The Founding Directors of Three Nations Energy are: Jason Schulz and Jonathan Bruno from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Calvin Waquan and Sally Whiteknife from Mikisew Cree First Nation, and Kelly Piche and Blue Eyes Simpson from Fort Chipewyan Metis Association.
A special thanks to these Founding Directors who are no longer on the 3NE Board but had an integral role in the successful founding and start up of 3NE.
Calvin Waquan, MCFN
Calvin Waquan is a proud member of the Mikisew Cree people. Walking in two worlds, Calvin has braided western and traditional teachings to benefit the community of Fort Chipewyan, Alberta, and the Athabasca region. He started as a Community Liaison/substitute teacher at Athabasca Delta Community School in Fort Chip, which lead him to operating a local store and to now an elected Councillor of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. His role has led him to venture on many legacy projects with being Chair of Mikisew Housing, a Director of Mikisew Group of Companies, and Director for 3 Nations Energy. Calvin hopes to work towards energy/food sovereignty as a community and to live in equilibrium with economics and environment moving into a climate-friendly economy.
Sally Whiteknife, MCFN
Jonathan Bruno, ACFN
Kelly Piche lives along the shores of Lake Athabasca in Fort Chipewyan, AB which is in Traditional Treaty 8 Territory and the historical Metis lands of the region. Kelly works as the Executive Director of the Fort Chipewyan Metis Commercial Enterprises Corporation and serves on several Boards in both the profit and non-profit sectors. She works to align an organization’s vision and mandate with its strategic direction and resources to achieve workplace excellence. Transparency and seeking industry best practises is her philosophy to move ahead for Indigenous business. She is also dedicated to lifelong learning and is excited to explore the Clean Energy field in a way that uses traditional knowledge and practices and incorporates modern technology to navigate a path forward that will serve her Nations for generations to come.
Blue Eyes Simpson
Blue-Eyes is a proud Metis woman of the Fort Chipewyan Metis Association, she has lived in Ft Chipewyan all her life and follows the beliefs and values that her beautiful parents Eli & Rose Simpson instilled in her, that of perseverance, kindness, respect and love for everyone. She is the Area Manager for the Parks Canada office within her community which she has held for over one year, and within this role she has strengthened the love she has for the outdoors, animals and the protection of the environment. She is a big advocate of the elders’ knowledge and stories from days past and for the future. Blue-Eyes believes in being an effective steward for the lands that she grew up around and travelled to all her years. She is a true believer in role modelling for our children and community moving forward. Everything that she works on alongside other community leaders of today and tomorrow, is for the betterment of those who follow behind us. Change is important for growth!