Trevor is Wet’suwet’en from the Laksilyu (Small Frog) Clan and G'en Egh La Yex (House of Many Eyes). He's an Indigenous innovator, award-winning journalist and a communications strategist specializing in cross-cultural engagement between Indigenous communities and the technology sector. He's managed communications strategies for his band the Witset First Nation as well as the First Nations Technology Council, where he co-authored the first Indigenous-led labour market report to explore Indigenous representation in the BC tech sector. He also co-authored an eBook published by Indigenous software development company Animikii called #DataBack: Asserting and Supporting Indigenous Data Sovereignty.
Robin is a visionary Secwepemc leader and technology entrepreneur. He founded Sexqeltkemc Cloud Services, a data centre enterprise co-owned by three Shuswap Nations. He served as elected chief of his community, Adams Lake, where he secured millions of dollars for outstanding major infrastructure projects and successfully funded a 15-year language program. Most recently, Robin was director of operations for Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation where he led an aggressive strategy to rebuild SSN’s traditional laws and gain control of its land and resources. He has an educational background in both business and environmental sciences, bringing a compelling perspective to sustainable development.
Lee is a creative catalyst urging along the development of social impact technologies. He is a disruptor with a deeply held passion for data sovereignty, a super geek for clean energy policy, and a relentless ally for Indigenous rights and reconciliation. As director of client relations, Lee works across the technology ecosystem with leaders and innovators on projects that meld these worlds together toward a sustainable future for all. Lee’s passion for reconciliation started with his early career work in post-apartheid South Africa as part of Nelson Mandela’s Reconstruction and Development Programme and as advisor to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Restorative Justice. Lee grew up in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island next to the Tsartlip Nation, where he was blessed from a young age to be exposed to Indigenous cultures and an understanding of whose land he was on. His self-published nonfiction philosophy book “Rapt in Awe” further describes his awe for Indigenous worldviews.
Marcus is a lawyer specializing in the assertion of Indigenous self-governance. He’s spent over 15 years working on the ground with dozens of Indigenous communities helping them create and administer functional governance and economic development structures. Marcus last worked for the Tsilqotin National Government negotiating self-government and acting as economic development lead. He is an expert in government-to-government negotiations as well as identifying and negotiating new business opportunities for communities.
Marcus helps structure innovative agreements between ChinookX, Indigenous communities and industry partners that create sustainable growth for our whole ecosystem. He also oversees all internal corporate and legal mechanisms that guide our team and board. Marcus has dedicated his entire career to supporting Indigenous communities to participate and take a lead in the mainstream economy. His passion and mission is contributing to tangible progress towards economic reconciliation and Indigenous-led climate action.
Frank grew up in Northern Manitoba and is a member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation. He holds an undergraduate degree in Indigenous Studies from the University of Manitoba, five certificates from the Canadian Securities Institute and a post-graduate certificate in finance from Harvard University. Frank has an extensive network amongst First Nations communities in Canada, having traveled to over 275 First Nations communities over the course of his career. For the past several years, Frank dedicated his efforts to bringing low-cost capital to Indigenous communities in Canada, through a one-of-a-kind Indigenous treasury service. In his capacity, Frank was involved in deploying over $725M to First Nations across Canada and continues to advocate for First Nations led institutions. As CEO of NationFUND, Frank is driven to continue to promote sources of responsible capital that Indigneous communities require to be equity owners of the ventures they host on their territories. Frank is a published author and past recipient of the Burt Award for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Literature. He serves on the Board of Directors of a publicly traded industrial technology company and is a registered insider on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges.