Chief Executive Officer
Cliff Fregin is a member of the Haida Nation, originally from Old Masset. He served on his home band’s council for 6 years and was the first Executive Director of the Gwaii Trust. From 2003 through 2006, Cliff was the Chief Operating Officer for National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA). He also acted as NACCA’s CEO for the latter half of 2006.
Chanze Gamble is a member of the Beardy's and Okemasis First Nation in Saskatchewan. Chanze has a background in financial management and business development as well as a solid understanding of Aboriginal Rights and Title issues. Prior to joining NRT, he worked as a business development consultant, providing expertise to a number of First Nation communities and organizations.
Lana Plante is a Nisga’a citizen from New Aiyansh and is of the Laxgibuu tribe. Her heritage is also of Cree, French and Irish. Before joining the NRT team she worked for 6 years at the UBC First Nations Legal Clinic as the Legal Assistant, where she was responsible for training UBC law students and helping Aboriginal people work out their legal matters.
Rochelle Saddleman is a member of the Okanagan First Nation which is located in the BC interior. She was born and raised in Vernon. In 2011, Rochelle earned her Bachelor's of Business Administration from the Okanagan College in Kelowna, BC, specializing in Business Management and Human Resources.
Rochelle's primary goal is to continue working to improve the lifestyles of not only her own community, but all Aboriginal communities throughout Canada. An elderly woman spoke to her at a recent conference and shared a vision that one day, we as First Nations people, will rise from the pain and the suffering and will move forward to the betterment of all with the opportunities that lie ahead.
Rochelle will continue to improve her extensive list of educational qualifications, thereby contributing to the continued growth of the New Relationship Trust.
Economic Development Support Team Coordinator
Veronica Creyke is a member of the Driftpile First Nation in Alberta. She was born and raised in Prince George. Veronica has worked in Aboriginal economic development for over 17 years. First with the Prince George Native Friendship Centre, then as the Office Manager and Business Development Officer with the Aboriginal Business Development Centre. During this time she held positions on various boards such as the Native Economic Development Advisory and Community Futures of Fraser Fort George. Veronica is also a FirstHost Leader in Customer Service Skills.
Veronica looks forward to utilizing her skills and expertise with New Relationship Trust in assisting First Nations of BC to further their economic future.
Senior Project Officer
Matt Cook-Contois is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba. Matt graduated from the Asper School of Business in 2013 with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management. He joined the NRT team in 2015 and is in charge of overseeing the Direct Support Initiative, Scholarship Initiative, Young Entrepreneurship Symposium, and NRTF Golf Tournament.
Prior to working at NRT, Matt was the Recruitment & Events coordinator for the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. Throughout this position Matt travelled extensively around BC promoting education amongst Aboriginal youth. His experiences in the community only fed his desire to strengthen First Nation’s in BC and also across Canada. He looks forward to utilizing his skills and expertise to help build a strong future for First Nation’s people in Canada.
Partnerships and Marketing Manager, NRT Foundation
Mathew is from Wasauksing First Nation, an Ojibway community located on Georgian Bay in Ontario. As the Advancement Coordinator for the New Relationship Trust Foundation, Mathew will be developing partnerships with the business community that secure sponsorships and donations for the foundation's Scholarship & Bursary initiative as well as the K-12 Education program.
Prior to joining the New Relationship Trust Foundation, Mathew worked in the non-profit sector leading the regional fundraising and program development efforts for one of Canada's largest environmental charities. As an engaged community member, Mathew is a firm believer in empowering First Nations through capacity development and advanced education.
Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (ICEI) Coordinator
Savanah Seaton is Ojibway from Waywayseecappo First Nation in Manitoba. She was born in Winnipeg and raised on Vancouver Island. In 2012, Savanah earned a Bachelor of Business Administration (distinction) with a concentration in Management from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, B.C. Savanah has experience working with the Federal Government in housing (Market Research and Public Affairs), in Private and Public Banking, in Indigenous departments at the University of Victoria and in the Vancouver Film Industry as a self-employed agent and performer.
She loves to travel and explore diverse cultures and communities. She has travelled to Mexico, Australia, London, France, Ethiopia, the Caribbean, Thailand and New York. One of her highlighted travels was summer of 2015 when she took her son on a 6-week road trip from coast to coast across Canada and back again. Savanah is eager to work directly with B.C.’s First Nation communities because she believes in NRT’s mission to invest in our people and assist in building capacity.
Financial Officer, CPA, CGA
Kim is the Financial Officer of New Relationship Trust and is responsible for overseeing all financial related activities. She joined the NRT team in 2010.
Kim has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance, and has held senior financial positions with not-for-profit and First Nations organizations. Her expertise lies in her ability to establish solid internal controls, and continually evaluate/modify the accounting systems to ensure efficiency and accountability.
Kim is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Certified General Accountant (CGA) in 1994.