Chris Snyder (7070) - Board Chairman, Governance & Finance Chair

Chris is the co-founder and chairman of the ECC Group, one of Canada's first broad-based financial planning firms. The author of four books and several hundred articles on personal finance, his most recent book "Be Smart with Your Money' focuses on the emotional side of personal finance. Chris designed and implemented the RFP (Registered Financial Planner) program in Canada.

Chris is an active member of the Rotary Club of Toronto and has sat on a number of not-for-profit boards. Chris currently is past chair of the Canadian Landmine Foundation and founding and current chair of HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples). He also is on the board of CUSO and the Trudeau Centre of Peace Conflict and Justice at the Munk Centre (University of Toronto). Chris also organizes and runs hands-on school building trips to the developing world.

Chris is the recipient of many volunteer and community service awards, among them the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, both the Queen's Gold and Diamond Jubilee Awards, the Rotary Service-Above-Self Award and the Governor General's Sovereign Award for Volunteering.

He has just written a new book about his volunteering (much of it about Rotary) called "Creating Opportunities: A Volunteer's Memoir".

He is married to Pat. They have three children and 4 grandchildren.







John Currie  - Executive Directorjohn c

Prior to joining HIP, John was CIO of the Ontario Safety Association of Community & Healthcare, where he is accredited with directing business transformation. John was also a founding member of the Toronto Chapter of the Society for Information Management (SIM) and currently serves as Vice Chair of the board of directors for Advanced Gerontological Education.

For the past year, John has been co-ordinating the Gifts-in-Kind network on behalf of HIP and handling negotations with the various transport companies that ship the many goods to the northern communities.  John does a tremendous job of ensuring the communities receive the much needed shipments as soon as possible in a cost effective manner. As Executive Director, John recently drafted the Business and Action Plans for HIP which will guide us into the work we do for many years going forward.





Kenn Richard

Kenn is the executive director at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto, a mandated society and children’s mental health centre.

Kenn’s family comes from the original Métis settlements along the Red and the Assiniboine River in Manitoba. He holds a master of social work degree from the University of Manitoba and has been a practicing social worker, principally in the field of indigenous child welfare, since the mid-70’s.

Kenn is a strong children’s advocate at both the national and the local levels and is often called to lend advice to government in the field of indigenous child welfare and its related issues. He has appeared as expert witness to the courts and parliamentary and legislative committees on matters associated with indigenous children.

Most recently he has been working with the auditor general of Canada in its review of the child welfare systems in the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

Kenn is the recipient of the Civic Award of Merit, The Aboriginal Affairs Award, The Chief of Police Community Award, and the Salute to the City Award for outstanding civic contribution. Most recently he has been honored with the Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years on the throne.






Tim Thompson - Indigenous Relations Chair

Karihwakeron Tim Thompson is from the bear clan of the Mohawk Nation at Wahta Mohawk Territory.  He has served as the education coordinator for the Chiefs of Ontario, worked for the Assembly of First Nations in parliamentary liaison, and with the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres as their policy director.  Prior to returning to the Assembly of First Nations as director of the education, jurisdiction and governance sector, and as AFN Director of Languages, Karihwakeron served as the president and CEO of First Nations Technical Institute, an internationally known First Nations-controlled post-secondary institution.

Karihwakeron has been involved in the development of the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium and the National Association of Indigenous Institutes of Higher Learning.  He was integrally involved in the implementation of Ontario’s aboriginal post-secondary education and training strategy and has served as a representative on several provincial and national working groups affecting First Nations education.

Karihwakeron has been a volunteer representative to the Aboriginal Issues Committee and the Research Advisory Panel of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation, a representative on the Haudenosaunee Education Committee and the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force; and has served on the Indigenous Languages Working Group for the World Indigenous Nation Higher Education Consortium.  Karihwakeron served as president of the founding board for the Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre. He is past president of the Hiawatha Institute of Indigenous Knowledge, a partnership with Syracuse University in New York state, and is the chair of the Wahta Mohawk Community Trust. He is also currently serving as president of the founding board of the International Indigenous Recognition of Prior Learning Collective. Karihwakeron was named as one of twelve defenders of human rights in the "Speak Truth to Power" initiative sponsored by the Canadian Teachers' Federation, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and the John F. Kennedy Centre for Human Rights.


