Staff

Chief Commissioners

The Treaty Commission's impartiality is reflected in its composition and the way it makes decisions. Commissioners do not represent the Principals that appoint them, but instead act independently. Decisions require the support of one appointee of each of the Principals.

The Chief Commissioner is appointed to a three-year term by agreement of the Principals. The First Nations Summit elects two Commissioners and the federal and provincial governments appoint one each. In the absence of a Chief Commissioner, the four remaining Commissioners unanimously agree to appoint one of them to act as Chief Commissioner.

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Commissioners

The Treaty Commission's impartiality is reflected in its composition and the way it makes decisions. Commissioners do not represent the Principals that appoint them, but instead act independently. Decisions require the support of one appointee of each of the Principals.

The First Nations Summit elects two Commissioners and the federal and provincial governments appoint one each. The four part-time Commissioners serve two-year terms. The Chief Commissioner is appointed to a three-year term by agreement of thePrincipals. In the absence of a Chief Commissioner, the four remaining Commissioners unanimously agree to appoint one of them to act as Chief Commissioner.

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Staff

Treaty Commission staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialize in a number of areas. Click on the photos below to learn more about our team.

Dan Gill
Director of Funding

Dan joined the Treaty Commission in 2002. He is the Director of Negotiation Funding and manages the negotiation support funding that enables First Nations to participate in the BC treaty negotiations process. He monitors compliance with the funding agreements, including annual financial reporting. Dan has an undergraduate economics degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. As a commercial lender with Toronto Dominion bank, he worked in Vancouver, Victoria, and Toronto. Dan has also worked as controller and band manager for Nl'aka'pamux and Secwepemc First Nations in the southern interior of BC.

Sashia Leung
Associate Director of Process

Sashia joined the Treaty Commission in September 2012. In her role, she facilitates treaty negotiations, manages and organizes forums and special projects including: First Nations governance initiatives, ratification processes, communications, community engagement, and capacity-development. She also assists with complex facilitations, such as nation-to-nation engagement on First Nations overlap and shared territory discussions. Sashia has worked at the international level at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights (UNPFII), supporting the UNPFII Expert Members and the Treaty Commission on matters related to the promotion and protecting of Indigenous rights and title, and implemention of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Sashia has over 15 years experience working with Indigenous communities in BC and is proud to be both Wet'suwet'en and Chinese from Wiset, BC.

She holds a BA in political science with a concentration on First Nations studies from the University of British Columbia. Sashia was a member of the 2018 Banff Forum, and member of the 2017 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. She served on a variety of boards and committees, and currently serves on the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Board of Governors.

Mark Smith
General Counsel & Director of Process

Mark is General Counsel and Director of Process, he joined the Treaty Commission in 2001. Mark provides legal, political, and strategic policy advice on the protection and recognition of Aboriginal title and rights. Mark leads complex facilitations on treaty negotiations, and intergovernmental initiatives to improve the processes to achieve reconciliation amongst governments and Indigenous Nations. He is dedicated to Indigenous governance-building and inter-nation dispute resolution processes. Mark has been a key contributor to the Treaty Commission’s international work reinforcing the importance of the UN Declaration to negotiations between state and Indigenous Nations.

A graduate from the University of Alberta Law School, Mark was called to Alberta Bar, and is currently a member of the Law Society in British Columbia. Mark has focused his career on Aboriginal law and First Nations issues. Mark previously was a sole-practitioner, and has practiced Aboriginal and environmental law with the firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He is completing a Master of Laws at the University of British Columbia focusing on First Nations legal issues. 

Tenisha Williams
Administration

Tenisha joined the BC Treaty Commission in 2011. Prior to her employment at the Treaty Commission she worked for the Public Service Commission of Nova Scotia, Capital District Health Authority and ExxonMobil Canada in administration, human resources, and special projects. In 2007 Tenisha graduated from Eastern College with an advanced human resources management diploma excelling in compensation, benefits management and employee relations. In 2010 she became a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) joining the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations.

Odette Wilson
Communications

Odette joined the Treaty Commission in February 2015. She is currently working on an MA in intercultural communication from Royal Roads University, and holds a BA in sociology and Indigenous studies from the University of Victoria. Odette is chair of Urban Ink Production's board of directors, past chair and current board member of Full Circle: First Nations Performance, and a 2014 alumni of the Province of BC's Aboriginal Youth Internship Program (AYIP). Odette is Coast Salish from Musqueam, Kwakwaka'wakw from Mamalilikulla, and Irish.

Staff
Nancy Wong
Funding

Nancy Wong joined the Treaty Commission in July 2003 as the Funding Analyst. Nancy is a member of the Certified General Accountants. Previously she held positions in the retail, private, and municipal government sectors.

CelesteHaldane
Celeste Haldane
Chief Commissioner

Celeste Haldane was appointed Chief Commissioner in April 2017. Prior to this she served as an elected Commissioner for three two-year terms commencing in 2011. 

Celeste is a practising lawyer and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and Bachelor of Arts from UBC. In 2015, she began her doctorate in Anthropology and Law at UBC.  

The Provincial Government appointed Celeste to serve on the UBC Board of Governors where she is Chair of the Indigenous Engagement Committee and the Legal Services Society. She is a Director of the Brain Canada Foundation, the Hamber Foundation, and the Musqueam Capital Corporation. She is an active member of both the Canadian Bar Association and the Indigenous Bar Association. In 2015, Celeste attended the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Celeste is a member of the Sparrow family from Musqueam and is Tsimshian through Metlakatla. She is the proud mother of three and grandmother of two.

