Jeanie is a lawyer working with First Nations in BC through her firm, Cedar Law. Prior to starting her own firm, Jeanie was a staff lawyer at Woodward & Company and a law clerk for the BC Supreme Court. Jeanie has enjoyed working with the Penticton Indian Band as in-house legal counsel one week per month since 2007.
Jeanie’s focus is on working with clients to efficiently maximize opportunities, resolve disputes, and protect against risk to help First Nations grow and prosper now and for generations to come. Her areas of practice include:
- Economic Development
- Consultation and Accommodation (Impact Benefit) Agreements
- First Nations Land Management
- First Nations Governance
- First Nations Taxation
- First Nations Employment Law
- First Nations Strategic Planning
Jeanie is a past contributing editor to the taxation section of Native Law, one of the most widely used Aboriginal Law texts in Canada. Prior to starting her own firm, Jeanie worked for Woodward & Company and made her first appearance in court in the landmark Tsilhqot’in case before the late Justice Vickers. Jeanie is also a former BC Supreme Court law clerk.
Harold Tarbell is a member of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, a First Nation/American Indian community located in Ontario, Quebec, and New York State. He served as the Tribal Chief on the U.S. portion of Akwesasne from 1987 to 1990.
Prior to founding his own consulting company, Harold developed extensive experience working with Aboriginal and First Nations organizations in both the U.S. and Canada at the local, regional, and national levels. Harold has served as the multicultural coordinator for the North American Indian Traveling College, land claims researcher for the Union of Ontario Indians, and parliamentary liaison with the Assembly of First Nations.
Harold previously held the following positions: director of the National Aboriginal Management Board, executive director of Buffy Sainte Marie’s Cradleboard Teaching Project, and chief of staff to the Assembly of First Nations’ National Chief Ovide Mercredi during the Charlottetown Canadian Constitutional Negotiations. This experience gives him comprehensive experience with cultural, technical, and political issues related to Indigenous nations.
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.
Cori Maedel is a Vancouver-based entrepreneur, owner and CEO of The Jouta Performance Group, an industry leader in outsourced HR Consulting and Coaching.
With over 30 years of experience in human resources, Cori has helped many organizations. Cori’s strength lies in translating the often overwhelming subject of HR into practical and realistic tools for business owners to implement, providing strategies and infrastructure to help businesses become more effective, productive and profitable.
As a Certified Executive Coach, Cori motivates, inspires and creates meaningful change. She assists people in reaching their individual and corporate goals – and their maximum potential.
Cori’s vision is for human resources to be a force for greatness.
Beverly Bull is a member of both the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia and the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada. Bev has also received her certification as an Aboriginal Finance Manager from the Aboriginal Finance Officers Association of Canada and her Certificate in Executive Leadership from CGA-BC. Throughout her career Bev has worked in municipal, provincial and First Nations governments in both BC and Alberta. She has more than twenty years of financial management, governance and policy development experience and has worked with a number of First Nations communities to develop and implement Financial Administrative Laws. Bev is passionate about creating strong financial management systems that support not only the First Nations government but also the community’s strategic goals. Bev Bull grew up on a cattle ranch in southern Alberta and was raised to see the value of using sound business practices to create a sustainable way of life. She currently has her own financial services firm, BBull Management and works with a number of First Nations clients throughout BC in developing strategic financial management and governance systems.
Nene Kraneveldt is a community development specialist who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the AFOA Facilitator team. A member of the Hupacasath Nation (one of the 14 Nuu‐chah‐nulth Nations), Nene has worked with First Nations, aboriginal organizations, and federal and provincial governments for more than 15 years. As a First Nation’s change agent, she has first‐hand experience in aboriginal issues and has committed her entire professional career to improving social, community, and economic conditions for aboriginal people in British Columbia.
Nene holds a Masters Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. As a lifelong learner she continues to build knowledge through continued academic pursuits and practical research opportunities.
Nene has been involved in improving financial literacy in aboriginal communities for the past 5 years; she has been privileged to work with First Nations and aboriginal organizations across the country, providing support for capacity building, proposal writing, and program development. She is best known for her ability to build and maintain positive relationships with community organizations, funders, community members, and federal and provincial governments.
An experienced policy analyst, she specializes in policy research and development with a strong focus on social policy. Nene works from the mantra “building individuals, families, communities, and nations one person at a time,” and enjoys co‐creating human, social, and economic development programming.
John Rankin, CPA, CA, CFE, DIFA, MBA
Since 2007 John has worked with Aboriginal Nations and organizations in Northern Canada and British Columbia, including Development Corporations to: enhance self-reliance through staff development; build their management and financial management capacity on a cost effective basis; strengthen policies, procedures and controls; assess and implement sound accounting and reporting systems.
Results have included: staff trained in assigned duties; improved program delivery; accountability; timely reporting to Council/Board; increased/continued funding; effective accounting systems; management, financial and HR issues successfully resolved. John has been published in the ACFE Fraud Magazine and was a speaker at AFOA Canada’s 2015 National Conference on “Risk Assessment and Controls to Enhance Business Development”. Has spent many enjoyable working visits to remote communities, with a focus on capacity building for Citizens of First Nations.