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I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England in 1966. Following some post-qualifying experience I joined the UK business forms company of Lamson Industries – later to be taken over by the worlds largest printer of business forms, Toronto based Moore Corporation, with subsidiaries in the US and in all the major international countries of the world.
Working up the corporate ladder in the UK as the Chief Accountant of an Engineering subsidiary in the group, to the Deputy Controller of the European Division, I was transferred to the Toronto Head Office as Finance Director of the International Division. In due course the International HO was transferred to Lausanne, Switzerland. Unfortunately, the advent of the paperless office caused the demise of Moore Corporation and I was made redundant after some 25 years with the corporation.
For some 5 years thereafter I owned a small printing company in Kent, England, before selling it and returning to Canada in 1998. I worked as the VP Finance for a hi-tech electronic bingo manufacturer here in Vancouver for 4 years. For the next 5 years I managed the financial affairs of a logging company, the multiple property investments and the financial investments of a private wealthy family in West Vancouver.
Currently, I have a number of private clients for whom I provide varying levels of financial advice and book-keeping.
Cynthia Kolada was born in Winnipegosis, Manitoba in the closest hospital to the small Aboriginal community of Duck Bay where her parents were teachers. Cynthia began her life as a “child of the community” and it is often joked that there is no one in Duck Bay who didn’t babysit her. When Cynthia was five her parents moved to Vancouver Island where she grew up and completed her education at the University of Victoria with a degree in Political Science.
Upon completion of her degree, Cynthia became curious about her Métis roots and was given an opportunity to return “home” to Manitoba where she worked as the Special Assistant to the President of the Manitoba Métis Federation (MMF) and later as a policy analyst and negotiator in Child and Family Services for the MMF. The time Cynthia spent in Manitoba allowed her to reconnect with her culture and heritage and get to know her (large) family who still reside in the Interlake District and are active in the Métis politics of that province.
Following her time in Manitoba, Cynthia returned to British Columbia where she worked as the Tripartite Coordinator for MNBC and later the Government of British Columbia as the Aboriginal Services Manager for Vancouver Island.
In her wide variety of positions, Cynthia has worked with both First Nations and Métis organizations from British Columbia through Ontario. Her work has given her the opportunity to participate at all levels of governance, including tripartite and bilateral negotiations with federal and provincial partners, province wide community consultations, the development of service plans, change management strategies and the devolution of Child and Family services to the Métis people.
Today, Cynthia continues her work with and for the Métis people and never forgets how far we have come and how far we have yet to go – together.
Craig van der Merwe
Craig has over 10 years of technology experience focused on graphic design, video production and web development. Craig’s technology training is a combination of application-specific industry training and programs from institutions including the Vancouver Film School, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia and the Centre for Digital Imaging and Sound.