Denise is Coast Salish from Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island. She is an advocate for social justice and has spent her career seeking out opportunities to play a role in the advancement of Indigenous sovereignty and social change. For the past ten years Denise has worked under the mandate of First Nations communities to address specific capacity building efforts in education and technology. She has worked to gain experience at the federal, provincial and local levels and has enjoyed using a genuine approach to collaboration and partnership development to build strong networks across organizations.
The role of Executive Director for the First Nations Technology Council has been incredibly inspiring and motivating. Denise has greatly appreciated the opportunity to develop and implement a social enterprise business model for the Technology Council and the opportunity to connect with First Nations communities across the province to discuss digital technologies. Denise believes strongly in the power of digital technologies designed and controlled by First Nations and believes in the transformative change it supports in building strong, healthy and thriving communities.
Denise volunteers locally on the downtown eastside with the Urban Native Youth Association as a member of the Board of Directors and as the President of the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Center Society.
Alexandra joined the First Nations Technology Council in August 2016. In her role as Senior Project Manager, Alexandra manages all FNTC outward facing projects and business operations. Alexandra is dedicated to ensuring FNTC meets all their deliverables on time and on budget, while also ensuring the technology outcomes for BC’s First Nations are realized.
Alexandra has spent most of her career working in primary (forest and wood) and IT industries. Alexandra has been leading and facilitating successful multi-million dollar projects, event management, establishing experienced cross-functional teams and using advanced project management methodology and tools.
Alexandra has significant experience in overseeing the development, implementation and commercialization of scientific technologies, research projects, managing and organizing industry and trade-show events and implementing key processes and systems initiatives (including a number of key operational systems). Alexandra has direct experience in working for and delivering projects with Indigenous peoples in Canada and New Zealand, leading and facilitating key strategies, proposals and team development.
Lauren joined the First Nations Technology Council in June 2013. As the Communications and Engagement Manager, Lauren leads the development and implementation of the communications strategy, maintains the digital and online presence including web and social media and creates content across various channels such as newsletters, print materials, proposals and reports. Lauren works with staff to ensure consistency in messaging, style and tone and supports proposal and report writing. In addition, she works to seamlessly integrate the Technology Council’s CRM with key organization activities and platforms to ensure consistency and streamlining of information and full utilization of data.
Lauren received a Masters of Indigenous Governance degree from the University of Victoria. Her studies focused on the role of a settler ally in the Indigenous rights movement. Through this program, she had the opportunity to work with Cheam First Nation to complete her Community Governance Project focusing on imposed, abstract political identities, and traditional governance revitalization.
Lauren is honoured to be a part of the First Nations Technology Council as an ally and to actively participate in the Technology Council’s work to support Indigenous self-determination through digital technology solutions.
Joy is Wet’suwet’en and from Moricetown, BC. Joy began working with the First Nations Technology Council in September 2016. Joy works as the Executive Assistant at the council, supporting Executive Director Denise Williams with overall operations, administrative management, staff support, proposal editing, report editing, and communications. Joy is also working with website development services and updating social media.
Joy received her Masters of Science in International Business from the University of Hertfordshire in England. While studying in England she was able to interact with people from all over the world and has gained more insight in how to engage in business internationally. Joy has worked in all different types of industries where she has gained experience in accounting and administrative roles. She is very excited to be working directly with communities and looks forward to learning and growing with the First Nations Technology Council.
Reginald is from the Haisla First Nation in Kitimat, BC. Reginald began working with the First Nations Technology Council in March of 2016 as a practicum student, after completing the Office Administration Employment Training Program at Native Education College. After completing his practicum, he came on full time at the Council as a Project Assistant. Reginald works on the First Nations in BC Knowledge Network project ensuring job postings are up to date and shared through social media, collecting essential member information and supporting the overall maintenance of the site. He is grateful to work with a driven, focused team and is excited to build on his skills and further his learning.
Reginald is a proud father of his nine-year-old son and enjoys spending time with his family. He is passionate about finding and learning new technology in support of helping people, particularly youth.