ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Mandate: To provide oversight of SNGRDC’s Board of Directors and Economic Development Trust. This includes ensuring each entity is acting in a socially responsible manner which preserves Six Nations’ cultural integrity and operates in line with the values and long-term plan of the community.

  • Meet annually with the SNGRDC’s Board of Directors and Economic Development Trust to review their annual reports which will include audited financial statements
  • Make regular reports to the SNGRDC Shareholder
  • Determine annual revenue distribution (how much will be transferred to the Economic Development Trust for community distribution and how much will be used by the Board of Directors to be reinvested into future projects)
  • Regular quarterly meetings or more frequently if required
  • Receive and review annual written report from the Board of Directors and Economic Development Trust

ADVISORY GUIDING DOCUMENTS

Advisory Charter

Six Nations Community Plan

(Statement of) Community Priorities

ToR Communications Committee

Guiding Principles

ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBERS

HILARY BURNHAM-VISHEAU

Term Expiring 2018 (Advisory Committee Chair)

Hilary is Cayuga, Wolf Clan from Six Nations. She is happily married to Scott Visheau and is a proud mother of 3 boys aged 5, 8 and 14. Hilary focuses her time and life around her family. Everything she does, she does with them in mind. This is why helping the Six Nations Community prosper economically is so important to her and why she volunteered to sit on the Advisory Committee. Hilary wants her sons to take pride in their community and, with any luck, be able to find valuable employment opportunities close to home and close to their mom.

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Hilary has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from McMaster University and a Law degree from the University of British Columbia where she focused her studies on Aboriginal law and criminal law. Upon graduation, Hilary clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal under Justice Karen Sharlow. After completing her articling and being called to the Bar, Hilary was employed in private practice in the areas of criminal and family law. In 2004, she left the practice and began working for the Department of Justice where she continues to practice Real Estate and Commercial Law.

AMY LICKERS

Term Expiring 2018

Amy belongs to the Cayuga Nation and currently lives in Six Nations. Her daughter Violet, who, while very kind-hearted, has from a very young age exhibited strength and independence, helps keeps things interesting between the pair. As a youth, Amy’s family moved throughout the province for her parents work. It was when she completed university that Amy returned to Six Nations, because it always felt like home in her heart.

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Amy has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto in Architecture and is a Masters of Environmental Studies in Indigenous planning candidate at York University. Over the years she has volunteered for many community organizations but now concentrates her spare time with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and Home & School.

While working as the Six Nations Community Planner for 9 years, Amy took the opportunity to get to know the Six Nations community through community engagement and information collection. As an employee, Amy was on the team that planned and implemented the Development Corporation, and was a member of the team that drafted the Tewawennaro:roks “ We Gather our Voices report, that became the foundation of the SNGRDC structure. Amy has a great sense of pride to see the organization in a high functioning capacity and generating revenues for the community.

This experience has been very helpful for Amy as a member of the Advisory Committee. Having assisted in the creation of foundational documents, and the overall vision and purpose of SNGRDC, Amy is prepared to provide insight behind SNGRDC decisions, and how the decisions relate back to what the community wanted to see.  As a current employee of the Chiefs of Ontario, Amy is able to provide a provincial and national perspective on current First Nations issues. We thank Amy for all her hard work in the creation of SNGRDC as she has played an instrumental role that has lead to our success.

GRAEME SANDY

Term Expiring 2018

Graeme is Cayuga, Wolf Clan from Six Nations. He still lives on Six Nations where him and his wife are raising their family. Graeme graduated from the Civil Engineering Technician course at Mohawk College where he worked in the land surveying industry for many years until he took further education to enhance his career. After taking various university level classes, Graeme worked as the Survey Project Manager at the National Aboriginal Lands Managers Association.

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Graeme’s primary professional focus has been to increase the capacity of the people of Six Nations, while also improving the relationships they have with mainstream society. Once of the most remarkable lessons Graeme carries through his life, is how well our people can simultaneously look toward the future and learn from lessons of the past. From his experience working on and off reserve, in the private and public sectors at both the local and national levels, Graeme has developed a true grasp on continuous lifelong learning. He knows that education never stops and can come from several means of teachings whether they are formal or informal. He hopes to pass this onto his grandchildren and have them appreciate it as much as he does.

STEPHANIE STYRES-DERY

Term Expiring 2020

 Stephanie believes that everyone carries greatness within and she enjoys motivating people by calling forth that greatness. Stephanie Styres-Dery was born and raised in the beautiful Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.  She is presently raising her 16-year-old nephew Brandon Maker (Styres), who is currently completing his grade 12 diploma. Stephanie, Mohawk turtle clan, is the President/CEO of Market Place Solution Inc. A First Nations consulting firm that specializes in Community Revitalization, Business Coaching and Corporate Social Responsibility Planning. As previous owner and Director of the Roofing Specialists Inc., Stephanie successfully led The Roofing Specialists Inc. to over 1.5 million dollars in revenue within the first three years of business.

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Stephanie has over 10 years of experience working with Six Nations Community in employment and training, program evaluation, and strategic planning. Stephanie has also worked for a number of government funding providers such as Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ontario Library Association-Community Access Program, Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Human Resource Development Canada. She has vacationed in and provided services to over 30 countries.

Stephanie recently completed her Masters in Public Administration & Governance at Queens University and is currently working towards completing a PHD in Public Administration and Governance at Ryerson University. She is focused on the return on investment for today’s community members as well as future generations to come.

NICHOLE MARTIN

Term Expiring 2020

Nichole Martin is a Mohawk Nation, Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.  She is a strong advocate for education and lifelong learning and brings a multi-disciplinary educational background to the position.  She holds a Business diploma from Mohawk College, undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, and Adult Education, a graduate Diploma in Management, a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is currently working towards a Masters degree in Communications Management.  She also holds numerous fire service certifications including Instructor and Chief Officer.

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Nichole has held positions in Management, Education, Finance, and Emergency Services.  In addition to her role on the advisory committee, she is a volunteer firefighter with the Six Nations Fire Department, and a member of the Six Nations Food Bank board. Nichole hopes to draw on her experience to help advance the corporation, while providing oversight that is accountable, and transparent to the community.