The board consists of 12 members and is elected by membership. We are committed to maintaining Indigenous leadership driven by the chamber members. The board is also designed to act as an advocate for Indigenous business, working with others to raise the profile of the membership within the province.
Roger Grona is very proud of his Metis ancestry. His indigenous ancestry is traced back to the 1700’s in the Red River Settlement. Roger believes it’s a business’s responsibility to give back to the community in a positive way financially and/or volunteering time in any way possible. Roger believes in a pay it forward mindset. This helps in so many ways. Financially it helps organizations and individuals from a cash flow perspective and it also helps alleviate the financial challenges that non-profits or organizations face on a daily basis. On the other end of the spectrum, he believes in helping out organizations where it can truly bring their expertise into play by volunteering time.
Roger is President / C.E.O of both Firebird Business Ventures Ltd. and Firebird Business Consulting Ltd. His management consulting expertise is building successful business models that involves developing successful marketing plans, consulting on marketing and business sustainability and training in long term planning for a profitable future. Very successful track record building culture, sales teams and company growth goals. Firebird Business Consulting Ltd. and Firebird Business Ventures Ltd. sales consulting and marketing consulting services expertise is in next level business solutions, marketing, brand development and implementing the proper plan to achieve your goals.
Patrick Dinsdale is a member of Curve Lake First Nation and has resided in Saskatchewan since 1990, A Graduate of Sask Polytech, Patrick has worked in many fields including Youth Work, Manufacturing, Hospitality, and Finance. Patrick’s currently in his 8th year of employment with RBC and holds the position of Commercial Account Manager with RBC’s Aboriginal Banking Division.
Ian is a Field Auditor with Indigenous Gaming Regulators.
Ian hails from Muskoday First Nation, he has spent the past 11 years working with IGR in both the communications and audit departments. Since 2016, Ian has sat on the Muskoday Economic Development Authority and he hopes to continue his work with his community into the future.
Ian is currently working on his MBA in Community Economic Development through Cape Breton University.
Monica Brunet is a Métis woman who was born and raised in rural Saskatchewan near Batoche. In the late 80’s Monica and her husband moved to Alberta to pursue their careers which entailed business ownership and working with a chartered bank. They returned to Saskatchewan 15 years later with a whole lot of experiences and with 2 children.
Monica has been employed with the Clarence Campeau Development Fund (CCDF) since 2003 where she has been directly involved in business development with Métis Entrepreneurs and Métis Communities across the province of Saskatchewan. Ironically, Monica was an entrepreneur by the age of 18 and she truly knows the trials and tribulations people go thru in starting a business and these experiences have played a vital role in assisting the many clients she has worked with over the years.
Monica has held many positions during her time at CCDF with the latest being the Director of Economic Development & Community Relations. In this role, Ms. Brunet collaborates with Government and Industry liaisons in pursuit of building relationships that supporting research and analysis of procurement policies and opportunities for Métis business in various sectors across the province of Saskatchewan.
She truly enjoys working with aspiring Entrepreneurs and assisting them to make their dreams come true!
Kelly Cameron is a member of the Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation, and is currently the Assistant Manager, Aboriginal Relations for SaskEnergy Inc. He has been with SaskEnergy since 2004 and held a variety of roles such as Business Supervisor for Saskatoon Area, and Manager, Materials Management.
Before beginning his career with SaskEnergy, Kelly was employed as an Aboriginal Recruiter for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Economic Development Consultant for Beardy’s & Okemasis Cree Nation, and an Academic Tutor at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technoligies (SIIT).
Kelly has a Diploma in Management Studies from SIIT, and a Bachelor of Management Degree from the University of Lethbridge where he majored in Business Enterprises for Self-Governing Systems, and minored in Native American Studies.
He is a past Board of Director of Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority, is an active volunteer for many organization and initiatives. Kelly currently sits on the following Boards or Committees.
