Staff

WE are pleased to introduce the new partnership TEAM.

VANESSA SUTTON, GENERAL MANAGER

Vanessa Sutton, CPA, CMA is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Governance Professional. She possesses strong interpersonal, communication, analytical, problem-solving and financial management skills. Vanessa’s career path has also demonstrated success as a value-driven executive who has led people and strategic change in complex, multi-stakeholder environments in a collegial and collaborative manner. She served in the capacity of Chief Administrative Officer in the following organizations: Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa; Township of North Glengarry; and, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

Vanessa can be reached at: generalmanager@bcfngamingrevenue.ca

GREG BARRY, SENIOR FINANCE OFFICER

Greg Barry, CPA, CGA is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a member of the Okanagan Nation.  She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration from Thompson Rivers University and her CGA from the Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia.  Greg’s strengths include her strong work ethic, attention to detail, and professionalism.  Her experience includes working in public practice and in the not-for-profit sector, with a particular focus and interest in working with First Nations organizations.

 Greg can be reached at accounting@bcfngamingrevenue.ca

NATASHA REIMER-Okēmow ᐃᓂᓂᐤᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ, EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR

Natasha Reimer-Okēmow ᐃᓂᓂᐤᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ, B.A. is honoured to be a guest on the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples. Natasha is Nēhinaw (Swampy Cree) from Manito-Sākahikanihk “Gods Lake Cree Nation” in Treaty 5 territory (Manitoba). She grew up in Winnipeg Manitoba, Treaty 1 territory, the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. She graduated from the University of Winnipeg on honour roll in June of 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice minoring in Sociology and Conflict Resolution Studies. During the summer of 2019, Natasha interned at APTN headquarters in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  She wrote and produced a documentary podcast series on First Nation Child Welfare in Manitoba.

She has served on National Board with Youth in Care Canada as the Director for Manitoba. Where she currently serves as the organizations Treasurer and Co-Chair of the Research/Education Committee and the Communications Committee

Her academic, past work and volunteer experience has focused on First Nations child welfare across Canada. In March of 2019 Natasha was invited to speak as a First Nations Delegate before the National Round Table on the Over-representation of Indigenous Youth in the Canadian Justice System. In May 2019 Natasha was invited as an expert witness by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous Peoples to speak on a bill that directly impacted First Nations Peoples.

 Natasha can be reached at corporatesecretary@bcfngamingrevenue.ca

KELSIE KILAWNA, COMMUNITIES & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Kelsie Kilawna is a proud member of the Okanagan Nation. She obtained her Business Administration from Okanagan College and has earned her Indigenous Early Childhood Education with a specialization in Non-Verbal therapies, she also gained certificates in Indigenous Intergenerational Trauma Response, and Trauma and its effects on Brain Development. She also has published pieces surrounding her work in decolonizing her family: a personal life study. Her experiences and education has allowed her to work closely as an advocate and support for Indigenous children and families in communities and territories across BC. Kelsie has also run a successful business in creative photography, creative writing, brand development, program development and grant writing. Her skill set is reflected in her ability to engage in a way that is relational, with a living understanding of the importance of inherent community protocols and traditions. She is adept at building positive relations through both her life understandings and education, which have become intertwined into her work. Her experience includes working with and for her Indigenous relations over the past 12 years and that is where her passion continues to flourish.

 Kelsie can be reached at communityoutreach@bcfngamingrevenue.ca

JEUNESSE MIRBACH, COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR

Jeunesse Mirbach, studied Business Administration and Public Relations.  She particularly is passionate about working with not for profit organizations.   Previously,  she has worked for Treaty 8 First Nations in Alberta as a Communications Coordinator with a focus on Self-Government Negotiations and Treaty Rights and Taxation. Jeunesse’s strengths are a strong focus on customer service and a ‘can do’ attitude.  She is at her best when she can help and loves to be surrounded by family and friends. 

 Jeunesse can be reached at communications@bcfngamingrevenue.ca


Please visit the CAREERS page for upcoming employment opportunities as we continue to build the partnership’s delivery team.