Management And Board

  • Scott Patles-Richardson

    CEO and Director

    Scott has over 20 years experience in finance, corporate development and leadership roles gained from a career in corporate banking, and executive positions in private companies (Ishkonigan Consulting and Mediation, Tribal Councils Investment Group of Manitoba Ltd.). He also has extensive experience in negotiation, mediation and finance, specifically in the areas of corporate finance, land claims and resource agreements in the mining, green energy, and oil and gas sectors. Having led a number of successful corporations from inception to multi-million dollar bottom lines, Scott is a results-oriented CEO who has negotiated with federal and provincial governments and large public and private companies. Scott’s experience spans diverse industries from banking, mining, energy and the oil and gas sectors, to name a few. Scott is a graduate of the University of Manitoba.

  • Dr. Fred Lazar


    Fred is Associate Professor of Economics at the Schulich School of Business, York University (Toronto). His primary research interest is in labour economics, including strategy, governance, incentives and compensation, and First Nations economic development. He regularly advises governments and companies around the world. He has advised Aboriginal groups on economic development initiatives; has consulted to private sector organizations in corporate restructuring and development of strategy; and consulted to government on a range of policy issues. Fred holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.

  • Brenda LaRose


    Brenda brings over twenty-five years of experience leading executive search engagements across a broad range of industries and sectors and throughout most regions in Canada as well as internationally. With strong knowledge of governance and business, she brings expertise in working closely with Boards and executive teams to assess and identify strategies that will attract and retain the right leaders. Brenda founded Higgins Executive Search and developed a national practice that is now recognized as a Canadian leader in the recruitment of diversity and Indigenous executives and board members. Brenda is a member of TEC Canada; is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC); and is a Certified Human Resource Management Professional (CHRP). She is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors and active member in the Manitoba chapter. Brenda is a proud Métis citizen.

  • Lindsay Boyd


    Lindsay is the Director of Municipal and Aboriginal Affairs at Union Gas. He has held a number of management positions with the company in the areas of Sales and Distribution Operations. He has also worked with numerous community groups in Windsor, Essex County and Kent County and is a past campaign Chair of the Chatham-Kent United Way. In 2003, he was the winner of the Robinson Citizenship Award and the first Canadian to ever receive this award. Lindsay has been an avid volunteer at the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce since 2002 when he joined the Business Excellence Award Committee. He is also past Chair of the Windsor-Essex Economics Development Corporation, a Director of the Essex Regional Conservation Authority and Chair of the Coaches Committee for the District Minor Hockey Association. He is is a graduate of the University of Windsor Business School.