Diane Longboat

Kahontakwas, Diane Longboat is from the Mohawk Nation, Turtle Clan, and a traditional teacher from Six Nations Grand River Territory, Canada.  A ceremonial leader, educator, teacher of Indigenous spiritual ways and healer, Diane's voice speaks to the heart of spiritual renewal and peace, through the ways of ancient Indigenous wisdom traditions.  Diane is the Speaker for Soul of the Mother, a not-for-profit organization serving First Nations in Canada.   Soul of the Mother focuses on nation-building among First Nations to activate the spiritual nature of children, youth and families through ceremonies, culture, song and language, the building blocks for nationhood for the new generation.

Since the lighting of the Sacred Fire of Peace in 1994 and the founding of Soul of the Mother, Diane and her team of spiritual leaders have served as international ambassadors for the creation of global communities of peace- builders and spiritual activists. 

Diane is also an educator with four decades of experience in research, publications, evaluation and program development, teaching at the university level and strategic planning in First Nation education focusing on jurisdiction over education.  Her work has primarily been with First Nation organizations nationally and provincially.  Diane holds a master’s degree in education.  She is currently a consultant to First Nation governments in the area of sovereignty and jurisdiction in education.  Diane also serves as the Elder for the Aboriginal Services Program for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto.  The program is developing an Indigenous treatment model for our people who have complex mental health and addiction challenges.


Ernest Beck

Ernest C. Beck is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation situated at Moose Factory, Ontario. He was raised on his family traditional territory approximately 100 miles south west of Moose Factory before being sent to Bishop Horden Residential School   at Moose Factory, Ontario in the early 1960's.

He is a former Chief of Moose Cree First Nation and Grand Chief of the Mushkegowuk Council. He is the founding Executive Director of Payukotayno: James and Hudson Bay Family Services, has served in the capacity of Executive Director and CEO at Moose Factory Regional Hospital and Executive Director for Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Treaty 9 and 5.  Ernest is the current Chairman of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee with the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies and has had a long history in advocating the rights of parents, community and children in care.  He also serves as the Lead Negotiator for Nishnawbe-Aski Nation in their bi-lateral process with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services with respect to their Ontario Aboriginal Youth Strategy.

Ernest is a graduate of Trent University, Peterborough Ontario and is the current Executive Director of Tikinagan Child and Family Services which services 30 remote First Nation communities north of Sioux Lookout along with the Municipalities of Dryden, Red Lake and Sioux Lookout representing 2/3 of the Province of Ontario.




Suzanne Katsi’tsiarihshion Brant, M.E.S.

Suzanne is a Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory situated on the Bay of Quinte.  She is recognized as a cultural educator, author and visual artist. 

Suzanne graduated from the Institute of Integrated Medicine as an integrated medical clinician. She completed her master’s degree in environmental studies at York University in 2005, with the development of an Indigenous-based education program that focuses on indigenous knowledge, health and the environment. 

Suzanne’s focus over the past 25 years has been around the preservation of indigenous knowledge with a specific concentration in traditional uses of medicinal plants and the role culture plays in the preservation of the natural environment. She is the co-author of “The Words Before All Else”.  Suzanne is currently the vice-president academics at the First Nations Technical Institute.   





Andre Morriseau - Communications Chair

Andre Morriseau(Ojibway) is an enthAndre Morriseauusiastic advocate and ambassador for indigenous arts, culture and public affairs.  

A member of the Fort William First Nation(Thunder Bay) where he maintains a home, Mr. Morriseau is based in Toronto.

