Dr. Kayseas is a Saskatchewan-born Anishnaabe originally from the Fishing Lake First Nation. He has been employed at the First Nations University of Canada for over 20 years as a Professor in the School of Business and Public Administration where he primarily teaches entrepreneurship, economic development and strategy courses. He was appointed as the Vice-President Academic in 2017 and Interim President in mid-2019. He obtained a degree in Business Administration and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Regina and in 2009, a Ph.D. (Enterprise and Innovation) from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship, Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.
Dr. Kayseas has established a recognized scholarly program of research centered on Aboriginal entrepreneurship and economic development. He is actively engaged in both the research and practice of entrepreneurship and economic development. Most recently, he has worked to foster the integration of reconciliation into academic programming both in the classroom and in online distance learning. Dr. Kayseas is passionate about creating opportunities both in the classroom and within communities for Indigenous students to grow and thrive.
Dr. Kayseas is the Chair of the FLFN Ventures Ltd – a corporate entity owned by the Fishing Lake First Nation. The company manages development projects for the community, including a joint venture at BHP Billiton’s Discovery Lodge camp near Jansen, Saskatchewan, and other opportunities.
Jason Wong is a proud citizen of the Gitxsan Nation, located in BC, and has completed an Executive Master of Business Administration in Indigenous Business and Leadership. Jason has complemented his business education with Indigenous governance & law, economic development, and nation rebuilding. Additionally, Jason has 22+ years of practical business experience, with the past 15 years focusing on Indigenous education, skills training, and community development.
Jason has held the position of Vice President, Finance & Administration since June 2019.
Shannon St.Onge joined First Nations University of Canada in 2019 as Director of Finance. In her current role, Ms. St.Onge is responsible for leading the finance department and providing strategic financial leadership to the executive team. Shannon provides exemplary financial stewardship with a keen focus on sustainability, alignment to strategic goals and our responsibility to stakeholders.
Ms. St.Onge has over 10 years’ experience in financial and organizational management. Prior to joining First Nations University of Canada, she was an audit manager for not-for-profit organizations where she oversaw audit processes, made recommendations on policies and ensured the fulfillment of compliance reports.
Shannon holds a Bachelor of Commerce, with a specialization in Accounting from Laurentian University and the Chartered Professional Accountant designation.