AFOA BC is governed by seven committed Directors. Our office is run by a dedicated staff of four. Working committees, comprised of volunteers, are assembled as needed to look at key issues of interest to AFOA BC members. Current working committees are the communications committee, the self-sufficiency committee, and the technical advisory committee.
Our Board of Directors
MBA, CAFM – President
Dillon Johnson is an MBA graduate from the Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario) and has a BCom from the University of Victoria. Dillon received a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation from the AFOA in February 2014.
Dillon is a member of the Sliammon First Nation, where he is currently serving his third consecutive term as an elected member of the Council. Dillon is also the Chair of the Finance Committee. When Dillon was elected to his first term with Sliammon Council, the First Nation’s government was facing remedial management due to administrative and financial troubles. Over the past four years, the First Nation has drastically improved its administration and finances to the point where Sliammon was able to achieve Financial Performance Certification from the First Nations Financial Management Board.
CPA, CAFM – Vice President
Carol Reimer is the Chief Financial Officer for Carrier Sekani Family Services working out of the Prince George office. Carol joined CSFS in June 2000 and is currently looking after the Finance and HR/Payroll departments. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has held a Certified Aboriginal Financial Management Certificate since 2003. She joined the board of AFOA BC in 2013 and currently holds the role of secretary and the education portfolio. Carol believes in life-long learning and is proud to bring that passion to the board at AFOA BC. She is an active volunteer in her community teaching at the local YMCA, putting on running clinic’s for new and seasoned runners. Carol is an active person outside of work enjoying running with friends, hiking and biking in the mountains nearby and spending time with her family.
CAPA – Vice President
Trevor Morrison has been a devoted member of AFOA BC since 1998 and has served on the AFOABC board since 2009. He received his Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator designation in 2017. Trevor specializes in business, financial and administrative management.
Trevor exceeds all expectations when it comes to his comprehension of leadership, time management, and complex problem solving skills. Being a member of the Gitxsan First Nation, Trevor has ample loyalty and respect for his culture, traditions, and personal values. This life experience has allowed him to become a strong energetic individual with a great knowledge of traditional first nations rights and laws, with the intelligence to advocate and manage with respect, integrity, righteousness, and appreciation which he displays in everything that he undertakes.
CAPA, CHRP – Secretary
Heather Fader is the Executive Director for Shackan Indian Band located in Merritt BC. Heather has extensive knowledge and experience in Human Resources and Management with public, private and First Nations organizations. Her current position involves all areas of a First Nation including, administrations, finance, HR, governance, economic development and housing.
Heather has been a member of AFOA Canada since 2009. She received her Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAPA) Designation in 2014, is also a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and is now pursuing a Certified Aboriginal Financial Management (CAFM) designation with AFOA Canada.
In 2015, Heather was elected to the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of British Columbia Board of Director and is the Board Secretary. She is on the Education Committee with the AFOABC Board of Directors and is dedicated to lifelong learning.
CAFM – Director
Barbara began her career as a Registered Social Worker in the 1980’s, then started a computer consulting business. Recognizing the need for technology and finance she began Certified General Accounting courses leading to a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager designation.
Barbara began working for the Sechelt Band in the 1990’s as a coordinator for an employment program while studying accounting and was soon promoted to the full time position of Chief Financial Officer, a role she filled until 2005. In 2006 ready for a new challenge, Barbara agreed to return as the Chief Administrative Officer and continued in that capacity up to 2014.
Currently Barbara is now delivering training and consulting services in Financial Management and Governance, sharing her experience from working for a self-governing First Nation for many years and building management capacity with staff and elected officials.
Barbara is of Kaska Dena heritage, daughter of Martha Shorty, granddaughter of Yanima from Lower Post, BC. She has 3 grown children, Ashley, Sarah and Lakota.