Born and raised in Saskatchewan’s great North, Brad is a proud member of the Buffalo River Dene Nation. Brad has specialized his professional development around the engagement of Indigenous people in the industrial mining, power production, and construction field. Creating sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships between Industry and the Indigenous community is the largest contribution and main focus of Brad’s career. Brad has held past executive positions as Chief Executive Officer and board member of Saskatchewan’s largest Indigenous owned Industrial Contracting firm, and currently holds the position as President of STC Industrial Contracting Limited Partnership one of Saskatchewan’s fastest growing Industrial Contracting firms serving the industrial sector. Brad also sits on the SREDA board of directors and participates in several local charitable foundations in the Saskatoon area.
Tonii is a Community Planner with Urban Systems based in Saskatoon. She is also a citizen of Cowessess First Nation. Her range of knowledge and experience includes developing community plans, economic development strategies, land use planning, policy development, and community engagement initiatives. Her collaborative approach supports an integrative community outreach methodology to assist clients with long range sustainable strategies that resonate with community members. Tonii brings an innovative approach to her work in navigating the regulatory and legislative processes of her clients. Tonii is committed to supporting and growing the Indigenous business network in Saskatchewan.
Trista Pewapisconias is from the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan. She has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Edwards School of Business in Biotechnology Management and an MBA from Edwards. As Business Development Lead with Co-operatives First, Trista supports groups through business development and planning. Trista’s professional experience includes working at SaskTel and SIGA in various marketing roles, as well as writing business plans for start-up Indigenous companies. Trista also sits on the board of the Saskatoon Downtown Daycare and the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce of Saskatchewan. In her free time, she spends time with her two children, Scott and Jacob, and her partner.
Jay Smith is a member of the Muskoday First Nation and is a father of five children ranging from ages six to twenty-two. Jay was a successful candidate through the MBA program at the Edwards School of Business in 2013 and holds an Undergraduate degree from the University of Saskatchewan through the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology program completed in 2007. Jay attended residential school at the Beauval Indian Education Centre and graduated from Ahtahkakoop High School. Working with youth and their families involved in the justice system he witnessed a large gap in the socio-economic realities between Indigenous youth and non-Indigenous youth. He believes it is essential to educate and provide tools to those in need to help reach economic prosperity for individuals, groups, and communities. This inspired Jay to pursue a business education and begin a career in the commercial banking industry. Jay has worked in Chartered Banks and Aboriginal Financial Institutions assisting in developing Indigenous entrepreneurs as well as providing Banking and lending services to First Nations communities and Indigenous entrepreneurs.
Jay is a Senior Account Manager in the Indigenous Banking Unit at the Business Development Bank of Canada. This role provides financing and advisory services to Indigenous entrepreneurs, Indigenous owned businesses, and economic development corporations. Jay sits on the following Boards: Muskoday Economic Development Authority, Saskatoon Aboriginal Professionals Association, First Nations Child Development Centre, and the emerging Saskatchewan Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. Jay sees the immense potential for creating success for the Indigenous business community in Saskatchewan through the Indigenous Chamber. It is recognized that there are many similar minded people and businesses that are without support from a strong relevant network, the Indigenous Chamber will strive to be a catalyst to support and grow that network. Jay is proud to be part of this movement that strives to bring together the Indigenous business community and those looking connect with the Indigenous business community in Saskatchewan. Jay, along with the rest of the members of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Saskatchewan, encourages memberships, partnerships, and inclusive networking with the common goal to provide support to the Indigenous business community throughout Saskatchewan. Hiy Hiy!
Perry Vermette - ICCS - Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Saskatchewan - Director
Perry Vermette is a successful Metis entrepreneur in Prince Albert, SK. Perry is the CEO of Vermette Wood Preservers, his family-owned business that has been operating for 45 years. Perry has been married to Wendy for 38 years and they have three children, Matthew, Colby and Kyle. Perry and Wendy are blessed with three wonderful grandchildren.
Perry brings diversified business experience to the Board of Directors. He has started nine ventures serving a variety of industries in Canada and the United States. Perry was the founding Chairperson of Prince Albert Community Futures and has held positions on the Prince Albert Economic Development Board and Victoria Union Hospital Foundation.
Through the various businesses that Perry has owned and operated, he is proud to have guided and developed indigenous youth by teaching them skills they used to qualify for better positions in health care, education and provincial government departments. Some have gone on to become entrepreneurs themselves.
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