Thomas joined the SIGA Board of
Directors on March 19, 2008. He was elected Tribal Chief of the Saskatoon Tribal Council in October
2008 and has sat on a variety of boards including IGC, IGR and HSDC. Tribal Chief Thomas has also
participated on the committee on Health for the Assembly of First Nations. Previously Chief of Kinistin
First Nation, Felix participated on the Chiefs Committee for the Assembly of First Nations. Tribal Chief
Thomas holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (BSPE).
Chief Delbert Wapass joined the SIGA Board on February 22, 2011. A fluent speaker of the Cree
language, Chief Wapass holds a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies, a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) and
a Master of Education (M.Ed.). Chief Wapass has previously served with the FSIN 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, and is an avid pow-wow dancer and singer.
Senator Roland Crowe of the Piapot First Nation joined the SIGA Board in an advisory capacity on
June 9, 2009. Senator Crowe began a career in public life in the 1960s, serving four years as councillor
and six years as Chief of his home community. In the 1980s, he committed himself to work in the
interests of all Saskatchewan First Nations, serving four years as Vice Chief and three terms as elected
Chief of the FSIN. Some of his notable achievements include signing the 1992 TLE agreement, which
all of SIGA’s casinos are currently on; setting up low income housing in five of our urban communities,
which brought into place 1,000 units for local people; and negotiating the original gaming agreement
with the province of Saskatchewan.
Former Board member — Gary LaPlante had been a member
of the SIGA Board since 2003, after serving briefly in 2000.
Gary has served as Board Member and Chair of the Reserve
Creation Committee for the First Nations University of Canada.
A member of the Moosomin First Nation, Gary has a Bachelor
of Arts Degree and a Business Administration Diploma. His
work is primarily in Inter-Governmental Relations as a Policy
Advisory and Liaison. He also dedicates time towards the Young
Chipewyan First Nation Reclamation and the Moosomin TLE
Saskatoon selections.
Former Board member — Isabel O’Soup of Norquay had been
a Board member with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming
Authority since April 2007 and has served as the elected
Chief of the Key First Nation. She was President of “Women
on the Move” and a member of the Board for the First Nations
University of Canada and the Saulteaux Healing and Wellness
Centre. Isabel O’Soup is also a current Board member for the
Sunrise Regional Health Authority.
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