• Executive

  • Terry Brown
  • Terry Brown

    Chair

  • Biography Biography

    Legacy Bowes Group welcomes Mr. Terry Brown, B.Comm (Hons) to lead our Aboriginal Business Advisory practice. Terry brings 20 years of banking, sales, marketing and operational experience to his role as Vice President. Terry holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and is in the process of completing his CGA which will ultimately become a CPA designation.

    Terry is confident, success-driven, and award-winning business leader who takes pride in being a strategic problem-solver, envisioning smart solutions and exceeding with expediency across all areas of the organization.

    Terry brings with him a history of delivering aggressive revenue gains, operational enhancements, and innovation. His broad hand-on leadership experience across a variety of industries allows Terry to step into any business operation, quickly size up a situation and leverage this knowledge to recommend effective solutions that ultimately save real world dollars. With his experience in a variety of financial and executive roles, Terry is very proficient at evaluating mainstream financing opportunities and structuring creative financing solutions.

    Some key sectors of involvement have included Federal, Provincial, Municipal and American Indian and First Nations governments, Fortune 100 and 500 corporations, including consumer goods, manufacturing, banking, transportation, hospitality, marketing, wholesale, energy, procurement and healthcare.

    His personal philosophy also carries over to his volunteer work. As the Past President of the Thompson Chamber of Commerce, Terry has direct experience fostering positive relationships with the business community. He has completed real world economic development initiatives ranging in scope from air/land freight reduction, cold weather testing, Public Utility performance evaluation, and fundraising/coordination of a multi jurisdiction Indigenous school breakfast program. As a community leader, Terry is experienced in initiating, negotiating and developing new initiative that can help a community to prosper.

    An experienced negotiator, Terry has successfully closed hundreds of business deals in size up to the tens of millions of dollars on behalf of both Indigenous and Fortune 100 companies. As a business leader and VP of an Aboriginal franchise for one of the world’s largest beverage companies, Terry focused on corporate growth by helping others start and grow their own business ventures.

    He is a proud Aboriginal Canadian with extensive experience working collaboratively with the First Nation, Métis and Inuit and Native American communities. He has an extensive command of Corporate and Aboriginal issues, services and subject matter and is well versed in connecting main stream and Indigenous business. Terry dynamically understands both perspectives allowing him the niche opportunity to expedite or restart negotiations.

    Terry, through Legacy Bowes Group, is a corporate member of Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO). Having worked and lived in a variety of locations across North America including Remote Northern locations and nation capitals, Terry is comfortable travelling and working in all environments.

  • Michael McMullen
  • Michael McMullen

    Vice-Chairperson

  • Biography Biography

    Michael is President of MCM Consulting Limited. MCM specializes in the retail field, with client firms in several other sectors including Public Relations, Pharmacy, Financial Services & Human Resources. MCM provides strategic path direction, analysis, implementation planning & execution platforms for all clients.  MCM Consulting led Michael to a 15 month full time engagement with Ashley Furniture Industries in 2013-2014, based in Brandon Florida.  As the Senior Retail Executive accountable for their $2.4 Billion North American Licensee Division Michael was accountable for growth and expansion. Michael is fully engaged with MCM Consulting Limited and is serving as President for one of his client companies, MEXIA Interactive.

    Prior to founding MCM Consulting Michael served as Executive Vice President for the North West Company for the Northern Canada Retail Division from 2007 – 2013. His portfolio covered 132 stores stretching from the coast of Labrador to the border of Alaska.

    Prior to the North West Company, Michael had many years of experience with large and small retail firms.  As President and CEO of Warehouse One The Jean Store he led the firm from bankruptcy in 2002 to a 105 store operation primarily located in the western provinces.  His extensive retail background came from IKEA North America where he held a number of positions over a sixteen year career, including Director of Human Resources for North America and as a Retail Division Manager, North America.

    Michael has been an Executive Member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce since 2010, serving as the Chair of the Canadian Chamber in 2014 -2015. He currently is Immediate Past chair, an executive member of the board and chair of the Nomination and Governance committee.  Michael is also a Board member for the First People’s Development Inc. Advisory council.

    Recently he has accepted a role on the Marketing Committee for the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce and a Board Director’s position for a start-up company in Calgary.


  • Scott Rose
  • Scott Rose

    Secretary

  • Biography Biography

    35 years old. Born in Fort Frances Ontario and a member of Couchiching First Nations.

    Worked in construction/restoration for 10 years.

    Owner of Winmar Winnipeg and Winmar Brandon.

