Board of Directors

Chief Arnold Clifton/ Wii Hai Waas

Chair of the Board

Bio coming soon

Teresa Robinson

Teresa Robinson is a Gitga’at member and full-time resident in Hartley Bay. She has been gainfully employed with Gitga’at First Nation for over 20 years, currently as band manager. She also has a family partnership in bear touring which has created jobs for local and surrounding Gitga’at for over 10 years. Teresa has been married for over 15 years and has three beautiful children. Her grandparents raised her in all aspects of Gitga’at culture, language, knowledge and tradition and she has a vested interest in the future of the Gitga’at. She has been taught respect and protocol in the hereditary system of the nation. Her experiences have been and will continue in all clan business, protocol, feasting and tradition.

Bruce Cullen

Bruce Cullen has been a leader in BC’s energy management markets for the past 25 years. His firm,
Cullen Energy, became the largest residential ‘Power Smart’ contractor in the province. It was in this
capacity that Bruce started to work with First Nations communities. In his leadership role at software
company, Pulse Energy, he co-created an innovative Micro Smart Grid in partnership with Hartley Bay.
This successful technology effort delivered significant energy and financial savings to the Nation and
played a large role in supporting the community’s goal to be the greenest First Nation in Canada.
Currently, Bruce teaches sustainable energy management at BCIT.

Steven Blacklock

Steven Blacklock

Following a 40-year career in finance and business leadership, this now-retired CFO lends his acumen and experience to the Gitga’at Nation’s economic development planning. 

Throughout his career, Steven worked across several sectors applicable to his role at GDC, such as forestry, mining, fishing, fresh produce, and local government groups. His experience covers large and small companies from both public and private sectors, and eight years of working with Indigenous economic development and Indigenous governments.

Notable accomplishments while working for Indigenous Governments include negotiating an $800M benefit agreement for the Shishalh Nation, securing new bank operating loan agreements for Haico (Haida Nation), and leading the Lax Kw’alaams Nation’s fishing company to their first profitable year and their forestry company to their most profitable year.

In addition to joining our Board, Steven is currently helping a small Yukon First Nation negotiate fiscal transfers, assisting a Coastal First Nation to negotiate forest industry benefits, and helping develop a taxation policy for another First Nation community.

Jessica Regan

Jessica Regan

Jessica Regan is a 4x entrepreneur, public speaker, and strategist for social enterprise development.  For 12 years, Jessica has consulted for Fortune 500 corporations, start ups, non profits, and all levels of government, including the United Nations, in areas of community economic development and sustainability.

Since 2007, Jessica serves on various boards, including the Vancouver Food Policy Council, the Gitga’at Nation Economic Dev Board, and Vice Chair of KASOW a Kenyan based charity focusing on entrepreneurial pursuits in areas of food security, health and education. Professionally, she has worked on supporting the development of a dozen social enterprises, in tourism, technology and natural resources, including her own start ups: EcoTrek Tours, Social Impact Technology Accelerator (SITA) and currently Food Mesh, a social enterprise building scalable solutions to reduce commercial food waste.  She is a mother of two and resides in Vancouver.