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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 by agreement of the governments of Canada and British Columbia and the First Nations Summit.Pierre is a respected leader among BC First Nations.
She served the St. Mary's Indian Band for 30 years, 26 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 1994 and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the business category in 2003. During her tenure as Chief Commissioner, Sophie Pierre has been awarded two honorary Docorates of Law.
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 re-appointed in September 2014 for an 18-month extension by the Government of British Columbia. He has served as a Commissioner since February 2008.
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. His late wife Eileen was a member of the Tseshaht First Nation, and together they raised two children, Ted and Linsey.
Celeste A. Haldane
Celeste A. Haldane
Celeste Haldane was elected by the First Nation Summit delegates for a second two-year term in March 2013. Celeste is a practising lawyer and holds a LL.M. in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, a LL.B. and B.A. in Anthropology both granted by the University of British Columbia.
She was appointed by the Provincial Government to serve on the Board of Governors for the University of British Columbia. Celeste is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and is on the Executive of both the National Constitutional & Human Rights Forum and the National Women’s Lawyer Forum. Celeste previously served four years as Chair on the Musqueam Land Code Committee, successfully leading the Land Code process through development and community ratification.
Celeste is a member of the Sparrow family from the Musqueam Indian Band and is Tsimshian through Metlakatla. She and her husband Conrad have three children and one grandson.
Dan Smith
Dan Smith
Dan Smith was elected by the First Nations Summit delegates in September 2013 to serve a two-year term. Smith is a member of the Wei Wai Kum of the Laich-Kwil-Tach First Nation.
Smith has an extensive history of working with First Nations, Aboriginal organizations and the federal government. His involvement has included serving as Vice President of the Native Council of Canada, President of the United Native Nations, member of the BC Human Rights Commission, as well as numerous other boards and committees.
He has worked in senior positions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans,Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Heritage Canada, and Canada Employment and Immigration. Smith was elected to the political executive of the First Nations Summit, the Summit Task Group, and served from 2008-2013.
         




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