Stephen Lindley, Chair
Stephen holds a M.Sc. in Rural Land Use Planning from the University of Guelph, and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto for 11 years, specializing in Mineral Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Environmental Management for Mining.
He served as the Vice President of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, as well as the Director of Environment during his 26+ years of work at SNC Lavalin. During his tenure as Vice President, Stephen was responsible for developing and maintaining relations and partnerships with aboriginal organizations and businesses throughout Canada. In addition to this, he oversaw business development and marketing, and provided project support to all Divisions of the Company. His expertise gained through experience on small to large projects (international and domestic) as the Director of Environment includes permitting and approvals; multidisciplinary environmental assessment; public and regulator consultation program design and implementation; policy development and review; environmental management planning; resettlement and relocation planning; and project management.
Sheryl Kennedy, Vice-Chair
As CEO of Promontory Canada, Sheryl advises clients on a wide range of public policy, business strategy, finance restructuring, governance and risk management issues. She assists clients in assessing regulatory impacts, devising business strategies, and managing risk in order to be successful in a rapidly changing competitive landscape and complex world. Sheryl joined Promontory after a 28-year career in federal public service and a period as a senior adviser for international strategy on executive interchange to Scotiabank in Toronto.
Sheryl served as deputy governor of the Bank of Canada from 1994-2008. In addition to sharing collective responsibility for monetary policy and financial system stability as a member of the governing council, she held various executive responsibilities including for financial markets, funds management, banking services, and assessment of the Canadian economy in support of monetary policy. Sheryl chaired the markets committee at the Bank for International Settlements from 2003-2006.
Prior to her service at the Bank of Canada, Sheryl worked for the Department of Finance of the government of Canada, as general director of the financial sector policy branch, and as director of the economic policy branch. She was also finance counselor at the Canadian Embassy in Paris.
Aanu Adeleye, Treasurer
Aanu holds a MBA from St John’s University, Peter J Tobin College of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant, licensed in the State of Illinois and is a Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
She is an integral member of the KPMG Public Sector practice in British Columbia and has over nine years of experience servicing clients in the public sector practice including advanced education institutions, school districts, local governments, and not-for-profit organizations. She has experience implementing complex accounting pronouncements relating to financial statements audits, compliance audits, and pension plan audits. She is also part of KPMG’s accounting advisory group, for which she assists with technical issues and conversion plans, including those related to Public Sector Accounting Standards (PSAS), IFRS, and Not-for-Profit Standards. Prior to joining the KPMG Enterprise practice in Canada, Aanu was a part of KPMG’s Chicago public sector practice group servicing clients in a variety of industries. Aanu continues to provide professional audit services to organizations for regulatory compliance including U.S GAAP.
She is also a Junior Achievement Instructor by assisting in reinforcing important academic and leadership skills and assists as a volunteer for the immigrant integration program at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society.
Her Interests include travelling, community development and recreational sports.
Maureen Boyd, Immediate past Chair
Maureen Boyd is Director of Carleton University’s Initiative for Parliamentary and Diplomatic Engagement and a Senior Fellow at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs. She has worked in politics, the media and government, including as a communications advisor and public policy analyst, national political and current affairs reporter and host for television news, senior political staffer and special projects manager. She holds an Honours B.A. from the University of British Columbia and Master of Science in Journalism from Columbia University and has lived in Vancouver, Ottawa, New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Washington.
She is extensively involved in fundraising and volunteer work. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Élisabeth Châtillon, Director
Élisabeth Châtillon is a retired executive from the Government of Canada. In addition to having been the ADM for Canadian Heritage in the Quebec region, and the Assistant Commissioner for Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Élisabeth led the successful implementation of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s obligations under the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement. She also led the modernization of the delivery of the federal government’s two major income support programs: Employment Insurance (EI) and the Canada Pension Plan / Old Age Security (CPP/OAS) at Service Canada.
