Yinka Dene Economic Development Limited Partnership Board of Directors/Wet'suwet'en First Nation Chief & Council
at the Banff Executive Leadership Inc.
~ August 2012 ~
Directors ~ 2016/17
The YLP is governed by a Board of Directors currently comprised of five members. The board provides leadership and oversight for all corporate activities of the YLP. The complete five member board combine years of experience in economic development, community development, financial management, legal direction, forestry management and political expertise at all levels of government. The board is made up of the following directors:
Reg Ogen, President
Reg Ogen, a Wet'suwet'en First Nation (WFN) band member, his interest has always been in creating or finding employment for WFN's membership. He has demonstrated years of leadership as his role as a political leader for the WFN community from 1998 to 2007. In addition to his political role, Reg has been a great asset to WFN's Natural Resource Department, devoting 26 years to forestry and most recently mining, exploration and energy industry. Reg has demonstrated his business knowledge by building Yinka Dene Economic Development Limited Partnership from its inception in 2012. Being born and raised in the community of WFN he has the intimate knowledge of the community needs. He is very passionate about the advancement of the community and its members along with supporting independency.
Robert Dennis, Vice President/Chair
Robert Dennis, Chief Councillor, Huu-ay-aht First Nation (HFN), BC. He is a strong leader who continually acts to bring his vision of a better life for Huu-ay-aht closer to reality with each day. Over the last 16 years, Mr. Dennis’ main goal was to pursue a treaty that would enable the tribe to have a governance structure that would support a strong and vibrant community in his home land. Mr. Dennis along with his treaty team implemented a comprehensive pretreaty strategy to help prepare for an eventual treaty – this included four Interim Measure Agreements, two Agreements in Principal, numerous Forestry Operational Agreements, a Cooperative Management Agreement, Partnership Agreements, four Non-Replaceable Forest Licenses, one Area-based Replaceable Forest Licence, a Community Forest Licence and a Fisheries Strategy. Mr. Dennis received the British Columbia Community Achievement Award in 2004, celebrating the spirit, imagination, dedication and distinguished participation of British Columbians in their community life.
John Nooski, Treasurer
John Nooski, a WFN band member, is currently the Business Development Officer at the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation in Burns Lake, BC. In addition to John's full time employment,
John has a very diverse background in forestry, accounting, and entrepreneur.
Susan Stearns, Director
Susan Stearns, General Manager for Community Futures Fraser Fort George brings extensive education and experience in a combination of non-profit, public sector and private sector leadership roles. In addition to owning several businesses, Ms. Stearns also has considerable general management and economic development experience including five years as General Manager for the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in Burns Lake. While working for the Band, Susan held a number of different positions; following this, she worked as the Economic Development Coordinator for the Lakes District Economic Development Association. Prior to coming to Community Fraser Fort George, Susan co-owned and operated a consulting practice for five years where she enjoyed working on various contracts involving business, community and economic development.
Tracey Joseph, Director
Tracey Joseph, is a WFN Band Member.