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Sandy Aird, CA
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.
Craig van der Merwe
Craig has over 10 years of technology experience focussed 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.
Born in Pouce Coupe BC 1966 to a traditional extended Métis family and currently lives in Hudson’s hope BC since 1990.
In her early years due to her family being in construction she was raised in many communities in BC, Alberta, NWT and the Yukon Territories. Her artistic talents developed at a early age while living in remote communities in the arctic. Her family moved every six months to new destinations including Mackenzie, Fort Mcmurray, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Stikine River, Fort McPherson/Inuvik NWT, Whitehorse, Aishikik, and Carcross Yukon. Much of her education is home schooled; intermixed with Métis family traditional education. She has learned to hunt and fish, and practices traditional gathering of herbal medicines, and mushrooms.
Earlene has carried on her mother’s (Joyce Whitford) genealogical research into the family lines, Whitford, Bremner, Sansgregret (Sangrey), Collins. Continued research has led her to travel to museums, and archives in BC, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. In 1990 she married a gentleman from Prince Albert Saskatchewan and has two kids 19 and 20, owning and operating a small family farm in northern BC. She operates two businesses Glacier Graphics & Webpage design, and Nayla Construction Traffic Control and Safety Management. She participated in an Aboriginal Children’s book series that won the Lieutenant governor’s award for literacy, and published Political cartoons for a variety of newspapers across Canada. Earlene is currently working to expand her current artistic portfolio and Métis Colouring books.
George and Terry Goulet
Best selling Métis historians, authors and public speakers GEORGE and TERRY GOULET, collaborated on The Trial of Louis Riel: Justice and Mercy Denied and co-authored The Metis: Memorable Events and Memorable Personalities, and The Métis in British Columbia: From Fur Trade Outposts to Colony as well as other books They have also written many published articles on the Métis.
George Goulet practiced law for thirty-five years in Winnipeg, Vancouver and Calgary. He holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Toronto. He is currently an honorary member of the Canadian Bar Association and a retired member of the Law Societies of British Columbia and Alberta.Terry Goulet graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. (H.Ec.) degree. She has had an eclectic career as a research librarian, business woman, paralegal, editor and indexer for an international legal publishing company, and author and public speaker.
George and his wife Terry have given numerous presentations on the Métis and Louis Riel across Canada and in the United States at various venues. These include universities, schools, historical societies, public libraries, conferences, the 2010 Winter Olympics as well as Métis gatherings.
Michael Morgan is a 360° strategic communicator and tactician. Over his career, he has owned and operated a national advertising agency for clients with international reach and is credited with creating emotionally based, strategic political television advertising bold enough to garner the attention of the political science department at Yale University and the Washington Post. TV pilot producer, commercial radio morning drive host, writer, crisis planner and trainer, motivator, marketer and teacher can also be added to the list. Central to this diversity is his ability to get to the heart of an issue, to craft strategies and tactics to meet it head on – invariably with a creative and emotional twist – with trademark enthusiasm.
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.