Speakers

Nicholas Boucher

Nicholas Boucher

Director, Relation Manager, Indigenous Financing

Farm Credit Canada

Glenn Fleetwood

Glenn Fleetwood

Senior Consultant

Indigenous Executive Management Services

Glenn is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), a legacy Certified General Accountant (CGA) and is currently a student in the MBA program at the University of Fredericton. He holds his Public Sector Certificate from CPA Canada, and as such is considered an advanced user and preparer of Financial Statements under Public Sector Standards (PSAS).

With more than twenty-five (25) years of Executive Management, Resource Management and Accounting experience in not-for-profit, manufacturing and government services, Glenn brings a diversity of experience to BDO’s Indigenous Executive Management Services Team.

He is an active champion of good governance and of robust and timely financial reporting. Glenn believes that to be an effective provider of financial services and financial information, you must be an effective and engaged storyteller.

Glenn has spent the last eight years of his career working with Indigenous Communities and organizations helping them define and achieve success through developing strong governance models, policies and controls, planning, annual operating and capital budgets and robust financial reporting.

Glenn is currently a sitting Board member on two local Not-for-Profit Boards, one in the Performing Arts and the other a local philanthropic organization. Throughout his career and in previous Board engagements Glenn has supported one other local Performing Arts organization along with the Manitoba Marathon and the Safety Council of Manitoba.

Most recently, Glenn was an instructor in the University of Winnipeg’s Professional Applied and Continuing Education (PACE) program where he taught Financial Fundamentals to Non-Financial Professionals in the winter and spring terms of the 2021/22 academic year.

Glenn is a mentor to Indigenous students in the University of Winnipeg’s PACE program ‘Pathway to the CAFM Pilot Program’ where he works with Indigenous students who are beginning to navigate their path through professional education and professional careers.

His professional affiliations include Rainbow Stage, CPHR Manitoba, United Way Winnipeg, CPA Canada and CPA Manitoba.

Dayton Janz

Dayton Janz

First Nations Reconciliation Advocate & Financial Planner

Tetlit Gwich'In

Stephen Mason

Stephen Mason

Chairman & CEO

Reconciliation Energy Transition Inc.

Tunde Ogunje

Tunde Ogunje

Chief Financial Officer First Nations Financial Management & Community Economic Development

Tech Manitoba

Tunde is a co-founder and the Lead Consultant at EPS Management Consulting Inc. He is an accountant with expertise in finance and investment; a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA); the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants of the United Kingdom (CIMA-UK); and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC). He holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Master’s in Development Practice.

Tunde has about two decades of experience across Accounting, Auditing and Internal Control, Financial Management, Investment Advisory, Securities Trading, and Community Economic Development. He worked as the Community Economic Development Lead for the Manitoba Program of Nature United (The Canada program of The Nature Conservancy), as accountant with Indigenous Management Group (IMG), a Management Consulting Company based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, engaging in Accounting, Consulting and Project Management activities primarily for First Nation communities. In his previous international experience, he managed his business consulting firm, developing strategies for clients’ Strategic Management, Risk Management, Financial Strategy, and other value-creating approaches to improving quality of earnings. He also had consultancy assignments in Development Practice and had other top management capital market experience cutting across Stockbroking Operations, Equity Trading, Asset Management and Corporate Finance. Tunde has packaged and facilitated in several training engagements, teaching various topics cutting across Financial Accounting, Auditing, Finance & Investment, Capital Market Operations, Supply Chain Management both at In-house trainings and as external consultant for other organizations.

He is also an author whose recent work “Beyond Work Experience: Hidden Life Lessons in Employment” just recently got published.

Mindy Smith

Mindy Smith

Federal Government Departmental Audit Committee Member, Consultant & Advisor

Mindy Smith Consulting Services

Mindy is a government and first nations administrative and finance professional with expertise in governance, policy, strategic planning, information systems and emergency services. In the past twenty-five years, Mindy has developed a diverse background in the public, non-profit and private sectors, specializing in federal, local and first nations governments. Mindy’s strong technical background is augmented with excellent leadership skills that support development of high-performance teams and sound governance structures. Mindy has trained local governments and first nations across Canada on policy, strategic planning, and financial management. Mindy currently operates her own consulting firm and provides governance, risk management and internal control advice, as a Departmental Audit Committee member, to deputy ministers at the federal government.

Sue-Lin Tarnowski

Sue-Lin Tarnowski

Chief Financial Officer and the Interim Chief Administrative Officer

The District of Metchosin

Sue-Lin is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over fifteen years of municipal and First Nation management experience. She began her career in the local government finance sector, progressing to the role of Director of Finance and has since attained the role of Chief Administrative Officer. Sue-Lin understands the importance of aligning strategies with operations, and commitment to minimizing bias in policies, processes, and procedures.

Sue-Lin is a strengths-focused coach and mentor who inspires operational and service excellence. She is an outgoing motivator and strong public speaker who strives for a climate of constant improvement and growth. As a passionate educator and people leader, Sue-Lin has delivered impactful capacity development training and workshops in financial fluency, strategic planning, information privacy, human resource and performance management, change management and policy development and implementation to Councils, senior management and staff of BC and Alberta First Nations. She is currently involved in various volunteer initiatives such as financial fluency facilitator at CPA British Columbia and Junior Achievements of BC.

Rob Woods

Rob Woods

Partner

Wiyotiwisin Investment Management

Rob is a Cree/Gitsxan and a member of the Muskoday First Nation located in Saskatchewan. He is a Bcomm from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. He is a lifelong learner, and is in the process of completing his Certified Aboriginal Financial Managers designation through the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada, as well as obtaining his Certified Business Valuator (CBV) designation from the CICBV institute. Rob spent 12 years in finance and banking, supporting Indigenous communities across Canada with community focused projects and economic development. He was also heavily involved with wealth management and the settling of land claims. Moreover, he managed to spend time working with Indigenous entrepreneurs with start up and expansion activities providing both grants and loans. Recently, Rob started the first registered Indigenous wealth management firm in Canada called Wiyotisiwin.

Prior to banking, Rob worked in consulting. Providing business, strategic and human resource planning as well as labor force development throughout Western Canada. He has extensive experience in the additions to reserve (ATR) process through the Treaty land entitlement (TLE) framework. He also worked in Indigenous engagement having supported the Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) on the Radioactive waste planning for level 1 and 2 waste in Canada. He also supported the accelerated well site reclamation program (ASCP) with Saskatchewan research council (SRC), the Ministry of Energy and Resources (MER) and The First Nations Resource Centre of Excellence with both on and off reserve efforts to clean orphaned and abandoned oil wells. He is the former chair and CEO of the Moosomin Economic Development LP. As well as, was the former Chair of Neekaneet holdings LP and is currently on the board of atoskewin business development corporation (ABDC) owned by the Ochapowace nation.