Webinar 4 - Funding and Finance: Housing and Infrastructure for the Future

Funding and Finance: Housing and Infrastructure for the Future


Tracy Antoine
Vice President, Indigenous Markets, RBC Royal Bank

Prior to joining RBC, Tracy worked for First Nations Governments for twenty year in various roles such as Housing, Management roles and Community Planning. These key divisions within a First Nations community brought to light the importance of higher education and seeking employment with an organization with an Indigenous Market focus. Tracy began her career with RBC in 2006 and has held many positions in the retail division over a period of five (5) years (including Branch Manager). Then joined the Commercial Financial Services team as a Senior Commercial Account Manager, Indigenous Markets and travelled into many First Nations communities in BC from 2011 to 2017. Then moving onto a role as Senior Manager, Indigenous Credit Initiatives & Implementation working with the National Director of Indigenous Markets with a focus on two key policies: Housing and Commercial Indigenous Market Credit. Most recently Tracy joined the BC leadership team as the Vice-President, Indigenous Markets

Wendy Ham
Executive Director, AFOA

Wendy Ham joined AFOA BC as their Executive Director in 2019. Wendy is a Chartered Professional Accountant(CPA, CGA) and a Certified Aboriginal Finance Manager(CAFM). She also holds a certificate in First Nation Tax Administration through the TULO Centre of Indigenous Economics and Thompson River University. Prior to her role at AFOA BC, Wendy was the Finance Manager and Tax Administrator for Sumas First Nation for 7 years. She has been a member of AFOA BC since 2014 and was part of the team at Sumas First Nation who received a Best Practices Award from AFOA BC in 2017. Wendy’s experience in finance and administration is long and varied as she has worked in the post-secondary education and not-for-profit sectors. She is a firm believer in life-long learning and is honoured to work with all the First Nations in BC.

Jason Calla

Jason has worked with First Nations for over two decades. Jason served three terms as Secretary Treasurer of the First Nations Health Authority and Chair of its Finance and Risk Management Committee. He has advised on options for participation in major resource projects. He has worked on comprehensive community plans including financial analysis of a First Nation government's fiscal position in different infrastructure finance and development scenarios. Jason completed a BCom from UBC in 1994 and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1998. Jason is also a member of the Squamish Nation.

Presentation Slides 

Funding and Finance Presentation