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.
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.
Trista is the Indigenous Relations Lead for Co-operatives First and 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 work alongside community members with their co-operative projects through business development planning. Trista spends her time with her spouse and two children.In addition to being Vice-Chair of the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce Saskatchewan, Trista also sits on the board of the Saskatoon Downtown Early Learning Centre.
Ashley is a well known advocate for creating economic development opportunities and serves as the new CEO for PAREDA (Prince Albert Regional Economic Development Alliance) connecting City, Municipality and First Nations in fulfilling the PAREDA vision. A key focus of her work has been social responsibility to improve relations with and for the benefit of the Indigenous communities in Northern Saskatchewan with Cameco, Silver Standards Resources and SaskPower.
Sarah joined our Board in early 2021. She is in a Leadership role at RBC, and throughout her career has made many connections in the Business Community, including our Chair. Through volunteer opportunities at RBC, Sarah and Patrick collaborated on multiple projects with Non-Profit Organizations and Schools in Saskatoon. Sarah’s goal as an ICCS Board Member is to promote Indigenous Businesses, provide media and financial literacy support to Indigenous business owners in Saskatchewan. Sarah married into a family who has owned and operated Indigenous Businesses for three generations in Saskatchewan, and together she and her husband have three adult children.