Board of Directors

The management corporation, QXMC, has a Board of Directors (BoD) consisting of five members and a multitude of outside sources for technical and financial support in our operations. The board members all come from various backgrounds and contribute to operations within their areas of expertise. Assembling Boards with different backgrounds of expertise is a common practice across the world because the higher level of variation the more probable chance it is to make positive decisions. It is within the QXMC mandate to be successful for the Klahoose First Nation and to operate within arm’s reach.
James Delorme

Chief James Delorme

President

Chief Delorme is the elected Chief of Klahoose FIrst Nation, currently serving his 3rd term. He is also the president of QXMC, the Klahoose Economic Development Corporation and serves on the Board of the BC Assembly of First Nations, and the board member of the BC Business and Investment Council. Chief Delorme is a frequent speaker on the topics of technology transformation and green energy, speaking at events such as the Assembly of First Nations Energy summit, the Annual BC Business Council. Although Chief Delorme’s family originated from Cowessess First Nation (Treaty 4 Territory) ,he has been welcomed and adopted into Coastal Salish culture and way of life.Previously Delorme created innovative video-based language lesson plans for the First People’s Cultural Foundation,  and he has an extensive background in tourism, construction and the forest industry. His focus has always been to build capacity within his own community and strengthen strategic economic opportunities for Klahoose and other First Peoples.

Kathy Francis

Board of Director

Klahoose Councillor with an extensive background in resource management issues.

For over two decades Kathy has been a key player in negotiating for the interests of the Klahoose.  As a current Councillor and past Chief, Kathy has gained extensive experience in fiscal and management responsibilities, which she brings to this Board; Kathy was instrumental in the founding of QXMC. Kathy worked with the original team that brought the corporation to actualization in 2008. And she has been actively engaged in the firm ever since.

Kathy Francis

I have spent my entire career fighting to protect Klahoose Rights, Title, and our Territory

Doug Bourque

Doug Bourque

Board of Director

Director, Aboriginal Banking. BMO Bank of Montreal British Columbia and Yukon

Doug Bourque has worked in the financial services industry for 33 years. The majority of that time was spent in Commercial Banking, but the past 15 years he has been involved the aboriginal market.

Under his current role with BMO, Bank of Montreal, Doug is responsible for the strategy and business development activities for First Nations and aboriginal entities in British Columbia and Yukon. He also works closely with BMO’s National Office of Aboriginal Banking, assisting with the development of National strategies.

Doug, who is Cree, was born and raised in Peace River Alberta.  He has had a very active volunteer life.  He was heavily involved in the Friendship Centre movement early in his adult life being a President of a local Friendship Centre for 5 years. As well as being the National Board Representative for Alberta on the National Association of Friendship Centres for 4 years. Other volunteer commitments include being the Co-Chair of Region 3 Child & Family Services where he completed a service delivery plan for the region.  He has been an Authority Board member of both the Calgary Rocky View Child & Family Services Region, and the Edmonton Child & Family Services Region.  Doug was the Business Committee Chair for Aboriginal Opportunities Committee with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, a Board member of the Calgary Native Awareness Society, as well as a board member of an Aboriginal Capital Corp.

Doug currently sits as a Board Member of Qathen Xwegus Management Corporation, which manages all of the economic development for the Klahoose First Nation.

Doug is currently a member of the: Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association, Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO), and is committed to providing the Aboriginal communities with improved access to financial products and services.

Johnny Hanuse

Board of Director

BCAFN Male Youth Representative

Johnny Hanuse, born in Vancouver, raised in Squirrel Cove, Cortes Island B.C. After high school a flight ticket to anywhere was to be expected. Returning home with a full backpack and some adventure stories to tell he completed two and a half years of a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in English at Camosun College. Each year during the summer break he would return to his community and put his studies into practice by filling content for the Klahoose First Nation website. Here he developed his interests in communications, First Nation’s business and governance. Later on he completed the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program (AYIP) with the provincial government working in the Ministry of Environment with BC Parks and Old Masset Youth Group in Haida Gwaii. Since then he has been working steadily with the QXMC Board of Directors gaining unforgettable experiences with his cohort. Learning the basics of corporate structure and governance, presentations, investments, conflict management, fiduciary duties, planning and much more.

In his spare time he enjoys playing music, skateboarding, writing on his typewriter, reading and photography.

Johnny Hanuse (Photo by Dana Eriksen)
Dave Cyr

David C Cyr

Board of Director

David Cyr is a Principal in BBA Public Policy Consulting.  He brings over 16 years of extensive knowledge, experience, and professional networks that he has cultivated from years of working in and around British Columbia’s Provincial Legislature. He has a proven ability to advance objectives and cultivate strong relationships with key stakeholders.

Before joining BBA, David worked as the Director of First Nations Partnerships and Government Relations at a renewable energy company based in Vancouver, B.C.  During his six years there, David was able to utilize strong interpersonal skills, innate business acumen, honesty, and integrity to forge mutually beneficial relationships and agreements.  David is adept at analyzing risk, recognizing strategic opportunities, and delivering robust advice to senior executives.  Before working in the renewable energy sector, David worked in Victoria, B.C., as a Ministerial Assistant to a number of Ministers in the Provincial Government.  These included working for The Minister of Transportation, The Minister of Labour and Citizen Services, The Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and The Government House Leader. During his time at the BC Legislature, David was responsible for offering strategic advice to government and was responsible for all aspects of cohesively managing the Ministers’ offices. David has gained a unique understanding of government operations and processes during his time at the B.C. legislature.  David has also been a small business owner and operated a business on Vancouver Island for a number of years.  He has been involved in the local Chamber of Commerce and various other community organizations.