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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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 Muskowekwan 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 Diamond Jubilee Medal 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% to 5%.

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 Big Eagle 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 the 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. Bryant 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. Bryant 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, 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. Gerow holds a BA, BEd, PGD and a master of education.

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 &

Training Commission.

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