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Board of Directors

Maria Benoit

Board Director

Maria, a Carcross/Tagish First Nation Citizen and a representative of the Deisheetan Clan, has been DNV’s Chair for 9 years. Maria brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table. From being the Executive Director of the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, a not-for profit organisations, to serving her First Nation as Deputy Chief, a member of the Executive Council as well as being a Clan representative, Maria understands the importance of financial support and accountability.

Chairperson

Helen Holway

 Helen Holway, a Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) Citizen and member if the Daklawaidi Clan, is DNV’s Vice-Chair since 1992. She has many years of experience in the financial arena as a finance clerk and also a property manager for KDFN. Helen sat on the Kwanlin Dün Corporation as a Board of Director member. Presently, she is a trustee for Kwanlin Dün Trust and the Elder Representative on the RAB Energy LLP Board of Directors which operates as Northerm Windows. She was a Justice of the Peace. Helen is married with 3 children, 10 Grandchildren and 2 Great-grandchildren. In her spare time, she likes to read, knit and sew and go camping in the summer time.

Ivan Dechkoff

Board director

During is working career, Ivan Dechkoff held a variety managerial positions in financial institutions such as the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce: Community Manager, Territorial Manager, Brach Manager, etc. Ivan understands the financial and managerial sides of a business and brings this perspective to DNV.

Louise Clethero

Vice Chair

Louise Clethero, a Ta’an Kwäch’än Citizen, has many years of experience with DNV. She was the DNV Chair from 1999 to 2010. Her corporate knowledge and her experience as a small business owner are real assets to our organisation. Louise also sits on the Elders Council of the Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Larissa Stanley

SECRETARY/TREASURER

Larissa Stanley, a Liard First Nation Citizen, has been on the board since 2016 and became Secretary/Treasurer in 2019. She currently works as a Finance Coordinator at Kwanlin Dün First Nation and has worked there since 2013. Larissa is a small business owner and brings her knowledge and energy to our team. 

Rod Snow

BOARD DIRECTOR

Rod is a long-time Yukoner and former partner of DLA Piper (previously Davis &Company) who retired in 2016 after 37 years of practicing law in BC and Yukon. He is the only northern lawyer to serve as national President of the Canadian Bar Association. In recognition of this and his contribution to the profession, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Attorney General of BC in 2012.

Rod graduated with a B.A. and LL.B from Dalhousie University in Halifax and an LL.M. from the University of Washington In Seattle.

Before he retired, Rod was Managing Partner of his firm’s Yukon office and practiced as a corporate and commercial lawyer.

He is currently the Chair of Yukon University Foundation and a member of the board of directors of Yukon Energy Corporation and Tse Zul Development Corporation and previously was a member of the board of Vancouver Port Corporation.

Active in his community, he has served as President of the Asia Pacific Festival in Vancouver and the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Whitehorse.

James MacDonald

BOARD DIRECTOR

James MacDonald was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon, from parents of Southern and Northern Tutchone respectively. In 2005, he graduated with distinction from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts from the School of Native Studies. That same year, he joined the staff at Tr’ondek Hwech’in in Dawson City. In 2012 he joined the Council of Yukon First Nations as the Manager of Natural Resources and Environment, supporting the goals and objectives of Self-Governing Yukon First Nations. In 2014, he achieved a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast. In September 2019, he went to work for the Assembly of First Nations – Yukon Region as the Director of Operations. James has spent over a decade working with and for Yukon First Nations.

Erin Linklater

BOARD DIRECTOR

Erin Linklater was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon and continues to call Whitehorse home. She is of Vuntut and Tetlit Gwich’in descent and a citizen of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. She has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from McGill University and a law degree from the University of Victoria. She was called to the Yukon and BC bars in 2020 and remains an active member of the Yukon bar. She has experience practicing Aboriginal law, including giving corporate advice to First Nations and First Nation entities. She currently works for the Kwanlin Dün First Nation in a non-legal capacity. Erin sits on multiple boards and is honored to be a board member at DNV. In her spare time, she is a ballet and contemporary dancer, loves to travel and enjoys spending time outdoors skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, fishing and hunting, and spending time with family and friends and her dog, Hunter Shoh.

Members

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  • Richard Sidney
  • Maureen Birckel