Biographies of Presenters
Royal Bank of Canada
As executive vice-president, Business Banking, Mr. Coffey is responsible for the bank's small and medium enterprises, agriculture and commercial banking operations in Canada.
Mr. Coffey is a native of Woodstock, New Brunswick where he started his banking career. Over the years, he held administrative positions in various branches and departments before being appointed an executive officer of the bank in 1986. From June 1989 to July 1992, Mr. Coffey was senior vice-president and general manager for the bank's operations in Manitoba. He was then appointed senior vice-president, Metropolitan Toronto. In September 1993, he was named senior vice-president of business banking nationally and in November 1994, senior vice-president and general manager for the bank's operation in Ontario (outside of Metropolitan Toronto).
He assumed his present position in November 1995.
In May 1997, Mr. Coffey was named Honourary Chief by Grand Chief Phil Fontaine and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs for his support of the First Nations' peoples in their goal of moving towards economic self-sufficiency.
Mr. Coffey is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a graduate of the Tuck Executive Program at The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College.
Mr. Coffey is a director of McMaster University's Innovation Research Centre; a director of The Canadian Shaare Zedek Hospital Foundation; a Trustee of the Quetico Foundation; director of Shad International and a director of Toronto International Film Festival and Cinemathique Ontario. He is also a National Council Member of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Mr. Coffey is married and has three children.
Royal Bank of Canada
As Chief Economist, Mr. McCallum is responsible for providing economic analysis and commentary both within the bank and to clients and the public. He joined the bank in June, 1994.
A native of Montreal, Mr. McCallum, obtained a B.A. from Cambridge University in 1971, a Diplome d'Etudes Superieures from Universite de Paris I in 1973, and a Ph.D. in Economics from McGill University in 1977.
Mr. McCallum worked as an economics professor at McGill University (1987-94), Universite du Quebec e Montreal (1982-87), Simon Fraser University (1978-82), and the University of Manitoba (1976-78). Prior to joining the bank, he was Dean of McGill's Faculty of Arts.
Mr. McCallum is the author or co-author of eight books or monographs, as well as numerous articles. He has written on fiscal and monetary issues, comparative macroeconomic performance of OECD countries, Canada-U.S. economic integration, and other economic topics.
Community Economic Development Consultant
Tribal Resources Investment Corporation
217 West Third Avenue
Prince Rupert, BC B8J 1L2
Tel: (250) 624-3535
Fax: (250) 624-3883
Angie hails from the Lax Gibuu (Wolf) clan of the Nisga'a Nation and resides in Prince Rupert (although her home community is in Kincolith).
She is the manager of the Community Economic Development Consulting Program of Tribal Resources Investment Corporation. This job entails working with a network of 32 First Nations Community Economic Development Organizations and their officers. Previously, Angie spent three years reviewing and assessing commercial loan applications in her job as project officer at the Aboriginal Capital Corporation.
Angie has CED education from the Westcoast Development Group and Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, as well as various business and communications courses. She also has teaching credentials from the University of British Columbia, and is currently taking her second year of First Nations Studies with the University of Northern B.C., along with courses leading to a Provincial Instructor's Diploma.
University of Saskatchewan
Director of Aboriginal Business Programs
Room 154, 2510 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK S7H 4A5
Tel: (306) 966-8235
Fax: (306) 966-5408
Kelly Lendsay, MBA, is the Director of Aboriginal Business Programs at the College of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan. He is a consultant in business, economic and educational initiatives including development of the First Nations MBA Program. Kelly is an Aboriginal person (Metis) from Saskatchewan who used his education in Physical Education (BSPE, 1981) and Business (MBA, 1993) to work with many organizations in the areas of marketing, strategic planning, leadership development and Aboriginal entrepreneurial training on a local, national and international basis. He has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 1993 All-Around Outstanding MBA award presented by the Canadian Institute of Management. Kelly is an active volunteer and board member: Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Aboriginal Committee; CANDO Academic Committee; CMA Aboriginal Subcommittee; Rotary International; U of S MBA Alumni Association; Past-Director Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority; Past-Director Royal Life Saving Society.
