Ruth is the former Chief Executive Officer of All Nations Trust Company. During her 27 years with the organization, Ruth and the team built ANTCO into British Columbia’s largest Aboriginal Capital Corporation. In 2009 ANTCO was selected by the provincial and federal governments to manage Pathways to Technology, recognition of a successful track-record running complex, large-scale economic development projects in First Nations communities throughout BC.
Ruth has an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Thompson Rivers University and is a member of the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame by the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business. She is a founding member of eight non-profit organizations that work to improve the quality of life for Indigenous peoples, including the Round Lake Treatment Centre, the Aboriginal Health Advisory Council and the Central Interior Ministry of Child and Family Services Advisory Board. She is also Vice-Chair of the First Nations Market Housing Fund.
Communities get to know Jamie well as he leads them through the engagement process to plan, construct and deliver new high-speed internet service. Jamie has been heavily involved in Digital Divide projects throughout BC for the past 10 years. As Manager of Information Technologies for the Gitksan Government Commission, he helped design and deploy a wireless broadband network for four communities around Hazelton, two of which were First Nation. He has a strong understanding of community consultation and the issues faced by new communities taking their first steps toward connectivity. Jamie has also taught computer-related courses for the Northwest Community College, Gitksan Wet’suwet’en Education Society, and Gitksan Watershed Authority.
Thant works with First Nations and partners to leverage network connectivity to benefit communities and make use of digital solutions for capacity building. He has over 10 years of experience in the design and deployment of digital information management solutions in Public Sectors including Health and Education across various provinces.
Focusing on specifically enabling First Nations communities, Thant’s background has focused on deploying solutions in remote communities to enable distance education and certifications, telehealth, environmental surveillance and management, and emergency management services.
Thant is passionate about volunteering. He has over eight years of experience volunteering in hospitals and for community events and has volunteered at the First Nations Young Warriors Youth Camp.