Board Members


Chief Bill Williams (ta-lall-SHAM-cane siyam), President

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Elected to the First Nations Forestry Council in 2008 by the BC Assembly of First Nations, Ta-lall-SHAM-cane siyam, Bill Williams, has served as an elected member of the Squamish First Nation Council since 1980, and as a member of the community’s Hereditary Council since 1995. Throughout his political career Chief Williams has played a leadership role among First Nations by successfully blending business and conservation efforts.

Notably, Chief Williams is the current President of the North West Forest Company which holds the Timber forest License for the Squamish Nation.  In this capacity, Chief Williams successfully negotiated Squamish control of 80% of the allowable cut in Squamish Territory. He is also currently negotiating for Squamish management of sixteen area parks and has been instrumental in the development of a land use plan for the entire Squamish territory. On a regional level, Chief Williams serves as the appointed President of the British Columbia First Nations Forestry Council, and was awarded the 2005 Eugene Rogers Award for Leading Conservation Efforts by Western Canada Wilderness Committee.


Harley John Chingee 

Appointed by the First Nations Summit, Harley Chingee is a member and former Chief of the McLeod Lake Indian Band with over 20 years experience in First Nation admin


istration and business management. Currently working as a resource consultant, Mr. Chingee, brings a wealth of forest sector policy experience to the First Nations Forestry Council. Harley Chingee is currently a national board member of the Lands Advisory Board, and former member of the First Citizens Fund board of directors who believes in a "business first” approach to forestry. In the 80’s, as a logging contractor, he was instrumental in the creation of Duz Cho Logging Ltd. Owned by the McLeod Lake Indian Band; the company has utilized profits to support legal action defending their rights in their territory. As a negotiator, Mr. Chingee has experience working with all levels of government, and has concluded several public/private resource development partnerships between First Nations, government and industry groups. Mr. Chingee is committed to increasing First Nations access to, and involvement in, the forest sector.


Mike Kelly 

Mike KellyAppointed by the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs, Michael Kelly is a member and an elected councillor of Leq’a:mel First Nation. Michael retired early after 35 years, when working with the Provincial Government within the Ministry of Highways throughout the province of British Columbia. He has worked extensively within the Engineering Technical and Inspection component of highway construction. After leaving the Ministry of Highways in 2002, he worked as a machine operator within the public works section with the University Endowment Lands until 2009. Currently, Michael is a member of the Strategic Engagement Agreement board. He is a representative of the Sto:lo Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association for Leq’a:mel First Nation.  Michael also works with the S.X.T.A. Governance working group and holds the fisheries portfolio for Leq’a:mel First Nation. With the changing landscape of the Forest industry related to the First Nations in British Columbia, Michael is committed to working with all groups involved diligently for positive progress.