Operating in Saskatchewan from 1988 to present as a Consultant and advisor to multiple First Nation entities in Saskatchewan on matters of a political nature and business development, recently advising Resource Companies on business relations with First Nations.
Rodney Hope, Broxbourne Consultants
A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan 1970 with a BA and LLB.; member of the Alberta Bar Association until 2007.
Conducted a general commercial law practise in Alberta from 1970 until 1988; 1984-1987 legal counsel to Metis National Council and official and Consultant to a group of Aboriginal entities engaged in negotiating aboriginal rights and powers of Aboriginal People in the repatriated Constitution of Canada with the First Ministers of Canada and their officials.
From 1987 - 1989 contracted to the Sawridge Group of Companies and the Sawridge First Nation of Alberta as Executive Director and legal counsel. Administered the operation of several commercial enterprises and investments and counselled on intergovernmental affairs with Canada, Province of Alberta and other First Nations. Sawridge Group among many commercial enterprises, established and owns a majority interest in an engineering Company which contracted to Syncrude Canada and other business enterprises in the development of the Fort McMurray Oil Sands.
From 1990 to the present contracted as a legal and management consultant to several national and international resource development Companies both public and private, primarily providing logistical, legal and regulatory due diligence as well as serving as a Board Member.
Associated with Broxbourne as a legal and management advisor from 1988 to present which enabled continued association with First Nations of Saskatchewan and Government Authorities to the present.
Member of the Board of Directors of Sundance Energy Corp., a junior oil and gas Company specialized in developing resources on First Nation Reserves in Saskatchewan and Alberta.
Dona Desmarais, Broxbourne Consultants
Dona Desmarais has a comprehensive background and knowledge of Saskatchewan’s First Nations and Métis communities and has established solid relationships of trust in the Saskatchewan Aboriginal community. Her academic background includes 3 years of a 4 year BA advanced program from a First Nations University, with completed double majors in both English and political science credits.
From 1992 – 2008, Ms Desmarais held numerous positions at SASKENERGY including Director, Aboriginal Relations as well as Manager, Workplace Diversity & Aboriginal Partnerships, Employee & Organizational Development and Corporate Development. During her 16 year tenure at SASKENERGY, Ms. Desmarais was invited to participate in a 5 year secondment term to the Prince Albert Grand Council where she accepted the position as Special Advisor to the Grand Chief. The Prince Albert Grand Council represents 26 communities and over 33,000 members affiliated to12 First Nations Bands. In this position, Dona served as a member of the senior management team with portfolios in strategic business planning, duty to consult, business development, community capacity/ asset building, organizational development and communications. Mr. Desmarais was also invited for a one year secondment to the Saskatoon Tribal Council where she served as the Director of Business Development. As a senior management team member, Ms. Desmarais facilitated in the planning and implementation of business development initiatives for this 7 band member Tribal Council. Prior to this Ms. Desmarais worked for the Association of Métis and Non-Status Indians of Saskatchewan(AMNSIS) for more than 18 years where she held senior positions that included; Chief Executive Officer of the Métis Economic Development Foundation and the Executive Director for Association of Métis & Non-Status Indians of Saskatchewan.
Ms. Desmarais has also served on many Boards and Commissions, most notably; Chair for the Conference Board of Canada ,Council on Aboriginal Relations; Chair of the Canadian Energy and Pipeline Association, The Banff Centre – Chair of the Aboriginal Program Council, Chair of the Gabriel Dumont Institute Of Applied Arts & Sciences, and Chair of the Saskatchewan Native Economic Development Corp and founding member and Chair for the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Government Employees Network.
She has served as a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee to the Leader of Opposition; the
National Aboriginal Constitutional Tripartite Team and Provincial Aboriginal Constitutional Negotiations Team, the Mayor’s Task Force on Aboriginal People – Regina and the Regina Economic Development Authority – Aboriginal Council, and Board of Director for Wanuskewin Heritage Park.
Ms Desmarais is currently a consultant developing and facilitating agreements and processes with First Nations. Ms. Desmarais is a member of the Ahtahkakoop First Nation.