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

Eric Denhoff

Board Member

Evan Cook

Board Member

Huu-ay-aht First Nations citizen

Hazel Cook

Board Member

Huu-ay-aht First Nation citizen

Marty Eakins CPA, CA, CIRP, LIT

Board Chair

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 firms 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

Val MacDonald

Board Member

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.

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