Richard Piche, PMP, ICD.D – President
Richard is a member of the Alberta Metis community with a long history of family roots from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. His Metis and Indigenous ancestry includes Gabriel Dumont on his mother’s side and on his father’s side Pesew, Peechee Louis Piche chief of the mountain Crees and guide to Sir George Simpson in the Banff area during the early 1800’s.
John Corie, BMgt – Vice President
Scott North, P.Eng. – Engineering Manager
Scott is a Professional Engineer and member of APEGA.
Allison Smith, BScH, MSc. Management –
Allison is an engagement professional and skilled facilitator who has worked closely with individuals, communities and businesses across Western Canada. Her work in community development and capacity building is grounded in the principles of local empowerment for long-term, sustainable results. As a Business Development Officer with two Community Economic Development (CED) non-profits, Momentum and Haida Gwaii Community Futures, she has delved into the use of small business and entrepreneurial support as a poverty reduction and rural economic development strategy. As an engagement professional in Western Canada, Allison has worked with environmental non-profits, Indigenous communities, economic development agencies, municipal governments and local businesses to address some of the region’s most complex challenges. She is trained in Public Participation Planning and Techniques, International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) and is an active member of the IAP2 Indigenous Engagement roundtable.
Patricia Makokis, Ed.D. –
Indigenous Awareness Educator
Sydney Schneider, BSCM –
Advisor, Economic Inclusion
Sydney is a supply chain professional with an extensive background in procurement and inventory management obtained through her eight year tenure at Finning (Canada). Throughout her career in the supply chain sector Sydney has gained experience in process development, change management, inventory control, procurement policy, surplus management, and analytics. In her current role, Sydney is responsible for building industry awareness and understanding around the benefits of implementing inclusive procurement practices with a goal of achieving greater socio-economic success through partnership and collaboration. Sydney holds a Bachelor of International Business and Supply Chain Management degree from MacEwan University and is certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) from APICS.