    Enjoys reading, snowboarding, running and jiu jitsu


  • Board of Directors

  • Fabian Sanderson
  • Fabian Sanderson

    First Peoples Economic Growth Fund

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  • Darrell Brown

    Kisik Commercial Furniture

  • Biography Biography

    Darrell Brown is a Cree entrepreneur and consultant based in Winnipeg. Over the past fifteen years he has built several successful businesses, and has worked as an advisor to a number of Indigenous organizations. Darrell is President of Kisik Commercial Furniture that supplies and installs office furniture and accessories to all levels of government and to indigenous communities since 2003. Darrell is also President of Kisik Marketing & Communications working with Indigenous businesses and organizations to grow their operations and sustainability.  In addition to his business expertise in sales and operational management, Darrell has a superior understanding of Canadian Indigenous culture and rights. Darrell has extensive firsthand experience with the Canadian Federal Governments Aboriginal Procurement Strategy.  He is a strong advocate for Indigenous economic development with extensive experience in business negotiations and demonstrated ability in First Nations engagement. Darrell is a founding member and past chair of the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce based in Manitoba. He holds an Advanced Diploma in International Business from Red River College in Manitoba and a Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Excellence from the Banff Centre. Darrell holds the designation of ICD.D from The Rotman, Directors Education Program through The Institute for Corporate Directors. Darrell also holds a certificate in the 20/20 Catalyst program focusing on the Indigenous Renewable Energy Sector. Darrell is an associate with Lumos Energy, a firm that works exclusively with Indigenous communities to develop renewable energy projects of all sizes and scope.  Darrell currently sits as Board of Director on the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Indigenous Relations Council with the United Way of Winnipeg.


  • Crystal Laborero
  • Crystal Laborero

    Laborero Consulting

  • Biography Biography

    Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Member of Fort William First Nation
    Thunder Bay, Ontario

    Education: Graduate – Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology, Administrative Management Diploma, 1970

    Career Highlights

    • Currently serving as President, Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg
    • Retired from City of Winnipeg in July, 2005. Served as a Community Resource Coordinator, Aboriginal Community. Employed with the City for 15 years in various roles. 1990 to 2005
    • Served as Assistant Executive Director of the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg for 5 years. 1984 to 1989
    • Elected as Secretary Treasurer of the Ontario Metis and Non Status Association. 1980 to 1982
    • Served as a Correctional Officer and Probation Officer with the Ministry of Corrections, Ontario. 1973 to 1978
    • Served in the Royal Canadian Navy in Halifax, Nova Scotia. 1966 to 1968

    Voluntary Service Highlights

    • Member, Advisory Board, Green Manitoba
    • Board Director, Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce Manitoba
    • Board Director, Winnipeg Boys and Girls Club
    • Board Director, Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg Region
    • Board Director, Inner City Renovations, Inc.

  • Brian Kelly
  • Brian Kelly

    Kelwin Management Consulting

  • Biography Biography

    My career background is in business and consulting, but that us nit related to why I hope I can provide a valuable contribution to the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce (ACC).

    My interests have always been in understanding governance and how societies can best meet the needs of all their citizens. That led to my volunteering in a wide variety of organizations and especially my past 30+ years with the Chambers of Commerce at all levels including:

    • Local City – Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
    • Provincial – especially many years in the early 1990`s including a year as chief of the Board, and then after a long gap I was on the board again until recently
    • During part of that gap at the MCC I spent 7 years on the board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

    The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce (MCC) is where I learned the most. The values and activity of the MCC are nit what most people expect, as it takes a very broad perspective on how to make all the communities throughout the province “the best place to live, work and raise a family”

    While Volunteering with the MCC I gained some insights on a wide variety of topics especially policy. I have been honored to be selected as the Chair of the MCC Policy Committee for a number of years (still continuing).

    I have come to believe that even a small group of passionate people, working diligently and wisely, can make real positive change in our society.

    Over the past 10 years I have been researching First Nations issues, I have repeatedly learned facts that are so unreasonable, unethical, and usually harmful to not just First Nations, but also to all Manitobans and Canadians, that it has repeatedly caused me to say, “that cannot be true”. However, in every instance, as I did more work and talked to more people I found that what I could not initially believe, was actually correct. I.e. It is unbelievable, but it is a fact.

    That further aroused my interest, leading to deciding that a very simple (and polite, sterile) version of important facts needed to be communicated to more people. So, I wrote a document (titled First Nations Facts) that I am happy to send anyone who emails me and requests it. I believe that it is just a statement of facts, of which most Canadians are unaware.

  • Nathan Vreyborg
  • Nathan Vreyborg

    Nation Innovation

  • Biography Biography

    Nathan is an Aboriginal Information Communication Technology Solution Specialist with over twenty years’ experience in providing results to employers and clientele.  His primary expertise is in technology solutions and stakeholder engagement. Nathan’s network of contacts is extensive and cover’s a wide variety of industry sectors and geographic locations.  His professional interests focus on business development and connecting groups that can advance one another’s objectives.  Nathan is a strong advocate for relationship development and capacity building.  Throughout his career, Nathan has built a reputation for developing business strategies, encouraging the use of new technologies and for thinking “outside the box”.

    Nathan is the founder of Nation Innovation, a solutions company that focuses on developing Indigenous economic development opportunities through innovative technology ventures.  Nathan has extensive experience in developing and delivering advanced technology solutions to Indigenous communities and organizations. 



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