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Commissioner Biographies

The Treaty Commission's impartiality and ability to provide a balanced perspective is reflected in its composition and the way it makes decisions. Commissioners do not represent the Principals that appoint them, but act independently. Decisions require the support of one appointee of each of the Principals.

The First Nations Summit appoints two commissioners and the federal and provincial governments appoint one each. The chief commissioner is appointed to a three-year term by agreement of the three parties. The four part-time commissioners serve two-year terms.

To view the biographies please click on the individual images of the commissioners.



Sophie Pierre
Sophie Pierre
Sophie Pierre was appointed chief commissioner in April 2009 to serve a three-term, which has been extended to March 31st 2013. She is a respected leader among BC First Nations. Prior to her appointment as chief commissioner, Pierre led the St. Mary's Indian Band for 30 years as elected chief and was the administrator of the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council for 25 years. She also served as the tribal chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council, chairperson of the First Nations Finance Authority, president of St. Eugene Mission Holdings Ltd. and co-chair of the International Advisory Committee to the Indigenous Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy for the University of Arizona. Pierre was involved in the work of the British Columbia Claims Task Force and served as a co-chair of the First Nations Summit. She has also served on several boards and committees, including the Environmental and Aboriginal Relations Committee of the BC Hydro & Power Authority and the First Nations Congress. Pierre was recognized with the Order of British Columbia in 2002 and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the business category in 2003.
Jerry Lampert
Jerry Lampert
Jerry Lampert was appointed in December 2007 by the Government of Canada, re-appointed to a two-year term in December 2009 and to a third-term in December 2011. Lampert served for 15 years as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of British Columbia, where he was a vocal advocate for developing better business relationships with First Nations in British Columbia. Prior to joining the Business Council, Lampert was a principal in a government relations/public affairs consulting firm offering strategic and tactical advice to private sector corporations in their dealings with governments. He served as Chief of Staff to two Premiers of British Columbia and managed two successful provincial election campaigns in British Columbia. He has held many key political organization and advisory positions.
Dave C. Haggard
Dave C. Haggard
Dave Haggard was appointed to a two-year term in February 2008 by the Government of British Columbia, re-appointed in February 2010 and re-appointed to a third-term in February 2012. A long-time labour leader and forestry advocate, Haggard has extensive experience facilitating negotiations with industry, labour, government and First Nations. Haggard has worked with a number of Vancouver Island First Nations, including the Maa-nulth.  He was first elected in 1996 as national president of the Industrial, Wood and Allied Workers of Canada and has served as vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress and the B.C. Federation of Labour. Born in Kamloops and raised in Barriere, Haggard’s grandmother was a member of Simpcw First Nation (Chu Chua) located by the North Thompson River. He is married to Eileen, a member of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation.
Celeste A. Haldane
Celeste A. Haldane
Celeste Haldane was re-elected by the First Nation Summit delegates in March 2013 to serve a second two-year term. Ms. Haldane holds a Master of Laws, Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Anthropology, both from the University of British Columbia. She is a practicing lawyer and was called to the BC Law Society in 2005.
She was recently appointed by the Provincial Government to serve a one year term on the Board of Governors for the University of British Columbia. She is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and is currently serving a one year term on both the National Constitutional and Human Rights Law Section and the National Women’s Lawyer Forum. For the past 4 years she served as Chair on the Musqueam Land Code Committee and is now volunteering to serve on the Musqueam Matrimonial Real Property Law special Council Working Group.
She has an extensive professional background in First Nations economic development, governance including policy development and policy implementation. Ms. Haldane is a member of the Sparrow family from the Musqueam Indian Band and she has roots in Tsimshian through Metlakatla. She is married and they are raising three children together.
Dan Smith
Dan Smith
Dan Smith is a citizen of the Laich Kwil Tach Nation and member of the Campbell River Indian Band. He first became a negotiator and facilitator with the International Woodworkers of America and the Teamsters Union of Canada. Smith worked for the federal government, was chief negotiator for the Hamatla Treaty Society and twice served as tribal manager for the Wuikinuxv Nation. He sat on the BC Human Rights Commission, the World Council for Indigenous Peoples and chaired the BC Native Housing Corporation. Currently, Smith chairs the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance and advises BC Hydro on energy efficiency and conservation.
         




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