Investing in First Nations in British Columbia

Team

Board

Judith Sayers, Chair

Judith Sayers

Dr. Judith Sayers (Kekinusuqs) is a member of the Hupacasath First Nation, where she served as Chief from 1995 until 2009. Judith is the Chair of Eagle Rock Materials, Co-Chair of the Island Corridor Foundation and the Public Advisory Panel of the Canadian Electricity Association. She also sits on the Boards of Tourism BC, the Pacific Salmon Foundation and previously served for two years on the Political Executive of the First Nations Summit. Judith holds degrees in business and law and an Honourary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University. She practiced law extensively in Alberta and BC, working to promote and protect First Nations rights and title. Judith has received the Bora Laskin Fellowship on Human Rights, the Alberni Chamber of Commerce Woman of Distinction award (twice), a Silver Canadian Environmental Award for Climate Change and has been honoured by Atira Women’s Resource Society as an Inspirational Woman. She was a finalist for the Buffet Award for Indigenous Leadership. In February 2009, Judith was admitted to the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Judith is a proud mother of two.

Cliff Fregin, Secretary/Treasurer

Wade Grant

Cliff Fregin is a member of the Haida Nation, originally from Old Masset. He served on his home band’s council for 6 years and was the first Executive Director of the Gwaii Trust. From 2003 through 2006, Cliff was the Chief Operating Officer for National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA). He also acted as NACCA’s CEO for the latter half of 2006.

Kory Wilson, Director

Kory Wilson

Kory Wilson, BSc., LL.B, is Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach, both nations are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation, also known as the Kwak’wala speaking people. She is a mom and a member of the We Wai Kai Nation (Quadra Island). Currently, she is the Director of Aboriginal Education and Community Engagement at Vancouver Community College. She teaches a wide variety of courses at various post-secondary institutions. She has a deep commitment to education, both within the institutions and in the community, and has dedicated her working life to ensuring that Aboriginal people can follow their dreams.

Wade Grant, Director

Wade Grant

First elected to Musqueam Chief & Council in 2004, Wade Grant has been a Musqueam Councilor for the past eight years. He is currently the Economic Development Coordinator for Musqueam First Nation.

Wade was appointed to Vancouver Police Board in 2010. He is also a member on the Board of Directors for Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia, the Laurier Institute, the Canadian Blood Services National Blood Cord Bank Campaign Cabinet, and is Co-Chair of the City of Vancouver Urban Dialogues Project.

During the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Wade was Assistant General Manager of the Four Host Nations Aboriginal Pavilion. He has acted as a policy analyst for the BC Assembly of First Nations and as executive assistant to the Solicitor General of British Columbia. He holds a BA in Political Science from UBC and attended UBC Law School.

In 2012, Wade received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal for his service to his community. In November 2013, he was recognized by Vancouver Magazine when they included him on their 2013 "Power 50" list. Wade continues to reside on the Musqueam Indian Reserve with his wife Maureen and two children, Eli and Isla.

Staff

Mathew Hupfield, Partnerships and Marketing Manager

Mathew Hupfield is a member of Wasauksing First Nation, an Ojibway community located on Georgian Bay in Ontario. Prior to joining the New Relationship Trust Foundation, Mathew worked in the non-profit sector leading the regional fundraising and program development efforts for one of Canada's largest environmental charities. As an engaged community member, Mathew is a firm believer in empowering First Nations through capacity development and advanced education.