Equity Participation and Access to Capital: Building Blocks of Economic Reconciliation

Jun. 7, 2022 at 8:10 a.m. PDT

Jesse McCormick (First Nations Major Projects Coalition) moderates the session with Chief Justin Napoleon (Saulteau First Nations), Chief Corrina Leween (Cheslatta Carrier Nation) and Tiffany Murray (Coastal GasLink).

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Jesse is the Director, Research, Innovation and Legal Affairs for the First Nations Major Projects Coalition. He previously served as the Director of Policy and Indigenous Relations for the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Director of Rights Implementation for the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. As a proud citizen of Canada, the Anishinabek Nation and the Oneida Nation (Wolf Clan), Jesse is committed to the achievement of reconciliation through the implementation of rights, treaties and responsibilities.

Chief Justin Napoleon is chief of the Saulteau First Nations.

The great-granddaughter of the legendary Chief Louie, Corrina Leween was first elected Chief of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation in 2003, the youngest Cheslatta person and the third woman ever to hold that position. She has served four terms, being re-elected by acclamation as Chief in 2015 and again in 2017. A graduate of the University of Victoria, Chief Leween is also the Chair of Carrier Sekani Family Services and Vice Chair of the First Nations Major Projects Coalition. After over a decade of building innovative partnerships, Chief Leween was part of the First Nation Major Project Coalition Team that successfully negotiated an equity agreement with the Coastal GasLink pipeline in 2022.

Tiffany Murray is the Director of Indigenous Relations for Coastal GasLink working for TC Energy. In this role, Tiffany leads an Indigenous Relations team that is responsible for implementing the project agreements with all elected Indigenous groups along the project corridor. In addition, her team is responsible for Indigenous contracting and procurement, which has awarded over $1 billion in subcontracting value to Indigenous businesses on the project to date and has helped facilitated three Indigenous partnerships with prime contractors for major pipeline construction. Tiffany is also responsible for the equity option agreements with Indigenous partners on behalf of TC Energy for Coastal GasLink.

Subtitles available in: English