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HFN Group of Businesses Welcomes New Planning Consultant

HFN Group of Businesses Welcomes New Planning Consultant

Cynthia Rayner recently joined the HFN group of businesses on a one-year contract to assist with business planning. Prior to accepting her position, Cynthia worked for Xaxli’p First Nations in Lillooet as an Economic Development Officer. Here she raised over $300,000 in funding for Xaxli’p business ventures, including a store, commercial garden, fiberglass operation, and campsite. She also helped the nation attain important financial and tax laws through the First Nations Financial Management Board.

In addition to her work with the Xaxli’p, Cynthia previously worked as an Administrator for Mowachaht/Muchalaht First Nation. This role included managing the nations’ economic development, including a five-year economic development plan; managing the nations’ finances and organizational development; and overseeing human resources.

Previously Cynthia also worked for a wide variety of clients, including H’ulh-etun Health Society, the Chief Dan George Centre for Advanced Education, Chemainus First Nations, BC Hydro, and the First Nations Health Authority. Her roles included Executive Director, Executive Health Director, Education Manager, Job Placement Officer, and Business Development Planner.

Thanks to her extensive training and expertise, Cynthia is a powerful business driver whose entrepreneurial instincts and clear vision have carried multiple companies through rapid and continuous growth. Cynthia received her Bachelor of Arts in business, majoring in marketing and management. She also has 20 years experience working with rural, remote, and urban First Nations, including eleven years in senior managerial positions.

Cynthia originates from the Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakiutl, and Gitxsan First Nations, and traces her Huu-ay-aht ancestry through her father’s side. Her Huu-ay-aht ancestral name is Hacum Tuhuaqsup which means “queen by the waterfalls.” Her mother, Dolly McRae, is a hereditary Chief from the Fireweed clan in the Gitxsan Nation. In addition to holding this title herself, Cynthia is the owner and principal consultant at First Nations Management Consulting. Her Gitxan Chief’s ancestral name is Nu’joulst, which means “mother of a high chief.” Her Kwakiutl ancestral name is Poot’lus which means “you never leave my house hungry.”

Over the next year, Cynthia will assist the HFN group of businesses with planning for the market, campground, and other Huu-ay-aht-owned businesses. She will review development and marketing documents completed to date and create usable, step-by-step guides for successful business operation.

To reach Cynthia, please call 778-421-2663 or email

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