DR. MICHELLE CORFIELD

Tel: 250-741-7540 • Email: michellecorfield@shaw.ca

SKILLS OVERVIEW

Independent consultant specializing in process design, facilitation, research, and personal, community, and organizational development. Proven ability to develop creative, balanced and holistic approaches to support organizational and personal objectives.

EXPERIENCE

Corfield & Associates Consulting, Chief Executive Officer (2006 – present)

  • Builds teams of subject area experts to provide balanced, informed, and creative approaches to projects and opportunities for First Nations and organizations working with and for First Nations
  • Expertise areas include: facilitation, mediation, negotiation, community and organizational development, strategic planning, process development, project management, research, training and workshop design and delivery and elections operations
  • Clients include: Intertribal Health, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Te’mexw Treaty Association, FP Innovations, Ditidaht First Nation, the First Nations Fisheries Council, and Ahp-cii-uk Community Society

Hyistuup Harvesting, Chief Executive Officer (1998 – present)

  • Hyistuup Harvesting is a family-run commercial dive-harvest company operating out of Nanaimo B.C.

Simon Fraser University, Executive MBA in Aboriginal Business and Leadership, Executive in Residence (2011 – present)

  • Provides strategic guidance on program design, curriculum, and implementation to ensure student needs and educational objectives are met
  • Ensures proper protocol are followed by the program, faculty and university in delivering program
  • Supports student success by providing mentorship and advice to students and faculty

Ucluelet First Nation, Chair of the Legislature (2011 – present)

  • Chairs all Legislative meetings and People’s Assembly
  • Develops and designs legislative agenda to meet the needs of the nation for the purposes of policy development
  • Upholds accountability to acts and assists legislative members in understanding their roles

Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council (1996 – 2009)

Vice-President (2006 – 2009)

  • Political Advocacy and Liasion for the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations to Federal and Provincial Governments and First Nations political organizations
  • Initiated The British Columbia Leadership Initiative (Ahp-cii-uk) with project partners First Nations, Inuit & Aboriginal Health, B.C. Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and Synergos Institute
  • Facilitated process design and implementation of Social Issues in Communities: Bridging the Gap
  • Negotiated agreements with federal and provincial governments

Treaty Manager (2005 – 2006)

  • Coordinated all treaty planning, Tri-party and Chief Negotiators meetings
  • Responsible for communication and collaboration internally and external with First Nations in British Columbia and stakeholders
  • Oversaw and managed staff and treaty budget

Communications Coordinator and Facilitator (2002-2005)

  • Led development of internal and external communications strategies for the Nuu-chah-nulth Treaty Nations
  • Coordinated Communications subgroup and facilitated discussions on treaty topics

Urban Representative (1996 – 2005)

  • Coordinated urban activities and information sharing for Nuu-chah-nulth residents in the Nanaimo area
  • Championed views of urban Nuu-chah-nulth in Treaty Planning Meetings

BOARD AND COMMITTEE EXPERIENCE

  • Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors (2015-present)
    • Vice Chair (2016 – present)
  • Ucluelet First Nation Settlement Trust (2011 – present)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (2010 – present)
    • Alternate Public Representative, Registration Committee (2016 – present)
    • Public Representative, Patient Relations, Professional Standards, and Ethics Committee (2016 – present)
    • Public Representative, Discipline Committee (2016 – present)
  • Northern Economic Development Canada Loan Review Board (2006 – present)
  • British Columbia Aboriginal Human Resources Development (2006 – 2009)
  • First Nations Fisheries Council of British Columbia (2006 – 2009)
  • First Nations Human Resource and Labor Council (2006 – 2009)
  • First Nations Interim Justice Working Group (2006 – 2009)
  • Interim First Nations Child & Family Wellness Council  (2006 – 2009)
  • NINTCAMS Board Member (2006 – 2009)
  • Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) (2006 – 2009)
  • Renewal Committee First Nation Summit (2006 – 2009)

EDUCATION

Doctor of Management and Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix (2007)

  • Dissertation: A First Nation Leadership Perspective of the British Columbia Treaty Process

Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Dispute Resolution, Royal Roads University (2002)

  • Major Research Project: Self-Government, An Ucluelet First Nation Perspective

Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies, Vancouver Island University (Malaspina University College) (2000)

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Ph.D. Advisor and Mentor of Aboriginal Graduate Students (2006 – present)
  • BC Coordinator for Atleo National Chief Campaign (2009, 2012)
  • Assembly of First Nations Youth Symposium Presenter (2009)
  • First Nations Social Development Society Presenter (2009)
  • National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Presenter (2008)