Management Bio’s

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    Howard Nash – President

    Howard is a dynamic executive with extensive experience in the aerospace, defence and homeland security industry. Prior to assuming his role at NGAI in September 2012, Howard sharpened his program management and contract negotiation skills at Northstar Network Ltd.

    As part of the NGAI team, Howard is committed to creating business opportunities for First Nation and non-First Nation SMEs in Atlantic Canada. His proven track record in business development, risk management and dedication to quality assurance are an asset to NGAI and to the Atlantic Canadians who work alongside him.

    Furthermore, his commitment to the community is evident through the many positions he has held on various local and national industry boards including his role as founding member & Co-Chair of the Aerospace & Defence Industry Association of Newfoundland & Labrador (ADIANL) and the Atlantic Alliance of Aerospace & Defence Associations (AAADA).

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    Robert (Bob) J. Gosse – CEO

    In addition to his keen interest in aviation, Bob comes to NGAI with a wealth of knowledge in the aerospace and defence industry and offers a balanced perspective resulting from his experience in both the public and private sectors.

    Before his retirement in May 2012 as Operations Manager for the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, Bob was instrumental in ensuring aviation security by overseeing audits to guarantee regulatory compliance throughout Atlantic Canada.

    During his appointment as President of CHC Composites, Bob supervised the construction and maintenance of a state-of-the-art composite facility located at Gander International Airport. His proven track record as a leader of successful teams enabled him to deliver increased profitability and revenues throughout his tenure.

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    Dwight Dorey, M.A

    As a Mi’kmaq born and raised in Nova Scotia, Dwight brings with him a wealth of expertise and passion for advocating on behalf of First Nation people. He has devoted his life’s work to ensure that Aboriginals have equal access to employment opportunities. Dwight has participated as a delegate at United Nation sessions on indigenous peoples, in treaty rights discussions and remains a strong promoter at the local, national and international levels.

    Dwight’s experience includes working in such roles as National Chief and Chairman of the Board – Congress of Aboriginal Peoples for three consecutive terms and as Councillor for Millbrook First Nation. Most recently, he worked as a Community Liaison Advisor at Encana Corporation where he acted as a voice for the Aboriginal community to provide strategic analysis and recommendations regarding the Deep Panuke Offshore project.

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    William H. Flowers, LLB

    Mr. Flowers has spent much of his 40-year career working with Aboriginal peoples in Canada. During the past 13 years he has been employed by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) where he dedicated his time to working land claims, treaties and education in collaboration with First Nation and other governments throughout Atlantic Canada.

    Bill has gained experience with federal and provincial governments in economic and community development. This has included assignments as an advisor on Aboriginal issues with Parks Canada and as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa where he focused on economic development and provided briefings to senior officials on key files such as mining, energy and forestry.

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    Dianne Tookenay, B. Admin, MPA

    Given her experience in the mining sector, in economic development and over 20 years serving First Nations communities, Dianne is well-positioned to support NGAI’s clients.

    She began her career as an Ontario-based business development consultant for clients residing off-reserve. Following this, she worked as a business and economic development officer for Windigo First Nation Council and the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund. In these roles she delivered programs such as Industry Canada’s Business Canada Program and assisted clients with funding applications and business planning.

    Her broad experience with both First Nations councils and corporate entities such as Toronto Dominion Bank in roles including policy advisor, education coordinator, financial administrator and strategic planner have given her a solid foundation in corporate services and administration.

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    Steven J. Joudry

    Retired, with the military rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, Steven spent 22 years serving Canadians as a military officer. His work in the military took him across Canada as a trainer in Gagetown, New Brunswick, and in Canada’s North. His work also took him around the world, including participating on a year-long UN mission in the former Yugoslavia and on operational duty in Lahr, Germany,

    Steven, a Mi’kmaq of Bear River First Nation, upon his retirement with the military began a second career in the federal public service working primarily for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC, formerly Indian and Northern Affairs Canada). His most recent responsibilities with AANDC and Health Canada as …

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    Marcel Ashini

    Marcel, of Innu descent, has extensive managerial experience with large housing and infrastructure projects as part of his role with the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation. He has served as Housing Director, Band Manager and as Director of Special Projects for the Sheshatshiu band council. Marcel is currently serving as Assistant Director of the Innu Roundtable Secretariat which was established to coordinate aggregate program and management services for Labrador Innu communities.

