Board Of Trustees 2019-11-21T13:23:41+00:00


Mandate: To determine how funds received from the businesses operated and managed by the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) will be invested in the Six Nations community collectively.

  • Regular quarterly 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




Term Expiring 2021 (Board Chair)

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 15 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 is also the owner/operator of two small businesses located on Six Nations, Java Joe’s and 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 two teenaged children.


Term Expiring 2021

Alaina Marie VanEvery is a proud Mohawk woman, mother of two girls and entrepreneur belonging to the Wolf clan and raises her family at home on Six Nations. Alaina was selected as a Trustee for the Economic Development Board of Trustees and began her term in November 2017. She has recently spent over a decade working in the financial industry serving First Nations people locally and around the country, advocating for their inherent and collective rights and facilitating communication and conflict resolution between individual band members and the Canadian government.

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Previous to becoming employed full-time, she held summer jobs within the community as a teenager in the Education Department at the Woodland Cultural Centre. There, an abundance of cultural knowledge and experience helped to shape her young mind. From a young age, Alaina has developed and displayed her leadership skills by volunteering throughout elementary school carrying out various tasks focused on proficiency; during secondary at the Iroquois Lodge and various community events such as the Champion of Champions Pow Wow. She continues to volunteer at the annual Bread and Cheese Celebration and hopes to carry on a family tradition to serve, she is now in her twentieth plus year of participation. Today, self-employed, you can find Alaina spending time volunteering within her youngest daughter’s classroom and her eldest daughter’s sports program. She is passionate about community autonomy and self-sufficiency, she strives to encourage, empower, and engage those around her to be their best selves and hopes to continuously move forward as a community in positive, efficient ways.


Term Expiring 2021

Cathy is extremely proud of the work she has done for her people over the past 30 years. She has worked in many different capacities for various aboriginal organizations throughout the United States and Ontario. She has served on all levels of urban based friendship centres including holding a Board of Directors position for OFIFC and NAFC.

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She has also been the Executive Director at the Niagara Regional Native Centre and Assistant Director at the Fort Erie Friendship Centre. Cathy moved home to Six Nations in 2004 becoming an entrepreneur for a few years, opening the Just A Buck Dollar Store in the Ohsweken Plaza. Most recently, Cathy has been contracted as a Policy and Governance Officer followed by a Partnership and Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB) whose head office is located on Six Nations.

Cathy is a proud wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother of 5. She has lived on the Six Nations territory for the past 12 years with her husband of 41 years and her father. Cathy is looking forward to enjoying her retirement years on Six Nations and intends to contribute her spare time to the health and well-being of our community in whatever capacity that may be.


Term Expiring 2019

Jill was born (Brantford), raised and lived for the majority of her life at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a member of the Oneida Nation, Turtle Clan. She is the daughter of Karen (Corn) and Mary Hill. Jill attended Jamieson Elementary and J.C. Hill Elementary School before attending high school in Caledonia and Hagersville. Jill graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. (Philosophy) and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

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Jill has spent the majority of her career working at Six Nations focusing on the areas of policy and justice. Jill has also worked for Indspire as a facilitator delivering their “Industry in the Classroom” workshops across Canada to First Nations, Inuit and Metis students. She was also honoured to live in Guyana, South America for a period of time working with the National Indigenous Organization representing Indigenous peoples. Jill’s area of concentration was policy/law reform and employment/worker rights for Indigenous peoples. In Jill’s spare time she enjoys trail running and completed her first marathon in 2013 at the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington. Jill’s current interest in sitting as a Trustee was born from her experience as a former Trustee with the Six Nations Community Development Trust and her commitment to better the lives of the people in her community.


Term Expiring 2019

Julie Ann Hill, a Cayuga, Turtle clan from Six Nations of the Grand River is a proud wife and mother of two. Julie attended elementary school locally at Oliver M. Smith followed by high school in Brantford at Pauline Johnson C. & V.S. After high school Julie moved to Orillia, Ontario to attend Georgian College for the Professional Golf Management-Business Administration program. Following successful completion she attended Laurentian University where she earned her honours Bachelor of Business Administration.

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While attending university, Julie earned Professional status from the Canadian Professional Golf Association. Following this achievement Julie dedicated her golf career to teaching junior golf for several years. She then focused her career on business and was an entrepreneur on Six Nations before working on the Grand Renewable Solar project for a major construction company.

Julie is committed to serving Six Nations with honour, imagination, and intellect. Julie has volunteered numerous times throughout different areas of the community and is hoping to continue to improve the quality of life at Six Nations by contributing as much as possible.