Creating a Future As Rich as Our Past.

HDC Board of Directors

johnjackJohn Jack—Chair

After studying political science and economics at Vancouver Island University, John earned a Bachelor’s degree (with distinction) in Global Studies. Shortly after graduation, he started working with Huu-ay-aht First Nations on various committees, helping to write the constitution and laws Huu-ay-aht later adopted as a sovereign nation. Leading up to treaty implementation, he also worked as an administrator for Chief and Council and coordinated communications. Serving on Council since 2009, John was recently re-elected for a four-year term. He currently holds the Finance and Economic Development portfolio and is Huu-ay-aht’s representative on the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District. Born in Nanaimo and raised in Parksville, John is connected to Huu-ay-aht First Nations on his mother’s side. He also has family connections to the community through his grandfather, who is a fisherman in Huu-ay-aht traditional territory.

DerekpetersDerek Peters (Natch-qu-a)

Born and raised in Pachena Bay, Derek spent his childhood years learning Huu-ay-aht culture and history from his elders in preparation for his role as the nation’s tyee ha’wilth (hereditary chief). Initially trained by his family to enter the fishing industry, Derek followed a different path when his father and grandfather realized he needed a diverse education and experience to thrive. While attending high school in Port Alberni, Derek began his official involvement with Huu-ay-aht First Nations by representing youth on the treaty negotiation team. He also worked for his nation in a variety of jobs as a summer student. After graduating from high school, Derek worked in the local tourism and forest industries, the latter as a forest engineer building roads and mapping cut blocks. He saw every inch of his nation’s territory, and learned first hand that the diversity recommended by his family extended to his nation’s economy. He is excited to be part of a corporation that is creating opportunities for Huu-ay-aht people to get involved in business and is pleased to see how far the nation has come in such a short time.

edjohnsonEd Johnson (Nookemis)

After learning to carve at age 13, Ed pursued his passion for working with wood until mastering his craft and becoming a teacher for eight years. His poles proudly stand in Tseshaht, Hupacasath, and Huu-ay-aht territory, along with many other private locations. Brother to one of Huu-ay-aht’s hereditary chiefs, Ed was once a member of the Huu-ay-aht elected council holding portfolios for forestry and fisheries. He also took part in treaty negotiations, particularly around fisheries and forestry. Today he serves on four committees—Economic Development, Treaty Implementation, Citizens Development, and Fish and Wildlife—and takes private commissions for his carving.  Ed is also the owner of a popular local accommodation and offers private whale watching and fish guiding charters.

johnmass2John Mass

Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, John spent seventeen years working in the hospitality industry before becoming a consultant for restaurants and other businesses. Arriving in Bamfield in 1995, John and his wife Sheryl started Broken Island Adventures Limited, an outdoor adventure company that began with scuba diving and accommodation.  This later expanded to include kayaking, hiking, whale watching, water taxi, nature and history tours, along with property management and maintenance. While living in Bamfield, John has served on various boards and committees, including the Chamber of commerce, Pacific Rim Tourism Association, Community Hall Society, and The Bamfield Harbour Authority.  In addition to being an active director for the Huu-ay-aht Development Corporation, John currently serves as a director of The Bamfield Parks Board and as Chair of the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District Advisory Planning Commission for Bamfield.  John and Sheryl enjoy their home Bamfield.