The Indspire Board is responsible for the stewardship of our organization, while our management and staff perform the day-to-day operations under the Board’s supervision.
Indspire is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that provides responsible oversight for our finances and operations.
The governance duties of our Board include:
- Oversight of our programs and activities
- Approving our strategic directions
- Ensuring that management conducts the business and affairs of Indspire in accordance with our objectives, articles and by-laws, the law and regulations of the jurisdictions in which we operate, and any policies and guidelines issued by the Canada Revenue Agency in respect of charitable organizations.
Board of Directors
Her Excellency the Right Honourable, Julie Payette
C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M. Governor General of Canada
David Gabriel Tuccaro
Mikisew Cree First Nation, Alberta
David Gabriel Tuccaro is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Fort Chipewyan and president and CEO of five successful companies that create opportunities for Aboriginal people. Mr. Tuccaro sat on the Board of the Regional Health Authority, the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the National Task Force on Aboriginal Development Financing, and contributed as a member of the National Task Force on Oil Sands Strategies. He co-chaired the 2004 Arctic Winter Games Committee, was active as a director of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network in its early development and was the founding president of the Northeast Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA). He received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1999 (Business and Commerce), was included in the Financial Post Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40” (1998) and was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Venture Magazine (2000).
Jean Teillet is a well-known Métis lawyer, advocate and member of the Bar in British Columbia. Senior Counsel to the law firm of Pape Salter Teillet LLP, she has been involved in treaty negotiations and numerous cases in Aboriginal law before the Supreme Court of Canada. Her work is published in several scholarly journals and she is the author of Métis Law in Canada. Ms. Teillet speaks often in Canada and internationally about Aboriginal rights, identity and access to justice. In 2011, she was named Indigenous Peoples Council by the Indigenous Bar Association of Canada, and in 2012 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to the community. She has honorary doctorates from Guelph University, the Law Society of Ontario and the University of Windsor. In 2018 she was awarded a Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross. Ms. Teillet is the great grand-niece of Louis Riel and has served on the Indspire Board since 2006.
Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald
Stó:lō Nation, British Columbia
Jo-ann Archibald Q’um Q’um Xiiem, is Professor Emeritus of Educational Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also the former Associate Dean for Indigenous Education and former Director of the Indigenous Teacher Education Program (NITEP) and the First Nations House of Learning at UBC. A visionary scholar and agent of change, Archibald has contributed substantially to advancing Indigenous education and research at all levels, provincially and nationally. She has mentored many Indigenous university students and has authored several publications. Her numerous honours include a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Education in 2000, three honorary degrees, university alumni awards, and an American Educational Research Association Teaching and Teacher Education Legacy Award. In 2018, she became an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Yellowknives Dene First Nation, Northwest Territories
Darrell Beaulieu was born and raised in Yellowknife and has served three terms as the Chief of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, whose traditional territory surrounds the capital area. Before his current role as President and CEO of Denendeh Investments Inc., Mr. Beaulieu was the founding President of Deton’Cho Corporation and Deton’Cho Diamonds and has served on the boards of directors of both the Mine Training Society and NWT Chamber of Mines. At present, Darrell is also on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Territories Law Foundation and Northland Utilities (Yellowknife and NWT), and was appointed the Chair of the Northwest Territories Business Development Corporation by the Government of the Northwest Territories in 2005. He also serves as Chairman of the Akaitcho Business Development Corporation.
Mikisew Cree First Nation, Alberta
Nicole Bourque-Bouchier is co-owner and CEO of the Bouchier Group, one of the largest Indigenous-owned and Indigenous-operated companies in the Athabasca Oil Sands region. She is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Ms. Bourque-Bouchier studied computer systems at the Northern Alberta Institute for Technology before starting her career in the Alberta oil industry with Syncrude, then operating her own consulting company. She was also Manager of Aboriginal Affairs for TrueNorth Energy and a stakeholder relations advisor for Shell Canada in Alberta’s Wood Buffalo region.
Business leader, dedicated community activist and advocate for Indigenous women’s economic empowerment, Ms. Bourque-Bouchier has received numerous honours, including being named one of Scotiabank’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2015, the 2018 Indspire Award for Business and Commerce and most recently name the 2019 Indigenous Women in Leadership recipient by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
Michael Dan is a neurosurgeon, scholar, and philanthropist who has worked extensively with First Nation communities on hydroelectric power initiatives on traditional territories. He is also a strong supporter of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Scarborough Hospital, and the University of Toronto. In 2015, Dr. Dan and his wife, Amira, made a $10 million gift to the University of Toronto to create the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, the world’s first privately-endowed research institute dedicated to the health of Indigenous peoples. He is a member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and holds three honourary degrees.
Clint Davis is the CEO of Nunasi Corporation, an Inuit Development Corporation which is owned by the three Regional Inuit Associations in Nunavut. Headquartered in Iqaluit, Nunavut Nunasi has investments across a range of industries including fuel distribution, commercial real estate, commercial development and construction. Clint, an Inuk from Labrador, previously served for over eleven years as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies, which is the economic arm of Nunatsiavut Government. In 2016, Clint received the Indspire Award for Business and Commerce and was also recognized by his alma mater Acadia University as a Distinguished Alumni.
