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Meet the Council Members

Chief Dan George, Chair 

Dan George is Chief of Ts’il Kaz Koh
(Burns Lake Band) currently serving his second consecutive term as
Chief Councillor for his northern BC community. 
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Chief Mark Point, Vice Chair

Chief Mark Point is a member of the Skowkale First Nation in Chilliwack, one of 11 communities of the Stó:lō Nation in the Upper Fraser Valley of BC. Read more

Chief Donald Van Somer,

Council Member

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Meet the HIC Team

Chief Greg Louie, 
Council Member

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Sylvia Olsen, 
Council Member

Sylvia Olsen (PhD) has extensive knowledge of First Nations communities, history, and housing program development and management. Read more

Jim Munroe, 
Council Member

Jim has been involved in First Nations Housing and Infrastructure programs and service delivery for almost four decades.  Read more

Garry Merkel, 
Executive Director

Garry Merkel brings extensive experience in First Nations housing and infrastructure governance, policy development, treaty negotiation and self-governance.  Read more

Shelly Etzerza, 
Executive Assistant

With over 16 years of experience in the administrative profession, Shelly is the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director at HIC.  Read more

Krystal Scheck, 
Administrative Assistant

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Kerry Black, 
Management Services


Kerry Black brings research experience and expertise relating to sustainable infrastructure in First Nations communities. Read more

Jeff Loucks, 
Government to Government Advisor

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Larissa Burnouf, 
Communications Manager

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Doug Bourque, 

Council Member

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Dawn McGrath, 
Council Member

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Brianna Wilson, 
Council Member


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Peter Mitchell, 
Council Member

Peter Mitchell brings housing program development, funding and training expertise combined with extensive experience in...  Read more

Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi, 
Council Member

Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi has over 25 years experience in senior management, organizational development, and direct engagement working with Indigenous peoples.  Read more

Stacy McNeil, 
Council Member

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