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ABSN Board member


Paulette Flamond, Manager - Northeast Aboriginal Business & Wellness Centre


Paulette Flamond, Metis, has spent her career serving Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan, Alberta and now in BC as the Manager of the Northeast Aboriginal Business and Wellness Centre.  Her most recent accomplishments include the success of Walk in Balance Two Conference and an Aboriginal Wellness Gathering of 250 participants.


Paulette currently sits on the Native Economic Development Advisory Board (NEDAB) for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and as a Board Member for the Northern Development Initiative Trust.


Paulette is actively involved in producing Aboriginal documentaries and events that highlight Aboriginal Culture and business success.


Northeast Aboriginal Business Development & Wellness Centre

10039 - 100th Street

Fort St. John, BC  V1J 3Y5

Phone:  (250) 785-1870   Toll Free: 1-888-783-1870   Fax: (250) 785-1883







Helder Ponte






ABSN Board Member


Helder Ponte - Kootenay Aboriginal  Business Development Agency

Mr. Ponte is the ABSN Board Representative from the Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency. He is presently the Director of the Economic Sector for the Ktunaxa Nation. He has been working for the Ktunaxa Nation since 1980. He has an academic background in economic development, public finance & business administration. Prior to his current position of Director of the Economic Sector of the Ktunaxa Nation Council, he was the project manager for the development of the $45 million St. Eugene Mission Resort, a first class destination facility near Cranbrook. Mr. Ponte has worked on a number of projects (small and large), and has been involved in many of the key First Nations Economic development initiatives in BC. Over the years, he has addressed many conferences and written extensively in the fields of economic development, economy building and public finance in the context of First Nation communities. During the same period, he has also sat on a number of local, regional, provincial, national  boards and committees whose mandate is building First Nations economies. He holds the designations of Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer and Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager.


Kootenay Aboriginal Business Development Agency

207 - 14th Avenue North

Cranbrook, BC  V1C 3W3

Phone:  (250) 426-0595     Fax:  (250) 426-0802




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Rocio Zielinski,, Operations and Loans Managerr - Sto:lo Community Futures Development Corporation

Rocio Zielinski started with Stó:lō Community Futures in 2005 and was recently appointed Operations and Loans Manager.   Over the last couple of years, she has been managing the SCF business lending and services program working with Aboriginals who want to start, or expand a business within the Stó:lō Traditional Territory, and providing after-care.  Rocio has expanded SCF’s services into the local Stó:lō Communities by opening SCF’s first Satellite Office on Seabird Island First Nation (Agassiz, BC) and is currently working on two other Pilot Satellite Offices at Sumas First Nation (Abbotsford, BC) and Leq’á:mel First Nation (Deroche, BC). This allows the Community Members, who struggle with transportation issues, have the benefit of having the lending services and assistance in their reach to meet their needs.

Rocio is originally from Los Angeles, California and her Aboriginal ancestry is from Mexico.


Sto:lo Community Futures Development Corporation
Building 10 – Third Floor
7201 Vedder Road
Chilliwack, BC  V2R 4G5

Phone – Direct:  (604) 824-5272
Fax:  (604) 858-3829
Email:  scf.rocio@shawcable.com









Vince Prince

ABSN Board Member



Vince Prince, Executive Director - Aboriginal Business & Community Development Centre



Aboriginal Business & Community Development Centre

3845 - 15th Avenue

Prince George, BC  V2N 1A4

Phone:  (250) 562-6325   Fax:  (250) 562-6326








Jacqueline Ridley

ABSN Board Member


Jacqueline Ridley, Office Administrator - Tribal Resources Investment Corp


Jacquie Ridley joined the Tricorp team in January 2000. She began as the Reception/Loan Administrator and was responsible for day to day front line duties, preparation of the corporation's loan security documentation and registration of the security agreements.

In 2003, Jacquie became part of the finance team and her additional responsibilities now include managing the day to day operational accounting for Tricorp and Nesika. Her other duties include maintenance of the computer network, computers and updating this website. She continues to work at finding new ways to improve and streamline the processes in her position and seeks out training that will help her accomplish those goals.

A new role that she has taken on is working closely with management on Board matters. She is responsible for setting up meetings, ensuring the Board receives the necessary information in preparation for conference calls and meetings.


Tribal Resources Investment Corporation

344-2nd Avenue West

Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1G6

Phone (250) 624-3535 Toll Free 1-800-665-3201 Fax (250) 624-3883





 ABSN Board Member            


Art Lew, General Manager - Haida Gwaii Community Futures


Art Lew is the General Manager for Haida Gwaii Community Futures.  He holds University degrees in Business Administration and in Community Economic Development.  He has held positions in management consulting, in senior management in a variety of business sectors and as an owner mnaager of a small business.  His Community Economic Development experience has spanned the last 11 years, playing a major role in building the capacity of the Islands' communities and of their residents, and by supporting efforts to expand economic opportunities.


