Bernd Christmas, Chairman
Bernd Christmas, is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Outside Looking In. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Gitpo Storms Corporation. He was a partner in the Aboriginal Law Practice at Cassels Brock and is a member of the Mi’kmaq community of Membertou. Bernd’s practice focused on Indigenous economic development. He is the former CEO of the Membertou Band. Bernd also sits as a Director on the boards of Investors Group and Canada Post.
Vanessa Smith, Secretary
My name is Vanessa Nolan (Smith), Bear clan, Missanabie Cree. I received my BA (Psychology) and BEd from Brock University in St. Catharines. Currently I am a teacher at an elementary school on the Six Nations. My philosophy of education is that we all have the capacity to be successful in our educational pursuits recognizing that students possess different kinds of minds and therefore learn, remember, perform, and understand in different ways,” according to Howard Gardner (1991). The reason that I sit on this board is because Outside Looking In subscribes to this theory “we are all able to know the world through language, logical-mathematical analysis, spatial representation, musical thinking, the use of the body to solve problems or to make things, an understanding of other individuals, and an understanding of ourselves. Where individuals differ is in the strength of these intelligences and in the ways in which such intelligences are invoked and combined to carry out different tasks, solve diverse problems, and progress in various domains. Gardner (1991). The programming provided by OLI addresses the multiple intelligences of our Indigenous youth and empowers them in all aspects of their life.
Daniel J. Brant PhD
Dan is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte where he grew up and went to school on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in southern Ontario. His undergraduate work was in the field of Architecture at Ryerson University in Toronto; he holds two Master’s degree’s, one in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and the other in Public Administration from Queens University and is currently completing his PhD from Nipissing University in North Bay. His area of research is in effective First Nations governance. He has held senior positions with the AFN as CEO and with NACCA as CEO. His work experience also includes being on staff with four federal Ministers of Indian Affairs. He was the founder of First Nations Management, a consulting company where he worked for near twenty years. Among those years, he was an associate with Coopers & Lybrand. He has served on a number of Boards including both federal and provincial Order In Council appointments, Gignul Housing in Ottawa; First Nations Technical Institute at Tyendinaga; and the Aboriginal Finance Officers Association of Canada, the most preeminent Aboriginal financial organization in Canada. Until September 2016, he held the position of CAO at his home at Tyendinaga, the 9th largest First Nation in Canada. He is currently the proprietor of Daniel J Brant & Associates operating out of Tyendinaga.
Darlene is a Mi’kmaq consultant who has worked extensively within Indigenous communities and organizations in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario regions.
Darlene McCulloch has over 25 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities and organizations in addition to working within the private and corporate sector. She has been successful in implementing different facets of quality management systems for Indigenous communities and organizations in the Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic region including ISO 9001 certification for some of her clients, which included assisting the first Indigenous government in Canada to achieve the ISO 9001 certification.
Darlene has assisted Indigenous communities and organizations with creating solid foundations helping them realize their future goals and objectives which in turn assisted them to improve their reputation and enhance their credibility with government, private sector, employees and community members, all without compromising their culture and beliefs.
Darlene has worked closely with her clients over the years to provide them with the individual support and guidance required to bring about change within their communities and organizations. Darlene provides a diverse range of services that include implementation of quality management systems, various studies, evaluations and documentation development to name a few.
Darlene understands the challenges, aspirations and hopes that Indigenous communities and organizations have and has worked closely with many to implement all levels of quality management systems.
Darlene offers a diverse range of quality management services to Indigenous communities and organizations and the corporate and private sector.
- Implementation of quality management systems based on ISO 9001 requirements;
- Internal Audit training;
- Studies, needs assessments and business plans;
- Policy and procedure development;
- Program design and evaluation;
- Development and facilitation of workshops;
- Project management;
- Documentation development (e.g. work instructions, checklists, surveys);
- Community outreach and engagement.
Nova Scotia Indigenous Enterprise Network (NSITEN) 2017-Present) – Volunteer Board member
Nova Scotia Indigenous Tourism Enterprise Network (NSITEN) is a volunteer based, not for profit cultural tourism organization that will support the growth of authentic and cultural tourism businesses and community enterprises in Nova Scotia.
Kim is the owner of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting and offers First Nation related and strategic advice to industry, government and First Nations. Kim has deep knowledge in relation to First Nation policy, governance and economic development, as well as First Nation consultation, communication and engagement issues. She is proficient in writing, communication, negotiation and facilitation among other skills, and currently has First Nation, government and industry clients on a range of issues.
Kim was the elected Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation for six terms, from 1999-2012. She had the honour of negotiating and implementing British Columbia’s first urban treaty on April 3, 2009.
Kim has received a number of prestigious awards, including an honourary doctorate degree from Simon Fraser University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University Distinguished Alumni Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, Indspire and is a member of the Order of Canada and Order of British Columbia. She is also a board member of Canada Infrastructure Bank, Vancouver Board of Trade, Canada Public Policy Forum, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, and Chief Joe Mathias Scholarship Foundation. Kim holds an Institute of Corporate Directors designation.
Bill Pashby practiced law with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto for almost 40 years. He worked with corporate and individual business clients for all of his career. For the last 10 years he was the national leader of the firm’s Charity and Not-For-Profit Practice Group. He advised dozens of charities, associations, schools, religious organizations, hospitals and other not-for-profit organizations. He is past chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Charity and Not-For-Profit Section and was awarded the AMS John Hodgson Award by the section for his contribution.
Bill has a B.Com. and a J.D. from the University of Toronto.
He currently serves as a director and chairs the board of directors of the Dr. Tom Pashby Sports Safety Fund. His ten years as director and chair of TNO-THE NEIGHBOURHOOD ORGANIZATION ended in June 2018.
He is past board chair of The Michael Garron Hospital (formerly The Toronto East General Hospital). In the past he served as the secretary of Smartrisk Foundation, The George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation, The Eye Research Institute of Canada, the Harold E Ballard Foundation and the Toronto East General Hospital Foundation. He also was on the governance committees of the CNIB and FSA Toronto and the investment committee of the Salvation Army. He also currently serves on the board of the Agora Foundation (Secretary and Treasurer), the Banting Foundation (Secretary and Treasurer), MADD Canada(Chair of Audit Committee) and Wymbolwood Nature Preserve Ltd.(Secretary and Past President).
The Canadian Society of Association Executives awarded him the John Griner Award for his contribution to the not-for-profit sector and he was given the Agnes Macphail award in 2010 for his voluntary work in the community.
He coached minor baseball for 25 years, coached minor hockey for 10 years and participated in intermural water polo, lacrosse and hockey for the 7 years he studied at the University of Toronto. He volunteered as a youth group leader at Central Neighbourhood House and Leaside United Church. He has seasons tickets to the Toronto Maple Leaf games and participates weekly in swimming and tennis.
He has three daughters and lives in the St. Clair/Yonge Street area of Toronto.