Technology Council Board Executive
The work of the Technology Council is guided by its founding mandates from provincial First Nations leadership and led by a strong Indigenous governance structure, including a Board of Directors with representation from the BC Assembly of First Nations, the First Nations Summit and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs:
Charlie Clappis -Board President
Charlie Clappis (Huu-Ay-Aht First Nation) is in his second term as board member. Coming from the semi-remote community of Bamfield, Clappis brings to his leadership role a passion and vision for the advancement of connectivity and digital capacity building for all Indigenous peoples in the province regardless of geography. Clappis’ background is in residential and commercial construction. After eight years with Knappett Construction, he founded his own business, Clappis Construction, before taking a position with the Huu-ay-aht First Nations as a construction manager.
Clappis went on the become a Council Member for Huu-ay-aht, where he held the Infrastructure and Lands and Natural Resources portfolios and sat as an alternate on the Fisheries, Finance and Citizen Development Committees. This work included overseeing upgrades to internet service, and exploring broadcast, conference calling, and e-voting opportunities. Clappis worked as the General Manager for the Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation from 2015 to 2016 and is currently the Infrastructure and Facilities Manager for the Nation.
Jesse Nicholas - Board Member
Jesse Nicholas (Akisq’nuk First Nation) has incorporated the teachings of his father (who served as Chief of Columbia Lake Band for 12 years), and his own time as an elected Councilor to advance the founding mandates of the Technology Council (digital skills capacity development, information management, technical services and connectivity). In 2007, Nicholas joined the faculty at College of the Rockies as part of the Ktunaxa Nation Language Project, an initiative to develop a Ktunaxa language curriculum for online language courses. In 2014, he was appointed to the college’s Board of Governors, and in September 2017 he was elected as Chair. He currently works as the Communication Manager for the Ktunaxa Nation Council.
Robin Billy - Board Member
Robin Billy (Adams Lake First Nation) has a strong educational foundation in environmental sciences and a vision for technological innovation. After completing his Business degree, Billy began working on Treaty Land Entitlement and successfully transferred thousands of acres of land to reserve. Returning to Secwepemculecw, Billy worked as the general manager for Sexqeltkemc Enterprises Inc. There he negotiated major projects in hydro, road construction, and technology. Billy is co-founder of Sexqeltkemc Cloud Services, a company owned by three Shuswap Nations - Adams Lake, Neskonlith, and Splatsin. The company focuses on enabling communities to harness the power of cloud computing technology for accessing training, learning, and health opportunities. Robin Billy now serves as Chief of Adams Lake Indian Band and is an independent consultant within the technology sector.
Bill Cranmer - Board Member
Bill Cranmer (‘Namgis First Nation) brings to the Technology Council a lifetime of rich experience and knowledge as a Hereditary Chief of the ‘Namgis, a speaker/master of ceremony at potlatches and two decades serving as an elected Chief Councilor of the ‘Namgis First Nation. Chief Cranmer has dedicated his efforts towards the improvement of the health, socio-economic and cultural well-being of all Cormorant Island citizens, including his support and involvement in the historic Alert Bay Accord, which promotes cooperation and collaboration between the ‘Namgis First Nation and the Village of Alert Bay. Chief Cranmer has overseen the development of K’udas, BC’s first commercial-scale closed-containment farm.