Chief Austin Bear

THE BOARD

CHIEF AUSTIN BEAR

Austin Bear has been approved and selected as board chairman by the Board of Directors of the Muskoday Economic Development Authority. He brings stability and a longstanding commitment to removing barriers to economic growth of the newly formed MEDA LP Board. First elected in 1991, Austin Bear is the Chief of the Muskoday First Nation, a position in which he has served for the past 25 years. Chief Bear is also the President/Chair of the National Native addictions Partnership Foundation, a position he has held since 2000.

Chief Bear’s long standing and tireless work has built and sustained partnerships with other First Nations, Indigenous communities, organisations, governments, academic institutions and private sector bodies.


Ian Bear

IAN BEAR

Ian is a member of the Muskoday First Nation. He brings a wealth of experience to the Board of Directors in the areas of finance and auditing. “Upon the completion of this diploma program, I have been steadily employed in finance departments at the Prince Albert Grand Council, Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation, Peace Hills Trust and Indigenous Gaming Regulators.” Ian recognizes the importance of the future of First Nations economies in the generation of own source revenue and continued community development, and the importance of taking active steps in the development of the Muskoday First Nation.


Wilma Isbisiter

WILMA ISBISTER

Wilma brings over 30 years of Management experience to the board of Directors of MEDA and currently serves as General Manager of Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation.

Education
1985: Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology – Business Administration Diploma
1998: University of Saskatchewan – Health Care Administration
2004: University of Saskatchewan – College of Commerce Degree with Distinction
Experience:
1985 – 93: Prince Albert Grand Council – Director of Health; Administrator Spruce Lodge
1994 – 95: Gwa’Sala Nakwaxda’xw Council; Port Hardy B.C.- Program Manager Health/Social Development
1995–2007: Saskatoon Tribal Council Inc.–General Manager; Corporate President STC Casino holdings Inc.
2003: U of S Native Studies Department: Teacher Assistant
2007 – present: Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation – General Manager


Joe Munroe

JOE MUNROE

Mr. Joe Munroe brings a wealth of experience from various positions held around the province, Canada and the United States. He attended the University of Regina in 1992 and 1993.

  • Board Member, Board of Governors: S.I.F.C (Now FNUC)
  • President – Muskoday Organic Workers Coop Ltd: 2005-2006
  • Board member – Muskoday Economic Development Authority – June 2015 to present
  • Board of Directors: First Nations Trust (SIGA)
  • Muskoday Committees and Boards including:
    Education, Police Management, Membership and Citizenship, Constitution, Elections
  • Government of Canada Volunteer Award 2001 (signed by Prime Minister Jean Cretien)
  • Heifer International 5 year Certificate of Service award November 2011 (From the Heifer International Board at Little Rock, Arkansas)
  • Heifer International Certificate of Recognition:for dedicated and passionate service for my commitment to ending hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth, June 30, 2012 (signed by President Pierre Ferrari at Little Rock, Vice President of the Americas, Oscar Costaneda, and Chief Operating Officer, Steve Denne)
  • 10 year service recognition – Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Trustee Board Member – First Nations Trust – February 2013 to present

Jason J. Smith

JASON J. SMITH

Jason joined the MEDA Board as a member of the Muskoday First Nation and currently serves as First Nations Account Manager at Affinity Credit Union.
Education:

  • August 2010 – August 2013: Edwards School of Business Master of Business Administration Program (MBA) – University of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • August 2008 Edwards School of Business pre-Master of Business Administration Program
  • June 2007 4 year University of Saskatchewan Degree: Sociology Major/ Native Issues Minor
  • Sociology with Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program (ABJAC)
  • 2002-2003 University of Saskatchewan: College of Education
  • 1997 High School Diploma: Ahtahkakoop High School Employment Experience
  • September 2013-Present: Affinity Credit Union – First Nations Account Manager
  • September 2012-September 2013: Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation – Business Consultant
  • May 2011 – March 2012: First Nations Bank of Canada – Commercial Banking Associate.
  • May 2010 – August 2010: Bank of Montreal Internship – Financial Services Manager.

April Roberts

APRIL ROBERTS

April Roberts currently serves as Director of the Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network.

