Delbert Wapass, Chief Roy Fox, Brian Schmidt, Stephen Mason
Increasingly, Indigenous communities are seeking deeper engagement and have engaged in building economic partnerships in the oil and natural gas industry.
First Nations have formed Oil and Gas consulting, Service and Upstream companies and collaborated successfully with Industry in the long term. In Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan, First Nations are saying they need to be a part of the energy projects that are occurring on their lands with ownership seen as the key to economic growth and prosperity. With this focus on energy development and ownership, Indigenous leaders are speaking out against private interest groups that try to use them to advance their own agendas. First Nations are also more vocally sharing Industry concerns over getting oil and gas to markets.
Delbert Wapass - Project Reconciliation Pipeline Executive Chairman and Director of Westleaf Inc.
Chief Roy Fox - Indian Resource Council Director and past CEO and a Pioneer in First Nations self-management of Natural Resources
Brian Schmidt - President & CEO, Tamarack Valley Energy, Honorary Blood Tribe member and advisor to Indian Oil and Gas
Stephen Mason - Managing Director & Founder, Project Reconciliation, Chair of the Board and co-founder of Westleaf Inc.
Delbert WapassChief Delbert Wapass has been the Chief of Thunderchild First Nation for two terms and was previously an executive member with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Prior roles include teaching, school administration, researching, governance negotiating, public relations, human resources and finance. Chief Wapass holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Regina, Bachelor of Education & Master of Education degrees from the University of Saskatchewan. He serves as a Director of Westleaf Inc.
Chief Roy FoxActing Indian Resource Council Director and past IRC CEO and a pioneer in First Nations self-management of Natural Resources with a long career in First Nations politics. In 1998, Chief Fox was successful in realizing the launch the First Nations Employment & Training Centre as the training and employment arm of the IRC. The Indian Resource Council of Canada represents the interests of more than 100 First Nations in five Canadian provinces. Over the past five years, the IRC has collectively generated more than half a billion dollars in oil and gas revenues. Before his present career, Mr. Fox led the Blood Tribe, as Chief, into a historic initiative with Canada whereby his First Nation began taking over full management and control of their oil and gas resources from Ottawa.
Brian SchmidtPresident & CEO of Tamarack Valley Energy and a professional engineer with over 30 years of oil and gas experience. He was a founder of Spearpoint Energy Corp. and was the President of Apache Canada for 3 of his 7-year tenure. His career began at Shell Canada, where he spent 19 years prior to joining Apache. Mr. Schmidt sits on the boards of Indian Oil & Gas Co-Management and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, of which he is the Alberta Executive Policy Group Chairman.
Stephen MasonOver 40 years success in developing domestic and international energy business opportunities; led the start-up of seven companies, the most significant being Artumas Group Inc., which reached an enterprise value of $1B with over 200 employees in Canada, Tanzania and Mozambique.
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