Board of Directors

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


Harold Calla, Executive Chair

Harold CallaFCPA, FCGA, CAFM

Executive Chair

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, 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, Director

Deanna MuiseFCPA, FCA, TEP


Alberta, GiC Appointed

  • One of three Métis 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

Caroline Davis, 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
  • Distinguished Fellow, Queen's University School of Policy Studies
  • Former 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

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

Leonard Odjick, 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 J. Simon, 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

Louis LeDoux, Director

Louis LeDouxBEd


Saskatchewan, AFOA Canada Appointed

  • Proud member of Mistawasis Nêhiyawak (Saskatchewan)
  • Director of Operations for Mistawasis Nêhiyawak
  • Trustee for Mistawasis Nêhiyawak, Specific Land Claims
  • Officer of Mistawasis Nêhiyawak, Finance and Audit Committee
  • Project Management Team member for Mistawasis Nêhiyawak
  • Member of AFOA
  • Former Director of Education and Principal for Chief Mistawasis School
  • Former Post-Secondary and Local Labour Force Development Coordinator for Mistawasis Nêhiyawak
  • Former School Board Trustee with Prairie Spirit School Division

Kelly Ballard, Director

Kelly BallardCPA, CGA, CAFM


British Columbia, AFOA Canada Appointed

  • Holds a designation from the Certified General Accountants of BC (now the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC)
  • Holds a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation from the Aboriginal Financial Officers of Canada
  • Has provided financial advisory services in the Treaty 8 area of Northeast BC for the past 20+ years
  • Sits on the Board of Directors for Uujo Management General Partnership; a Doig River First Nation company
  • Handles the financial reporting for the Nikanese Wah Tzee Stewardship Society, a West Moberly First Nations and Saulteau First Nations partnership in caribou conservation in Northeast BC

Katherine Stevens, Director

Katherine StevensCAFM


British Columbia, AFOA Canada Appointed

  • Proud Shuswap Band member and have served within the Shuswap development office
  • Currently Director of Finance with the Shuswap Indian Band
  • Specializes in Business Administration Accounting, Property Taxation and Certified Aboriginal Financial Management
  • Assisted in Shuswap Indian Band receiving the Financial Management System Certificate through FMB in 2020