Over the past 20 years, Andre has served on numerous boards of directors including the Ontario Arts Council(OAC), ImagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival, Native American Journalist's Association (NAJA) and the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre. 

In 2003, Mr. Morriseau was chosen as one of the first three recipients of Toronto's Aboriginal Affairs Award.                             

Andre has gained a reputation for promoting and supporting Aboriginal arts and public affairs.  As a former radio host of UrbaNative at CIUT University of Toronto, he shared countless stories of Indigenous peoples and their experiences. As well, he has volunteered his time for many years with Canada's premier Aboriginal newswire where many of his interviews with the who's who of the Aboriginal world can be listened to on the new media section of the newswire.

For five exciting years, Andre worked as the Secretariat for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) now Indspire and three years as Communications Officer for the Chiefs of Ontario (COO).  He is the  current Chair of the James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards Jury, newly appointed board member for ArtScape and is currently Director, Awards & Communications for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).


Diane Redsky

Diane is a proud mother of three children and a Kookum(grandmother). She is a band member of Shoal Lake First Nation #40 redskyand has long worked to address the myriad of issues facing Winnipeg's Indigenous community in all areas of health, justice, education and social services. She has served in both a professional and volunteer capacity with local, national and international agencies and has become a strong advocate for Indigenous children's and women's issues. Through her leadership in several Indigenous led community-based organizations, she has helped to create numerous innovative programs that have helped build healthy communities through promoting the growth and development of the urban indigenous community particularly the safety, protection and well-being of women and girls.

From 2011 until 2015, Diane was Project Director for the Canadian Women's Foundation National Task Force on Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada. This role allows her to work with experts in Canada and abroad to address the sexual exploitation/trafficking of Canadian women and girls. Together, we can give a voice to survivors, end this extreme form of violence against women and girls and stop this violation of human rights.  This meaningful work resulted in National Task Force Report with 34 recommendations to end sex trafficking in Canada.

Diane is currently the Executive Director of the Ma MawiWi Chi Itata (Ma Mawi) Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Ma Mawi translated from Ojibway means, "we all work together to help one another" is a community-based, community-led, indigenous-driven family resource centre that is a leader in community based care for children, youth and families in Winnipeg. Diane also assisted in the development of a backbone organization launched in 2016: Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking as part of her on-going commitment to giving voice to Survivors and ending sex trafficking in Canada.

In 2012, Diane received the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award and Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on addressing violence against indigenous women in Canada.

In 2013 and 2016, Diane spoke on the issue of Human Trafficking of Canadian Girls and Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls before the United Nations in New York City and Geneva Switzerland.

In 2013, Diane was inducted into the Order of Manitoba for her leadership and significant contributions to improve the lives of women, children and Winnipeg's urban indigenous peoples.

In 2016, Diane was awarded the Leadership Award by the Joy Smith Foundation for her work on sex trafficking of women and girls in Canada.

Diane's belief in the inherent strength of the community continues to guide her along her life's journey.  



Lisa Farano (7090) - East Regional DirectorLisa DSC 0458 sm

Lisa is a Paul Harris Fellow and Past President of the Rotary Club of Collingwood SGB and is a charter member of the Rotary E Club of Social Innovation. She is passionate about creating awareness amongst fellow Rotarians and non-Indigenous peoples on the subject of Indigenous history and conditions. She is knowledgeable of the shared misinformation that has lead to racism and is striving to change this longstanding paradigm. Lisa created The Indigenous Life Festival to share Indigenous perspectives and awareness in an interactive setting  She is also producing an online series to raise awareness on the conditions and issues of violence against women as well as a national public awareness campaign to foster a better understanding of the historical relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Lisa's awards include the Canadian YMCA Peace Medallion and an Ashoka Fellowship Award for Indigenous Education. 








Janet McLeod (7010)

Janet is a member of the Rotary Club of Peterborough-Kawartha. She served as club president in 1996-97. Janet is also the past chair of Indigenous Focus for District 7010. Janet is part of the team organizing Adventure in Understanding, which sees Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth paddle war canoes together over five days, while they learn about each others' cultures.

