Brian Payer – B Comm.

Brian, of Anishinaabe (Ojibway) descent, has been providing expertise in the areas of Aboriginal business, business development, market enhancement, manufacturing and governance to primarily Aboriginal clients for the past 30 years.  With a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in addition to studies in science and political science, also at UBC, Brian has made inroads with Industry Canada and Health Canada through his consulting services.

He has collaborated with government on issues such as economic development and Aboriginal tourism.  As a private consultant, he offers his clients expertise in logistics, transportation, marketing and promotion and assists with research and analysis in a variety of areas.  He has drafted countless business plans on behalf of his clients and brings to the table a sound financial acumen.

Brian has worked with a number of First Nation bands across western Canada, including Tseshaht First Nation, Ahousaht First Nation, Doig River First Nation, Nuchatlaht First Nation, Skawahlook First Nation and countless others in addition to his work with private sector First Nation companies and not-for-profit organizations.

His knowledge in financial management has proved instrumental in overseeing sales growth for manufacturing businesses. His familiarity with logistics has enabled him to plan new constructions, including ship production and transportation logistics for the movement of petrochemicals.  Furthermore, his experience in resource management gives him the ability to assess economic opportunities for emerging industries as well as traditional industries such as aquaculture, or specifically, the fishing industry.

Brian’s extensive volunteer work includes participation as a member of the selection committee for the Aboriginal Achievement Awards and most recently his role as senior director, Chinook Aboriginal Business Program (UBC Sauder School of Business).  Brian is also passionate about the outdoors and loves to spend his time fishing, hunting and golfing.

Brian, based out of Vancouver, BC is looking forward to working with NGAI on its west coast projects.