Pine Creek First Nation, Manitoba
James Dekker is a member of the Pine Creek First Nation in Manitoba and an HR Business Partner with HSBC Bank Canada. An expert in organizational development, talent management and learning, Mr. Dekker is interested in the ways in which the private sector can incorporate reconciliation objectives into their business planning and has been responsible for leading new innovations in diversity and Indigenous recruitment in both the public and private sectors. He was recognized with a Public Service Award of Excellence (Employment Equity & Diversity) from the federal government and is now a member of the Company of Young Professionals through the Vancouver Board of Trade and a Board member of the Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education program at the University of British Columbia. Mr. Dekker has a Business Administration degree and holds his Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation through the BC Human Resources Management Association.
Kehewin Cree Nation, Alberta
Joseph Dion, from the Kehewin Cree Nation in Alberta, is the President of the Frog Lake Energy Resources Corporation, a company wholly owned by the Frog Lake First Nation in a joint venture with Twin Butte Energy Ltd. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. Mr. Dion is credited as the founder of Dion Resources Inc., which networks in the areas of oil and gas development, wind power, forestry development, international finance and business development. He is also the founding Chairman and President of the Indian Resource Council of Canada and a founding member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. For his work in preserving spiritual and cultural ways while working towards a sustainable economic future for his people, Mr. Dion received the 2011 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Business & Commerce.
Fauna Kingdon is a Manitoba Métis/Cree, raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut and who now resides in Yellowknife, NWT. Ms. Kingdon is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Tlicho Investment Corporation and Group of Companies.
Ms. Kingdon has a Bachelor of Commerce (Hon.) degree from the University of Manitoba, a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan and received her Chartered Professional Accountant designation in 2009 – the only Indigenous graduate in her class. Ms. Kingdon has also obtained a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation and is currently working towards a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) designation.
In addition to receiving an Indspire Award in the youth category, Ms. Kingdon has received the James W. Clarke Award and the Great West Life Leadership Award from the Manitoba Institute of Chartered Accountants, a Queen’s Jubilee Medal and a Canada Day Youth Award, and has been named both a National Métis Youth Model and a National Aboriginal Youth Role Model. Ms. Kingdon was also awarded the Manitoba YMCA/YWCA Young Woman of Distinction.
Yvan Guy Larocque
Yvan Guy Larocque is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation from Sainte-Anne, MB. Mr. Larocque is a lawyer at Miller Titerle Law Corporation in Vancouver, BC practicing in the fields of First Nations Economic Development and Indigenous governance. Mr. Larocque has also worked in the non-profit sector as the Administrator for the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society and the Artists’ Legal Outreach and Education Society. He has been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Petty Officer 1st Class) since 2002 and has served in both the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force (in the Regular and Reserve forces). Mr. Larocque has a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Manitoba, is an alumnus of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People at the University of Saskatchewan, and a graduate of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia where he earned a Juris Doctor degree in their Indigenous Legal Studies Program.
Peter J. Lukasiewicz
Peter Lukasiewicz is the CEO of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP and serves as co-chair of their global board. In these roles, Mr. Lukasiewicz is responsible for guiding the firm’s Canadian and international strategies, and championing Gowling WLG’s core belief that the best way to serve clients is to be in tune with their world, aligned with their opportunity and ambitious for their success. A former senior commercial litigator, he is experienced in counselling and representing domestic and global clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of Canada’s leading commercial litigators by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada. Mr. Lukasiewicz is actively involved in his community: he was president of The Advocates’ Society, Canada’s premier organization for advocates, and chaired Ryerson University’s board of governors. In recognition of his community service, Peter was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Hilary Pearson is the former President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a national network of family, independent and corporate grant-makers in Canada, representing many of the largest private charitable foundations in the country. As President, she grew the organization to become a significant voice in Canadian organized philanthropy, drawing on her background in the central agencies of the Government of Canada, an executive role at the Royal Bank of Canada and as a senior consultant at the Montreal strategy consulting firm Secor. Ms. Pearson has a particular interest in non-profit governance and has served on several national non-profit boards of directors, including Imagine Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, CARE Canada and Indspire. She also chairs the Advisory Body of the Coady Institute at St Francis Xavier University. Ms. Pearson holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Toronto, and honorary doctorates from Carleton University and the University of New Brunswick.
Gordon Peeling has more than 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors in mining. He retired from the Mining Association of Canada in 2011 after serving for over a decade as President and CEO and continues to remain active in the industry as a Director of Great Quest Fertilizer Ltd. and as a Senior Advisor to the Natural Resource Practice of Proudfoot (a Global Operations Consultancy). Mr. Peeling also runs his own consultancy on responsible resource management practices. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from Queen’s University and a Master’s (Geology) and Bachelor’s (Economics) degree from Carleton University. He is a recipient of both the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the CIM’s Syncrude Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development.
