Board Chair, Director
Jennifer Brennan has worked with Indigenous communities across Canada for over 20 years. Her roles have focused on advancing social justice through advocacy, strategic direction and negotiation among diverse sectors. Jennifer served as Chief of Staff at the Assembly of First Nations, the national organization representing the 633 First Nations of Canada from 2012-2014 and prior to that served as Senior Director of Strategic Policy at the Assembly of First Nations for ten years.
Jennifer served as Senior Advisor at the University of Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, (2014-2016) where she helped facilitate linkages between Indigenous research expertise and critical policy considerations needed to address fundamental challenges in Indigenous education. She is also a Synergos Senior Fellow, a Board member of the Circle for Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples, a member of the Princes Charities Canada Advisory Council, and has been Executive Director of The Samuel Family Foundation (SFF) since May 2015.
Tara hahuuła Atleo is from the Ahousaht First Nation and currently resides in Nanaimo, BC. Tara has worked on community development projects in her home community for the last 7 years, focusing on sustainable employment opportunities and continued stewardship over traditional territories, and has also worked with urban first nations services in Nanaimo. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in economics from Vancouver Island University, and is currently working on a thesis to complete a MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of London.
Julie Bogle is an associate with Borden Ladner Gervais in the Securities and Capital Markets Group their Vancouver office. Her practice is focused on compliance matters, mining, general corporate matters, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and investment management. Julie acts for public and private companies.
Previously, by volunteering with Bridges Social Development, Julie was able to assist with programs that address community needs by realizing human potential. Julie also served as the University of Calgary Students' Union President and was a Human Rights and Justice Associate with the Youth Congress in Kenya.
John Alan Jack lives with his family in the Oceanside area on Vancouver Island, where he was born and raised. He earned a BA with Distinction in Global Studies from what is now Vancouver Island University.
John is a third-term elected Member of Council for his self-governing tribe, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, and has held diverse files in his portfolio: finance, economic development, law & policy development, and treaty implementation. He has participated directly in initiatives pertaining to self-governance, economic development and resource development in his homeland, across the province, and internationally. John has a passion for issues of political and economic reconciliation as well as an interest in intercultural identity and relations in business and politics.