Board of Directors Biographies
Blair Ross, Chair of the Board
Blair Ross, Chair of the Board and Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee, of Regina, Saskatchewan is co-founder of SRG Security Resource Group Inc. a Saskatchewan-based security firm providing investigation, security patrol, 24 CCTV real-time monitoring and information technology security services across Western Canada. Mr. Ross has over 25 years of experience in business with the majority of his experience gained in the private security industry. In those 25 years, he has built and managed security operations from the ground up. He has managed the security personnel at large scale events (e.g. the Pan American Games in Winnipeg) across Western Canada. A recipient of an Honourary Lifetime Big Brother award for his volunteer commitment, Mr. Ross has co-chaired the CTV Sandra Schmirler Charity Golf Classic. Currently, Mr. Ross serves as chair of Hospitals of Regina Foundation.
Patricia Thomson, Vice-Chair of the Board
Patricia Thomson, Vice-Chair of the Board and Chair of the Governance and Human Resource Committee, a member of Carry the Kettle First Nation, is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has an extensive background in the areas of program management, development, implementation and delivery of First Nations services. Ms. Thomson has worked her way from the front line delivery of services to development and implementation of a wide range of services impacting First Nations people within the First Nations, provincial and federal governments. She has served on numerous boards, locally, regionally and nationally and continues to offer input into approaches that are sensitive to the needs of First Nations people, fosters relationships, and builds trust and understanding among partners.
Danah White of Indian Head, Saskatchewan is an insurance broker, real estate agent and former business owner. She has attained the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designation and works at Indian Head Agencies. Ms. White served as the President of Forever Friends of Hope Foundation Incorporated, a fundraising organization which provides financial assistance and support to women facing cancer in Saskatchewan. In recognition of her work with this organization, she received the Community Leadership and Enhancement award at the 2013 YWCA Regina’s Women of Distinction awards. Ms. White has earned the Chartered Director designation through the Directors College Chartered Director certification program. She has two teenage children.
Terry Lavallee of the Cowessess First Nation was raised and attended school at Cowessess and Broadview, graduated from Sheldon Williams High School in Regina and later attended the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta. After leaving home, Mr. Lavallee spent time in Toronto where he organized cultural activities and founded a cultural dance group called “Indian Canada.” Other accomplishments include: conducting audio-visual programming at the University of Alberta and Muskwachee Cultural College in Hobbema, Alberta; and organizing and maintaining a provincial sports organization in Alberta. On the national level, Mr. Lavallee was a member of the Council of Aboriginal Leaders for the Bank of Montreal, and is a member of the National Environment Committee. He also served on the Board of the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College. Mr. Lavallee has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Administration from the University of Regina, and operates his own Red Thunder consulting firm.
Alphonse Bird of Montreal Lake, Saskatchewan is a member of the Montreal Lake Cree Nation. He has many years of experience in First Nations economic and social development, as well as Saskatchewan’s gaming industry. Mr. Bird is a former Grand Chief of the Prince Albert Grand Council, Chief of the former Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief for Saskatchewan. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions, including a previous term at the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, the Information Services Corporation, the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology, the Saskatchewan Police Commission and more. He is the President of Bird Boys Office and Furniture Supply Corporation.
Eileen Libby, Q.C.
Eileen Libby of Regina, Saskatchewan, is a partner at MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP. She acts as counsel to employers in the full range of labour relations and employment law matters, including collective bargaining negotiations, arbitrations, restructurings, labour relations board matters, human rights proceedings, and occupational health and safety matters. Ms. Libby also practices extensively in the areas of professional regulation and health law. Eileen has appeared before all levels of courts in Saskatchewan, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, boards or arbitration, human rights tribunals and professional regulatory bodies. Ms. Libby serves on a number boards and associations, including the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan and Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan. She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including Administrative and Public Lawyer of the Year (2016) and Labour and Employment Lawyer of the Year (2012) by Best Lawyers.
CeCe Baptiste of the Little Pine First Nation is a Financial Analyst with the University of Saskatchewan’s Institutional Planning and Assessment unit. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with specialization in Finance and Economics and a Certified Management Accountant designation. Her work experience includes positions with the provincial ministries of Highways & Infrastructure and Advanced Education, Saskatchewan Research Council, Whitecap Dakota First Nation and First Nations Bank of Canada. Ms. Baptiste has served on numerous boards and committees, including Urban Aboriginal Strategy, Interprovincial Association on Native Employment and Aboriginal Government Employees Network. Currently she is the Vice Chair of the United Way of Saskatoon and Area’s Board of Directors where she serves on the Governance Committee, the Plan to End Homelessness Leadership Committee and the Community Investment Committee. She is also the founding president of the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professionals Association. In 2015 Ms. Baptiste was nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction award in the Leadership Category, and received the inaugural Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) Strength of Our Women award in the category of Business. She has two daughters.