Élisabeth holds an International Relations Master’s Degree from the University of Ottawa and a doctoral DEA in International Relations from the Université de Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. Élisabeth is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Bruce Flexman, Director
Bruce Flexman is the Immediate Past President of AdvantageBC and a former Chair of KPMG’s Board of Directors and Managing Partner of its tax practice, responsible for overseeing 900 professionals. He is past Chair of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA) Tax Policy Committee, which includes the tax managing partners of the six largest accounting firms in Canada. Bruce is Treasurer and Board member for Vancouver Economic Commission, an agency of the City of Vancouver to strengthen the city’s economic future.
Bruce obtained a degree in Engineering Mathematics from Queen’s University and an MBA with Distinction from Cornell University. Bruce was awarded his FCA (Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia) for his service to the CA profession and community and currently serves on its Member Recognition Committee. He is a past Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the BC Business Council. Bruce supports the Arts Club Theatre Company as a member of its Board and Foundation.
Kelly Lendsay, Director
A proud Canadian of Cree, Métis, and European ancestry, Lendsay earned his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Physiology Minor in 1981 and attained his M.B.A. in 1993 from the U of Saskatoon. In the eighties he worked in aquatic and recreation management, international swift-water rescue and was the youngest person to serve as the national chairman of the National Lifeguard Service.
In 1991 he entered the MBA program and focused his research on strategies to increase Aboriginal business education and economic development. He was co-recipient of the All-Around Outstanding MBA Graduate Award presented by the Canadian Institute of Management. In 1995 he participated in the Governor Generals’ Canadian Leadership Tour. In 2009 he was appointed a CIM Distinguished Lecturer by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum. In February 2012 he was the recipient of the Xerox – Aboriginal Financial Officers Association Excellence in Leadership National Award. Lendsay’s consulting study, The Impact of the Changing Aboriginal Population on the Saskatchewan Economy: 1995-2045, is one of the most widely cited sources on the implications of Aboriginal demographics and the economy.
His vigorous speaking, writing and workshops are widely acclaimed as powerful announcements of the challenges and prospects of full Aboriginal participation in the Canadian economy.
Tibetha Kemble (Stonechild), Director
Tibetha Kemble (Stonechild) is Cree/Saulteaux from the Piapot First Nation located in the traditional territory of Treaty No. 4 (Saskatchewan). She is the proud mother to her seven-year old daughter, Natanis, and is the co-founder of Workforce Delivery, an Edmonton-based consulting firm specializing in Labour and First Nations relations.
Tibetha has extensive experience working in the federal and provincial public service where she has specialized in public policy and program management for First Nations people on-reserve. Currently, Tibetha is a PhD student at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education specializing in Theoretical, Cultural and International Studies in Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education and First Nations children on reserve. She holds a Masters degree in Educational Policy with a specialization in Indigenous Peoples Education from the University of Alberta and a Bachelors degree in Management from the University of Lethbridge.
Tibetha has a strong commitment to her community currently serves as a Task Force member on the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation’s 2020 Campaign and as a Researcher/Writer for the Edmonton Social Planning Council. She has previously served as a member of Aboriginal Community Liaison Committee for the Edmonton Police Service’s Chief’s Advisory Council; Graduate Representative for the Faculty of Education Council; as a Mentor in Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society’s Coyote Pride Program, and as a member of the Edmonton Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee. Tibetha is passionate about, and focused on, engaging in meaningful, participatory, and community-based work that effectively contributes to the improved health and well being of Aboriginal children, youth, and families.
Jacquelyn Thayer Scott, Director
Jacquelyn Thayer Scott, O.C., Ph.D., LL.D. (Hons.), Dipl. (Hons.) is Professor of Organizational Management & Strategy, and Past President of Cape Breton University (CBU), in Sydney, Nova Scotia. From 1993-2002, she was President & Vice-Chancellor of CBU (then known as University College of Cape Breton), an undergraduate and graduate post-secondary institution offering degrees, diplomas, and certificates in a range of liberal arts, scientific, and technical topics and competencies. From 1995-2006, she served on the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology (Canada), and was its Deputy Chair (Operating Head) from 2003-2006. Dr. Scott has also served as Director of the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto and on the faculty at the University of Manitoba, operated her own public relations and management consulting firm, been employed as a journalist by The Canadian Press and The Columbian Newspapers, and is active in the management of two other family-owned small businesses.
