BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Trent is currently senior advisor and executive management consultant to a number of companies and First Nations. He was recently appointed faculty leader for the Banff Centre’s Best Practices in Indigenous Business and Economic Development Program. He is the founding president of George Gordon First Nation Holdings Inc., and former chief financial officer for Siksika Resource Developments Ltd. Trent has several years of experience in Aboriginal banking and has been a director with a number of local, regional, and national Aboriginal organizations. He is a member of George Gordon First Nation, located in Treaty 4.
Conrad Young was born and raised in Maskwacis and is passionate about his work in our Maskwacis Territory. Conrad has lived in Edmonton for almost 10 years and has earned a bachelor of management degree with a marketing major and a finance minor. He has been accepted as an official candidate to pursue a master’s of business administration degree in global finance, which includes international business finance, corporate finance, financial markets and institutions, and investment analysis. Conrad has served as a leader in all areas of business, in economic development, in building a healthier community, in post-secondary institutes, in cultural development, and as a councillor for Ermineskin Cree Nation. He believes his traditional and mainstream teachings align with his natural talents and interests, which in turn allow him to help drive NGCI’s evolution, lend his expertise to staff at NGCI, and ultimately find the most appropriate economic investments to secure a bigger, brighter future for NGCI and the Peoples of Ermineskin Cree Nation and Maskwacis.
Ray was born in Edmonton, Alberta, raised on the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement and is of First Nations descent from the Ermineskin Cree Nation. He has obtained a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1989; and also possesses the Technician and the Professional Level Certification from Cando.
Ray is married to Nola Wanuch from the Enoch Cree Nation, and have three children: Wendell, Natasha and Sydney, and five wonderful grandchildren. In his past time he loves to play golf and currently learning guitar.
Prior to working with Cando, he was the CEO of Settlement Investment Corporation and currently serves on Settlement Investment Corporation’s board. He then moved on to facilitate and manage the Métis Settlements Economic Viability Strategy, which received international recognition for sustainable development. Ray managed and taught a self-employment program for the Métis Nation of Alberta. Formed a consulting company with his wife to produce business and community strategic plans. Volunteer work includes being appointed to the Alberta Water Council by the Métis Settlements General Council; as well as serving as the former Cando Co-President and director representing Alberta. Ray also served on the Kainai health board and currently serves on the Changing Horses Board of Directors. Changing Horses is made up of a core group of medical professionals and friends from the Kainai First Nation who wish to address addictions stemming from drug, alcohol, and the current Opioid crisis.
Audrey was born and raised in her home community of Maskwacis and is a member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation. Her parents are Late Andrew and Jemina Ward. Audrey is a parent to three children—all adults now—and a grandparent to two. Aside from work, her interests include spending time with family and staying active with activities like nature walks. Audrey attended elementary and junior high in Ermineskin, then travelled off reserve to earn her high school diploma in the neighbouring town of Ponoka. She has attended Grant MacEwan College, NAIT, University of Alberta, Athabasca University and our very own Maskwacis College. To fulfill her current employment obligations, Audrey is currently working towards an Addiction Services Worker Certificate through Slave Lake Northern Lakes College. Audrey always had a passion to help her own community, and she has worked within the Nation for many years in various positions, including working with Chief and Council and as finance director. Her current position is as executive director for Maskwacis Young Spirit Winds Society (MYSWS). MYSWS is a treatment centre for youths between the ages of 12 and 17.
Derek Bruno can best be described as an innovator and social entrepreneur. His passion for Community Economic Development (CED) stems from his years growing up on the Samson Cree Nation. This experience has lead him to develop a number of successful businesses and innovative programs designed to help solve some of the most challenging issues facing Indigenous Communities. This passion has also led him to pursue an MBA in CED from Cape Breton University, serve two terms as a councillor for his nation, achieve his goal of becoming a published author and sought-after motivational speaker. Currently Derek’s passion has been in the area of Renewable Energy and Permaculture having established two innovative companies, SevGen Renewables Ltd and WIN EcoSciences Inc.