Reg Ogen, Chief Executive Officer
Reg Ogen is the President & CEO for the Yinka Dene Economic Development Limited Partnership (YLP), a company fully owned by the Wet'suwet'en First Nation (WFN).
For the past 26 years, Reg has been involved in the Forestry industry. Recently, his portfolio has grown to include mining, exploration and gas pipelines. From 1998 to 2007, Reg was Councillor and Natural Resource Coordinator (NRC) for the WFN. As NRC he was responsible for the forestry and silviculture program, as well as acting as liaison between the Nation and the stakeholders from industry and government. Reg is dedicated to creating social change for First Nations people.
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Danielle Wall, Employment & Training Coordinator
Danielle is a Wet'suwet'en First Nation band member. She belongs to the Git'dim'den clan house of Spookw.
Her background is in the Education field as Wet'suwet'en First Nation's Education & Training Coordinator and Aboriginal Education worker for SD 91.
Her job as the Wet'suwet'en First Nation Employment & Training Coordinator for Yinka Dene Economic Development Limited Partnership (YLP) is to provide training and employment opportunities for Wet'suwet'en First Nation band members and community members. She is passionate about filling the education gap for first nations people and learning and teaching Wet'suwet'en language and culture.
Kiana Wiebe, Employment & Training Coordinator
Kiana Wiebe is the Burns Lake Band Training & employment coordinator for the Yinka Dene Economic Development Limited Partnership (YLP). She is also a member of Burns Lake Band (Ts'il Kaz Koh). She belongs to the Tsa, Beaver Clan. Her goal here is to learn new skills while in this position.
Kiana is also working at Overwaitea Foods in Burns Lake as a General Clerk Part-time. She has just over 2 years of experience with customer service and working in a team environment.
She really enjoys doing photography of landscape & friends just for fun. Kiana spends a lot of time on back roads finding mud with her Husband.
Kiana is very excited to be working here in the community and getting to know many new people.
shannon Haizimsque, Chief Operating Officer
Shannon brings a wealth of human resource management (HRM) experience to YLP. She has held leadership positions within her community of Wet'suwet'en First Nation (WFN), as well as the Carrier Sekani Family Services board and Saik'uz First Nation where she was the Operations Manager.
While her primary focus is in HRM, her skill set is balanced out by successful work experience with the Northern First Nation communities, including management, leadership, communication, social marketing, event planning and philanthropy.
Shannon remains committed to the meaningful and lasting improvement of her community and those around it.
Laura Van Somer, Executive Assistant
Laura Van Somer (Euverman) is of Wet'suwet'en decent, from the community of Moricetown. Her maternal side of the family is from the Moricetown Band. She belongs to the Likhsilyu, Small Frog Clan. Granddaughter of Lucy Rose Bazil, her Chief name is “Gguhe” when translated means “Gambler”.
Under the direction of the President, her job as the Executive Assistant is to provide Senior Executive Support to the CEO, COO, and CFO. She also works closely with the senior leadership team.
Angellica Tom, Finance Assistant
Angellica is the Finance Assistant for Yinka Dene Economic Development General Partnership (YLP). Angellica is a mother of two and a member of Wet'suwet'en First Nation.
Angellica is excited to work with staff and gain new experiences. Her duties include: Filing, Data Entry, assist with Payroll, and learning various tasks within Finance. Angellica is also completing an Accounting Fundamentals Course.
Angellica is very happy to be working here in the community. It is an awesome experience working here at YDEDLP and we have amazing and talented staff here.
Barry Nikal, Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)
Barry is a Wet'suwet'en member from the Tsayu clan, and holds the name "Bini" (brain) and is an Army Veteran.
Barry has served as Chief of Moricetown Band for two terms 2009-2011 and again from 2013-2015.
Prior to being elected by his band, Barry worked in the forest industry and was the Manager of Kyahwood Forest Products, a Finger joint mill in Moricetown 1996-2010
He also worked for the Canadian National Railways as a lead hand for the CN shop in Terrace, BC and later completed his Train Conductors course in Edmonton, Alberta from 1991-1996.
As a young man, he left his community and joined the Army where he served as a Para Trooper with the Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) Reconnaissance Troop, he did a tour over seas and served as a United Nation Peach Keep in Cyprus 1987-1991.