The Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses has a core group of dedicated staff based out of both its Port Alberni and Anacla offices. Although the staff in the offices are often the faces you see on a regular basis, it takes dozens of other employees to successfully operate the businesses.
Main Office Staff
Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Schmidt is the Chief Executive Officer for the Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses. As such, Patrick oversees the operations of the business arm of Huu-ay-aht First Nations. He brings to the job an extensive background in tourism and management work.
Teresa Gagnon, CPA, CGA
Chief Financial Officer
Teresa Gagnon is the Chief Financial Officer with the Huu-ay-aht group of Businesses. In this role, she oversees the three-member finance team, and works closely with both the CEO and the Board of Directors. She and her team handle the bookkeeping, as well as month end financial reports, budgeting, annual planning, and other financial analysis.She reports financial information to the board, the Nation, and external agencies.
Assistant Financial Controller
Huu-ay-aht citizen Martha Johnson is the Group of Businesses Assistant Financial Controller. Martha is the granddaughter of late Ken Johnson and Joan Johnson (Mack), and her parents are Judy Johnson of Huu-ay-aht and Rudy Watts of Tseshaht. She has three daughters Arianna, Jenelle, and Kensie, who keep me busy outside the office. Martha has lived in Port Alberni the majority of her adult life and considers Port Alberni home.
Geri Shiels is the Accounts Payable and Payroll Clerk with the Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses. Geri brings with her an extensive accounting background. In addition to owning her own bookkeeping business for many years, she worked in an accounting office in Port Alberni for 19 years prior to moving to HGB.
Tracy Walker has been working for the Huu-ay-aht Group of businesses for three years, and she currently holds the role of Executive Assistant. Tracy has been a resident of the Alberni Valley for 25 years, moving here from the Sannich Peninsula. She is married and has two children, both of whom are now grown and living on their own.
HGB operates a number of businesses in the Bamfield area. In order to offer you the best possible experience, we have have management onsite who have extensive experience in their field.