Board of Directors 2018-02-14T10:11:50+00:00

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DIRECTORS

Brian Ritchie, Director of Wahkohtowin GP Inc.

Brian is a member of Chapleau Cree First Nation and is active in his community on several projects.  In the new world, Brian has worked for 30+ years in engineering, software development and telecom sales and marketing.  He possesses a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and MBA but his real education came from hunting, trapping and guiding with his Cree father, and building cottages, repairing automobiles and outboard motors for the family hunting and fishing business.

Brian is happily married with 3 children, all of whom have completed university programs, and are pursuing their own passions in aboriginal law, media and entertainment and video game development.  As a past-time Brian often blogs about family values and first-hand First Nation stories from his own experience and from recounting stories of others that came before him.

DIRECTORS

Brian Ritchie, Director of Wahkohtowin GP Inc.

Brian is a member of Chapleau Cree First Nation and is active in his community on several projects.  In the new world, Brian has worked for 30+ years in engineering, software development and telecom sales and marketing.  He possesses a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering and MBA but his real education came from hunting, trapping and guiding with his Cree father, and building cottages, repairing automobiles and outboard motors for the family hunting and fishing business.

Brian is happily married with 3 children, all of whom have completed university programs, and are pursuing their own passions in aboriginal law, media and entertainment and video game development.  As a past-time Brian often blogs about family values and first-hand First Nation stories from his own experience and from recounting stories of others that came before him.

Pamela Perreault, Director of Wahkohtowin GP Inc.

Pamela Perreault is a member of Garden River First Nation with family connections to Batchewana First Nation.  Her academic and consulting careers have taken her across Canada and around the world in pursuit of knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples’ connection with forested landscapes. Between 1997 and 2014 she lived in British Columbia and worked extensively with First Nation communities and organizations on natural resource issues such as; consultation policy development and implementation, forest resource management, land-use planning, non-timber forest resources (NTRFs), community-based research and Aboriginal governance related to lands and resources.  She currently works with FSC© as on matters related to the implementation of free, prior and informed consent in the FSC certification context.

Pamela has been a research fellow at the University of Auckland NZ, a member of the Forest Sciences Board of the BC Ministry of Forests, a Program Coordinator in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, a university instructor on Haida Gwaii and at Algoma University.  She began her academic career in biology, specializing in freshwater ecology at the University of Waterloo.  After working with the Canadian Forest Service in Sault Ste. Marie as a summer student, she returned to university to complete her Masters of Science in Forestry at UBC.  She is co-editor of the book Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada (UBC Press 2013).  In 2014, Pamela returned to her home community of Garden River First Nation with her husband and son.

Pamela Perrault, Director of Wahkohtowin GP Inc.

Pamela Perreault is a member of Garden River First Nation with family connections to Batchewana First Nation.  Her academic and consulting careers have taken her across Canada and around the world in pursuit of knowledge and understanding of Indigenous peoples’ connection with forested landscapes. Between 1997 and 2014 she lived in British Columbia and worked extensively with First Nation communities and organizations on natural resource issues such as; consultation policy development and implementation, forest resource management, land-use planning, non-timber forest resources (NTRFs), community-based research and Aboriginal governance related to lands and resources.  She currently works with FSC© as on matters related to the implementation of free, prior and informed consent in the FSC certification context.

Pamela has been a research fellow at the University of Auckland NZ, a member of the Forest Sciences Board of the BC Ministry of Forests, a Program Coordinator in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, a university instructor on Haida Gwaii and at Algoma University.  She began her academic career in biology, specializing in freshwater ecology at the University of Waterloo.  After working with the Canadian Forest Service in Sault Ste. Marie as a summer student, she returned to university to complete her Masters of Science in Forestry at UBC.  She is co-editor of the book Aboriginal Peoples and Forest Lands in Canada (UBC Press 2013).  In 2014, Pamela returned to her home community of Garden River First Nation with her husband and son.

David Flood, Director of Wahkohtowin GP Inc.

Over the past 15 years, David has operated in a variety of service, management and advisory capacities either directly for an employer or through his consultancy DLF Sustainable Development Services. The skills and experience range from operational forestry, business development, policy, land use planning and governance. This experience has been built upon and supported by both a BSC in Forest Management from the U of A and a Forest Technologist Diploma from NAIT. A significant portion of the last 15 years have been spent in roles designed to promote First Nation involvement, participation or beneift from resource development projects or projects affecting lands within their Traditional Territories. Most of this work stems from his awareness of the geopolitical changes related to changes and spectrum of Consultation Doctrine evolving in the Supreme Court of Canada.

In all projects the key drivers to success have been identifying where collaboration, coexistence and consensus can be achieved amongst the parties. Most recently through his consultancy, DLF Sustainable Development Services, he is providing services as the interim General Manager for Wahkohtowin Development GP Inc focused on supporting business development and participation in the Forest Sector of Ontario on behalf of a group of 3 First Nations. Recently, David became an individual member of FSC and FSC Controlled Wood Working Group member – forming the National Risk Assessment. In an effort to grow awareness for indigenous competency and knowledge systems,  David has also re-registered with the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.

David Flood, BScFM, Dip.FT

Over the past 15 years, David has operated in a variety of service, management and advisory capacities either directly for an employer or through his consultancy DLF Sustainable Development Services. The skills and experience range from operational forestry, business development, policy, land use planning and governance. This experience has been built upon and supported by both a BSC in Forest Management from the U of A and a Forest Technologist Diploma from NAIT. A significant portion of the last 15 years have been spent in roles designed to promote First Nation involvement, participation or beneift from resource development projects or projects affecting lands within their Traditional Territories. Most of this work stems from his awareness of the geopolitical changes related to changes and spectrum of Consultation Doctrine evolving in the Supreme Court of Canada.

In all projects the key drivers to success have been identifying where collaboration, coexistence and consensus can be achieved amongst the parties. Most recently through his consultancy, DLF Sustainable Development Services, he is providing services as the interim General Manager for Wahkohtowin Development GP Inc focused on supporting business development and participation in the Forest Sector of Ontario on behalf of a group of 3 First Nations. Recently, David became an individual member of FSC and FSC Controlled Wood Working Group member – forming the National Risk Assessment. In an effort to grow awareness for indigenous competency and knowledge systems,  David has also re-registered with the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.