An Indigenous Banking Specialist, Patrick is passionate about helping encourage and grow Indigenous participation in the economy. With a varied background that includes broadcasting, youth work, manufacturing, hospitality and finance, Patrick has developed passions in many areas. Patrick brings over 15 years of management and 10 years banking experience. Currently working as an Indigenous Account Manager with RBC Indigenous Markets in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan while sitting on the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Saskatchewan Board Patrick has had the opportunity to visit and work in communities all around Saskatchewan.
He is a graduate of Valley View Community School in Beauval and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon. Patrick has enjoyed continuing his education and skills development throughout his working life. In his current role with the ICCS he hopes to play a part in the growth and success of Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs in the province of Saskatchewan and beyond.
Indigenous Relations Lead, Trista Pewapisconias, is a member of the Little Pine First Nation in Saskatchewan. Trista received her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Edwards School of Business in Biotechnology Management and an MBA from Edwards. Trista’s professional experience includes various marketing roles, as well as writing business plans for start-up Indigenous companies.
As an Indigenous Relations Lead, Trista works alongside community members with their co-operative projects through business development and planning. In her free time, Trista also sits on the board of the Saskatoon Downtown Early Learning Centre and the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce of Saskatchewan.
Jay (Jason) Smith is from Muskoday First Nation, Saskatchewan. Jay attained an undergrad in Criminology and Justice from University of Saskatchewan and an MBA from the Edwards School of Business. After working with youth and families in conflict with the law he focused on Indigenous Entrepreneurship and worked in Financial Institutions specializing in Indigenous Commercial and Small/Medium Business Banking. From this he recognized a need for an Indigenous led group such as the ICCS. He hopes to help it grow and become a central hub for the Indigenous business community while connecting to those who want to work with the Indigenous business community in Saskatchewan. Jay is now a Corporate Manager with a gaming corporation in Saskatchewan.
Ian is a proud member of Muskoday First Nation and is currently employed as a Marketing Coordinator with Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
Ian has spent the past 13 years working in the gaming industry. He will be completed his MBA in Community Economic Development in April of 2020. It is Ian’s goal to utilize his education and work experience to help Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs reach their potential for economic growth.
Along with the Indigenous Chamber board, Ian currently sits on the Muskoday Economic Development Authority board and looks forward to helping his community reach their economic and community development goals in the future.