Indigenous Advisory Committee Biographies
The Indigenous Advisory Committee is comprised of 9 Members. Its membership reflects Canada's diversity of Indigenous communities, languages, genders, geographies, and skills and expertise.
Tribal Chief Tyrone McNeil, Chairperson
Tribal Chief Tyrone McNeil is Stó:lō and a member of Seabird Island Band. He has extensive experience working to advance First Nations languages and education, collaborating with First Nations across the country, and developing agreements and partnerships with government. Tribal Chief McNeil manages a First Nation construction company that employs up to 70 Indigenous men and women, with expertise in Operational Health and Safety, safety audits, human resources management, operations and budgeting in civil construction and pipeline industries.
Tribal Chief McNeil works closely with the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee (IAMC) for the Trans Mountain Expansion and Existing Pipeline, including as a member of several leadership and sub-committees, driving changes to improve practices of regulators to better align with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and to advance reconciliation. He holds numerous leadership positions including, President of Stó:lō Tribal Council, President of First Nation Education Steering Committee, AFN Chiefs Committee on Education rep for BC, Chair of Emergency Planning Secretariat, Chair of Seabird College, President of the Sqewqel (Seabird) Development Corporation and Standing Chair of Union of BC Indian Chiefs.
Tribal Chief Tyrone McNeil is an active hunter, fisher and gatherer and looks forward to teaching his four grandchildren as he has been taught and learned.
Kaella-Marie Earle, Vice-Chairperson
Kaella-Marie Earle is an Anishinaabekwe from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory and Aroland First Nation. She is currently employed as an EIT at Enbridge Gas Inc. in Engineering Construction, System Improvement where she manages construction of natural gas pipeline projects. She holds an Advanced Diploma in Chemical Engineering Technology from Cambrian College as well as a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Laurentian University.
Ms. Earle’s career goal is to weave her Indigenous cultural values into her engineering work in a way that will lead the oil and gas industry to a lower carbon energy future. She works toward this as a member of Young Pipeliners Association of Canada where she serves as Co-chair of YPAC’s Indigenous Inclusion Committee.
Ms. Earle delivers regular speaking engagements at conferences to advocate for Indigenous people and women in energy and mining, is the Director and Founder of Maamiwi Gibeshiwin Indigenous cultural training and allyship retreat, and is a delegate on the NWMO Indigenous Council of Youth and Elders.
Dr. Marie Delorme is CEO of The Imagination Group of Companies. She serves on the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, the Queen’s University Board of Trustees, Donner Canadian Foundation, the Canadian Energy and Climate Nexus, and The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking. She is also an advisor to two Universities.
Dr. Delorme is a Member of the Order of Canada. She has received the Indspire Award in Business and Commerce; and was named as one of Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Other awards include: the University of Calgary Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award; Alberta Chamber of Commerce Business Award of Distinction; Calgary Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence Award, and Métis Nation Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.
Dr. Delorme holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University, and both a PhD and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Calgary.
Ms. Judy Gingell is an Elder of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation and is from the Gaanaxteidi Raven Clan. She has worked to advance Indigenous rights within the Yukon and across Canada for more than 40 years, playing instrumental leadership roles in self-governance and land claims negotiations with the Government of Canada.
As the first female Chair of the Council of Yukon First Nations, Ms. Gingell facilitated the discussion among Yukon First Nations towards the signing of the Umbrella Final Agreement, a foundation for advances in self-governance. In 1995, she became the first Indigenous Commissioner of the Yukon Territory. Ms. Gingell sits on several Boards, including Yukon University and Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and serves as Elder Representative on Kwanlin Dun First Nation Council. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Chief Harvey McLeod
Chief Harvey McLeod is Chief of the Upper Nicola Indian Band, Executive Director for the Interior Salish Employment & Training Society, and has nearly 40 years of executive, political and relationship and partnership development experience.
Chief McLeod sits on several Committees and Boards, including as a Director of the BC Assembly of First Nations, and is one of five Nicola Chiefs currently working with the Province of British Columbia to co-manage the Nicola Watershed. Chief McLeod has been extensively and directly involved in the development and operations of the Indigenous Advisory Monitoring Committee (IAMC) for the Trans Mountain Expansion and Existing Pipeline.