Janet looks forward to the challenges and rewards that lie ahead.








Fred Lawlor (7080) - East Regional Director

Fred Lawlor is currently President of Sliced Apple Hospitality Group, a hotel advisory group, located in Canada. Sliced Apple is a North American Hotel Consulting Company. A seasoned hotel industry professional, Fred has over thirty years of experience in progressive leadership roles in the hospitality industry, as well active in active academic and community board memberships.

Fred has held senior portfolios with Fairmont Raffles Hotels and Resorts, which have included managing hotels from as small as 185 rooms to the largest hotel (1430 rooms) in Canada, Director of Acquisitions and Development, and Corporate Director of Training. In his career with Fairmont, he was seconded to Avendra as VP and GM, to manage and develop operations in Canada. Avendra is the largest hotel purchasing company in North America. The company was founded jointly by Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, Intercontinental Hotels and Club Corp. Under Fred's management, a number of hotel/contract food service operations were added to Avendra Canada's structure including HMS Host, Accor Hotels, Four Seasons, Centennial Hotels, and Silver Seas Cruise Lines etc.

Fred was promoted by Fairmont Raffles Hotels International to Vice President of Procurement worldwide. He set up a procurement/purchasing structure for Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotel in Europe, Asia, Middle East and North America.

In the past, Fred has also been an Instructor of the Revenue Management Program and Hotel Facility Management and Design Program at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and was Global Director of Training for Canadian Pacific Hotels, now Fairmont Raffles Swissotels Inc.

Fred received the Hotel Industry Award from Ryerson University in 2013

A board member and past executive on the board of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association, Canada's largest provincial industry association, Fred currently sits on the advisory committee for Ryerson University Hospitality and Tourism Program. He is also a past member of the innovation committee for George Brown College's hospitality management Chef's school.

In addition, Fred presently holds board memberships on Spiritual Heritage Education Network, Compass Outreach Centre, and Rotary Honouring Indigenous People, and he is a member of the Christian Life Community.

A graduate of Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, with a B.Comm and BAA in Hospitality and Tourism Management, Fred has undertaken specialized skills development throughout his career at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Advanced Management Program at the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, and was the first corporate management trainee in a 2 year program for Canadian Pacific Hotels (now Fairmont Hotels and Resorts)


John S.G. Andras (7070) - Projects ChairJohn Andras

John S.G. Andras began his career in 1983 as an employee of Andras, Hatch and Hetherington. He spent his first year of employment learning the administrative functions of the business including those of the stock cage, trading floor and as an administrative assistant. Mr. Andras apprenticed with his father Kenneth B. Andras and brother Ken W. Andras. John, his brother, Ken and nephew, Will and Ken's son-in-law, Pat Thompson are Portfolio Managers and continue to work both independently and as a team. They currently have a client base of over $330 million in assets under administration. Mr. Andras is Executive Vice-President of Andras Group. He is a shareholder, Senior Vice-President and Director of Mackie Research Capital.

Mr. Andras has many interests outside of the financial business. He is the Chair of the Novus Foundation which was set up to benefit SKETCH. He is also past chair of SKETCH (2007-2010) and co-chair of SKETCH's $2.1 million Capital Campaign. An active Rotarian, currently chair of the Rotary Club of Toronto's Indigenous Service Committee, he was past president of the Rotary Club of Toronto (2003-2004). Mr. Andras was past president of Home Aid Housing Corporation Limited, past chair of the Recession Relief Coalition, past president/director of the Greater Toronto Community Clearinghouse, co-founder of Project Warmth, co-founder of Project Water, co-founder Toronto Disaster Relief Committee, co-founder and director of the Learning Support Council of Canada (LSC), past director of Chill Out and past director of Youth Employment Services.

Mr. Andras has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award and Paul Harris Fellowship (Rotary), Ellie Brown Humanitarian Award (Warkworth JCs), Fiona Nelson Award (Healthy Beginnings) and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.


