Our Leaders

Board of Directors

Bill Namagoose

Chairman of the Board

FNBC Director since February 2002

  • Human Resources & Compensation Committee
  • Corporate Governance Committee
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Executive Director of the Cree Nation Government and of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee). Director on the Cree Nation Government Board of Compensation. Chief Executive Officer of the Cree Limited Partnership. Member of the Cree Limited Partnership Investment Committee. Chairman of the Cree/Naskapi Pension Plan. Trustee for the Cree Nation Trust. Former Chief and Director of Operations for Waskaganish Cree First Nation.

Key competencies

Board governance, community economic development, Cree culture, business management, trusts and investments, government relations

Keith Martell

CEO | First Nations Bank

FNBC Director since November 1996

  • Member of all standing committees of the Board
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President and Chief Executive Officer of First Nations Bank of Canada. Holds Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM). Former chartered accountant with KPMG. Former Executive Director of Finance and Fiscal Relations for the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. Director of Nutrien Ltd. and River Cree Enterprises GP Ltd. Chair of the Board of Trustees for the National Indian Brotherhood Trust.

Key competencies

Accounting and finance, commercial and retail banking, operations management, corporate governance, Indigenous banking, business planning, marketing and business development

Vivian Abdelmessih

Corporate Director

FNBC Director since April 2017

  • Audit & Risk Management Committee
  • Corporate Governance Committee
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Executive Vice President & Chief Risk Officer Canadian Banking, Auto Finance and Wealth, TD Bank Group. Holds ICD.D designation from the Institute of Canadian Directors. Current board member for the Canadian Business Growth Fund and Greenwood College.

Key competencies

Corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, risk management, corporate governance

Christopher Dyrda

Corporate Director

FNBC Director since February 2001

  • Audit & Risk Management Committee
  • Credit Committee
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Retired Senior Vice President with TD Business Banking. Holds ICD.D designation from the Institute of Canadian Directors. Current board member for Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. Member of the investment committees at Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Foundation and Carleton University. Member of the joint governance committee between Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Key competencies

Commercial banking, risk management, corporate governance

Michael Foulkes

Corporate Director

FNBC Director since April 2010

  • Chair of Human Resources & Compensation Committee
  • Corporate Governance Committee
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Retired TD Bank Group Executive Vice President, Graduate of Victoria University at the University of Toronto and the Rotman School of Business Director Education Program. Director and Chair of the Board of Nasdaq CXC Limited (Nasdaq Canada). Director of Women's College Hospital in Toronto. Director of Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity.

Key competencies

Private equity management, risk management, corporate governance, investment banking, data governance

Mary Nirlungayuk

Corporate Director

FNBC Director April 2019

  • Audit & Risk Management Committee
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Corporate Secretary and Vice President, Corporate Services with Arctic Co-operatives Ltd. Representative for Arctic Co-operatives and its members at Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, and Federated Co-operatives Ltd.. Current Director of SEED Winnipeg.

Key competencies

Co-operatives, board governance, Inuit culture, community economic development, finance and administration, branding and marketing

Lucy Pelletier

Corporate Director

FNBC Director since April 2017

  • Chair of Corporate Governance Committee
  • Human Resources & Compensation Committee
  • Credit Committee
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Currently General Manager of Basadinaa Property Management Ltd. Former executive in First Nations and public sector in Canada. Chair of the Board at Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation. Director of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA). Former Vice Chair of Innovation Place Saskatchewan. Member of Cowessess First Nation.

Key competencies

First Nation governance, strategic planning, human resources, business administration

Ken Toner

Corporate Director

FNBC Director since October 2007

  • Chair of the Audit & Risk Management Committee
  • Credit Committee
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Retired President and Chief Executive Officer for Atuqtuarvik Corporation in Nunavut. Former senior manager in major banks, investment firms and the Government of Nunavut.

Key competencies

Indigenous banking, economic development, investment banking, business administration, board governance

Mark Wedge (Aan Goosh oo)

Corporate Director

FNBC Director since April 2001

  • Human Resources & Compensation Committee
  • Audit & Risk Management Committee
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Trustee on Carcross Tagish Dánna Jíli Trust. Chair of the Tagish River Habitat Committee. Former Executive Director of the Council of Yukon Indians. Former President and Chairman of Yukon Indian Development Corporation and Dana Naye Ventures. Former Chief of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. Following his mother’s lineage, he belongs to the Deicitaan Clan of the Crow moiety.

Key competencies

Community economic development, First Nation governance, dispute resolution, government relations, corporate governance, business administration, nation-to-nation negotiation