Staff and Advisors

John Webster, Executive Director
John Webster has been involved in the employment and training industry for over 25 years. As Executive Director for the Southwest Aboriginal Training and Employment Society (SATES) from its inception in 1992, to its transfer to a new coordinating body in 1997, Mr. Webster was instrumental in empowering the Aboriginal peoples in British Columbia in managing their own employment and training funding and programming.

John was also appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the National One Agreement Model Committee, which undertook a nation-wide review of the Aboriginal Employment strategy, as defined under the existing Pathways to Success Agreementsand subsequently to the Pathways Structural Review Committee, which served as the advisory body in the development and implementation of the federal government’s National Framework Agreements with First Nations, Inuit and Metis.

John is the current President and CEO of the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society, an urban Aboriginal organization and the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Training Strategy (ASETS) for the urban Metro Vancouver area that plays a crucial role in the economic and social development of the Vancouver urban Aboriginal community. John has served on numerous Boards, Committees, Task Forces, Advisory Bodies and Panels at the local, municipal, provincial and national level. He is the current Chair of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre Society, the Vancouver representative for the Urban Aboriginal Strategy's National Caucus, as well as Board Member of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council.

John is from the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation in Alberta. 

Other Staff
Gary McDermott, Director of Development
Elaine Clare, Development Officer
Lynn White, Director of Finance
Yumi Tanaka, Admin Assistant

Richard Bridge, Legal Counsel
is based in Middleton, in Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley. He was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1991 and the Nova Scotia Bar in 2006, after he and his family relocated from Vancouver Island. Richard is a sole practitioner and considered a national expert in charity and non-profit Law, co-operatives and public sector organizations and issues.