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Lewis Staats is a member of Mohawk Nation and a lifetime resident of Six Nations of the Grand River. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Western Ontario specializing in economics as well as an Executive P Log certification with a professional designation in logistics.

Aside from his ongoing ownership of Staats & Associates, he was most recently under contract with the Mississaugas of Credit First Nation in the professional capacity of Proposal Writer. Under this contract, Lewis was engaged by the First Nation to prepare funding proposals to various agencies including the provincial and federal governments. Working with the senior management team in conjunction with the Chief & Council his main responsibility was to assist in obtaining funding to achieve the goals set out in the community’s strategic plan.

Lewis has over thirty-five years of experience in First Nations economic development both in the public and private sector. He joins the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) in the capacity of Executive Director. In this role he will work closely with the CEO/President and the Executive Leadership Team to focus the organization on striving to achieve its long-term vision by achieving the goals and objectives outlined in the SNGRDC strategic plan.