Mushkegowuk Development Corporation (MDC) has named a new president to lead its board of directors.
Terry Metatawabin, who has served as a board director since its inception in 2016, will take on the role, effective immediately.
"The board of directors are delighted to welcome Terry as the new leader of the regionally owned limited partnership, especially in this time of renewal as the pandemic’s end is near and demands strategic and results driven business approaches,” the board said in an April 4 news release.
“Terry will guide the MDC to achieve the mission of advancing economic growth, diversify business operations and expand partnerships to create opportunities for the Omushkego people.”
The Mushkegowuk Development Corporation is the economic development arm of the Mushkegowuk Council, a regional group that represents the interests of seven First Nations in the Western James Bay and Hudson’s Bay areas, including Attawapiskat First Nation, Taykwa Tagamou First Nation, Kashechewan First Nation, Fort Albany First Nation, Moose Cree First Nation, Chapleau Cree First Nation, and Missanabie Cree First Nation.
Its goal is to develop, own and operate regional businesses that will benefit its member communities, generating wealth and creating jobs while respecting the environment and its members’ traditional cultural principles and values.
A member of Fort Albany First Nation, Metatawabin brings to the role two decades of experience in project management, business and management consulting, along with membership experience on previous boards, according to the release.
Being elected as president and chair of the council is a "great honour,” Metatawabin said.
“Having been a director since the MDC inception, my approach is to build upon and strengthen shareholder relations with the six partners and continue to create value, while ensuring good governance,” Metatawabin said in the release.
“With the pandemic impacts experienced by all businesses, we have to adapt and strengthen financial systems and policy actions to improve efficiencies, capital and investment opportunities.”
Metatawabin noted that the teachings of his grandfather, Abraham Metatawabin, continue to influence his approach in business and in life.
“Our way of life and values have provided us the knowledge and teachings needed to continue to understand how to navigate our ever-changing environments and apply effective solutions,” he said.