MONTREAL LAKE business ventures
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Board of Directors
Noland Henderson is known for his leadership in Saskatchewan. He served the Montreal Lake Cree Nation as chief and director of resources and environment. He holds many board and advisory positions for Saskatchewan organizations such as SaskTel, the Aboriginal Policing Advisory Unit, the local Police Commission, First Nations Trust, and the Northern Teacher Education Program Board of Governors. With a degree in education, Mr. Henderson has contributed to our community as a teacher, principal, and mentor to local youth.
Stanley (Buddy) Bird
Stanley (Buddy) Bird is a trapper and hunter who currently serves as a councilor for Montreal Lake Cree Nation (MLCN). He is a five-time Canadian Archery gold medal champion. He coaches MLCN youth in archery and prepares them for tryouts at the provincial and national levels as well as for the Indigenous Games.
Mr. Bird is very active in taking kids at risk onto the trapline and teaches cultural values through activities such as hunting, fishing, trapping, and gathering. Under the name “The Bushman Bowman,” Mr. Bird has released several YouTube hunting videos.
Mr. Bird was instrumental in developing Kituskiynow, which is a program delivered through Kaskew Forestry Products that gives back to the community through proposal-driven grants for cultural activities that are tied to the land.
Borden Wasyluk retired from the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in 2004 after 38 years. During his lengthy career, he worked his way up and became head of Aboriginal Banking for CIBC in Saskatchewan for the last eight years of his tenure. He set up the CIBC branch on the Lac La Ronge Cree Nation, and in 2002 he set up the Cowessess Branch.
Mr. Wasyluk serves on the Board of Directors of the Sturgeon Lake Development Corporation and on the Store Management Committee at Sturgeon Lake. He is a past councilor and mayor of the resort village of Candle Lake.
Vice President/Vice Chairman
With 39 years of experience in commercial banking, Ralph Boychuk is sought out by individuals and businesses for his success strategies in wealth building. He is known for his ability to identify financial solutions that help companies and owners generate stronger results and create a more satisfying work experience.
Mr. Boychuk has chaired the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and more recently Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He holds a Pro. Dir. designation in public policy governance and is a recipient of the Award of Merit from the city of Prince Albert. As an expert in board governance, Mr. Boychuk advises on issues of fiduciary responsibility, meeting management, and strategic and business planning.
Roger Bird is a Band member of Montreal Lake Cree Nation, where he is a successful businessman. He served for several years as a chief and councilor for Montreal Lake Cree Nation. In addition, he has worked tirelessly throughout his career serving the youth of the Nation through his efforts in developing sports and recreation opportunities.
Of utmost importance to Ms. Ross’s philosophy and foundation is her family’s lengthy history as entrepreneurs in the areas of forestry, logging, and tourism. Ms. Ross is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation. She holds board positions for Saskatchewan First Nations Economic Development Network and Montreal Lake Business Ventures LP. She is a facilitator for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies.
Ms. Ross has over 20 years of experience in postsecondary education as an instructor, coordinator, and consultant for First Nations, Tribal Councils, nonprofit corporations, and postsecondary educational institutions. She speaks fluent Cree and takes part in cohort master's and PhD Indigenous Language Revitalization Programs for the University of Victoria as well as other local indigenous language revitalization projects.
Eldon Henderson serves as urban councilor for Montreal Lake Cree Nation, where he holds the portfolio for Economic Development and Governance. Mr. Henderson has a university degree and has served on several boards and committees. He is dedicated to the well-being and prosperity of Montreal Lake Cree Nation.