    In addition to his experience in the construction sector, first as a labourer and eventually as a supervisor, he has worked on behalf of Sheshatshiu First Nation to collaborate with officials federally and provincially to further the needs of the reserve and complete contract negotiations.

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    Doreen G. Saulis – B.A, M.E

    Doreen, a member of the Tobique First Nation, joins the NGAI team with a lifetime of experience working with Aboriginal communities. She has worked at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government, including as Manager of Intergovernmental Affairs with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and as an Aboriginal Affairs Officer with Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

    She is recognized by her peers for strong skills in policy development, government, strategic planning and program management. As a result of her experience in government, she has a unique understanding of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.

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    John DeVeau

    As a result of John’s work with United States government, civilian law enforcement and Aboriginal law enforcement, he possesses an uncanny ability to understand people and relationships. This skill has allowed him to work, most recently, with the New Brunswick provincial government and Elsipogtog First Nation to provide peacekeeping services during environmental disputes with industry. He encouraged collaboration among stakeholders to ensure that cultural sensitivities remained a priority.

    In addition to his expertise in relationship and team building, he has worked with heavy equipment and coordinated construction projects. Through these assignments he has managed personnel, scheduling, budgeting, safety and quality assurance to comply with building safety codes.

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    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.

  • Diana Dalton, M.A, LLB

    Diana, a graduate of Dalhousie Law School, most recently served as Deputy Minister, Natural Resources for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. In this role she was responsible for all mining, petroleum and energy activities in the province, in addition to managing a staff of 200. She has also worked as both the Chair and CEO of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNOSPB).

    Diana served as the Interregional Advisor in Natural Resources for the United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Development. Her role included the design and management of projects in Laos, Vietnam, Belize and Kenya.

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    Tom Serjeant

    Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Tom’s career has taken him all over the world, from Labrador to the United Kingdom (UK), and from Australia to South Africa where he currently resides. Tom’s experience in the aviation and construction industries and his strong business sense allow him to facilitate business opportunities for South African companies with stakeholders across the world.

    He began his professional life as a bush pilot in both Québec and Labrador, followed by his entry into the construction sector as an intern at George Wimpey plc in the UK. His passion for both the aviation and construction industries has given him the opportunity to hold a variety of positions worldwide. Tom has worked for Borini Prono building roads through the West African rain forest; he has helped to design and test aircrafts such as the PL-12 Transavia Airtruk. He has worked as a representative for Siai Marchetti selling the SF-260 to militaries across the globe, as well as for Scottish Aviation selling the B122 Bulldog to air forces in Africa.

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    Mike Maguire, P.Eng.

    With over 25 years of experience in the offshore oil and gas industry, Michael (Mike) comes to NGAI with expertise in the management and development of high-value oil and gas projects. He has held positions at Husky Energy, Lloyd’s Register, Technip Canada, Chevron and Atlantic Shipbuilding Ltd. In addition, Mike has worked in various capacities on significant oil development projects such as the White Rose and Terra Nova projects in Newfoundland, as well as the Alba and Staffa field development projects in the United Kingdom.

    He earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. His professional qualifications include certification as a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom and as a European Engineer. Furthermore, he has published two technical papers: Classification of FPSOs for Extreme Environments, as well as Terra Nova FPSO- Certification and Technical Integrity Challenges.

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    Fred Skovberg, P. Eng.

    Fred has enjoyed a long career in the telecommunications industry and has founded two telecommunications firms. He has worked for various companies on projects across the globe, including: Egypt, Kuwait, Pakistan, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Russia, Denmark, Sweden, Jordan and Canada. He obtained his engineering certification at the University of Alberta and remains a member the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

    Fred’s most recent involvement in E-Tech Limited, of which he is founder and General Manager, includes work with the Turks & Caicos Islands government in the design and installation of their first 911 system and coastal radar system. As the CEO and founder of Eklectic Global Limited, the company provided management services to investors and owners of telecommunications and internet companies in order to improve operational performance and create positive cash flow.