Joel Hughes, PhD
Regional Vice President
Indigenous Wealth | RBC Wealth Management | Royal Trust Corporation of Canada
Gordon J. Keesic, MBA, CIM
Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management (PH&N)
PH&N is a subsidiary of the Royal Bank and is one of Canada's largest and most reputable investment manager.
Gord is an Institutional Portfolio Manager and the National Head of the Aboriginal Services team. Prior to his current role, he was an Investment Advisor at a leading Canadian investment dealer for six years where he provided relevant financial advisory services as well as managed investment accounts, settlements and trust funds for First Nations throughout the province of Ontario. He is a band member of Lac Seul First Nation, which is located near Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
Jason Herndier, CPA, CA
Meyers Norris Penny
Jason Herndier is a Partner in MNP’s Prince Albert office. A member of the Assurance Services team, Jason works with First Nations and with First Nations-owned businesses in a wide range of industries. For more than 15 years, Jason has helped his clients make informed decisions that enhance their organizations and communities.
Jason is especially skilled at helping efficiencies, implement sound internal controls and develop accounting processes. His services include compliance auditing, advising on and assisting with performance management, financial fluency and budgeting.
Focused on building strong relationships, Jason works in the communities he serves and collaborates with clients to ensure their needs are met and that they understand the processes that will drive results. He works in tandem with First Nation leaders and their advisors to enhance business prosperity and economic development in the community.
Jason was designated a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 2003 after receiving a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina. He is a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada.
W. Allan Brabant, L.L.B.
Brabant & Company
Mr. Brabant obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990. Since that time, Mr. Brabant has practiced extensively in the area of Aboriginal Law, Employment Law, Corporate/Commercial Law and Civil Litigation. In addition to his private practice, Mr. Brabant has been involved in the writing and publishing of articles and papers in the areas of Aboriginal Law, land entitlement and legal aspects associated with the development of on Reserve businesses, business operations and regulatory development.
Mr. Brabant is a past executive member of the National Aboriginal Law Section and past Chair of the Saskatchewan Branch of the Aboriginal Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Mr. Brabant has also served as a Board Member of the Regina Chamber of Commerce and the Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation
William Shupe, CFA, M.Sc., J.D.
W. Shupe & Company
William (Bill) Shupe, President and Chief Investment Advisor, is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and has over 30 years of extensive investment advisory experience. He was formerly President of Crown Life Investment Management and Vice President, Corporate & Government Finance, of Pemberton Houston Willoughby. Since 1996, Mr. Shupe has provided investment advisory services to prominent businesses, institutions, governments and First Nations across Western Canada. From 2006 to 2010, Mr. Shupe served as Executive-in-Residence and Lecturer (Finance) at the Paul J. Hill School of Business, University of Regina. He was awarded Professor of the Year by the Business Students Society in both 2007 and 2010.
Bill Shupe is a Sloan Fellow and Masters graduate of the London Business School and holds a Law Degree (J.D.) from the University of Saskatchewan. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the Law Society of Saskatchewan. He is and has been a Director of several private companies and is currently a Director of PRD Energy Inc. (a publicly traded oil & gas company) and the Observatory Credit Markets Fund Limited, a Cayman-based Hedge Fund managed out of London, U.K.
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