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Big Bear Creek Trustees

The Big Bear Creek Trust Agreement specifies that the Trust will be managed by 5 Trustees. The Trust is comprised of four Member Trustees, two that reside on the First Nation and two that are resident in Ontario but not on the First Nation. A Trustee Appointment Committee was formed to assist in the selection and screening of potential Member Trustees. As well the Trust must have a Corporate Trustee at all times.  The Corporate Trustee is a qualified trust company that is licenced to conduct business in Ontario. The Member Trustees were appointed to four year terms by Council Resolution and the Corporate Trustee was appointed initially to a two year term by Council Resolution.  The role of the Trustees is to hold the Trust Property in trust for the benefit of Chippewas of the Thames as beneficiary, according to the terms of the Trust Agreement.

Steve Partridge - Corporate TrusteeSteven B. Partridge, BBA, STI, TEP

Director, Trust Services Eastern Canada

Steve brings over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Steve has been supporting First Nations for 14 years, working closely with numerous communities across the country. He has experience using best practices to achieve successful outcomes for beneficiaries and communities.

Steve joined BMO Private Banking in 2003, taking on the responsibility for the management and administration of Personal Trust Services in Southwestern Ontario, including Aboriginal Trust services across the province. Steve has recently taken on the exclusive role of Aboriginal Trust administration in the eastern half of Canada.

He graduated from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University in 1991 with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He also completed the Canadian Securities course in 1999 with Honours and received the Specialist Trust Institute Diploma.

Trust Admin ManagerBoozhoo!

Tehkep Kwe n’dizhnikaaz, Courtney Riley zhaagoonaashiinh nooswin, nimkii binishiinh n’dodem, Deskaan Ziibiing n’doonjabah. My spirit name is Spring Water woman, my English name is Courtney Riley, I represent the Thunderbird clan and I come from Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.

I was hired as the Trust Administration Manager in July 2013. I bring many years of experience in the finance industry to this position. I hold a Business Administration Accounting diploma which I obtained from Fanshawe College in 2006. I worked in a small accounting office for three years where I was responsible for the bookkeeping and year end returns for 25 companies and I prepared over 400 income tax returns annually. In 2009, I was hired by Canada Revenue Agency and spent the majority of my time there as an Auditor and gained very valuable experience. I am thrilled to be in my current position and to have the opportunity to bring back all the knowledge I have acquired into my home community

My name is Michelle French and I am a member of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. I am married with 2 children and my husband is also a member of this community. I am originally from Tyendinaga, near Belleville, Ontario but moved to this area 25 years ago—I have been in this Community ever since. I am very happy in the professional working environment of Big Bear Creek Trust and I really appreciate being involved in a community I have grown to love. I have worked in the banking industry in Maryland and Michigan until moving back to Canada in 2004, where I continued my focus on banking with TD, and then with BMO for the past 10 years.  I have a diploma from Fanshawe College in Office Administration with a concentration on Finance, as well as a degree in Anthropology from UWO. I have been in the Finance/Banking field since 2003, and currently hold a Trustee role with Thunderbird Trust, which I believe has helped me effectively fulfill my duties with the Big Bear Creek Trust.  Apart from that, I also own a small business which keeps me active in the community and surrounding area.  It has been a pleasure serving Chippewa and I look forward to continuing this journey with you.

BMO Harris Investment Management

Contact:  Paul D. Hebert, CA, CFA

Vice-President & Senior Investment Counsellor

The definition of an Investment Manager is defined in the Trust Agreement as a firm who has obtained registration in the category of advisor with the Ontario Securities Commission as Investment Counsellor & Portfolio Manager, or as the term is amended from time to time, whose revenue is derived solely or primarily from the discretionary management of investment portfolios and is experienced in managing trusts.

T.E. Wealth

Contact:  Jack Jamieson

Vice-President, Aboriginal Services Division

For the purposes of this Trust, the Financial Advisor provides advice on the development of the Investment Policy, selection of the Trustees, selection of Investment Managers and evaluation of portfolio performance.

Kim Alexander Fullerton, Barrister & Solicitor

The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Council has a unique partnership relationship with the Big Bear Creek Trust. The Trust and the First Nation Council share a collective responsibility to ensure the successful operation of the Big Bear Creek Trust.