Realizing revenue, prosperity, skills and development for the community
The K’awat’si Economic Development LP (KEDC) was founded in 2014 to capitalize on a strong desire by the community to explore and grow opportunities. KEDC’s mandate is to investigate and realize revenue, prosperity, skills and development for the benefit of the community. KEDC is tasked with creating, operating and supporting businesses that will be profitable, environmentally sustainable and culturally significant, respecting the unique cultural values of the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw people.
Cyrus is a dynamic and dedicated executive leader, effective in building collaborative networks and relationships while ensuring business goals are achieved. As an interest-based facilitator and result-oriented project manager, achieving organizational goals while enriching stakeholder relations are a hallmark of past successes.
With a diverse background in business development and analytics; new challenges are an engaging and welcomed opportunity to apply a breadth of strong problem-solving skills.
Jo is an experienced Director of Human Resources with a demonstrated history of accomplishment in the retail industry; skilled in Human Resources, Management, Time Management, Leadership, and Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS).
Jo’s studies include an MSc focused on International Business from the University of Hertfordshire and an MBA from Vancouver Island University.
Meet Albert Blackford, a seasoned professional in the seafood processing industry with a career spanning over 30 years in British Columbia. Since March 2023, he has been dedicated to contributing to the nation’s growth and success in the Shellfish Industry. “I do this job because I have a lot of passion for seafood, and it makes this job exciting.
When not marketing seafood, you can find me walking the beaches with my dog, or just enjoying time with my family.” With valuable knowledge and experience in the marketing of clams and oysters and building shellfish farms – Albert is a key part in the growth of K’awat’si Shellfish.
Dave Joined Gwa’Nak resources in March of 2022 taking on the role of Manager. Dave believes that forestry activities within the traditional territory of the Gwasala-‘Naxwaxda’xw will provide economic, social and cultural benefits to the nation in perpetuity. Dave is dedicated to advancing forest stewardship nested within the cultural values of the Gwasala-‘Naxwaxda’xw” first nation, ‘Nusəns Sax Gwigilas’”.
Forestry-related businesses will continue to provide meaningful employment opportunities that not only pay well but give people the opportunity to reconnect with their traditional lands with boots on the ground. Dave began his career on the coast of BC in 2002 and has had the privilege of working in forests ranging from the southern tip of Vancouver Island to Haida Gwaii.
Albert was born and raised in Port Hardy, BC and is a proud member of the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations. He lives in the Tsulquate community with his wife and three children.
Albert has been part of the k’awat’si Economic Development LP management team since 2016 and is responsible for all Fisheries, Shellfish, and Cold Storage activities. On his down time, he loves fishing in the Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Traditional Territories to provide for the Elders, and harvesting shellfish with his family.
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