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 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.
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.
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.
Jeff is one of the most experienced on-reserve project managers in the country, with over 70 infrastructure projects under his belt. Jeff has over 20 years experience working for indigenous groups. He has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University’s Schulich School of Business, and has his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.
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.
Alyssa is one of Canada’s leading indigenous governance and policy experts, with direct experience transitioning First Nations to self governance. She has worked for the BC AFN as a key contributor to “A Guide to Nation Building” series, and she has a Master’s degree with Honours in Political Science from the University of Regina.
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.
Graham has 15 years experience in Real Estate, including Negotiation, Appraisal, Brokerage, Development, and Infrastructure Construction. Graham recently worked with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, which included ensuring land rights and tenures for the $1.4 Billion Evergreen Skytrain Extension were properly acquired, and the excess land was prepared for re-development in consultation with multiple stakeholders. He is a professional member of the Real Estate Institute of BC, holds a BA from SFU, a Diploma in Urban Land Economics from the Sauder School of Business at UBC and is currently completing his MBA at UVIC.
Kelly is an Economic Development specialist and has worked with dozens of indigenous communities in British Columbia to build their local economies by helping to identify opportunities, plan projects, and execute implementation. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Victoria as well as a Master’s degree in International Development with a focus on Economic Development from Simon Fraser University.
James is a scientist with a background in land use and permitting on First Nations Territory. James has worked in management on mine sites in the Yukon liaising with First Nations and currently works as a consultant specializing in lands and resource development opportunities for First Nations. James has a passion for food and energy security and has focused his professional work on fisheries, tourism and business start-ups in the private sector. James’ formal education includes; a BSc. from the University of Victoria, a Professional Biologist designation from the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists and a Project Management Certificate from the University of Toronto.
Brendon Grant is a proud member of the Haisla Nation. He graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Northern British Columbia. Brendon worked as the lead analyst for Haisla Nation’s LNG and real estate development projects while employed with RA Capital Advisors in San Diego, California.
A Coast Salish citizen from Snuneymuxw First Nation, Ian specializes in Indigenous economic and business development. He has a passion for increasing social outcomes for First Nations in Canada by decreasing the income disparity that currently exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Ian completed his commerce degree from Vancouver Island University with a focus on finance, and is currently working towards his Master of Business Administration in Indigenous Business in Leadership from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.
Prior to joining the CMG team, Leanna Milburn worked with Kwikwetlem First Nation on a variety of projects relating to policy development, community planning, and natural resource consultation. She has a strong background in research, community engagement and facilitation and a skill for bringing the results of a data collection process together into unique and innovative policy. She holds a BA in Communication (with Honours) from Simon Fraser University and an MA in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia.
Chelsea is a capacity-development specialist with years of experience supporting personal growth and professional development in non-profits, private sector and First Nation communities. Passionate about facilitating learning to help individuals and organizations achieve their goals, she works closely with multiple stakeholders to identify opportunities and implement programs that make sense. Chelsea holds a BA in International Development & English Literature from Dalhousie University.
Amy joined Castlemain as Project Manager in 2017. Previously, she worked as an Archaeology Liaison, Archaeologist, and Program Coordinator for the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, working for over 8 years to protect the cultural health of the community.
Trained in Project Management, Amy is passionate about applying her expertise in working with our clients and all levels of government on strategic engagement opportunities. Amy has a B.A. in Archaeology from University of Saskatchewan and a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute. She will receive her Associate Certificate in Project Management from British Columbia Institute of Technology in the Fall of 2017.
Anna is a proud member of the Opaskwayak Cree Nation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations and Indigenous Studies from the University of British Columbia in 2015. Her work has centered around youth empowerment, community engagement and facilitation, and Indigenous research methodologies. Anna has experience working with Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services, the Urban Native Youth Association and Organize BC.
Maia is an experienced marketing and communications professional, with a strong background in digital marketing strategy, website development, email marketing and social media strategies. Maia has a Bachelors of Commerce with a double major in Marketing and International Business from the University of Manitoba. She previously worked for the UBC Sauder School of Business, where the managed the digital marketing team, and was responsible for over-seeing a large-scale digital strategy project for the whole school. Before that, she managed the Digital Marketing team at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, where she worked with her team to create compelling content that showcased participant and faculty stories. In her previous roles in marketing and advertising agencies she developed campaigns and strategies for small and large brands across North America.
Amber is a Governance and Policy Analyst and a proud member of Cheam First Nation. She brings with her years of professional and academic experience working on Indigenous issues, with a special interest in social policy and economic development. Amber has a Bachelor of Communications from Simon Fraser University and she is currently completing a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.
Aaron Samuel is nehiyaw (Plains Cree) and Caribbean. He holds a Juris Doctor with a Specialization in Aboriginal Law from the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. Prior to that, he completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta in Political Science and Economics. Prior to joining Castlemain, Aaron worked in Edmonton with Cando, a national not for profit focused on the development of Aboriginal Economic Development Officers. He has also worked with various First Nations and Métis communities at both the private and public sector level.
A talented Front-End developer and UI designer, Bobby leads the design and development of websites and apps, incorporating tailored themes on dynamic and socially enabled platforms. In 2014 he attended a highly competitive programming bootcamp in San Francisco. Bobby also has a Senior Certificate in Web Design & Development from BCIT and a BA in Economics from SFU. As a fan of nearly all sports, Bobby can always be counted on to start office pools.
An exceptional designer, Jasmine has a unique ability to transform standard documents into engaging material, in print and online. Jasmine develops and applies distinctive branding to professionally tailored print and web materials, taking clients’ visions from concept to reality. Her productions have been featured in the Tyee, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight and Sing Tao Daily. Jasmine has a BA in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University.
Ray earned his BSc in Business Administration from San Francisco State University, is a Certified General Accountant (CGA), and works as a key part of our administrative team. He has worked as a manager for accounting firms and has experience as a senior accountant working in BC’s resource industry.
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.