Our board of directors brings experience in Indigenous relations, business, law, financial planning, and corporate investments. They help to make investment decisions that flow money back into Indigenous communities.
Cody Church Board Chair
Cody Church is Founder, CEO and President of Clear North Capital, a private equity group established in 2019, and focused on long-term investments in mid-market companies in North America. 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 as Vice Chair of the University of Calgary Board of Governors, Chairs the Alberta Chapter of Children’s Wish Foundation and serves on the Board of the parks Foundation of Calgary. A fourth generation Albertan with five children, Cody is still active with the family ranch, a 300 cow-calf operation Northwest of Calgary.
Stephen Buffalo Board Vice-Chair
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. She also holds the ICD.D designation.
Gary Bosgoed, P.Eng. is the President & CEO of Bosgoed Project Consultants, a project management, management consulting and consulting engineering company headquartered in Edmonton. The company currently manages projects and provides business advisory services across Alberta and Saskatchewan. He is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation and has worked on over 100 First Nations projects. His experience also includes project delivery of large resource development, pipeline, energy, power and infrastructure projects for global service providers.
Mr. Bosgoed’s credentials include working as Senior Vice President and General Manager of WorleyParsons Canada in Edmonton leading a team of over 2,600. He has served as Chair of the Alberta Capital Region United Way Campaign, Director of the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board. He also lectures on indigenous community engagement at conferences, the ICD and University courses. He is also a Director of Westrade Strategic Solutions and sits on the University of Regina Board of Governors.
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.
Aroon Sequeira is the founder of Sequeira Partners, one of western Canada’s leading corporate finance advisory firms. His expertise includes sourcing, negotiating, and structuring mergers and acquisitions transactions, raising capital, and providing valuations and fairness opinions to clients in a broad cross section of industries. In the past, Mr. Sequeira was the Edmonton managing partner of EY. He currently sits on several corporate and not for profit boards. Mr. Sequeira earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and holds the FCA, FCBV and ICD.D designations.
Peter Williams is CEO and Managing Partner of Annapolis Capital, a private equity firm he co-founded in 2006, which has raised $650 million to invest in Canadian upstream energy companies. Prior to that, Mr. Williams was the CEO and Chairman of two successful private Canadian oil and gas companies, Krang Energy and Passage Energy and COO of a public energy company, Stampeder Exploration. Mr. Williams has been an active participant on boards in the not for profit space, most recently as Chairman of Lionheart Foundation and Girl Power Hour, both focused on the mental wellness of adolescent girls and young women. Mr. Williams has participated as a governor of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and Bachelor of Laws, both from Dalhousie University.
Donavon Young ex officio
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.
Gilman Cardinal Board Elder Advisor
Elder Gilman Cardinal, a full status Bigstone Cree Treaty 8 Nation member, was raised in Calling Lake along with 6 brothers and 6 sisters. The community members lived a traditional communal lifestyle and welfare was totally unheard of. Hunters provided the food, medicine men/women were the healers, midwives delivered the babies, and women lead the households.
In his early 20’s his parents advised him to leave his community and seek a career in the outside world. Gilman was employed with the Alberta Provincial Government for 40 years, retiring June 1, 2008. He delivered a wide range of programs and services, mostly for Indigenous People. These included some of the following; Labour Market Programs & Services, Trades & Apprentices, a relocation program for Indigenous families moving to urban centres, and managing Provincial & Indigenous Job Corps! He is a proud grampa with 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Gilman is following his eldership path and provides ceremony and teachings to a variety of groups and individuals.