“Tewanee Joseph has worked hard in the areas of public relations, communication and strategic planning. He believes strongly in community consensus building and has worked effectively with the private sector and all levels of government.”
– Former Premier Gordon Campbell
Tewanee Joseph, Chief Executive Officer
Tewanee is a member of the Squamish First Nation, and is half Maori. He served eight years on the Squamish Nation Council, and has a talent for facilitation and coordinating diverse groups to identify and achieve their goals. He has utilized his skills to work on a broad range of initiatives including First Nations federal legislation, First Nations Land Management, Strategic Communications and Governance. Recently, Tewanee served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Tewanee worked with the Vancouver Organizing Committee and its partners to ensure unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the planning, hosting and staging of the 2010 Games. In this role, he spearheaded the largest re-brand of Aboriginal people in Canadian history, and led the team that overcame countless obstacles and doubt to create a world renowned brand, and a new model for inclusivity. His goal is to carry on these teachings and share best practices long into the future.
Rae-Ann Joseph, Principal
Rae-Ann is a member of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, located in Nanaimo B.C.. She takes great pride in working with First Nations communities and organizations in the area of community and policy development. Her experience working with various orders of government along with First Nations people has contributed to her success in providing solutions in Policy Reform and Community Development. Rae-Ann has extensive experience in historical research for specific claims and treaty and specializes in communications, event coordination, strategic planning and community consultation and engagement.
Alex Rose, Associate
During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Alex Rose was Communications Director for the Four Host First Nations. A senior strategic communications advisor and issues management specialist, Alex has designed and implemented national programs of public education and media relations key to the successful ratification of two landmark treaties: the Tsawwassen treaty and the Nisga’a treaty. During his career, he has been author of three Royal Commissions and Provincial Inquiries on critical issues such as First Nations, fisheries, water quality and rural justice. He project-managed, wrote, edited and published more than 50 annual and other reports, wrote and published First Nations Fact Books, and is the author of numerous books and articles for newspapers and magazines. He is the former publisher and senior editor of Your Better Health Magazine, the B.C. Ministry of Health tabloid.
Charlie Greg Sark, Associate
Charlie brings a great deal of knowledge and experience in First Nations economic development and community planning to the TCG team. A member of the Lennox Island First Nation (Epegwitg – Prince Edward Island), Charlie’s Indigenous and Settler Nation roots inform his day-to-day approach to inclusion in the work place. Charlie has a background in rural community planning and development, and has worked with the business community, Aboriginal organizations and First Nations on local, national and international tourism and economic development projects. In 2009, he joined the Four Host First Nations as Senior Special Projects Advisor, and served as the Manager of the FHFN Hockey Suite. Most recently, Charlie served as Senior Analyst with the Policy and International Commerce section of Western Economic Diversification Canada, Calgary Office.
Karen Bryk, Associate
Ms Bryk served as the Chief of Protocol for the Province of Manitoba’s pavilion at the 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games. She has been active in the cross-cultural field for 22 years. She is a Canadian protocol specialist who currently serves as Deputy Chief of Protocol for the Government of Manitoba at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Ms. Bryk oversees the scheduling and arrangements for state, official, and private visits to the province of Manitoba of VIPs such as the Royal Family, Governor General, Heads of State and Diplomats such as Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Consul Generals from foreign countries all over the world. She also works with Parliamentarians, Senior Government Officials and Delegations. Ms Bryk also plans and organizes ceremonial and hospitality occasions for the government both in Manitoba and abroad. Ms. Bryk formerly served as Information and Cultural Services Officer with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Japan. Ms Bryk currently consults with a team of protocol professionals internationally and most recently traveled to Beijing where she presented to 200 Ambassadors’ spouses on Western Cultural Intelligence. Ms Bryk attended both the University of Winnipeg and Manitoba and has studied conversational Japanese.
Lisa Paull, Associate
Lisa, a member of the Squamish First Nation, holds certification as an Accounting Assistant, in Leadership and Development, and public speaking. She brings her extensive background in program development, process documentation and leadership/team motivation to TCG. Working with Peak Potentials Training Inc., she travelled throughout the United States selling high-end personal growth packages. She also served on The Four Host First Nations team as the Administrative Assistant, where she delivered outstanding support to the Team. Lisa has extensive experience in administration, customer service, reporting, documentation, event coordination and consulting.
