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.
Stephen Buffalo Board 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.
Gary Bosgoed Vice-Chair
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.
Chana Martineau Director
Chana joins the Board with over 29 years of experience in the financial space with significant experience in banking, investment, public accounting and consulting. In her current role as Vice President, Prairie Region of Canadian Western Bank, Chana oversees seven commercial banking units with a deposit and loan portfolio of over $3 Billion.
A champion of inclusion and diversity, Chana is an Indigenous leader with a proven track record of achieving excellent results for her clients.
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.