As CEO and President of Clear North Capital Cody invests his own personal resources in private companies with a long-term value creation model focused on partnership. In 1997, Mr. Church co-founded TriWest Capital Partners where he was instrumental in establishing the largest general buyout fund in Western Canada (raising over $1.25 billion equity over five funds and acquiring 41 leading Western Canadian companies) over a span of 22 years. Mr. Church graduated from Cochrane High followed by a cum laude with a bachelor of economics from Harvard University, was a National Top 40 Under 40 recipient, and currently serves on the University of Calgary Board, Parks Foundation Board, and Chairs the Alberta Chapter of Children’s Wish Foundation. A fourth generation Albertan with five kids, Cody is still active with the family ranch, a 300 cow-calf operation Northwest of Calgary.
Stephen Buffalo is a member of the Samson Cree Nation, located in Maskwacis, approximately 100 kilometers south of Edmonton. Mr. Buffalo has a management degree from the University of Lethbridge and he worked for Peace Hills Trust for 15 years. Since 2014, Mr. Buffalo has been President and CEO of the Indian Resource Council of Canada, which supports First Nations by working with government and industry.
Heather Barnhouse is a partner at Dentons Canada LLP, in the corporate/commercial group, and her expertise includes structuring mergers and acquisition transactions, as well as structuring businesses to help them grow and scale. She has a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Laws, and MBA, all from the University of Alberta. Previously, she was the President of a national drowning prevention organization, and serves on a number of advisory boards in the health and technology space.
Strater Crowfoot is the CEO and Executive Director of Indian Oil and Gas Canada and is a former board member of the National Energy Board of Canada. He has participated in the sponsorship, development and passing of several pieces of federal legislation which benefitted First Nations. Mr. Crowfoot holds an associate of arts degree in accounting, a bachelor of science in managerial finance, and a master of business administration. Mr. Crowfoot is also a former Head Chief of Siksika Nation.
Gary Bosgoed founded Bosgoed Project Consultants, which is currently managing projects and operations worth more than $200 million. He is a founding director of the Canadian Aboriginal Science and Engineering Association, and has worked with 100 First Nations over the past decade. Mr. Bosgoed’s credentials include working as senior vice president and general manager of WorleyParsons Canada in Edmonton, adjunct professor at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension, and as vice president of FT Services.
Peter Williams co-founded Annapolis Capital. Prior to that, Mr. Williams served in executive management and leadership positions in numerous public and private oil and gas companies. Most recently, he was the CEO and Chairman of two successful private oil and gas companies, Krang Energy Inc and Passage Energy Inc. Previously, Mr. Williams was a governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and earned a bachelor of arts in economics and bachelor of laws, both from Dalhousie University.
Aroon Sequeira is the founder of Sequeira Partners and is considered one of western Canada’s leading transaction advisors. His expertise includes sourcing, negotiating, and structuring mergers and acquisitions transactions. His experience also includes raising capital, and providing valuations and fairness opinions to private and public companies. In the past, Mr. Sequeira was the Edmonton managing partner of EY. He currently sits on several corporate and not for profit boards.
Donavon Young has been the Deputy Minister of Alberta Indigenous Relations since April 2014. He brings over 35 years of extensive experience working with Indigenous peoples. Previously he worked as an Assistant Deputy Minister (Aboriginal Relations) for both the Government of Alberta and the Government of Saskatchewan. Donavon has also worked for the Royal Commission of Aboriginal Peoples in Ottawa and Gabriel Dumont Institute of Native Studies and Applied Research in Saskatchewan.