Indigenous Business: COVID-19 Response Taskforce
This session will highlight the work of National Indigenous Organizations in creating a Google database to advance Indigenous business opportunities through government and Industry procurement.
About the Speaker
Born in Edmonton, Alberta, raised on the Paddle Prairie Métis Settlement and is of First Nations descent from the Ermineskin Cree Nation. Obtained a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge in 1989; and also possesses the Technician and the Professional Level Certification from Cando.
Current Executive Director of Cando, Ray celebrated 15 years in his current position this past May. Prior to working with Cando, Ray was the CEO of Settlement Investment Corporation and currently serves on Settlement Investment Corporation’s board. Then moved on to facilitate and manage the Métis Settlements Economic Viability Strategy, which received international recognition for sustainable development. Also managed and taught a self-employment program for the Métis Nation of Alberta. Then formed a consulting company with his wife to produce business and community strategic plans. Volunteer work includes being appointed to the Alberta Water Council by the Métis Settlements General Council; as well as serving as the former Cando Co-President and director representing Alberta. Also served on the Kainai health board and currently advises the Changing Horses board of directors. Changing Horses is made up of a core group of medical professionals and friends from the Kainai 1st Nation who wish to address addictions stemming from drug, alcohol, and the current Opioid crisis. Ray has recently joined NGCI, an economic development corporation serving the Ermineskin Cree Nation.
Married to Nola Wanuch from the Enoch Cree Nation, and have three children: Wendell, Natasha and Sydney, and five wonderful grandchildren.
Loves to play golf and currently learning guitar.