Staff

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.

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 rights recognition, 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 on the Rights of Indigneous Peoples 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. 

Sashia Leung
Associate Director of Process

Sashia joined the Treaty Commission in September 2012. She is Associate Director and supports with the management of the Process and Communications departments, facilitates treaty negotiations, manages and organizes forums and special projects including: First Nations governance initiatives, ratification processes, communications, community engagement, and capacity-development. She assists with complex facilitations, such as nation-to-nation engagement on First Nations overlap and shared territory discussions. Sashia works at the international level at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights (UNPFII) and the Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), supporting the 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 (Moricetown), BC.

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

Tenisha Williams
Administration

Tenisha is the Office Coordinator and 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.

Lakshmi Lochan
Process

Lakshmi joined the Treaty Commission in September 2016. In her role as Process Advisor she facilitates treaty negotiations and assists with public education and information initiatives in support of BCTC’s mandate. She has supported youth and community engagement. 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. 

Carmen Watson
Process

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.

Stephanie Gustin
Process

Stephanie joined the Treaty Commission in November 2018 as 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 thesis explored the use of mobile online dispute resolution tools and virtual mediation systems in government offices, and their impacts on relational aspects of dispute resolution. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution.

Angel Grenkie
Administration

Angel joined the Treaty Commission in May 2016. She is the welcoming face at the Treaty Commission, supporting the organization in her role 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. 

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Nancy Wong
Funding

Nancy Wong joined the Treaty Commission in July 2003 as the Funding Analyst. In her role she supports the Treaty Commission with executing and monitoring compliance of First Nations Negotiations Support funding agreements. 

Previously she held positions in private, and municipal government sectors and retail. Nancy is a member of the Certified General Accountants. 

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Lindy Provost
Funding

Lindy Provost joined the Treaty Commission in April 2019 as the Funding Assistant. In her role she provide support to the Funding Analyst and Director of Funding for all execution and monitoring of the First Nation Negotiations Support funding agreements. Previously she worked in public service at the provincial and federal levels and has experience in the agricultural sector with overseas exportation.

Lindy is a member of the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta which is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy and a proud mother of two. She holds a general studies diploma with sociology as the main focus of studies.

Communications
Communications

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