Maureen Mo Douglas, Associate
Maureen “Mo” Douglas is a communications and events professional, who has been described many ways: consensus builder; motivator; candid communicator; and dynamic event producer. For more than 20 years, her accessible and grassroots approach to community and stakeholder engagement have resulted in positive outcomes for tourism initiatives, community development, aboriginal participation, media issues, large-scale events and more. During her eight years as Director, Community Relations and Communications for VANOC, Mo’s innovative approach to community engagement ensured that the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were understood and embraced by the public. Her engaging communication style employs humour and candor to effectively connect with people, building trust and eliciting meaningful dialogue with clients and their customers or communities.
Marti Kulich, Associate
Marti Kulich is one of Canada’s most accomplished large-scale event specialists with more than 30 years of event creation and producing experience, including an extensive background in the ceremonies and festivals of multi-sport games. He recently completed his tenure as Vice-President, Ceremonies and Spectaculars for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and, starting with the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, has held senior ceremonies positions with 18 additional national and international level Games. He has managed the events division of two Vancouver-based companies and has produced major festivals, corporate projects and public sector special events.
Pat Alec, Associate
Pat Alec, Originally from Lillooet, BC, is a member of the St’at’imc nation. Pat is a graduate of the Interactive Design Diploma Program at Capilano University. Drawing from his experience working with both First Nation and non-First Nation organizations, Pat’s main focus is to utilize his skills, knowledge, and mainstream tools to help empower First Nations communities and organizations through web technology. With a great passion for interactive media, Pat enjoys exploring opportunities and pushing himself further with new challenges. When he’s not behind a computer, Pat enjoys playing various sports, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
2G Group of Companies
We’re living up to our mandate of “developing equitable business relationships with Canada’s First Peoples”
The reluctance of senior levels of government to finalize treaty negotiations and structure framework agreements that protect the Title and Rights of our Indigenous people creates a challenging climate for private sector companies wishing to progress with business initiatives. However many private sector companies are progressing with their Aboriginal business relationships “despite” government’s inaction, and it is refreshing to see so many positive examples of Aboriginal-Private Sector Joint Ventures and Partnerships emerging across Canada. We’re playing a positive role in this changing attitude and we’re very proud of the work we do. The 2G Group is made up of 3 divisions: 2G Consulting, The Event Pros, and Aboriginal Marketplace online magazine. Visit the 2G website
Bella Elite Events and Consulting
Bella Elite Events and Consulting is a full service event production and consulting company specializing in creative, innovative services. From creative conceptualization, venue selection and preparation, to marketing and delivery of events large and small, Bella Elite offers a comprehensive suite of skills, expertise and services.
David Atkins Enterprises Canada
David Atkins Enterprises (DAE) is a leading global live event and theatre production company, with offices in Sydney, London, Vancouver and Hong Kong. In 2010, DAE produced the Opening, Closing and Victory Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. DAE has been creating and producing ceremonies, arena events, musicals and live productions in Australia, Asia, America, Europe and the Middle East for over 25 years. Visit the DAE website.
Goss Gilroy (GGI)
Goss Gilroy (GGI) has undertaken numerous studies and evaluations of issues related to social and education programs, human resources development, lands management, economic development and cultural programs for a diverse spectrum of populations. GGI consultants have also successfully completed other studies such as economic impact and social studies for indigenous populations. For these studies GGI adapts and applies a variety of research methodologies, including interviews, focus groups, economic impact and financial analyses, as well as, surveys and community-based case studies. When applicable, GGI partners with content experts to produce forward-looking results that take into account the views and interests of all involved stakeholders. Visit the GGI website
Hyphen Communications Inc.
Hyphen Communications is a strategic design agency, specializing in branding and corporate communications. Visit the Hyphen Communications website.
Paul Manning & Associates
Reputations is a reputation management consulting firm, helping clients build, manage and protect their reputations. We create reputation management strategies that close the gap between our clients’ Desired and Actual Reputations. We specialize in Crisis Communications, Media Relations and Creative Campaigns. Visit the Reputations website.