Commissioner Clifford White
Clifford White
Commissioner

Clifford White (Nees Ma’Outa) was elected by the First Nations Summit for a two-year term beginning in March 2019. He is a hereditary leader and former elected Chief of the Gitxaala Nation. 

Clifford is a facilitator and trainer with Nawaabm Enterprise and is an elder in the First Nations Court in New Westminster, where he has been involved for more than 12 years. He is chair of the First Nations Advisory Committee of BC, Executive Chair for the NorthernNations Cooperative, President of the Prince Rupert Indigenous Housing Society, a Board member for the New Relationship Trust, and works with BC’s Aboriginal Family Healing Court project. He continues to work with the Province’s Industry Training Authority, Private Industries, Union and Non-Union trades on Indigenous workforce developments. His passion is for commercially sustainable environmental management and developments on the North Coast.

Clifford studied Business and Commerce at the University of British Columbia. He is married to Lynn, has three children, four grandchildren and a rez dog.

Commissioner Angela Wesley
Angela Wesley
Commissioner

Angela Wesley was appointed by the Government of British Columbia to a two-year term beginning December 2018. She is a citizen of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (Nuu-chah-nulth), one of five First Nations implementing the Maa-nulth Treaty on the west coast of Vancouver Island. 

Since 1992, through her consulting company Wes-Can Advisory Services, Angela has worked extensively with First Nations throughout BC, providing advisory and facilitation services in the areas of strategic planning, community development, communications, community engagement, and governance capacity building. 

Angela has remained actively involved in the implementation of Huu-ay-aht’s treaty and self-governance, and has served as Speaker (Legislative Chairperson) for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Legislature and Annual People’s Assemblies and serving as the Board Chair/President for the Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses since 2012. 

She serves on the Board of Directors of the Toquaht First Nation Holdings Board, the New Relationship Trust, and the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC and previously served as Executive Member and Chair of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and on the Board of Directors of the Royal British Columbia Museum. 

Angela resides in her husband Gerald’s traditional territory of Kitsumkalum in Terrace and enjoys the company and teachings of her grandson every weekend.

Francis Frank
Commissioner

Francis Frank was first elected by the First Nations Summit in 2015 and began serving his third two-year term in March 2019. He is from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and is a trained social worker with a BSW from the University of Victoria. 

Prior to joining the Treaty Commission, Francis served his community in a variety of roles, including as Chief for fourteen years, negotiator for ten years, and band manager for six years. He has extensive experience in negotiations and was directly involved in the negotiation of the first interim measures agreement, as well as the first incremental treaty agreement in British Columbia, successfully securing land and finances for his nation. 

Francis lives in Port Alberni and is married with five children, three foster children, and four grandchildren.

Lakshmi Lochan
Process

Lakshmi joined the Treaty Commission in September 2016. In her role she facilitates treaty negotiations and assists with public education and information initiatives in support of BCTC’s mandate. Lakshmi has worked as a program and research analyst for Canadian Heritage, and with immigrants and refugees with REACH Community Health Centre.  She completed her BA at Simon Fraser University in anthropology and sociology, and is currently completing her Masters of Public Policy at SFU. 

Angel Grenkie
Administration

Angel joined the Treaty Commission in May 2016 as Receptionist. Prior to working at the Treaty Commission, she worked in the hospitality industry as an assistant manager. Angel is a member of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in northern BC. 

Commissioner Mary-Ann Enevoldsen
Mary-Ann Enevoldsen
Commissioner

Mary-Ann Enevoldsen was appointed by the Government of Canada to a two-year term beginning in May 2018. She is from Homalco First Nation, and was the first woman to be elected Chief, a role she held for three years after serving as councillor for eleven years.

Since 1993 Mary-Ann has been involved in treaty negotiations and has extensive experience in various roles, including negotiating complicated shared territory agreements with First Nation neighbours. She is an advocate for cultural revitalization and passionate about ensuring Homalco traditional knowledge and practices are passed down to the next generation and shared with the entire community of Campbell River.

Mary-Ann is married to Marcus Enevoldsen and has two sons and five grandchildren.

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Stephanie Gustin
Process

Stephanie joined the Treaty Commission in November 2018 as the Process Analyst. In her role she researches matters related to the treaty negotiations process, facilitates treaty negotiations, supports special projects, and assists with public education and information initiatives.  Stephanie has worked as a research assistant for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence. She holds an MA in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution.

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Lindy Provost
Funding

Lindy Provost joined the Treaty Commission in April 2019 as the Funding Assistant. 

Staff
Carmen Watson
Staff

Carmen joined the team as a Process Advisor in June 2019. She has a BA (Hons.) in History and International Relations from UBC, focusing on questions of Indigenous sovereignty and international decolonization. Her senior thesis explored the relationship between Indigenous women, children and the nation. Some past research projects of hers include: the emergence of Chinese-Canadian identities during the British Columbia Goldrush, Indigenous nationhood against the backdrop of the Quebecois separatist movement, and standards of international diplomacy in nation-to-nation relationships between federal and Indigenous governments. She has lived in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and the Northwest Territories, but now calls Vancouver home.

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