AFOA BC Board of Directors


  (updated October 13, 2016 rm)
 

President

  Trevor Morrison

  Trevor Morrison, President, AFOA BC since 2008 and has been a member since 1998. He is from the Gitksan First Nation. He has worked with other sectors of the First Nations including Treaty, Health Services, Child & Family Services, and Aboriginal Justice.  He is currently enrolled in the CAFM program pursuing his designation.
       
   

Vice President

    Carol Reimer, CGA, CAFM

  Carol Reimer, Vice President, AFOA BC,  is the Chief Financial Officer for Carrier Sekani Family Services working out of the Prince George office. Carol joined CSFS in June 2000 and is currently looking after the Finance and HR/Payroll departments. She is a Certified General Accountant and has held a Certified Aboriginal Financial Management Certificate since 2003. She joined the board of AFOA BC in 2013 and currently holds the role of secretary and the education portfolio. Carol believes in life-long learning and is proud to bring that passion to the board at AFOA BC. She is an active volunteer in her community teaching at the local YMCA, putting on running clinic’s for new and seasoned runners. Carol is an active person outside of work enjoying running with friends, hiking and biking in the mountains nearby and spending time with her family.
         
    Dillon Johnson, MBA, CAFM


  Dillon Johnson is an MBA graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) and has a BCom from the University of Victoria. Dillon received a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation from the AFOA in February 2014.

Dillon is a member of the Sliammon First Nation, where he is currently serving his third consecutive term as an elected member of the Council. Dillon is also the Chair of the Finance Committee. When Dillon was elected to his first term with Sliammon Council, the First Nation’s government was facing remedial management due to administrative and financial troubles. Over the past four years, the First Nation has drastically improved its administration and finances to the point where Sliammon was able to achieve Financial Performance Certification from the First Nations Financial Management Board.
         
   

Treasurer

    Norm Grdina, CFE, CAFM, CPA, FCGA

  Norm Grdina, Treasurer, AFOA BC, is the Director of RHN Chartered Professional Accountants, a well established accounting firm with offices in Vancouver, Richmond, Osoyoos, and Kelowna.

Norm has served on the AFOA BC Board of Directors since 2009, is the chairperson of the AFOA BC Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and a member of the AFOA Canada Audit Committee. He is a licensed Private Investigator with Morrow Investigations Inc. and is a past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Certified Fraud Examiners Association.
         
   

Secretary

    Heather Fader, CAPA, CHRP


Heather is the Executive Director for Shackan Indian Band located in Merritt BC. Heather has extensive knowledge and experience in Human Resources and Management with public, private and First Nations organizations. Her current position involves all areas of a First Nation including, administrations, finance, HR, governance, economic development and housing.

Heather has been a member of AFOA Canada since 2009.  She received her Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) Designation in 2014, is also a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and is now pursuing a Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) designation with AFOA Canada.

In 2015, Heather was elected to the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of British Columbia Board of Director and is the Board Secretary.  She is on the Education Committee with the AFOABC Board of Directors and is dedicated to lifelong learning.
         
   

Directors

    Eric Alex, CAPA

  Eric is deeply passionate about inter tribal relationship building, co-creating and collaboration, and cares deeply about contributing to the well being of others. Eric prides himself on his attachment to his tasks and actions at a personal level; they mean something to him as do their best outcomes.

Eric championed the needs of his nation as a change agent for 5 years serving as the Executive Director and faithfully serving 2 terms on Chief and Council for the Cheam First Nation. Under Eric’s administration regime Cheam developed and implemented their first 5 year economic development plan, annual budgets, entered the Framework Agreement for Land Code, as well as the Framework Agreement for the Financial Management Act and successfully received the communities lowest risk rating Aboriginal Affairs has ever awarded Cheam to date.

Eric’s formal education in Database Design and Administration, Leadership, and Aboriginal Public Administration coupled with his rich work experience make him an asset to projects in Community Development, Economic Development, Aboriginal Rights and Title, First Nations Governance, Aboriginal Public Administration, Change Management, and System Analysis, and IT solutions. He continues his professional development today through SFU’s Community Economic Development Certification program, and plans on enrolling into their Executive MBA program in the fall of 2016.
   
    Sukhi Chouhan, CPA, CA, CAFM   Sukhi Chouhan is President of Chouhan Accounting Ltd.; with an office in Kamloops, BC. He was designated a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) in 2008 while working at KPMG. In 2015, he became a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) while working as a consultant with Skeetchestn Indian Band and Upper Nicola Indian Band. Mr Chouhan is a member of AFOA. Currently he provides services as Financial Controller – Consultant with Skeetchestn Indian Band and Chief Financial Officer – Consultant with Knucwentwecw Development Corporation in Skeetchestn, BC.

Sukhi provides capacity development services as a Financial Controller & Chief Financial Officer for hire and as Finance & Management Consultant for First Nations Bands and Band owned for-profit entities. He is responsible for organization, management and training to facilitate effective financial function of the Band Administration through his involvement in policy & procedure creation and implementation, training, compliance with INAC and other funding bodies, FNFA and FMS certification (application and compliance) and duties as assigned in Administration, Finance and Operations areas.

Sukhi assists Chief and Council with strategic planning and setting up for-profit partnerships in a tax effective manner. Sukhi has worked with various First Nations organizations such as FNMHF, INAC, FNFA, FNFMB, AFOA, on behalf of his clients. Mr. Chouhan has a solid understanding of First Nations Financial Management and the challenges that it faces. Sukhi is determined to make a difference by building trust and strong relations through educating his clients by communicating complex matters effectively, helping them to be more confident and self-sufficient. A board of director position with AFOA BC will give him the opportunity to utilize his skills and expertise towards the financial well being of the communities.