Board of Directors Biographies
Blair Ross, Chair of the Board
Blair Ross, Board Chair, 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.
Paul Pastor, CPA, CA, CBV
Paul Pastor (Chair, Audit and Finance Committee) is a founding partner at Buckberger Baerg & Partners LLP. He has over 12 years of professional experience, including seven years of business valuation experience. Mr. Pastor brings to the firm a diverse and unique skill set through his extensive experience in assurance services, business valuations, litigation support, transaction support and business consulting. His experience serving a wide variety of industries, including but not limited to manufacturing, automotive, transportation, construction, and agriculture, gives Mr. Pastor a clear vision of western Canada's business landscape and a clear understanding of his clients' needs.
Tim Bear is a proud member of the Ochapowace Nation, for which he has served as a Headman for the past six years. During his two terms in this position, he has been Chairman of the Administration and Finance, Lands, Laws, Natural Resources and Recreation departments. Mr. Bear has 16 years of gaming experience in both operations and management with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, and currently sits on the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations’ Gaming Commission and Treasury Board. He earned an Electronics Technician Certificate from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology, as well as a Certificate in Gaming Management from the University of Nevada, Reno. Mr. Bear is an avid supporter of youth sports, and has volunteered his time in numerous positions including Zone 1 Director of the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Head Coach of Saskatchewan’s National Aboriginal Hockey Championships team.
Chief Cadmus Delorme
A Cree and Saulteaux, Cadmus Delorme is a citizen and currently Chief of the Cowessess First Nation. Mr. Delorme received a Master of Public Administration from the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Business Administration along with a Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming Entertainment Management from the First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv). While a student, Mr. Delorme served in several capacities within the student association, including vice-president and president, and also served as a student ambassador. In 2012 he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his student leadership and the hospitality he showed to Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, when they visited FNUniv in 2012. Mr. Delorme has also been named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40, which celebrates the province’s new generation of leaders, builders and change-makers under the age of 40. He lives with his wife Kimberly and their daughter on Cowessess First Nation.
Ernest Standingready is a citizen of the Ocean Man Nakota First Nation and brings a wealth of knowledge in the areas of general management, administration, operations and strategic development. He is a 20-year veteran of the Saskatchewan gaming industry, having worked many roles in a casino operation from the front line to executive management with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Mr. Standingready has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Regina, a Certificate in Project Management from the University of Regina and a Certificate in Hospitality, Tourism and Gaming Entertainment Management from the First Nations University of Canada. He is currently an elected Councillor and Treaty 4 Headman for the Ocean Man Nakota First Nation, and sits on many other boards and committees. Mr. Standingready is committed to enhancing the lives of Indigenous and non-indigenous peoples in the Treaty relationship. He believes in positive, cooperative partnerships, and understands the strength they can deliver for everyone.
Donna Strudwick has extensive experience in municipal administration. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Rural Municipal Administrators' Association of Saskatchewan, and is currently the Senior Office Inspector for the Rural Board of Examiners. In 2013 Ms. Strudwick was the recipient of the Lou Jacobs Award, acknowledging her service in the field of local government administration in the Province of Saskatchewan. She has held several board and committee positions, and is a past Show Chairman of the Western Canada Farm Progress Show. Ms. Strudwick resides in Balgonie, Saskatchewan, and remains actively involved in the family's grain-farming operation.