Jane Hildeman, Director
Jane is the Executive Director of Samara Canada, the non-partisan educational charity dedicated to strengthening Canada’s democracy. As Executive Director, Jane is found frequently discussing Samara’s work in the media and with Canadians across the country. Her previous roles at Samara include Research Director, where she shaped Samara’s groundbreaking research that explores Canadians’ participation in democracy, how Members of Parliament do their jobs, and citizen perceptions of politics.
Jane joined Samara after working on Parliament Hill for both government and opposition MPs through the longstanding Parliamentary Internship Programme, a prestigious program for young professionals.She holds degrees from the School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Toronto (MPP) and Queen’s University (BAH).
Jane is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, which seeks “to make Canada better known to Canadians and the world.” Originally from Camrose, Alberta, where she grew up on a family farm, Jane uses her marathon training to explore her new home, Toronto.
Lara Honrado, Director
Lara Honrado is the principal of Georgetown Strategy Consulting, an integrated public affairs, communications and stakeholder engagement firm based in Vancouver. She served as Director of Community Relations for Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson from 2009-2015 and is passionate about engaging underrepresented communities in public life.
Lara began her career in Washington, DC as a reporter covering Capitol Hill for a national newswire service. She went on to work with Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus as media director of the first global summit on microfinance. Since then she has served in senior communications and government relations roles in the corporate sector and previous to her work in the Mayor’s Office, was co-founder a multicultural cultural communications and stakeholder engagement firm.
She has served on a number of nonprofit boards focused on intercultural / intergenerational social change and social entrepreneurship and is a lifelong patron of the arts. Educated in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, Lara is a graduate of the University of California Irvine. She is an Action Canada Fellow and currently resides in Vancouver.
Adam Sweet, Director
As Senior Advisor to the President at Edmonton Economic Development, Adam Sweet leads a team responsible for economic strategy design and execution, policy development, and external relations. Adam came to EEDC via Parliament Hill, where he held multiple roles for various Members of Parliament and ministers, most recently serving as Press Secretary to Canada’s Environment Minister. Prior to Ottawa, Adam worked at Canada’s Embassy in Washington, DC, and spent two years overseas deployed to Afghanistan with the Canadian Government.
Co-Founder of Politics on Tap, an event that brings political officials and operatives together alongside business and community leaders in a non-traditional format, Adam is also actively involved in the University of Alberta community as a member of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College Mentorship Team and a publicly-elected member of the University of Alberta Senate. A firm believer in the power of local solutions over top-down approaches, Adam is also leading a community initiative to “Daylight” Edmonton’s Mill Creek and reconnect it to the North Saskatchewan River.
Recognized in 2014 as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 under 40, Adam is a recipient of the Canadian General Service Medal and the Canadian Operational Service Medal. Born and raised in rural Alberta, Adam and his beautiful wife Katherine spend all their free time exploring Edmonton and the Rocky Mountains with their young son, Jack.
Trevor Gillis, Director
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Cheryl Ficker, Director
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Greg Matte, Director
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Catherine Belanger, Director
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Miriam Westheimer, Ex-Officio
Dr. Miriam Westheimer has worked in the fields of education, social service and nonprofit management serving as a founding executive director, international director, board president, project manager and organizational/educational consultant.
She has spent the last 20 years adapting and disseminating a homebased, early childhood program (HIPPY) first in the USA as the founding executive director and later built the international network of HIPPY programs among the 10 participating countries.
Dr. Westheimer coauthored the bestselling international textbook and multimedia series, Focus on Grammar, now in its third edition. Additionally, based on her experience teaching English in Israel, she helped conceive and create a global course to teach teenagers and adults how to communicate effectively in English: Dr. Westheimer has taught elementary, junior high and high school classes. Her graduate level courses in teacher supervision, staff development, program evaluation, curriculum development, and early childhood development at Teachers College, Bank Street College of Education, Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Her consulting clients include Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Family Support America, Families and Work Institute, The Finance Project, Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Quality Evaluation Design.