BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mandate: Will oversee the business activities of the SNGRDC Administrative team including the supervision of the President/CEO according to the Guiding Principles and approved policies.

  • Ensure that all businesses operate within the guidelines set out in the Statement of Economic Development Principles and the Statement of Community Needs and Priorities established by the Advisory Committee
  • Supervise the management of SNGRDC investments and assets
  • Report and be accountable to the Advisory Committee on the Development Corporation’s investments, annual business plans and the results of all operations
  • Approve the annual business plan and budgets for the Development Corporation and the businesses managed by it
  • Regular monthly meetings or more frequently if needed
  • Quarterly reports submitted to the Advisory Committee or more frequently if needed
  • Annual written report to the Advisory Committee

BOARD GUIDING DOCUMENTS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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PHILLIP JOHNSON

Term Expiring 2024 (Board of Directors Chair)

Phillip Johnson is a band member of the Six Nations of the Grand River from the Oneida tribe. He is currently the Manager of Health, Safety and Environment for the Niagara Parks. He is a health and safety/human resources professional who holds both the CRSP and NCSO designations, a Bachelor of Science from Brock University, a certificate in Health and Safety and Human Resources from Niagara College, and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Business Administration program at the University of Fredericton with an anticipated graduation year of 2018.

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Phillip Johnson has spent the last 10 years working in the field of health and safety/human resources in progressive roles for both the public and private sector starting at Loblaw for 3 years, then Six Nations Council for 4 years, Maple Leaf Foods for 3 years and finally taking the role at the Niagara Parks.

Phillip Johnson has a strong background in human resources, financial accounting and leadership due to the variety of roles and for whom he has been employed. He believes in volunteerism and being a part of your community, is a Big Brother as part of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program and is a regular guest speaker at Brock University for the Human Resources program.

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JUSTIN PORTER

Term Expiring 2024

Justin Porter, Mohawk Nation, Wolf clan from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.  A graduate of the Mohawk College Civil Engineering Technologist program, Justin works on infrastructure projects in First Nations Communities throughout the province, is a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists and is working on his Certified Engineering Technologist designation.  Justin looks forward to bringing his business and project experience to support the growth and achievement of the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and its goals.

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Justin is a strong advocate for community involvement and athletics.  He has volunteered as a coach for Six Nations Minor Hockey and a trainer for Six Nations minor lacrosse.  He is a proud father of a 14-year-old son and enjoys playing hockey, basketball, and golf.
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RACHEL MARTIN

Term Expiring 2023

Rachel Martin is part of the Mohawk Nations and a member of Six Nations. She has worked as a Business Support Officer with Two Rivers Community Development Centre for over 25 years. During her employment she has implemented many community projects such as the Shop/Local Shop/Native Campaign, Street Banner Project, Student/Youth Enterprise Fund and the Break into Business Camps.

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She has owned/operated a number of small businesses and currently owns/operates BU ; ) Photo Booth Rentals. Rachel is a very busy community member who is currently the Chair for the Six Nations Arts Council Children’s Creative Workshop, “The Red Barn” and the Advisor for the Project Skate Park – Six Nations. You will also find Rachel volunteering at Keely’s Haunted Trail, Grand River Pow Wow and the Kitchener Blues Festival. Rachel’s favorite activities are riding her motorcycle and spending time with her family.

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JANIS MONTURE

Term Expiring 2024

Bio coming soon.

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RODNEY WHITLOW

Term Expiring 2023

Rod Whitlow is a member of the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka, and a descendent of multiple Rotinonhsyonni Royaneh lineages. Rod holds an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Guelph. For more than 35 years, Rod has dedicated his public service career to the pursuit of peace, empowerment and righteousness for environmental justice, water security and human rights for Indigenous peoples. Rod is presently providing community support in assessing the physical, chemical and biological state of the Six Nations natural environment to help promote sustainability best practices, ecological and human health protection and environmental decisions that are community and culturally-based. It was the focused attention of the 2019 Community Plan on the natural environment and the consequent ‘Statement on Community Needs and Priorities’ of the Corporation that inspired Rod to seek a position on the Board.

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Rod has served in both leadership and team roles in prominent Great Lakes and environmental health research initiatives and projects. Some of these included the:

  • Six Nations of the Grand River Fisheries Project;
  • Effects on Aboriginal from the Great Lakes Environment (EAGLE) Project;
  • First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program;
  • Earth Keepers Solid Waste Management Training Program;
  • Ontario Regional First Nations Water Management Strategy;
  • Bkejwanong – Environment Canada Memorandum of Understanding for the Lake St. Clair and St. Clair River Bioregions;
  • Kearney Graphite Mine Intergovernmental Environmental Coordination;
  • James Bay/Mushkegowuk Ontario Drinking Water Surveillance Program;
  • Contaminants in Freshwater Fish – First Nations Outreach;
  • Electricity Tool Kit for First Nations Initiative;
  • Annex 13 of the Canada Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality & Ecosystem Health; and
  • Human Rights Watch’s First Nations Drinking Water Research.

Rod has co-authored and contributed to academic journal articles on the importance of including Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge in environmental management planning. He also spends time on family genealogical and historical veteran research and remains steadfast in the pursuit of water security and water justice through solidarity with local, regional and international grassroots’ water campaigns.