Ainjil Hunt, Principal Owner, is a leading change strategist, speaker and international facilitator. As owner of Transformation since 2004, Ainjil has seen success in developing the Transformation business model to parallel social and economic development in First Nation communities, organizations and businesses. Ainjil is Kwakwak’wakw from the Namgis First Nation as well as Tlingit from Alaska. Ainjil has a Bachelor degree in Social Work, and certificate in Public Sector Management and Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria. Ainjil is a certified language technologist in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and Time Line Therapy. Ainjil is a Masters Degree Candidate in Policy and Practice from the University of Victoria and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Business Administration from SFU School of Business.
Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO of Transformation International an award winning Social and Economic development company. Carol Anne is a recognized leading First Nation’s business entrepreneur with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is from the Nuu chah nulth Nation on Vancouver Island.
Carol Anne was recently appointed as a senior advisor to the Federal Finance Minister on the Canadian Economic Growth Council. Carol Anne currently serves on the Canadian Community Economic Development Network Board and has recently been appointed to the McGill University Institute of Canadian Studies. Carol Anne has served as Director on the Vancouver Island Investment Fund, the World Fisheries Trust, the Victoria Community Micro Lending Society, Community Social Planning Council, the First Nations Health Authority and served for 9 years on Council of Hesquiaht First Nation.
Carol Anne works to incorporate an Aboriginal worldview while bringing First Nations, industry and government together to design new approaches for sustainable, inclusive development. Carol Anne brings project management experience across industries in resource management, governance, and regional development.
Carol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics – a Global Power Shift’ and has been an instructor at Camosun Business School Leadership Program as well as at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program, the University of Winnipeg’s Masters in Community Planning Program and most recently with the Banff Center’s Indigenous Business Program where she is also currently a Fleck Fellow
Lisa has 28 years of experience in a variety of sectors within the public sector, including energy and mines, education, tourism, economic development, employment and training, regulatory operations, international marketing and health, and has acquired skills and competencies as an effective leader. As an entrepreneur with her own business, Lisa is bringing together people and organizations in partnerships, taking bold steps to translate ideas into achievements with economic value and creating innovation that changes organizations and systems in positive ways. Lisa has received both the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal for Excellence in the Public Service, and the Order of The Sash from the Métis Nation of BC. Lisa has undertaken extensive collaboration with governments, business, not-for-profit organizations, industry and communities in the development of ideas, plans and policy platforms. Lisa brings this knowledge, as well as a wide network of contacts and relationships, to assist organizations, communities and individuals in achieving their goals. Her collaborative approach helps to build and sustain partnerships and effective relationships in all endeavours. Lisa's website is www.pinpointconsultinginc.ca
Gina Potts is the owner of A3 Limited, located on the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, within the Treaty Six Territory in Edmonton Alberta. Gina specializes in management consulting, event management, partnership development, consultation and networking. Gina has a successful track record in implementing effective strategies that are results based. Gina has worked with a cross range of clients in the following areas; 1) Business advisory: 2) Management consulting 3) Aboriginal and industry relations 4) Capacity building 5) Training and development.
Gina has worked extensively with First Nations and Metis communities in the area of; governance, senior management, negotiator, lead facilitator for program and community development, business and economic development, policy development, facilitator, aboriginal and industry relations, investment readiness and strategic initiatives.
Jacqueline Quinless specializes in Socio-Economic Impact Assessment and Health & Wellness research and policy. She is an award winning Public Sociologist recognized by the Canadian Sociological Association (CSA) and the Angus Reid Foundation for her collaborative community based research that has advanced human welfare in Canada. She is also the founder and owner of QRG Inc, a social research consulting firm, a presidents scholar recipient at the University of Victoria and a Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) holder. Jacqueline is committed to participatory action research and has over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous communities, private industry and government in Canada and abroad. She specializes in applying strategic focus to long term sustainable development by using a combination of statistical techniques & qualitative methods to generate empirically based information for informed decision making. Jacqueline’s knowledge and expertise in Indigenous issues and Indigenous ethical frameworks alongside her commitment to community driven research processes allows her to focus on generating high quality data that enhances community capacity building.
As an innovator and facilitator of economic development, Robert is passionate about globalization and building relationships that transcend national borders. As a man of mixed heritage Robert understands the profound impact culture and identity have on business, life, and family. His father is an Ontario Metis, and his mother hails from the Arawak, one of the Indigenous peoples of the Caribbean.
