I am the father to 4 amazing children and a devoted husband to a very supportive and strong wife of 17 years. Every day I strive to learn something new so that I can pass that to my children. My main goal is to create a fulfilling life for my family. Becoming a parent at the young age of 21 helped me realize a new journey in life that I needed to be a positive role model. My children teach me just as much as I teach them and being a parent is the most rewarding job I have ever had. I completed my undergraduate degree in Business Administration in 2015 and I will be completing my Masters in Administration in Leadership in Summer 2020.
I spent over 20 years in the gaming industry where I held a variety of leadership roles ranging from Pitboss to Casino Manager. In my final role at SaskGaming, I was the Indigenous Recruitment and Retention Consultant, where I worked with their executive team and board to refresh the Indigenous Employment Strategy. I followed my heart and went to work for an Indigenous community where I held the role of General Manager for Pro Metal Industries, which is 100% owned by Pasqua First Nation. Currently I work for FHQ Developments and I am the Director of Business Developments.
Early on in my academic career, the late Elder Ken Goodwill and late Elder Isadore Pelletier, taught me to always give back to those who teach you and my community. While in school I was involved with volunteering for as many events as possible, this led me to being a Student Ambassador for the First Nations University of Canada as well as Master of Ceremonies for many events such as the Winter Festivals, Student Elections, and Convocation Ceremony. I was also a part of the Student Association and served as a First Nations University–University of Regina Students Union Executive Rep and the Office Manager for Student Association. I also had the honor of volunteering to be the Chair of the Proud Generation Committee which helped showcase Aboriginal Youth Role Models throughout Saskatchewan in a Calendar. This inspired me to be more involved in my community and I volunteered to be a council member on the Saskatchewan Red Cross – Southern Region. I have volunteered my time to be a youth mentor for aboriginal youth through Ranch Ehrlo Society. I was featured in Regina Crime Stoppers “Leaders creating Future Leaders” lecture series program. I was the Vice President of the Regina Aboriginal Professionals’ Association (RAPA) and past Vice President for the Board of Directors for Regina Crime Stoppers. I am currently a member of the Regina City Police Board of Police Commissioners.
I volunteered my time to help research with a presentation that combined First Nations Values with Gaming in Saskatchewan. It took a great deal of time and dedication but the result was me being asked to help present our research with Assistant Professor Joanne Goodpipe at the 15th Annual Gaming & Risk Taking Conference in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace in May 2013. Since then I have been awarded SaskGaming’s Presidential Leadership award. I have been awarded an international Indigenous scholarship through University of Regina, where I traveled to and around Mexico City to study, interact with and share knowledge with the local indigenous populations. I was also recognized globally as Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 for the Global Gaming Business Magazine in which I received an award at the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas in September 2016. I was also honored to be invited back to be a presenter at the 17th Annual Gaming & Risk Taking Conference in May 2019 with Assistant Professor Joanne Goodpipe.
I am extremely proud to be considered both a Treaty Status Aboriginal from the Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation and a Chinese-Canadian.