Assistant Professor Native Studies
University of Manitoba
Department of Native Studies
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Tel: (204) 474-6405
Fax: (204) 261-0333
Wanda Wuttunee holds a Masters in Business degree and a Law degree from the University of Calgary. As a member of Red Pheasant Nation, Saskatchewan, she is proud to contribute in any possible way to the Aboriginal community's move to self-government. Her areas of research include economic development, trust funds, mediation, entrepreneurship and small business issues in Aboriginal communities. She is interested in participatory methodologies and the interface between Aboriginal culture and western-style business practices. She is assistant professor in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba and the Director of the Aboriginal Business Education program in the Faculty of Management. Wuttunee is author of In Business for Ourselves: Northern Entrepreneurs - a case study book of 15 successful northern small businesses. She is actively involved in research in the areas of First Nations government and economic development strategies and is currently investigating successful examples of these strategies in communities across the country for her interdisciplinary Ph.D.
Fred Wien completed his B.A. in Honours Political Studies and Spanish at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, in 1966, and his M.A. and PhD in Development Sociology, Latin American Studies and Government at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, in 1971.
He has published many books and articles, the most recent a study of the changing patterns of employment called Vanishing Jobs: Canada's Changing Workplaces, published by James Lorimer and Company in 1995. This research grew out of a sabbatical year spent as a Visiting Scholar in the Program in Science, Technology and Society at the Massacusetts Institute of Technology.
Between 1992-96, Mr. Wien served as Deputy Director of Research with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples with particular responsibility for managing the Commission's research program on economic development. He is currently chairing the research group for a study of the health status and the determinants of health of the Mi'kmaq on-reserve population, sponsored by the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and the Confederacy of Mainland Micmacs and funded by Health Canada.
In 1991, Mr. Wien received the Minister's Award for Excellence in Race Relations, awarded by the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and Citizenship. He is currently a member of CANDO's Education Committee, and also serves as a member of the national selection committee for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Canadian Nonprofit Innovation.
Aboriginal Corporate Relations
Robin Wortman, a Metis from northern Alberta, served as National Director of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers from 1992 to 1997 and is currently an independent consultant specializing in Aboriginal Corporate Relations. Mr. Wortman, a graduate of the University of Alberta, has an extensive background in Aboriginal, Government and Corporate relations. He is a member of the National Aboriginal Financing Task Force and was appointed in 1997 by the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs to the planning committee for a National Conference on Aboriginal Youth Employment "Securing the Future". Mr. Wortman served as Legislative Assistant to the Chairman of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indian Affairs and Northern Development from 1984 to 1986 before returning to the province of Alberta to serve as Executive Assistant to the Minister of Forestry, Lands and Wildlife in the Alberta government. In 1990, Mr. Wortman worked in Public Affairs with Suncor, Oils Sands Group, and Syncrude Canada Limited. In 1992, Mr. Wortman was appointed National Director of CANDO.
Chair, Department of Native Studies
Native Management and Economic Development Program
Peterborough, ON K9J 7B8
Tel: (705) 748-1497
Fax: (705) 748-1416
David Newhouse in Onondoga from the Six Nations of the Grand River near Brantford, ON. David has an undergraduate degree in computer science (1975) and a graduate degree in business administration (1978) both from the University of Western Ontario. He is the first Status Indian to receive an MBA in Canada. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Native Studies at Trent University where he is also an Associate Professor in both the Department of Native Studies and the Administrative Studies Program. David's current research interests are in the management of Aboriginal organizations and Aboriginal governance. He is also exploring the manner in which capitalism is being interpreted in Aboriginal communities.
Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jette
Assistant Professor Technical Writing
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
MONTREAL, PQ H3G 1M8
Tel: (514) 848-3693
Fax: (514) 848-4509
Corinne Mount Pleasant-Jette is a member of the Tuscarora First Nation. A full-time Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science at Concordia University in Montreal, she is also the Director of its Native Access to Engineering initiative. Ms. Jette has been active as a consultant and writer on issues related to human rights and Aboriginal affairs. She is the past-president of Montreal's Centre for Research Action on Race Relations, has chaired the External Advisory Committee on Employment Equity to the President of the Treasury Board of Canada, was vice-chair of the Canadian Multiculturalism Advisory Committee, and has contributed research and discussion papers to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. Her primary interest areas include issues related to Aboriginal self-sufficiency and economic development; access to post-secondary education for Aboriginal people; human resource development and training; cross-cultural awareness; and race relations. In 1991, Ms. Jette was named Outstanding Faculty Member by Concordia University's Faculty of Engineering and Computer Science Council on Student Life. Later, in recognition of her efforts in the area of public education and matters of human rights, women's' issues, and Aboriginal affairs, she was named to the Order of Canada in 1992. Ms. Jette was honoured to receive the YWCA's Women of Distinction Award in 1995 in the Education category.