Our Team

Castlemain is proud of the hard-working people on our team that advise and assist Indigenous communities.

We have a team of nearly three dozen employees and associates – economists, policy advisors, professional negotiators, governance experts, communications and social media professionals, digital experts, lawyers and land management specialists – who can advise and assist Indigenous organizations with virtually any economic, governance, social or communications issue or opportunity.

The team we have built has more than 60 years of combined consulting experience. Our partners and advisors have long and successful track records with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, and have also built and managed leading Canadian and international consulting companies.

The knowledge and experience of our professionals and the successful results they achieve for our clients are what distinguishes Castlemain from other firms, and has made us the leading advisors to Indigenous groups in Canada.

  • Neil Philcox
    Neil Philcox
    President
  • Stefan Moores
    Stefan Moores
    Chair of the Board
  • Rob McPhee
    Rob McPhee
    Managing Director, Negotiations and Government to Government Relationships
  • Alyssa Melnyk
    Alyssa Melnyk
    Vice President, Strategic Engagement and Communications
  • Courtney Daws
    Courtney Daws
    Vice President, Governance and Policy
  • Jessica Dickson
    Jessica Dickson
    Vice President, Programs
  • Mary Gerges
    Mary Gerges
    Lead, Strategic Engagement and Communications
  • Shannon D’Arcy
    Shannon D’Arcy
    Specialist, Governance and Policy
  • Heidi Taylor
    Heidi Taylor
    Analyst, Strategic Engagement and Communications
  • Teyem Thomas
    Teyem Thomas
    HR & Office Administrator
Neil Philcox
President

Neil is an established leader in the economic development, financing and community development arena.  He has worked with many First Nations to access capital for over 200 business development and community-based projects.  Neil’s passion lies in the development of a values-driven approach to investments, with a focus on the broad set of community goals and benefits often sought by Castlemain’s Indigenous clients.

Stefan Moores
Chair of the Board

A recognized business leader with extensive First Nations negotiation and land development experience, Stefan is a Vancouver “Top Forty under 40” and co-founder of the Urban Land Institute of BC. He is recognized as an authority in land negotiations, land valuation, land development on-reserve, and leads Castlemain’s land practice.

Rob McPhee
Managing Director, Negotiations and Government to Government Relationships

Rob is an accomplished indigenous economist and is a member of the Tahltan Nation. Since 2009, he has negotiated over $3b worth of agreements on behalf of our First Nations clients. The agreements Rob negotiates set the standards in the areas of socio-cultural strategy, impact benefits, environmental oversight, and co-management of major resource projects.

Alyssa Melnyk
Vice President, Strategic Engagement and Communications
Courtney Daws
Vice President, Governance and Policy

Courtney is a lawyer and strategic advisor with extensive knowledge in the areas of Aboriginal law, policy and governance and has held positions in the legal, political and social realm. Most recently, Courtney was the Director of Operations at the BC Assembly of First Nations under then Regional Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould. Courtney has a BA in Sociology and a law degree, both from the University of British Columbia, and is a member of the Law Society of BC.

Jessica Dickson
Vice President, Programs

With her Master’s degree in Dispute Resolution, Jessica specializes in tailor-made community-building and governance tools for First Nations. She has a breadth of knowledge and experience in treaty issues, indigenous policy, project management, governance best practices, and leading research methods.

Mary Gerges
Lead, Strategic Engagement and Communications

Mary is a values-driven professional who has dedicated the last 10 years of her career in the pursuit of work that supports social and economic inclusion of marginalized communities. She is a skilled strategic thinker, project manager and communicator with experience in public, private and non-profit sectors.  Her Masters in Public Policy and wide range of professional experience equip her as an agent of systemic change in service of unlocking opportunities for communities and business. 

Shannon D’Arcy
Specialist, Governance and Policy

Shannon D’Arcy is a strategic advisor with extensive knowledge in the areas of policy development, non-for-profit organizations and public administration. Prior to joining Castlemain, Shannon has held positions in both government and non-profit organizations in Ontario in which she advised senior-level executives on strategic communications, worked cross-functionally to develop strategic solutions to policy and communications projects and specialized in creating compelling stories to achieve measurable results in the natural resources and conservation sectors.

Shannon has a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and a Master of Arts in Women’s Studies and Feminist Research, both from Western University in London, Ontario. Shannon is a recent transplant to British Columbia after being born in Alberta, finishing elementary and high school in Nunavut, and spending over a decade in Ontario.

Heidi Taylor
Analyst, Strategic Engagement and Communications

Heidi is an accomplished writer and communicator with a wide variety of communications experience, including report and proposal writing, writing for websites and blogs, developing key message, interpretation, and outreach/engagement. She is also a skilled researcher and has experience designing and executing quantitative and qualitative research projects.

Heidi spent several years living and working in South East Asia where she had the opportunity to work with local communities on outreach and engagement projects related to marine conservation. Heidi learned the value of listening and how to overcome barriers to cross-cultural communication and she bring this unique lens to her work.

Teyem Thomas
HR & Office Administrator

Teyem has been working in Aboriginal organizations in BC since 1999. Her office leadership ranges from a grassroots level as Youth Coordinator and Education Assistant in First Nation band offices, to political level as Snuneymuxw’s Chief and Council’s Secretary and as Administrative Assistant at the BC AFN.