CPA, CA, CAFM – Treasurer
Sukhi Chouhan is President of Chouhan Accounting Ltd.; with an office in Kamloops, BC. He was designated a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) in 2008 while working at KPMG. In 2015, he became a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) while working as a consultant with Skeetchestn Indian Band and Upper Nicola Indian Band. Mr Chouhan is a member of AFOA. Currently he provides services as Financial Controller – Consultant with Skeetchestn Indian Band and Chief Financial Officer – Consultant with Knucwentwecw Development Corporation in Skeetchestn, BC.
Sukhi assists Chief and Council with strategic planning and setting up for-profit partnerships in a tax effective manner. Sukhi is determined to make a difference by building trust and strong relations through educating his clients by communicating complex matters effectively, helping them to be more confident and self-sufficient. In 2016, Sukhi was elected to the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of British Columbia Board of Director and is the Treasurer for the Board. He chairs the Finance and Audit Committee with the AFOA BC Board of Directors and is dedicated to the betterment of the communities.
CFE, CAFM, CPA, FCGA – Director
Norm Grdina is the Director of RHN Chartered Professional Accountants, a well established accounting firm with offices in Vancouver, Richmond, Osoyoos, and Kelowna.
Norm has served on the AFOA BC Board of Directors since 2009, is the chairperson of the AFOA BC Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and a member of the AFOA Canada Audit Committee. He is a licensed Private Investigator with Morrow Investigations Inc. and is a past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Certified Fraud Examiners Association.
Mike Mearns is Northern Coast Salish and a member of the Klahoose First Nation located on Cortes Island, BC. He brings a wide range of skill and experience to AFOA BC having worked in government and senior management with Aboriginal organizations since the early 1990’s. Mike graduated from the University of Victoria in 1994 with a Certificate in Administration of Aboriginal Government and a Diploma in Public Sector Management.
Mike received his Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designation in July 2003. He currently enjoys working for a professional organization that supports First Nation communities through advocacy, skill development and networking related to excellence in financial management.
Margaret Alexander is from the Nisga’a Nation and comes from the Village of Gingolx, located in the Nass Valley in Northern BC.
Margaret brings a wide range of experience and knowledge; having worked for Nisga’a local office. At AFOA BC, she is responsible for office coordination and maintains general ledger and financial reporting. She now enjoys being part of a team and the growth and knowledge that comes with meeting new people from First Nation Communities and Organizations from all over BC.
Manager of Training
Lisa Wolfe has 15+ years of experience in managing training programs in a variety of non-profit environments. She previously worked as Director of Education for the Vancouver Regional Construction Association. Lisa was also a Consultant for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association where she worked on a multitude of projects and training programs. Her other roles include: Faculty Researcher for Capilano University and Co-op Coordinator for the University of British Columbia. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Communications in 1996. She is currently the Chair of Communities Embracing Restorative Action (CERA) in Coquitlam. Over the past 15 years, Lisa has contributed to many non-profit organizations including the Burnaby Rotary Club, Burnaby Volunteer Centre, and Theatre Terrific. One of her favorite quotes is: Your job is to maximize your own happiness, kindness and health.
Krysta Elliott moved to Vancouver in May of 2007 to study Communications at Simon Fraser University. After graduating in 2011, her love for the mountains and ocean kept her here.
Pursuing her passion for writing is what lead her to choose Communications as a career. She remains inspired by the integration of technology in writing and marketing for business, driving her to continuously expand her skill set.
Krysta currently enjoys working and growing with her AFOA BC team and being part of an organization that strengthens First Nations communities through training and education.
Jade Schleppe is a graduate of BCIT’s Marketing Management program. After graduation Jade first worked with POWERSHiFTER conducting a marketing research project. Upon completion, Jade joined POWERSHiFTER’s Digital Intelligence team where she continued to apply her love of problem solving and innovation to website analysis and marketing strategy.
Jade has completed several marketing research reports since graduating. By conducting thorough research and analyzing the results, Jade has provided marketing recommendations for companies such as Resort Reservations Whistler, Aboriginal Tourism BC, POWERSHiFTER, and Klahoose First Nation.