GEOFF GREENWELL | Strategic Planning
The CEO of 2G Group has been working globally as a facilitator and strategic planner for over 25 years. Geoff came to Canada in 1992 and since that time has worked extensively for Governments, Aboriginal Groups, NGO's and Private Sector organizations as a business advisor, negotiator and facilitator. He was also a two-term municipal councillor in the District of Lake Country (British Columbia) and chaired the district's affordable housing and economic development committees from 2006 - 2012.
Prior to coming to Canada, Geoff worked for twelve years in the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia and South America as a senior negotiator for multinational energy companies.
Geoff formed 2G Group in 2001 and works collaboratively with a team of expert associates who offer a variety of services to government, Aboriginal and corporate clients. The team's areas of expertise include:
Geoff has accomplished many unique things in his life and is renowned as a true business visionary for his record of success with projects he has led. Geoff specializes in taking projects 'from the drawing board' and bringing them to life. His development of Aboriginal Marketplace magazine and the NABOC conference series are ongoing examples of unique ideas that he has turned into successful business ventures. He is the consummate networker, always looking to connect people and ideas, and his enthusiasm for creating equitable business partnerships between Aboriginal and private sector business groups rubs off on everyone who meets him.
Geoff and the entire 2G team have assisted these clients and many others with their respective goals and helped them make informed decisions and achieve critical milestones within theirorganizations.
KELLY SHERMAN | Economic Development
Kelly Sherman is a Registered Professional Forester with over fifteen years of forestry and strategic planning related experience in British Columbia. Kelly is one of BC’s best equipped foresters for advising clients on strategic forest management decisions due to his expertise in the key elements affecting resource management decisions. His expertise includes 10 years experience in spatial modelling, 5 years experience in carbon budget modelling, and he has been certified to carry out vegetation resource inventories (VRI) since 1999.
Kelly has also been trained in the fields of ecology, biometrics, growth, and yield. Kelly applies his experience through projects in carbon optimization, resource analysis, VRI, feasibility studies and ecology. Kelly is proud to have strong professional relationships with clients and colleagues including licensees, first nations and government organizations. His strength is in providing unbiased technical advice and decision support on natural resource matters to a diverse client base. Kelly has had the opportunity to share his ideas and innovative solutions by presenting at many conferences throughout North America over the past several years.
TEWANEE JOSEPH | Communications and Policy Development
Tewanee is a member of the Squamish First Nation, and is half Maori. He served eight years on the Squamish Nation Council, and has a talent for facilitation and coordinating diverse groups to identify and achieve their goals. He has utilized his skills to work on a broad range of initiatives including First Nations federal legislation, First Nations Land Management, Strategic Communications and Governance.
Recently, Tewanee served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Tewanee worked with the Vancouver Organizing Committee and its partners to ensure unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the planning, hosting and staging of the 2010 Games. In this role, he spearheaded the largest re-brand of Aboriginal people in Canadian history, and led the team that overcame countless obstacles and doubt to create a world renowned brand, and a new model for inclusivity.
His goal is to carry on these teachings and share best practices long into the future.
DAVE MEYERS | Information Technology
Dave , a GIS expert, provides leadership and support in information technology and management. His projects provide problem solving and training to users of technology (smart phones, computers, software) plus the design of plans for data acquisition, quality assurance, analysis, and management.
CYNTHIA MITZIMBERG | Retail Marketing Specialist
With over 30 years of direct retail marketing experience, Cynthia specializes in turning around under-performing and failing retail operations. She also assists businesses wishing to open new retail stores with advice on product positioning, store design and layout, as well as the installation of POS systems and staff training.
Cynthia is Tsimshian from the north-coast of British Columbia, and stills calls Terrace, BC her home town today.
CHRIS SHARPLES | Marketing & Business Development
Specializing in branding and entrepreneurship, Chris helps small and mid size organizations grow through the design and implementation of effective, yet simple, marketing and business development plans.Combining a quirky background in business, science, and art with a unique creativity and enthusiasm, he works with clients to clarify what they sell, who they sell it to, and how they sell it. Chris reduces complexity by providing insightful advice, concise strategies and innovative tactics that make taking action easy to do.
CHRIS GILLEN | Technology Development and Training
Chris, founder of both Dial-A-Geek and Total Support Solutions, works with aboriginal partners across Canada to improve Information Technology in communities and increase their own capacity to deliver onsite and remote local computer and computer management IT services.
Flexible, practical and innovative, he provides high quality IT certification training, final mile internet, and fully managed support solutions designed especially for remote communities and challenging environments.
TREVOR MORRISON | CAPA
Trevor is a member of the Gitxsan Nation in Northern British Columbia. He has over thirty years of knowledge and experience in financial management within the Gitxsan Nation. He has completed his designation as a Certified Aboriginal Professional Administration (CAPA) and continues to pursue his MBA at Cape Breton University.
He has extensive business experience being the Vice President of the Aboriginal Financial Officers of BC, Director of Shackan Indian Band Development Corporation, and a Director for the BC First Nation Gaming Revenue Sharing General Partnership.
Trevor also brings traditional knowledge and values that can help build capacity within First Nations communities, and development corporations by assisting them to create partnerships with industry.