Madeleine is a proud Indigenous woman from Iqaluit, Nunavut, with extensive governance and volunteer experience within Indigenous and Inuit organizations. After graduating from Akitsiraq Law School, with an LLB from the University of Victoria, she was the first Inuk to be given a Supreme Court of Canada clerkship.
Madeleine is a businessperson and social advocate for transformative technologies within the telecommunications, transportation and energy sectors. She has held presidency positions at Ajungi Consulting Group and Nuvujaq Society. She is also a board member with the Trudeau Foundation and Arctic Internet Exchange Point.
One of her most challenging and valued roles was as executive director of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission, a commission that reviewed the effects of federal government policies on Eastern Arctic Inuit between the 1950s and 1980s.
Madeleine’s advocacy, professional, and governance work reflects her passionate commitment to the development and delivery of programs that reflect the values, needs, and priorities of Aboriginal, Inuit, northerners and Canadians.
Itoah is Tłı̨chǫ, born and raised in Denendeh, land of the Dene, in the Northwest Territories. She holds a H.B.A. in Indigenous Studies and Ethics, Society & Law Program from the University of Toronto.
As the former Executive Director of the Arctic Funders Collaborative, Itoah supported philanthropic funders to be more effective and responsible partners with Northern Indigenous communities and amplified the voices of Indigenous leaders to hold space and power within the sector.
Currently, Itoah is the owner of Įdaà Strategies, which supports culturally-rooted and community-based strategies. Itoah is Editorial Advisor for The Philanthropist and faculty member of the International Funders of Indigenous Peoples Learning Institute. Itoah is passionate about revitalizing and promoting Tłı̨chǫ Yatıì, using social media to manage the #SpeakTłı̨chǫToMe campaign. She enjoys spending time on her cultural education: sewing, processing fish, tanning hides, berry picking, harvesting medicines, and spending time with her big Dene family.
Peguis First Nation, Manitoba
William (Bill) Shead is a member of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. A graduate of Dalhousie University and the Canadian Forces Staff College, Lieutenant-Commander (Ret’d) Bill Shead, CD served 36 years in the Canadian Navy. In 1975, he was seconded to head the Office of Native Employment to increase the participation of Indigenous people in the Public Service of Canada. Mr. Shead later served as Mayor of Selkirk, Manitoba from 1980 to 1983; Prairie Regional Director General for Veterans Affairs from 1986 to 1992; and Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Shead is currently the Chair of Neeginan Centre (formerly the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg), Vice-Chair of the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development and Co-Chair of a committee to erect a monument on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly commemorating First Nations’ role in the development of the province of Manitoba.
Paul Tsaparis is retired from a distinguished career in operational leadership with Hewlett-Packard, where in his most recent role as Vice-President of Technology Support, Americas. Previous to that role Paul was President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard Canada for 12 years. He is Past Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada Board of Governors, and a current board member of Teranet Inc., Ontario Health, Metrolinx and past board member of Humber River Hospital, and Greenwood College School. Mr. Tsaparis, is the Chair of the Board of Governors of York University, a member of the WPO/YPO and Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he was honoured in 2004 with an alumni award and in 2013 as their ‘Executive-in-Residence’. He holds an MBA from York University and an undergraduate degree in science and economics from the University of Toronto. Mr. Tsaparis was one of 100 people recognized in the University of Toronto’s 175th Anniversary ‘Great Minds for a Great Future’ Campaign, is a recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Donald E. Worme
Kawacatoose First Nation, Saskatchewan
Donald Worme is a Cree lawyer from the Kawacatoose First Nation, Treaty 4, who practices extensively in criminal law and Indigenous rights litigation. Growing up, he received teachings of Cree philosophies, traditions, and spirituality from his grandfather, including the history of Treaty 4. With a view to making things better for First Nation people, he received his Bachelor of Laws Degree at the University of Saskatchewan and his legal practice has been focused primarily on promoting and protecting both the collective and individual rights of Indigenous people in numerous legal and public forums. Mr. Worme is a founding member of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada. In 2009, Donald was appointed Chief Counsel for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission with its mandate to spread awareness of the social impact of Residential Schools across Canada. He was one of the University of Saskatchewan’s 100 Alumni of Influence in 2008 and received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 2010 for his outstanding achievement in the field of law and justice.
Elizabeth is Inuit from Nunatsiavut, Labrador. She holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, as well as a bachelor’s in political science and international development from Dalhousie University. She is currently a graduate student working on her Master of Laws thesis focusing on Inuit legal orders and its application to modern Inuit treaties, specifically the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement.
At the University of Victoria’s Law Clinic, she worked with clients in the areas of human rights and family law. She engaged in revitalizing Indigenous legal orders through stories with the Indigenous Law Research Unit at the University of Victoria and with Coast Salish First Nations at West Coast Environmental Law in Vancouver.
Elizabeth was called to the bar in Newfoundland and Labrador where she represented predominantly Indigenous clients on criminal, family, Indigenous governance and human rights matters. Recently, she was counsel representing Inuit at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.