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Sean Willy

President & CEO, Des Nedhe Group

Sean has spent more than two decades working in the resource industry, leading business development initiatives, and helping build sustainable communities.

His experience with Indigenous communities and corporations has enabled him to establish strong ties between companies and numerous Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners.

Prior to joining Des Nedhe Group, Sean was Director, Corporate Responsibility at Cameco Corporation – the world’s second largest uranium producer – and developed the strategies and led all negotiations which saw Cameco build upon its successful track record with Indigenous peoples. This led to Sean building partnerships in Australia, the United States, and throughout Canada. Sean’s greatest career achievement was signing five community-based agreements in Australia and in northern Saskatchewan and completing the most unique legacy trust fund in Canada, the Six River Trust.

With roots in the Denesuline and Metis communities, Sean brings an understanding of the expectations and needs of Indigenous people. Growing up in a mining household, he experienced life in communities across the Canadian Shield – from the Northwest Territories to Nunavut to Alberta to Saskatchewan.

Sean also serves as co-chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, chair of the highly successful training partnership Northern Career Quest and a director of the Global Indigenous Trust.

Read Sean’s article in The Hill Times (December 1, 2021) called “There is an answer to avoid a climate catastrophe, so what are we waiting for?” In it, Sean shares the hope he sees in clean nuclear and the opportunities for Indigenous businesses and communities.

Jenny Wolverine

Vice-Chief for ERFN

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Isidore Campbell

Elder Advisor

Isidore Campbell is a member of the English River First Nation, a former Vice Chief of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council and a lifelong northerner.

With warmth and wisdom, he brings guidance to the board and the Des Nedhe management team.

Mr. Campbell’s extensive community leadership experience, his vision to create more opportunities for young people, and a strong belief in good governance and accountability has made his contributions invaluable. Even though the region has changed with technology and resource development, he knows the essential connection between the land and its people has not.

Mr. Campbell also serves Six Rivers Fund board. He is a fluent Dene speaker and accomplished translator.

Leanne Hall

CEO, Creative Fire

Prior to joining Des Nedhe in 2019 and accepting the role of Chief Executive Officer of Creative Fire, Leanne was the National Leader of the Deloitte Indigenous practice, serving over 275 Indigenous communities across Canada. Her experience in business leadership and ability to build relationships between corporate partners and Indigenous business are integral to growth for our clients and our company. She has served as a director for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is a member of the Board of Governors for Wilfrid Laurier University and is a WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada Award Winner.

“Creative Fire embodies the spirit of partnership between Indigenous communities, industry and government. This is where our vision to grow nationally comes from: to open doors for Indigenous people and companies, not only to engage with our company and our clients, but to grow more Indigenous talent in the communications, engagement and research fields.”

Dazawray Landrie-Parker

Director, Nuclear Sector, Creative Fire

Dazawray Landrie-Parker (Métis) is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) and an instructor at Yukon University. She is also the former Director of Operations for the Métis Nation-Saskatchewan. In 2014, Dazawray was appointed as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commanding Officer’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee for “F” Division (RCMP COAAC), which builds on her extensive background working with Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MNS) where she held several senior positions – including Director of Operations, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Policy Analyst.

Dazawray’s Métis ancestry fuelled her focus on Indigenous communities and inspired her undergraduate degree in Native Studies from the U of S and her subsequent degree—Master of Governance and Entrepreneurship in Northern and Indigenous Areas, offered jointly by University of Tromsø (The Arctic University of Norway) and the U of S. As the culmination of her program, Dazawray researched and built a community engagement framework for nuclear energy engagement in northern communities and the Policy for Public Engagement for the City of Saskatoon.

Brett Bradshaw

Director, Community Engagement, Creative Fire

Brett Bradshaw has worked as an advisor to numerous resource companies and community organizations including Cameco, Rio Tinto Exploration Canada, Denison Mines, Yáthi Néné Land and Resource Office and John Howard Society of Saskatchewan. With experience in business and workforce development, community investment, and community engagement, Brett brings an intentional approach to holistic and fluid communication strategies; story-mapping; public relations; writing and relationship building. Brett is chair of the Saskatoon Public Library board.

Haleigh King

Manager | ESG, Sustainability and Reconciliation Action Plans, Creative Fire

Haleigh believes in the importance of allyship to advance reconciliation by strengthening relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. As a Manager of ESG, Sustainability and Reconciliation Action Plans, Haleigh works with Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients to develop sustainability strategies, assess ESG materiality and formalize commitments to reconciliation through action plans. In her work, Haleigh finds every opportunity to amplify Indigenous voices throughout the engagement process. Prior to joining Creative Fire, Haleigh was a senior consultant in Deloitte’s Sustainability and Climate Change practice. There she advised private and public sector clients – including some of Canada’s largest retailers and energy and resources companies – on creating inclusive strategies to champion Indigenous voices, as well as incorporating Indigenous knowledge and priorities to create mutually beneficial economic partnerships for both companies and communities. Haleigh holds a Masters of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto and studied Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Academy.