Community Futures Dakota Ojibway 310-200 Alpine Way, Headingley, MB - Phone: (204) 988-5372

DOCFDC Board of Directors

Our current Board of Directors are as follows:

Craig Blacksmith, Chair - Dakota Plains Wahpeton Nation
Melville Wabash, Vice Chair - Waywayseecappo First Nation
Jennifer Bone, Treasurer - Sioux Valley Dakota Nation
Christopher Benn, Secretary - Birdtail Sioux First Nation
Bob Green, Director - Swan Lake First Nation
Jason Starr, Director - Sandy Bay First Nation
Stephen Prince, Director - Long Plain First Nation
Gabriel Sutherland, Director - Canupawakpa Dakota Nation|
Keith Henry, Director - Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation

Board Composition

The Board of Directors is the decision making authority of the Corporation as per the Articles of Incorporation, By-laws and funding agreement with Western Economic Diversification Canada. The Board is responsible for both the governance and the management of the Corporation.  The Board defines and approves a Code of Conduct for the Directors and a separate Code of Conduct for the general Manager.  The Board of Directors is comprised of one representative from each of the nine member communities.

Craig Blacksmith - Chair - Board Member since 2011, who brings to the Board strong business sense as an entrepreneur, senior management and economic development experience and goal oriented.  A strong knowledge of economic development, housing, research and development and human resource management.

Mel Wabash - Vice Chair - Board Member since 2015. Past Chief, current community councillor.

Jennifer Bone - Treasurer - Board Member since 2015. Current community councillor. Knowledgeable in economic development, education, post secondary, employment and training.

Christopher Benn - Secretary - Board Member since 2017. Knowledgeable in the area of economic development and is also a community councillor.

Bob Green - Director - Board Member since 2009, Secretary since 2014 who brings to the Board years of experience as a board member with extensive knowledge of economic and community development. A strong knowledge of the agriculture, small business, project planning and management industries.

Stephen Prince - Director -   Community Councillor

Jason Starr - Director - Board Member since 2014. Knowledgeable in the area of employment and training, education, recreation, land management and first nations treaty rights. Also knowledgeable in the area of traditional and cultural ways of hunting, fishing and trapping and is also a community councillor.

Gabriel Sutherland - Director - Community Councillor.

 Keith Henry - Director - Board Member since 2017. Past Board member, knowledgeable in the area of economic development and is also a community councillor.

Board Recruitment

The Board of Directors are community appointed representatives by their respective Chief and Council, whose role is to plan and guide economic development activity within their communities.  Local elections are held every two years.  After each election a letter is forwarded to the Chief and Council requesting appointment of a board member and alternate.  The appointment is confirmed by Band Council Resolution with a request for consideration of the appointees' geographic area, age, gender, skill set and perspective.  The majority of the appointees are councillors who hold the Economic Development Portfolio.

Board Orientation

DOCFDC seeks to engage new Directors such that they can contribute early in their tenure to the governing of the organization in a confident and meaningful way.  To this end, all Directors will participate in an orientation process.  Board members will receive a comprehensive orientation regarding board responsibilities, programs and services, and administrative procedures within the first three months of becoming a new Director.

The General Manager will provide an organizational history and all governing documents, including the corporate By-laws, Board manual, organizational structure, the strategic plan, annual reports, minutes of recent meetings, and other relevant organizational information and pertinent policies and procedures.  A tour of the office and introduction to staff will also take place.  New Directors will be required to sign a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement and a Board Member Code of Conduct . 

Board Transparency and Accountability

The Board will be transparent with and accountable to its stakesholders and partners for its actions by implementation and maintaining communications protocol as follows:

  • Quarterly in-person Board Meetings
  • The organizations operational results are presented to the DOTC Council of Chiefs at an Annual Meeting which is open to community members
  • Audited Financial Statements are distributed to each community via Board of Directors and DOTC Council of Chiefs at our Annual General Meeting
  • Quarterly Program Manager Meetings with the DOTC Administration and CEO and Director of Operations
  • Web-site includes a current listing of the Board of Directors
  • Quarterly client loan statement balances are sent out
  • Quarterly program highlights are reported in the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council Newsletter

Annual General Meeting

The 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) will held on Wednesday June 20, 2018 from 10:00 am - 11:00 am, at the Swan Lake First Nation Office Building. 

All DOTC community members are invited to attend the AGM which is held in June or July each year.