Board of Directors

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Tom Lockhart, Thebacha Business Development Services Board Chairperson,
has served TBDS since 2005 representing the Lutselk’e Dene Band from the
small remote community of Lutselk’e, NWT. Tom volunteers his time to
several non-profit organizations including Chairing the Denesoline
Development Corporation  Board. By profession, Tom is a full-time
Conservation Officer, ENR, with the GNWT for the past 21 years, in
Lutselk’e, NT.



TBDS Director, Arthur Beck,  a direct descendant of Chief Snuff, was born
and raised on the land near Taltson River in the NWT, and continues to
live a traditional lifestyle while working a modern world. Arthur speaks
Chipewyan and English fluently and has a working knowledge of the Slavey
and Dogrib languages. Arthur is a true entrepreneur having operated
several successful business in his career including commercial fisherman,
tourism operator, dog team racing, trapper. He has a great deal of
experience serving on government boards including the committee that
advised on the GNWT Wildlife Act, over 20 years on the Great Slave Lake
advisory Committee, Vice President of the NWT Métis Nation, Vice President
of the Fort Resolution Métis Council.



Earl Jacobson brings a wealth of experience to his role as a Director on
the TBDS Board. Earl owned and managed a successful business for 22 years
before moving into his current role as Executive Director for the NWT
Métis Nation. Earl served as Chair of the Aurora College Board of
Governors and several other GNWT Government boards throughout his career.
Earl was elected to the position of President of the Fort Smith Métis
Council, and elected to the Town of Fort Smith Municipal Council. Earl is
an indigenous Métis from the South Slave region of the NWT, born and
raised in Fort Smith.



George Kurszewski is Founding Father and was the first President of the
Northwest Territory Métis Nation.  He was also President of the Fort Smith
Métis Council for three separate terms in three decades and set up a
Comprehensive Land Claims Negotiations Process through the South Slave
Métis Framework Agreement signed in 1996, still the only one for Métis in
Canada.  He spent ten years as Chief Negotiator and has been an
entrepreneur all his adult life as a consultant and negotiator and is a
log builder by trade.  He was awarded a National Aboriginal Achievement
Award in the category of Community Development in 2002.  George joined
TBDS in 2012 as a way to help grassroots people achieve more
self-sufficiency and independence.








Ronnie Schaefer is representing Salt River First Nation on the TBDS board.
Ronnie understands the hard work involved starting a small business after opening his own
tour guide company several years ago.


Carol Collins Profile Board Member.






Carol Collins is the Deninu K’ue First Nation representative on the TBDS board of directors.
She is in her second term as a Councillor of the Deninu K’ue First Nation. Carol brings
a wealth of experience and perspective to TBDS through her various professional roles,
including as a lands officer for the Hamlet of Fort Resolution since 2003, Vice President
of the Fort Resolution Housing Authority and as a member of the Fort Resolution
Canadian Rangers (currently as a Master Corporal) for nearly 20 years. She loves being
on the land and enjoying nature. She worries about the water since Fort Resolution is on
the Slave River and Delta. She often speaks about water issues. Water is Life.