Robert’s background in finance and trade have allowed him to work on what he is most passionate about, developing people and businesses through sound financial knowledge. His academic background in Economics, Business and International Trade provided him the opportunity to jetset to Hong Kong where he used the tools of finance to connect Asian and Canadian businesses. Now, as a co-Director at Anokasan, Robert works to bridge the gap between East Asian markets and Indigenous businesses and communities. Ultimately, his passion is bringing Canadian Indigenous business to the international arena. Robert’s company website can be found at www.anokasan.com.
Shauna Johnson is Coast Salish on her mother’s side, and Tsimpshian from Metlakatla, Alaska on her father’s side. She grew up mostly on the Tsawout reserve, located in Saanichton, BC. Shauna recently completed her master’s degree from the University of British Columbia (School of Community and Regional Planning) specializing in Indigenous Community Planning (2016). She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Sciences (Royal Roads University, 2009), and a Diploma in Environmental Technology (Camosun College, 2006). For her master’s project, Shauna and her practicum partner (Kelsey Taylor) worked with Tla’amin Nation (formerly Sliammon First Nation) on three planning pillars: 1) Comprehensive Community Plan (CPP) Reflection 2) Tla’amin Youth Strategy/Plan, and 3) Tla’amin Self-governance Visual Communication Tools. Shauna is a mother of a beautiful 12-year-old daughter, and enjoys spending time with her going to the beach, movies, camping, and shopping. On her own time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and is hoping to someday keep her own honeybees to help pollinate her garden.
Deena Tokaryk is a communication and public relations professional, award-winning media relations strategist, and community and aboriginal engagement specialist with more than 15 years experience across the alternative energy, investment, natural resource, technology and telecommunications industries, and with Aboriginal businesses, organizations and governments.
As a communications consultant and a senior account manager with a public relations agency that specialized in the natural resource sector and Aboriginal engagement, Deena has worked with dozens of clients providing corporate communications, Aboriginal and community engagement, and media relations. Deena has developed integrated communication strategies and assisted resource development companies and First Nations communicate with their Aboriginal partners and nation members, managing engagement campaigns and developing communication materials. She has managed media relations campaigns for dozens of clients, successfully securing media coverage that has generated brand awareness and shared key messages.
Deena holds a management diploma in marketing communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and has undertaken additional studies, including Managing Internal and External Communications for Organizations from Simon Fraser University (SFU). She has also obtained a certificate in Foundations in Public Participation from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).
(B.A., BScF, MScFE) is an economic strategist specializing in measuring well-being and happiness of nations, communities and businesses. He holds two bachelor degrees in Economics and Forest Science and a Masters of Science in Forest Economics from the University of Alberta.
He is currently developing Well-being Impact analytic tools to support social impact value investment, workplace and community well-being assessments, community asset development strategies, and a new corporate model Mark calls the Well-being Corp.
He is the author of the best-selling book The Economics of Happiness: Building Genuine Wealth, which was released in China in 2010. He has developed the Genuine Wealth model, as a tool or governments and business to measure trust, relational capital and the well-being. Using conventional accounting and economic analysis tools with a well-being impact lens, Mark helps organizations measure the well-being returns on investment of what he calls the five-capital-assets of a business, community or nation.
Mark served 14 years as a senior economist and policy analyst with the Alberta Government. For over 25 years, Mark has served as an economic strategist and advisor to governments, business, non-profits, and financial institutions in Canada, the US, the Netherlands, Austria, China, Bhutan and French Polynesia. His intuitive analytic skills combines the best of economics, accounting and forest ecology into a new form of economic analysis that focuses on well-being impacts and well-being value investment. For 25 years he has dedicated his time in service to building a new economy based on well-being. Mark was a founding professor of corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship for graduate (MBA) students at the University of Alberta’s School of Business.
As Principal of Business Design Group, a privately‐held management company, Debra has overseen the management and development of several projects and businesses within the First Nation community. Debra’s career working with First Nation communities and organizations included transitioning from researcher to community organizer, and from fundraiser directorship to senior management. Debra has spearheaded major strategic shifts changing organizations from merely a functional focus to that of an enabler of creative innovation and longevity.
She is a former Development and Communications Assistant with the Environmental-Aboriginal Guardianship through Law & Education, a Business Advisor with the Surrey Self-Employment & Entrepreneurial Development Society and with the Aboriginal People Businesses Association.
Debra’s business judgment and business acumen is a reflection of her entrepreneurial drive and years of business experience. She has owned several businesses including three Northwest Coast Native Art galleries,
Debra holds a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. She recently completed the Applied Project Management certificate program from Langara. Also, she has been accepted in the Institute of Corporate Director’s ICD.D program.