Nuka Olsen-Hakongak is a Nunavut Inuk originally from Cambridge Bay who now resides in Iqaluit. Ms. Olsen-Hakongak is currently working through a Juris Doctor Degree with the Nunavut Law Program of the University of Saskatchewan College of Law affiliated with Nunavut Arctic College. She has also worked with Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated where she focused on legal research and worked closely with senior legal counsel on Article 23 matters. Article 23 of the Nunavut Agreement is to increase Inuit participation in government employment in the Nunavut Settlement Area to a representative level. Prior to that, Ms. Olsen-Hakongak has held roles with the Government of Canada and the Government of Nunavut, and has worked in the fields of social services, community justice, income assistance, and child and youth support.
Ms. Olsen-Hakongak holds a Social Service Worker Diploma and received, as part of that program, the award for Community Involvement and awards for Academic Excellence. She is the Co-President of the Nunavut Law Student Society.
Mr. Scott Patles-Richardson is the founder of Indigenous Financial Solutions, a First Nations-owned company focused on economic development for Indigenous communities across Canada. He has extensive experience advising Indigenous communities, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and has negotiated for First Nation and Métis communities in the area of land claims and Impact Benefit Agreements, specific to energy and resource development projects.
Mr. Patles-Richardson is also the CEO of an Indigenous private-equity fund, Métis Infinity Investments, and is the majority shareholder of Nations Translation Group (NTG) and acts as their Executive Chair. NTG is one of Canada’s largest privately-held translation companies and is 100% First Nation owned and controlled with the balance of the shares held by the Little Red River Cree Nation’s investment arm. He has previously worked in leadership roles with Ishkonigan Consulting and Mediation, Tribal Council Investment Group of Manitoba, Scotiabank, and Royal Bank of Canada. Mr. Patles-Richardson is a Mi’gmaq citizen from Pabineau First Nation in northern New Brunswick of which he has been active as a key senior advisor.
Chief Matthew T. Peigan
Chief Matthew T. Peigan is Chief of the Pasqua First Nation. Chief Peigan is the youngest of 5 boys to parents Ronald Peigan Sr. and Grace L. Peigan. He was first elected in 1993-2001 and again in 2011, currently serving a fifth consecutive term. Upon his initial election in 1993, Chief Peigan was the youngest serving Chief in Canada at just 26. Chief Peigan has also served as Director of Operations and Housing Coordinator with Pasqua First Nation, and as Flood Claim Lead Negotiator for other First Nations.
Chief Peigan has been very active in engaging with industry as well as in interventions before the Canada Energy Regulator (formerly National Energy Board), including but not limited to the Energy East Project and Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. Chief Peigan is also a member of the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee (IAMC) for the Enbridge Line 3 Replacement Project. Chief Peigan is committed to both his home First Nation and to the advancement of all First Nations, and is a strong advocate for environmental, air and water protection measures. Chief Peigan was nominated to sit as a member of the Indigenous Advisory Committee by the Assembly of First Nations.
Marci Riel is the Senior Director of Energy, Infrastructure and Resource Management at the Manitoba Metis Federation (MMF). The department was created by the Metis government in Manitoba to address the development and management of energy projects and infrastructure constructed on lands utilized by the citizens and harvesters of the Manitoba Metis Community. The amalgamated department also manages the MMF’s Resolution 8 engagement and consultation process and lands management files as well as the natural resources and conservation portfolios related to harvesting, environmental assessment, Metis monitoring, forestry, mining, migratory birds, commercial fisheries, wetland restoration, fish and fish habitat, environment and climate change.
Marci is not an elected representative of the Metis Nation. Her role on the Line 3 - Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee is to best represent the needs of the citizens of the Metis Nation’s Manitoba Metis Community and to assist Canada and the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) in better understanding the lifecycle impacts of projects on the collectively held rights, claims and interests of the Metis Nation. Ms. Riel holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology and prior to joining the Manitoba Metis Federation in 2011, Marci worked in the field of public safety and crime prevention.
Marci is the mother of two active teenage boys and together with her husband Kevin is proud to be raising the next generation of citizens of the Metis Nation. Marci lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba – in the heart of the Homeland of the Metis Nation – on one of the original Red River lots next to the historic Riel House site.
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