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Coast Opportunity Funds
1455 - 409 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC  V6C 1T2
Phone: 604-684-0223
Toll-free: 1-888-684-5223
Fax: 604-684-0204

Board of Directors

The two organizations that comprise Coast Opportunity Funds share a common Board of Directors which manages the affairs of the organizations and reports to the members.

The Bylaws of CEDS and CCEFF set out typical responsibilities for the Board of Directors (for example, strategic planning and vision-setting, policy-making and direction, fiscal oversight and risk management, and appointment of senior management staff). When investing the funds in their care, the Board must consider the economic and environmental sustainability track record of the entity in which they are considering investing. The Board is also required to create and ensure compliance with governance policies and procedures, and to ensure that new Directors meet the requirements of an established competency matrix.

Apart from carrying out those responsibilities, the Board of Coast Funds also has some specific obligations set out in the governing documents of the organization, in particular, the Conservation and Investments Incentives Agreement (CIIA). Under that agreement, the Board must:
* Publish annual Strategic Plans spanning a three-year cycle (for example, 2013-2015);
* Ensure compliance with the requirements of CIIA;
* Review and make decisions on whether to approve awards.


Sage BakerSage Baker is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Q5 Innovations Inc. Prior to that she was West Coast General Manager and Senior Managing Director with a global management consulting company called FTI Consulting. Through her career she has worked with a number of high growth companies where she led multiple business/strategic planning initiatives, private and public financings, and sales and marketing programs. Sage holds an M.B.A in international business from Queen's University. She serves on three corporate boards and is an active mentor and advisor for numerous entrepreneurs and their businesses. 

Cameron BrownCameron Brown, M.B.A., is a citizen of the Heiltsuk First Nation and an independent management consultant specializing in Aboriginal management and economic development and training and education. He has also served as the National Director, Aboriginal Banking (Toronto) for the CIBC and was a professor at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, in the Native Management and Economic Development Program. He previously served as Band Manager and a Councilor for his First Nation.


Merv Child

Merv Child, Chair, is a lawyer practising in the areas of administrative and aboriginal law. He also acts as the Executive Director for the Nanwakolas Council, a Campbell River-based society of eight First Nations addressing land and resource use issues and related economic development opportunities.





P CrosbyPercy Crosby represents Skidegate at the Haida House as an elected official for the CHN. He has held an executive position on the boards of Gwaii Trust and Gwaii Forest Charitable Trust and sits on the board of Haida Gwaii Community Futures. He also works for the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations as a First Nations Liaison. He acts as the coordinator and board member for the Haida Gwaii Cultural Wood Advisory Board, representing the Province..


G DavisGarth Davis is the CEO of New Market Funds and has spent more than 20 years in capital deployment. He has leadership experience in impact investing (Vancity Community Capital), private equity (Turtle Creek and Scotia Merchant Capital), and corporate and leveraged finance (Scotia Capital). He has a Master of Arts in International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.



Darcy J. Dobell has over 20 years' experience in policy, strategic planning, and communications in public and non-profit sectors. As VP, Conservation and Pacific at WWF-Canada, she led conservation programs in BC and across Canada. She also served for a number of years as a director and co-Chair of the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, and was the founding Chair of the Raincoast Education Society. Through her consulting company, Darcy currently works with First Nations, government agencies, businesses, and NGOs to advance sustainability initiatives.



Wally Eamer was born and raised on Vancouver Island, and lives in Metchosin. He has a Bachelor of Arts from University of B.C. and Master of Business Administration from Harvard. He worked for over twenty years in the provincial government, including Ministry of Environment and BC Parks. In the Central Coast process from 2002, he was the provincial Table representative, provincial negotiator with First Nations in 2004 and 2005, and since 2006 has worked on EBM implementation with the Nanwakolas Council. In 2008, he was ordained as a deacon in the Anglican church.


Director Chris TrumpyChris Trumpy has more than 30 years of experience in public service. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and a Certified General Accountant designation and while working for the provincial government was Deputy Minister of the Ministries of Finance and Corporate Relations; Provincial Revenue; Sustainable Resource Management, and Environment. He has also been Secretary to the Treasury Board. In January 2010, he was appointed to the Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy boards. He also serves on the board for Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.


Gerald Wesley

Gerald Wesley is the Vice-Chair of the Northern Development Initiative Trust, chief negotiator for the Tsimshian First Nations Treaty Society, and a consultant offering services to First Nations. He has served on numerous Boards in BC and is one of the original members for the University of Victoria, Administration of Aboriginal Governments Program Advisory Committee. He also has extensive experience in the forest industry and in band and tribal council administration. Gerald is a hereditary chieftain from the Kitsumkalum First Nation just outside of Terrace, B.C.