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Board of Directors

Meet our Board Members
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Vickie Whitehead

NATOA Chair

Vickie Whitehead is a Director, Indigenous Services at Crowe MacKay Advisory Ltd. She is driven by her values of integrity and respect for Indigenous peoples and Nations, by working with them to achieve their goals. She has been doing this work for over 25 years in BC and across Canada. Her specialty is in Indigenous financial management, program management and Trust services. The majority of her early career up to 2012, was at the Government of Canada at Indigenous Services Canada in the BC and National offices in various financial and management related roles.

Vickie is Cree Métis, and sits on the following boards as a member: Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society, Aboriginal Finance Officers Association of Canada, and a BC First Nation Finance and Audit Committee per their Financial Administration Law. She is the recipient of the 2018 CPABC distinguished services award for her volunteer work with Indigenous organizations. Vickie completed her Masters of Business Administration in the spring of 2012, holds a CPA, CGA, designation, and is a Certified Aboriginal Finance Manager (CAFM). She enjoys spreadsheets, time spent with her family and friends, hiking trails, and reading.

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Leith Cardinall

NATOA Vice Chair

A member of the Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Leith started participating as a Trustee in 2007 and has managed the Onihcikiskowapowin Business Trust for over 10 years. Leith has been in the financial industry since 2001 and was recommended by the Trustees to assume the role as the Trust Manager. With a diploma in Management, Leith is currently working towards an MBA through the Cape Breton University. Leith has been on the Board of Directors for NATOA since 2014 and has been the Chair or Vice Chair of NATOA since 2017.

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Kain Big Canoe

Treasurer

Kain is a proud member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation. As Senior Manager of T.E. Wealth’s Indigenous Services Practice, Kain brings over five years of experience in the accounting and consulting industries and a strong understanding of accounting standards and financial statement analysis. He specializes in working with community leadership and Trustees across Canada on the planning, development, and implementation of efficient and cost-effective -Trust and wealth-management solutions.

Kain holds a Bachelor of Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from Brock University and holds the CPA designation. Before joining T.E. Wealth, Kain served as a consultant at a multi-national professional services firm. There, he created and refined strategic solutions that supported small to medium-sized private companies and family-owned businesses in achieving their goals.

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Alanna Jones

Secretary

Alanna is an Ojibwe Band member from Kitigaun Ziibii (Garden River FN) Ontario. As Trust Manager for the Garden River First Nation Community Trust since 1997, Alanna believes that the traditional values (respect, humility wisdom, bravery, honesty, truth and love) can be a vehicle to return to our traditional ways of caring for one another with modern/western tools such as those found in community trust agreements. In 2006, Alanna along with a group of like-minded Trust managers and administrators were instrumental in organizing NATOA, focusing on networking and online training for Indigenous communities to become self-sustaining in managing such a vital economic resource. Alanna is one of the 3 founding members of NATOA and currently the Secretary for them.

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Brittanee Laverdure

Member of the Board

As a Regional Vice President on the Indigenous Wealth team located in Calgary, Alberta, Brittanee manages a variety of relationships with Indigenous clients throughout British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. She is responsible for the administration of a wide range of Indigenous Trusts, including providing ongoing reporting, training and support to clients at the community level.
Brittanee graduated from the University of Calgary in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Indigenous Studies. In 2011, She obtained a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Calgary, which included a placement at the UBC First Nation Legal Clinic operating out of the Vancouver Downtown Eastside serving the marginalized Indigenous population in the area. She is a member of the Law Society.

Brittanee is a former international athlete representing Canada in the sport of Freestyle Wrestling. Her achievements include being a 2014 Commonwealth Games Silver Medalist, a World Championship Medalist, World SportAccord Champion, and World University Champion, and a two-time Olympic Alternate for Canada. Brittanee has proudly represented Canada around the globe for over 10 years, including attending the 2008 Beijing Games as a training partner for Team Canada. As a University of Calgary Varsity Athlete, Brittanee was a National Champion, and was named the University of Calgary Female Athlete of the year in 2006.

Raised in the small remote community of Watson Lake, Yukon, Brittanee is a member of the Wolf Clan of the Kaska Dena Nation (Liard First Nation). She volunteers for the Calgary Legal Guidance and for Pro Bono Law Alberta and serves as a volunteer board member for the Dena Kayeh Institute, and the Aboriginal Sport Circle.

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Johnathan Kruger

Member of the Board

Jonathan is a proud member of the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) of the Okanagan Nation. He served in leadership for 17 years, of which he spent eight years as the Chief of PIB.

Under the success of Jonathan’s leadership, the PIB community won numerous business and economic development awards including the CCAB Award, the CANDO Award, BC Aboriginal Achievement Award and two consecutive Tommie Awards for Sustainable Development.

Today, Jonathan is proud to work for Sodexo as the Director of Indigenous Relations Canada. He is very passionate to forge partnerships with Indigenous communities that lead to mutual prosperity and growth.

Jonathan believes in the reconciliation movement and knows it going to take time and commitment from everyone. He is very impressed with Sodexo for taking the initiative in moving forward with the reconciliation process.

Jonathan also enjoys volunteering his time to teach young people the traditions of the Okanagan culture, governance and recreational activities on the land like cross country skiing and hiking and mountain biking.

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Meghan Shannon

Member of the Board

Meghan Shannon is Cree and her family is from the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in Saskatchewan. She is a Senior Manager for Indigenous Markets at CIBC where her specialization is Indigenous Trusts. As the primary relationship manager for the Indigenous Trust practice, Meghan engages with communities regarding the delivery of their tailored Trust services and funding, strategic planning, reporting, communication, and training. Meghan completed a Bachelor of Science (Major in Economics and Mathematics) at the University of Victoria. Prior to her current role, Meghan worked with and for Indigenous communities through her work with another leading financial services firm and their Indigenous Trust practice as well as an Economic Development Officer, Capacity Development Officer, and Communications Administrator for the provincial government and a non-profit organization. Meghan brings with her a deep understanding of and respect for the value of history, language, and culture.