Our board and executive are composed of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous members.
Josée Lusignan, President and founder
In the French-speaking province of Quebec (Canada), Josée is a voice for relevant and practical community transformation. As founder of I Love First Peoples, director of the Ideal Way Association, and board member for local organizations, Josée engages her community and country in actively improving the lives of the most disadvantaged. Josée has led projects for some of the world's largest charities.
Shirley Whiteduck, Administrator
Shirley is principal at the Kitiganik Elementary School in Rapid Lake, Quebec. Born and raised in the
nearby Anishinabeg community of Kitigan Zibi, Shirley devotes her life to improving education for
Indigenous students and expanding their opportunities. She has taught both elementary and high
school, and received a Master’s degree in guidance counselling. Shirley brings boundless energy and a “make it work” attitude to every project she tackles.
Annick Lussier Rez, Administrator
Annik heads the women, peace and security policy unit at Global Affairs Canada. She has also served as deputy director in the human rights division, and held previous assignments working on democracy and human security. Prior to becoming a public servant, Annik was a journalist, television producer and editor in Canada, Egypt and China, and also worked for a not-for-profit organisation as a project and communications coordinator. Annik has a BA in Broadcast Journalism and an MA in Human Rights. She is of Anishinabeg Algonquin and French-Canadian heritage.
Dave Rooke, Administrator
Following a 31-year career as a military pilot/Air Force officer in the Canadian Forces, Dave completed another long career in industry, specializing in remote camp logistics and aviation programs in high threat environments. Dave brings many years of board experience through his involvement with local service organizations.
Adam "Hyper-T" Tanuyak, Administrator
Adam is a pioneer, and one of the founding fathers of Inuit rap as it exists today. The winner of a 2019 Canadian Screen Award for an Original Song that he co-wrote with DJ Shub and 666God, his music has reached #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown and has been featured in major films, including The Grizzlies and Iqaluit. Adam uses music as an outlet to talk about issues that affect him and most other Nunavummiut – suicide, substance abuse, and mental illness.
Iain Speirs, Director and cofounder
Iain is an artist manager and founder of Elite Vision Communications. He has held national sales and distributorship records in the fields of energy and innovative technologies. He utilizes his unique networking abilities to bring together business leaders and philanthropists from around the world, with a view to eradicate poverty and the systematic destruction of our planet through the implementation of equitable and sustainable solutions. Iain is a mentor and life coach to many.
Tessa Henley, Friendship Box Coordinator
Tessa is paving pathways to bring about positive, sustainable change. While completing her Master’s degree in public policy and administration, she worked as a government policy analyst in the fields of Indigenous affairs and environmental sustainability. She received a recognition award at the department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada for her efforts towards driving policy development in the Indian Land Registry System in support of the government’s mandate of devolution and service to Indigenous Peoples and communities. As a charismatic change agent, Tessa brings vigor, strong analytical ability and innovative thought to project incubation and oversight.