Board of Directors

The First Nations Financial Management Board (FMB) Board of Directors is accountable to the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. Its role is to ensure that the FMB fulfills our legal and regulatory mandate.

 

Harold Calla - Executive Chair

Executive Chair

Harold CallaFCPA, FCGA, CAFM

British Columbia, GiC Appointed

  • Proud member of the Squamish Nation in North Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Served eight years on the Squamish Council, working with the Nation to better manage its land and finances and develop its economy
  • Supported the Squamish Nation in developing acts that give it more control over its finances, including: First Nations Land Management Act, First Nations Fiscal Management Act, First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act, and First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act
  • Fellow of the CGA Association of Canada
  • Member of the AFOA
  • Named one of 100 difference-making CGAs by the CGA Association of Canada
  • Former advisor and go-between for First Nations in Western Canada
  • Former board member of CMHC, Partnerships BC, Fortis BC, and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, as well as chairing or serving on board Audit Committees

Dillon Johnson - Director

Vice-Chair

Dillon JohnsonB.Comm, MBA, CAFM

British Columbia, GiC Appointed

  • Providing community, economic and financial planning advice and services to First Nations governments and organizations for a decade as a consultant with Temixw Planning Ltd. in North Vancouver
  • Member of the Tla’amin Nation, where he served three consecutive terms as an elected member of Council
  • Proudly carries a Tla’amin name, toqʷanən (toh-kwon-non), which is a former village site and a place of significance in Tla’amin territory
  • MBA graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario)
  • Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Victoria
  • Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation from the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada
  • Serves as the President of AFOA BC

Deanna Muise - Vice-Chair

Director

Deanna MuiseFCPA, FCA, TEP

Alberta, GiC Appointed

  • One of three Metis partners with Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP Chartered Accountants
  • Provides tax services to clients, Aboriginal tax issues
  • Structures new ventures with owner managers and First Nations Business Enterprises to save on tax
  • Active in the tax community by speaking at events and giving seminars
  • Major fundraiser for Golf Canada Foundation

Amy Comegan - Administratrice

Director

Amy ComeganCPA, CGA, CAFM

Ontario, AFOA Appointed

  • Proud member of Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation
  • Director of Administration at Fort Frances Tribal Area Health Services
  • Member of AFOA Canada Education Committee
  • Former Manitoba and Ontario AFOA chapter board member, as well as serving as Director and Secretary-Treasurer
  • Former Secretary-Treasurer of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Member of the CAPA Council for AFOA Canada
  • Held Senior Management roles at the First Nation level including First Nation Manager and Trust Administrator; and in First Nations Child and Family Services and Health organizations

Caroline Davis- board member

Director

Caroline DavisFCPA, FCA

Ontario, GiC Appointed

  • Specializes in governance and financial management in the public sector and not-for-profit organizations
  • Fellow of CPA Ontario
  • Director of United Way Centraide Canada
  • Former Chair of the Board of Directors of the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
  • Former Vice-Principal (Finance and Administration) at Queen’s University
  • Former Assistant Deputy Minister at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada: Corporate Services; Lands and Trust Services; Resolution and Individual Affairs
  • Supported the implementation of the First Nations Fiscal Management Act

Norman Grdina - Director

Director

Norman GrdinaFCPA, FCGA, CAFM, CFE

British Columbia, GiC Appointed

  • Director of First Nations Services at RHN Chartered Professional Accountants
  • Strong track record of supporting First Nations to better manage their finances, including a Reduced Reporting initiative presented to Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Member of the Government Organizations Accounting and Auditing Forum
  • Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC
  • National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association board member
  • Director of AFOA of BC
  • Chairperson of the AFOA-sponsored Technical Advisory Group
  • Member of the AFOA of Canada Audit Committee
  • Licensed private financial investigator in BC
  • Past President of the BC Chapter of the Certified Fraud Examiners Association

Michael McIntyre - Director

Director

Michael McIntyreCA, CAFM

Nova Scotia, AFOA Appointed

  • Proud member of Membertou First Nation in Nova Scotia
  • CFO of Membertou First Nation
  • Member of the Audit Committee for Ulnooweg Development Group
  • Member of the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group for the Public Sector Accounting Board
  • Member of the Nova Scotia Institute of Chartered Accountants
  • AFOA Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership Regional Award recipient

Jim Prodger - Director

Director

Jim ProdgerCAFM

Nova Scotia, GiC Appointed

  • Owner-operator of Prodger and Associates Business Consultants in Truro, Nova Scotia
  • Sits on the Board of Trustees for the First Nations Market Housing Fund
  • Finance Manager at the Millbrook First Nation
  • Extensive work with Millbrook First Nation and three other First Nations over the last 30 years

Dana Soonais - Board Member

Director

Dana SooniasCAFM, ICD.D

Saskatchewan, AFOA Appointed

  • Proud member of the Red Pheasant Cree Nation in Saskatchewan
  • CEO of Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon
  • Held senior management roles in finance and business development with TD Bank, the Canada Revenue Agency, Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation, and Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan
  • Past President of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Saskatchewan
  • Past Chair of the National Board of Directors of AFOA Canada
  • Former member of St. Paul’s Hospital Board of Directors
  • Served two terms on the Crown Corporation of Tourism Saskatchewan

Leonard Odjick - Director

Director

Leonard Odjick

Quebec, GiC Appointed

  • Retired after 40 years of Native management positions
  • Proud member and elder of Algonquin community of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in Quebec
  • Board Director of Native Commercial Credit Corporation (SOCCA)
  • Board Director of Aboriginal Savings Corporation of Canada (ABSCAN)
  • Appointed Committee member of Aboriginal Entrepreneurship Program (AEP) for National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA)
  • Former Chief of Police of Kitigan Zibi and Amerindian Police
  • Former Executive Director of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg community (KZA)
  • Former Executive Director of Algonquin Tribal Council (AANTC] for nine Algonquin communities
  • Former Co-Manager for the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada (DIAND) and the Atikamekws of Manawan
  • Former Board member of Native Benefits Plan (NBP/RBA)

Linda Simon - Director

Director

Linda J. SimonBA, MES, MBA, CAPA

British Columbia, GiC Appointed

  • BC AFOA Administrator of the year (2017)
  • Extensive work with respect to the development of the Financial Administration Law, financial policies , human resources policies, strategic planning and the implementation of financial systems within new organizations
  • Led the implementation of major capital projects within First Nations including infrastructure projects and the construction of key community facilities
  • Member of the FMB Governance and HR and Marketing and Capacity Development committees
  • Former Board member of APTN