Haida Gwaii Community Futures

1730 Hodges Avenue

Mailing Address, PO Box 40

Masset, BC  V0T 1M0

Phone (250) 626-5594   Toll Free:  1-888-328-5594   Fax: (250) 626-5693









ABSN Secretary Treasurer



Yvonne Scotchman, Board Secretary - Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First  Nations (CFDC of CIFN)


Yvonne has trained and worked in the Economic Development area for at least 10 years within the Aboriginal communities surrounding Lytton, Lillooet and Merritt.  Yvonne was the Economic Development Officer for the Fraser Canyon Tribal Association Bands for six years and was involved in education, training, feasibility studies, business plan developments, funding proposals, negotiations with various levels of government (first nations, municipal, provincial, federal) in the development of community projects to a 50 MW hydro power project on a creek running through one of the reserves. Yvonne has since retired from the Fraser Canyon Tribal Association and has stayed involved in the field through various committees and boards within the economic development area.


CFDC of Central Interior First Nations

#215 - 345 Chief Alex Thomas Way

Kamloops, BC   V2H 1H1

Phone:  (250) 828-9833     Fax:  (250) 828-9972







ABSN Board Member



Sandy Wong, General Manager - Tale'awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation (TACC)


Sandy Wong has been involved with the Aboriginal community in British Columbia for over 20 years.  With a background in accounting and finance, Sandy has worked in various capacities with Aboriginal organizations.  He brings to TACC a broad range of experience in many areas including employment and training, housing and economic development.  Sandy is a strong advocate of individual entrepreneurs becoming the catalyst for achieving economic independence within Aboriginal communities.


Tale'awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation

508 - 100 Park Royal South

West Vancouver, BC  V7T 1A2

Phone (604) 926-5626   Toll Free:  1-800-779-7199   Fax:  (604) 926-5627




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Trevor Kempthorne, ABSN Chair

Trevor is the General Manager for - First Nations Agricultural Lending Association


Trevor Kempthorne and his wife Barb have three sons, two granddaughters, and one grandson.

Trevor has 25 years experience working in Aboriginal Agriculture as a management advisor. He is a graduate of the Agriculture program from Northern Lights College.

In 2001, Trevor joined First Nation Agricultural Lending Association’s (FNALA) team improving business by increasing loan activity and client relations through extension services. The development of partnerships with the private sector and government has resulted in a noticeable increase in farming activity at all levels in the First Nations’ communities across BC. Trevor currently manages all FNAA business activities:

  • FNALA, the lending organization.
  • Western Regional Management Team (WRMT)

The WRMT looks at opportunities in R/D, distribution and consulting services. WRMT is currently developing a new business; Black Creek Ranch Grass Fed Beef, a niche product.

In 2008, Trevor volunteered as an assessor for the World Bank, evaluating economic development projects from around the world for third world countries.

Trevor also sits as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Small Scale Food Processors Association and is Vice president and a founding member of the Aboriginal Agricultural Educational Society of British Columbia. He is the past chair of the National Aboriginal Agricultural Council working committee, an organization committed to developing business services and increasing financing for Aboriginal Farmers, and processors across Canada.

First Nations Agricultural Lending Association

PO Box 1186 Stn Main

Kamloops, BC  V2C 6H3

Phone:  1-778-469-5040   Fax:  (778) 469-5030





Violet Hill, ABSN Board Member


Violet Hill, Executive Director for: Native Fishing Association


Violet grew up in a commercial fishing family and is married to a successful commercial fisherman.  She has extensive knowledge and experience with commercial fisheries and coastal Native people and communities.  Violet has worked as the Executive Director for The Native Fishing Association since 2005, and before that she was the NFA Loans Officer for 19 years.  In addition to her position at NFA Violet was the Program Coordinator for the Allocation Transfer Program with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (2002-2007).  She also was formerly a Board Member for the Pacific Region License Appeal Board.  Prior to working with NFA Violet was employed as Office Manager at Northern Native Fishing Corporation.



Native Fishing Association

710-100 Park Royal South
West Vancouver BC V2T 1AZ
Phone: 1-604-913-2997 Fax: 1-604-913-2995



EX-Officio Members of the Board

AANDC LogoKen McDonald,  Director

Lands & Economic Development                    

Aboriginal Business Canada Program

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Economic Development Partnerships

1138 Melville Street, Suite 600

Vancouver, BC  V6E 4S3

Phone: 1-604-666-5080




Marie Gallant, Executive Director                            

Community Futures Association of BC

1056 - 409 Granville Street

Vancouver, BC  V6C 1T1

Phone:  1-604-685-2332     Fax:  (604) 681-6576




Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Karen White, Senior Advisor

Economic, Business and Labour Initiatives

Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

PO Box 9100

Stn Prov Govt

Victoria, BC  V9W 9B1

Phone:  (250) 387-2535     Fax:  (250) 356-94




George Hunter, Chief Executive Officer    

Small Business BC

Suite 82 - 601 West Cordova Street

Vancouver, BC  V6B 1G1

Phone:  (604) 775-5475     Fax:  (604) 775-5520     Toll Free:  1-800-667-2272




Western Economic Diversification CanadaHelen Glavinic Bakker  

Western Economic Diversification Canada

700 - 333 Seymour Street

Vancouver, BC   V6B 5G9

Phone:  (604)-666-4849    Fax: (604) 666-2353     Toll Free:  1-888-338-9378


Stewart Anderson

Van City Credit Union

PO Box 2120

Vancouver, BC V6B 5R8

Phone: (604)787-1988 Fax: (604)877-7993 Toll Free: 1-888-Vancity (2489)


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