The board of directors is comprised of five individuals, three of whom are Huu-ay-aht citizens. Based on their varied backgrounds and life experience, each director offers a unique perspective and contribution to the board.
The board is responsible for overseeing management of the business operations and setting the strategic priorities for the group of businesses.
Our Board Members
Angela Wesley is a proud member of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation and has worked since 1980 with First Nations communities throughout British Columbia. Since 1992 she has been providing advisory services in strategic planning, community development, communications, community engagement, and governance capacity building. In recent years her focus has been on providing assistance to her own Nation as well as the four other First Nations that are signatory to the Maa-nulth Treaty. As Chair of the Huu-ay-aht Constitution Committee and member of the Huu-ay-aht treaty, governance and lands/resources committees, she was instrumental in the development and community ratification of the treaty, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Constitution and a suite of foundational laws that set the stage for her Nation’s return to self-governance in 2011. Angela acted as Speaker (Chairperson) for the Spring 2012 Huu-ay-aht First Nation legislature and the Fall 2011 People’s Assembly. She currently serves as the the Maa-nulth representative on the tripartite Implementation Committee and is a Board member of the Royal British Columbia Museum.
Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Cory McIntosh has been working in public practice accounting since 1993. In 1999 he moved to Parksville, where he joined the Port Alberni accounting firm of Degruchy Norton & Co. In 2001 he became a partner with the firm, which eventually expanded and became McIntosh Norton Williams. As an accounting student 20 years ago, Cory worked with the accounting firm providing services to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and now he chairs the Finance, Audit, and Risk Management (FARM) Committee for the HFN Development LP. In addition to being a Certified General Accountant, Cory holds the Certified Aboriginal Financial Management and Certified Financial Planner designations. He also instructs taxation courses at Vancouver Island University and currently serves as the treasurer for the District 69 Society of Organized Services.
Tleeh-is-a-tuuk-aq-suup; is Karen’s Huu ay aht name, meaning "beautiful sunset at Sarita". Her name was chosen by her late Grandparents of Tseshaht, Robert and Rose Thomas (Robert was her late Grandpa Edward Nookemis’s nephew) and given to her by her Uncle Benson Nookemis and her mother Linda Young. She is from the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, Nookemis Family. Karen was born in Port Alberni and raised in both Port Alberni and Pachena Bay / Bamfield. Along with her husband, Kaal, they have raised two children; Dylan and Samantha in Port Alberni. Over the years the Haugen family has participated in many sporting associations from Figure Skating, Hockey, soft ball and soccer. Karen has worked for Parks Canada Agency for 13+ years in a variety of positions. She is currently Pacific Rim NPR Park Superintendent. One of the reasons she joined Parks Canada was the mandate of Parks Canada resonated with her, building connections with First Nations, local communities, protecting and presenting our natural and cultural heritage and working together to welcome many visitors to our area. Prior to working for Parks Canada Agency, Karen had the honour and privilege to work for; Huu-ay-aht First Nations for 8 years starting as a Traditional Use Researcher, Administration support, Natural Resources Manager and Cultural Tourism Manager and more recently had the opportunity to act as the Executive Director for one year.
Marty Eakins CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT
Marty Eakins is a Chartered Professional Accountant with over 37 years of public practice experience, including 25 years as a partner with two national accounting firm with major responsibilities in Corporate Reorganization and Restructuring. In addition to his experience in advising companies and governments, Mr. Eakins has been accepted and given evidence as an expert witness in the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Experience: Partner, KPMG – 1990 – 2004 Partner, Grant Thornton 2005-2016 President G.M .Eakins Inc. 2017
Granddaughter of Annie Clappis, Val grew up in Parksville as a member of Huu-ay-aht First Nations. A long-time business owner and entrepreneur, Val ran a painting and decorating company from 2006 to 2008 in the Parksville, Qualicum, and Nanoose area. In 2008, she purchased Alberni Colour Corner, a painting and decorating shop in Port Alberni, which she now runs full time. In addition to giving Val a good understanding of all business operations, Alberni Colour Corner also received “Business of the Year Award” from the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) in 2010. Val is excited to be a part of the changes coming for her nation through the Group’s business activities.