John Lomax (7080)

John Lomax immigrated to Canada from England with his parents and two of this three brothers in 1957.

He is a family man at hear who married Marilyn in 1970. They adopted two Native children and eventually had one of their own. Jay is Dakota from Portage La Prairie, Manitoba and Kim is Cree from Fort Albany, Ontario. Through them their lives have been enriched and have become intimiately intertwined with the original people of this land.

John began his career with CIBC in 1969. His career spanned six decades retiring from CIBC in 2003 and then moving into consulting work for various companies focusing on Commercial Loan Structuring and Credit Risk Analysis. He fully retired in 2015.

John became a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Brampton in 1984. He served on the Board for 15 years holding various positions, including Treasurer and eventually President. He also served on the Board of St. Leonard's Place Peel for 30+ years, including a 10 year stint as Chair. This was originally a small halfway house housing 18 men. John helped the organization grow to over 100 beds including a significant homeless facility.

John was also heavily involved in Rotary District 7080's Youth Exchange Program for 15 years, including a 3-year term as Chair. He is now the Chair of 7080's Indigenous Resource Committee, CIRCLE.

John received the Paul Harris Fellowship (Rotary) and YMCA's Peace Medallion for his community work. 



David G. Newman (5550) - West Regional ChairDavid G Newman hr



David G. Newman serves as Senior Counsel to Pitblado Law as well as former Managing Partner and Chair of predecessor firm Pitblado & Hoskin. David is an advocate, negotiator and dispute resolver. He serves as a facilitator of restorative justice processes and as an educator in the field of peace, conflict resolution and human rights.

Along with being a board member of HIP (Honouring Indigenous Peoples), he also sits on the board of the Rotarian Action Group for Peace (2016-2019) and Rotarian Action Group for Microfinance and Community Development (2017). He has served as Co-Chair/Co-Founder of Rotary D5550 World Peace Partners and Peace Days, (2005), Honourary Legal Counsel of RD5550(2005), Past President of the Rotary Club of Winnipeg (1994-1995), Salvation Army Citizen Advisory Board member (2000-) and Life Member and Past Chair of Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (1989-1990) and currently member of its Policy Committee. In all my ongoing roles, I champion advancing understanding, goodwill and peace through each of us "being the change" (Gandhi) for the benefit of our global human family and Mother Earth.

David has experience representing clients at all court levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He served as a Minister in the Manitoba Government of Northern and Native Affairs, Energy and Mines, Community Economic Development Fund and Manitoba Hydro. David has a passion for the integration of peace, justice and human rights practices within and amongst organizations.

David has authored many publications on the subject of Indigenous peoples, as well as publishing a written series on Peace 2015 for Community News Commons, a Winnipeg media hub. From 1997 to 1999, David was awarded the Eagle Feather & Star Blankets & Metis Sash for service to aboriginal peoples. He was also a Facilitator of Residential Schools Response Group for Diocese of Rupterts' Land in partnership with Indigenous Council of the Diocese, and co-chair of "Responding in Love Campaign" of Anglican Diocese of Ruperts' Land from 2004-2006.



Jan Fox (5370) 

Jan Fox2Jan Fox is currently the Executive Director of REACH Edmonton. REACH is an organization striving to make Edmonton a safer community by bringing organizations, agencies, business and citizens together to work together better and differently. She graduated with a BA (Advanced) in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan.

Prior to joining REACH, Jan worked and held a variety of positions for more than 30 years with Corrections Canada including the first Warden at Edmonton Institution for Women. Her last appointment was as District Director Alberta/NWT Parole.

Jan has been active in her community as a volunteer for sporting activities and a wide variety of non-profit charitable organizations. Jan is an active member of the Rotary Club of Edmonton and leads a new initiative called the Rotary Aboriginal Partnership. She is particularly proud of her work building relationships with the Indigenous community and has received significant recognition for this by the Indigenous community. She has also worked with the United Way Cabinet Committee, Connecting Women, Women in Police and Corrections and National Joint Council. She has extensive experience in the area of public speaking, training and facilitation having presented to large and small audiences on topice related to community safety, community engagement, leadership and workplace wellness.

