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
Trevor Morrison, President, AFOA BC has been a board member since 2008 and a member of the Association since 1998. He is from the Gitksan First Nation where he is the Finance Administrator for the Gitksan Watershed Authorities for the past 17 years. He has worked with other sectors of the First Nations including Treaty, Health Services, Child & Family Services, and Aboriginal Justice. He is currently enrolled in the CAFM program pursuing his designation.
CGA, CAFM – Vice President
Carol Reimer, Vice President, AFOA BC, 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 Certified General 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.
CFE, CAFM, CPA, FCGA – Treasurer
Norm Grdina, Treasurer, AFOA BC, 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.
CAPA, CHRP – Secretary
Heather 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.
MBA, CAFM – Vice 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.
CAPA – Director
Eric is deeply passionate about inter tribal relationship building, co-creating and collaboration, and cares deeply about contributing to the well being of others. Eric championed the needs of his nation as a change agent for 5 years serving as the Executive Director and faithfully serving 2 terms on Chief and Council for the Cheam First Nation. Under Eric’s administration regime Cheam developed and implemented their first 5 year economic development plan, annual budgets, entered the Framework Agreement for Land Code, as well as the Framework Agreement for the Financial Management Act and successfully received the communities lowest risk rating Aboriginal Affairs has ever awarded Cheam to date.
Eric’s formal education in Database Design and Administration, Leadership, and Aboriginal Public Administration coupled with his rich work experience make him an asset to projects in Community Development, Economic Development, Aboriginal Rights and Title, First Nations Governance, Aboriginal Public Administration, Change Management, and System Analysis, and IT solutions. He continues his professional development today through SFU’s Community Economic Development Certification program, and plans on enrolling into their Executive MBA program in the fall of 2016.
CPA, CA, CAFM – Director
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 provides capacity development services as a Financial Controller & Chief Financial Officer for hire and as Finance & Management Consultant for First Nations Bands and Band owned for-profit entities. He is responsible for organization, management and training to facilitate effective financial function of the Band Administration through his involvement in policy & procedure creation and implementation, training, compliance with INAC and other funding bodies, FNFA and FMS certification (application and compliance) and duties as assigned in Administration, Finance and Operations areas.
Sukhi assists Chief and Council with strategic planning and setting up for-profit partnerships in a tax effective manner. Sukhi has worked with various First Nations organizations such as FNMHF, INAC, FNFA, FNFMB, AFOA, on behalf of his clients. Mr. Chouhan has a solid understanding of First Nations Financial Management and the challenges that it faces. 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. A board of director position with AFOA BC will give him the opportunity to utilize his skills and expertise towards the financial well being of the communities.
Mike Mearns, General Manager, AFOA BC, 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, Office Coordinator, AFOA BC, 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.
Lisa Wolfe, Training Coordinator, AFOA BC, 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.