Board of Governors
Mr. Allan Adam is originally from the Fond du Lac Denesuline nation and and now resides in Napatak Subdivision south of La Ronge. Allan’s work history spans over four decades beginning as a forest fire fighter in the Uranium City area. Mr. Adam has many skills and he believes in working hard to achieve the goals one sets out. He has established a recruitment company called SasMahikan Services Inc., a company that seeks out joint ventures to place Aboriginal workers in the future. Mr. Adam’s personal work history includes having worked as a band manager trainee in the 1970’s and later moving into communications with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in La Ronge and Yellowknife. He eventually moved into the Dene language area and focused his attention to translations and interpretation. Mr. Adam was also the first Dene Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations from 1994 to 1997 and Chief of his band in 2005. He is a Dene language instructor for the NORTEP-NORPAC program in La Ronge and has instructed in the program for many years.
Ms. Arcand is a member of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation in Saskatchewan and is an expert on Indigenous teacher education in Canada; she holds a Master’s of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan. She has been with the Indian Teacher Education Program (ITEP) at the University of Saskatchewan since 1998 and is currently the program’s Associate Director. Yvette’s research work includes studies of the research and policy environments surrounding Indigenous teacher education.
Mr. Richard Boudreault is the inaugural Chairperson of Polar Knowledge Canada with a world-class research station located in the Canadian High Arctic. Where science and traditional knowledge (TD) of First Nations and the Inuit people cohabit and thrive. TD is a scientific force multiplier. He is an insightful leader, strategic thinker, and agent of change, able to assess and transform organizations through advanced skills in business planning, financial management, team leadership, while driving innovative solutions within the technology, environmental, and engineering fields. Manage risks, overcome obstacles, and turn potential losses into profits. Experience working with early stage, growth, and start-up companies in the private and public sectors. He has held a total of five federal government appointments. Holds 13 awarded patents with 68 pending. Prior and current experience serving on 30 boards of directors.
He graduated in Earth System Physics, and is a Professional Physicist (P.Phys.), has a MEng from Cornell University, and MBA and environment & sustainability postgraduate diplomas from the U. of Sherbrooke. Richard was a professor at U of Sherbrooke and taught at U of Waterloo and Ottawa U and is now Adjunct Professor at École Polytechnique in Montreal and a Visiting Scholar at McGill’s. But also a Fellow of a variety of learned societies, but in particular of the Canadian Academy of Engineers, Royal Canadian Geographic Society, and of the World Academy of Arts & Sciences. Mr. Boudreault has authored 13 awarded patents, with 65 others pending, and has published more than 50 learned papers and book chapters. He is a reviewer for the UN IPCC. He was awarded the George E. Pake award, for innovation management, from the American Physical Society; and, was knighted into the Order of Academic Palms by France.
He is Executive Chairman of Sigma Energy Storage, developing reliable sustainable energy storage for remote isolated communities, the CEO of Awn Nanotech an energy-less extractor of potable water from the atmosphere. He also chairs the Science and Technology committee at the National Optics Institute.
Dr. Ken Coates, a recognized scholar and champion of Indigenous rights, is a professor of History and Canada Research Chair in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as the Director of the International Centre for Northern Governance and Development. Ken has particular interests in subjects such as treaties, land claims, resource rights, economic development, and intercultural relations. He has served in many senior roles as a university administrator, including Vice-President Academic and Dean, at institutions such as the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Waterloo, the University of Manitoba and the University of New Brunswick.
Lori-Ann Daniels ia a Dakota Cree from Okanese First Nation. Lori-Ann is a proud mother of four beautiful adult children, and her greatest joy in life is her noosim Kinley Rae. She has been involved in education for more than 15 years in many capacities. Her area of expertise is primarily in K-12 First Nations education and she has also taught at the post-secondary level. Lori-Ann currently hold a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Master’s of Education Degree in Educational Administration. Her experience with First Nations education includes areas such as: Kindergarten to Grade 12 and Post-Secondary, teacher/principal supervision and evaluations, grant or proposal writing, program development, curriculum development, and policy renewal or development. Her career path has been a very rewarding and wonderful journey in the educational field. Lori-Ann has learned that her main purpose in life is to be a voice for our children and young adults. She is committed to learning every day how she can fulfill that purpose and to remind all people that First Nations are essential to our future and must be active learners at all levels of education. Lori-Ann believes that in order for our First Nation students to excel in their chosen profession they must have that sense of pride that comes along with identify and most importantly a sense of belonging.
Edward H. Mirasty is a member of the Little Red Reserve (Lac La Ronge Indian Band) and resides in Prince Albert with his wife Melanie of 26 years. He is currently the Director of Education at the Prince Albert Grand Council with over 22 years of education experience. Edward is currently completing his second year of a Doctorate of Education Degree through the Wilkes University’s on-line program. The majority of his work experience has been involved in First Nations K-12 education in administration. He sat on the Assembly of First Nation’s NIEC (National Indigenous Education Committee) in 2016-2017 as well as the Measurement and Accountability Task Team joint working group. He volunteers his time with the federal penitentiary and helps with feeding the homeless in his community. Edward loves spending time in the outdoors fishing, golfing, hunting and camping while learning how to play guitar and reading.
Ms. Pete Lambert is a mother, aunt, grandmother and wife. She is from the Little Pine Cree Nation. Loretta’s education includes degrees in education and a Juris Doctor in Law. She is currently a practicing lawyer and has taught elementary, secondary and post secondary school. She possesses Professional Teaching Certificates from the provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. Loretta is a proven successful education administrator. She managed and coordinated the creation of the website www.creedictionary.com, archiving the Cree Language based on two dictionaries: one from Dr. Arok Wolvengrey, First Nations University of Canada and from Dr. Earle Waugh, University of Alberta. Loretta was an elected Board Member with the Greater Catholic School Division and an appointed Board Member of the Many Nations Cooperative Board. Her experience on these boards shows proven success in governance and leadership.
Ruby Sinclair is a Cree woman from Flying Dust First Nation where she currently resides. She completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. After two years she returned to school to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Saskatchewan and in 2014, Ruby was admitted as a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Her legal career has been primarily focused on representing residential school survivors.
William Ratfoot from Loon Lake/Makwa Sahgaiecan First Nation
Margaret Reynolds, English River/Patuanak First Nation
Fraser Heathen, Regina Campus
Trevor Dubois, Northern Campus
Verne Martell, Saskatoon Campus