Board of Directors Biographies
Blair Ross, Chair of the Board
Blair Ross, Board Chair (Chair, 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 the Hospitals of Regina Foundation.
Patricia Thomson, Vice-Chair of the Board
Patricia Thomson, Board Vice-Chair (Chair, Governance and Human Resource Committee), is member of Carry the Kettle Nakota Band. Ms. Thomson has extensive expertise in management, administration and operations in business. She brings to the board a record of clear decision making, team leadership skills to drive critical strategic shifts, can realize peak performance for top quality organizations and brings governance integrity. She has proven to excel in operations, leadership and organizational development. Ms. Thomson personal goals align with an executive that possesses the proven ability to empower individuals and groups to build strong organizations.
Danah White of Indian Head, Saskatchewan is an insurance broker, real estate agent and branch manager for Hub International. She has attained the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker designation through IBAS and the Chartered Director desgination through McMaster University. Ms. White is the past president of Forever Friends of Hope Foundation Incorporated, which provides funding to women in Saskatchewan after a cancer diagnosis. She has two adult 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 the 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 Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations and Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief for Saskatchewan. He has also served on numerous boards and commissions, including a previous term at SaskGaming, 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, Q.C., of Regina, Saskatchewan, is a partner at MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP. She acts as counsel to employers in a 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. Ms. Libby has appeared before all levels of courts in Saskatchewan, the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board, boards of 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, CPA, CMA, ICD.D, is a Strategic Planning Advisor with the University of Saskatchewan. CeCe Baptiste has over fourteen years of experience in financial oversight, operations management, and strategic planning. She has worked with numerous organizations, including provincial government, crown corporations, and banking institutions. Her current role with the University of Saskatchewan focuses on institutional projects such as tuition planning and management, policy development, and institutional strategic planning. Ms. Baptiste has served on numerous boards and committees throughout her career. Currently she is the board Chair of the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, serves on the Finance Committee of West Wind Aviation as well as board member of SaskGaming, and is the past president of the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professionals Association. Ms. Baptiste was nominated for the 2015 YWCA Woman of Distinction award in the Leadership Category, and received the inaugural FSIN Strength of Our Women award in Business that same year. A commerce graduate, Ms. Baptiste supplemented her business degree with the Certified Management Accountant designation as well as the Institute of Corporate Directors designation. Ms. Baptiste is committed to enhancing the lives of Indigenous peoples in Saskatoon, and devotes her energy to building partnerships between the Indigenous and the non-Indigenous community, through active promotion of leadership at board tables. She has two daughters and is from Little Pine First Nation.