Education

  • Cape Breton University (CBU) – Candidate: Master’s in Business Administration and Community Economic Development
  • Technical Aboriginal Economic Developer Certificate, Cando: Edmonton, Alberta [Achieved 2015]
  • Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology (SIIT)Certificate in Business Administration- [79]
  • First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) – University of Regina, B.A. Indigenous Studies – [79]
  • First Nations University of Canada (FNUC) – University of Regina: Diploma of Interdisciplinary Studies – [72]

Professional

  • Member of the Board of Directors for Sturgeon Lake Developments Ltd.
  • President of Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Association
  • April has numerous contacts in the Ministry of the Economy, AANDC, City of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Coop Association, Federated Co-ops, numerous First Nations Development Corporations, CANDO, Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce, Lloydminister Chamber of Commerce, Double Diamond, Glenmore and other First Nations organisations.

Ted De Jong

TED DEJONG

Ted de Jong is the Corporate Executive Officer of the Prince Albert Development Corporation (PADC), located on the Wahpeton First Nation 94B near Prince Albert. PADC is a First Nation Development Corporation with investments in the hotel, aviation, mining services, machinery, beverage and commercial real estate sectors. PADC is owned by the 12 First Nations of the Prince Albert Grand Council.

Ted has worked for First Nations in the area of business development for over 25 years. Throughout his career as a business consultant, economic development advisor, business manager and CEO, Ted has assisted in the start up, expansion and management of numerous First Nation business corporations, and served as technical advisor on economic development issues to the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, Touchwood File Hills Tribal Council, Prince Albert Grand Council and the Saskatchewan Northern Development Board.

Ted presently serves on the Board of Directors of 10 First Nations business corporations, including the Elizabeth Falls Hydro Development Corporation where he also serves as the CEO.

Ted has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Manitoba and Masters in Environmental Design from the University of Calgary.


Ted De Jong

ALBERT DEROCHER

Albert’s 30+ years of experience in First Nations economic development will be a definite asset to the Muskoday Economic Development Authority.

Albert has a diploma in Business Management from SIIT obtained in 1991. Albert has extensive experience in the area of business management. He has served as the Manager of the Flying Dust Holdings Inc. economic development arm of the Flying Dust First Nation, whose business entities include FDB Gravel Inc., FDB Property Management, FDB Fuels, FDB Flying Energy and the Flying Dust Riverside Market Garden.

In the past, Albert has been affiliated with the following organizations: FSIN, Flying Dust First Nation Economic Development, Meadow Lake Tribal Council, Saskatoon Tribal Council, Indigenous Gaming Regulators, and the Beaver River Community Futures Board of Directors.


Randy Bear

RANDY BEAR

Randy has served on the Muskoday First Nation Council for a number of terms: 1990 – 1991; 1991 – 1993; 1993 – 1995; 1997 – 1999; 2013 – 2015; 2015 – present. He has is also a past Board of Directors member for the Prince Albert Indian Metis Friendship Center for 2 terms. He has a number of years experience in Human Resources and Indian Gaming. Randy has 4 years at the University of Saskatchewan College of Education and 2 years at the University of Saskatchewan College of Sociology.

His current portfolios on MFN Council include Bison Project, Lands and TLE, Roads, Operations and Maintenance, Heavy Equipment, Muskoday Store and Economic Development. Councillor Randy Bear has a keen interest in Economic Development, Self Government and Indigenous Governance.


Lyle Bear

LYLE BEAR

Ex-Officio/Elder Board Member
Lyle brings over 30 years of experience in the private, corporate and government sectors in the mining, training and employment, and consulting fields to the MEDA LP Board:

  • 17 years with Cogema Resources in the mining industry in northern Saskatchewan
  • 5 years Saskatchewan Government Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission- Board of Directors
  • 5 years Golder Associates as Aboriginal Affairs Consultant
  • 32 years owner and proprietor Bear Consulting and Training

Lyle’s broad experience base coupled with his knowledge and understanding of industry, training and employment, Aboriginal Culture and the diverse requirements of the labor force make him a natural fit for the MEDA LP Board of Directors.