Jan has been the recipient of a number of awards including a Women of Vision Award (Connecting Women/ITV News), APEX Partnership Award(Assoc. of Prof. Executives of the Public Services of Canada) and the YWCA Lois Hole Life Time Achievement Award.

Jan is married to John Junker. They have two children, Michael and Sarah.


Bob Blacker (5040)


Bob Blacker served as a member of the New Westminster Police Department for almost 30 years and upon retirement held the rank of Inspector. During this time, Bob was named and appointed as an Honorary Aide-de-Camp (HADC) to the Lt. Governor of British Columbia for 20 years. He served under Lt. Governor's-Garde B Gardom, Iona Campagnolo, Steven Point and Judith Guichon.

Bob has been a Rotarian for 22 years starting off by joining the Royal City Rotary Club (New Westminster). He has served in many roles with Rotary and currently is a member of the Rotary Club of Steveston, BC, is a Past District Governor for D5040 and is currently the leader of Write to Read BC (W2R).

It was during the first year of service with Steven Point that a plan was devised in relation to Rotary and Government House partnering to bring books and libraries to isolated First Nation communities throughout BC.

This was initiated in September of 2007 and is still ongoing today. In 2011, it was decided that the Government House/Rotary Literacy Community Building Project needed a brand name and as a result the project was named The Write to Read Project.

Bob is the recipient of the Queens Golden & Diamond Jubilee Medals and Vice Regal Commendation for his work with Government House and First Nations Communities. In 2017, he was presented with the Meritorious Service Medal from Governor General David Anderson for all his work with First Nations communities in relation to literacy and learning centres.



Larry Frost

Larry Frost is from the Serpent River First Nation Reserve. He is Ojibway and has been a member of the Toronto Indigenous community since 1967.

Larry has been the Executive Director of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT) since 2003 and is an active community member. During the 2015 Toronto Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games, Larry was the chair of the Aboriginal Leadership Partnership.

Currently Larry is a Director of the following Boards:

  • Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council, President and Chair: Research policy and advocacy for local Indigenous support services agencies.
  • Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training
  • Nishnawbe Homes Inc: An organization that provides affordable housing for single Indigenous men and women without dependents
  • Aboriginal Legal Services Toronto-Community Council: An Indigenous alternative justice community council assisting Indigenous people in conflict with the law
  • Consultative Advisory Commitee: Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit, Metropolitan Toronto Police
  • Advisory Committee, Native Programs Unit, George Brown College: A community outreach and employment preparation department for Indigenous students


Tom Herman (7820)tom herman

Tom is an educator, scientist and conservationist. A Professor Emeritus of Biology and former Vice-President Academic and former Interim President at Acadia University, Tom has explored the interface between humans and biodiversity for more than 40 years. He has published and spoken widely on this topic, and has supervised more than one hundred thesis students.

A population biologist, Tom is keenly interested in the dynamics and conservation of small isolated populations, the role of science in managing protected areas, the impacts of globalization on biodiversity, and the role of citizen science and community engagement in recovery of species-at-risk. Recently he has begun to explore the role of Indigenous traditional knowledge and "two-eyed seeing" in addressing the global biodiversity crisis.

He has worked in terrestrial and aquatic systems in North and Central America, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. In recent years, he and his students have focused on biodiversity in southwest Nova Scotia, developing and implementing spatially appropriate and socially sensible management models for a range of species.

Tom presently chairs the board of the community-based Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute located in the heart of Mi'kma'ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq People. He sits on several national and regional advisory committees on endangered biodiversity including serving as Co-Chair of COSEWIC's Amphibian and Reptile Specialist Subcommittee.

Closer to home, Tom is Past President of the Mud Creek Rotary Club of Wolfville, NS and chairs its new Environmental Services Committee.