Granddaughter of Annie Clappis, VAL BELLWOOD grew up in Parksville as a member of Huu-ay-aht First Nations. A long-time business owner and entrepreneur, Val ran a painting and decorating company from 2006 to 2008 in the Parksville, Qualicum, and Nanoose area. In 2008, she purchased Alberni Colour Corner, a painting and decorating shop in Port Alberni, which she now runs full time. In addition to giving Val a good understanding of all business operations, Alberni Colour Corner also received “Business of the Year Award” from the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) in 2010. New to the HFN Group of Companies and the operating board, Val is excited to see the changes coming for her nation through the Group’s business activities.
BOB BROUGH began his career as a union logger on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Ucluelet. Working in the forest industry for forty years, Bob progressed through the industry’s corporate structure to become the manager of a large harvesting operation. This exposure, combined with professional development while working on a senior management team over many years, prepared him to deal effectively with complex issues involving human resources, management controls, environmental certification, and strategic planning. After retiring from the forest industry in 2006, Bob founded Knight Star Ventures, a management services consulting company. For the past six years he has served clients both inside and outside the forest industry. His focus is on developing practical business processes, contract administration, project oversight, and safety management. Bob has also worked with many First Nations communities along the BC coast, planning forestry operations and assisting small First Nation communities with capacity building. In 2010, Bob led a team of consultants in analyzing the Huu-ay-aht Forestry LP. Their goal was to present alternative ways of managing the business to maximize profits and achieve community values. Bob joined the HFN Development LP Operating Board in 2012.
JOHN 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.
CORY MCINTOSH: Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Cory McIntosh has been working in public practice accounting since 1993. In 1999 he moved to Parksville, where he joined the Port Alberni accounting firm of Degruchy Norton & Co. In 2001 he became a partner with the firm, which eventually expanded and became McIntosh Norton Williams. As an accounting student 20 years ago, Cory worked with the accounting firm providing services to the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and now he chairs the Finance, Audit, and Risk Management (FARM) Committee for the HFN Development LP. In addition to being a Certified General Accountant, Cory holds the Certified Aboriginal Financial Management and Certified Financial Planner designations. He also instructs taxation courses at Vancouver Island University and currently serves as the treasurer for the District 69 Society of Organized Services.
ANGELA WESLEY is a proud member of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation and has worked since 1980 with First Nations communities throughout British Columbia. Since 1992 she has been providing advisory services in strategic planning, community development, communications, community engagement, and governance capacity building. In recent years her focus has been on providing assistance to her own Nation as well as the four other First Nations that are signatory to the Maa-nulth Treaty. As Chair of the Huu-ay-aht Constitution Committee and member of the Huu-ay-aht treaty, governance and lands/resources committees, she was instrumental in the development and community ratification of the treaty, the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Constitution and a suite of foundational laws that set the stage for her Nation’s return to self-governance in 2011. Angela acted as Speaker (Chairperson) for the Spring 2012 Huu-ay-aht First Nation legislature and the Fall 2011 People’s Assembly. She currently serves as the as the Maa-nulth representative on the tripartite Implementation Committee, is the Board Chair for the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, a Board member of the Royal British Columbia Museum, and Board President for the HFN Development LP.