He is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Aboriginal people through the creation of new business opportunities and development of skills and capacity in the community. In addition to supporting Aboriginal business development, Jerry has also applied his leadership skills to serve the public. In 2011, Jerry was awarded the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Skookum Jim award which recognizes Aboriginal achievements in the mineral industry. He was appointed to sit on the Yukon Mining Advisory Board in 2011. Jerry was President and founding member of the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation (1985), the largest native-owned and operated heavy construction company in Western Canada. He is also a founding member of the National Indian Businessman’s Association (1981) as well as the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) (1991-November 2013) where he served as Vice President.
Jerry is an experienced consultant and negotiator. His success in this area includes negotiating the first native–owned independent power producer contract with BC Hydro, the first significant Impact and Benefits Agreement in BC’s mining industry (Golden Bear Mine) and he successfully negotiated for a new health facility to serve the Dease Lake area.
Jerry has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal March 5, 2013 for his contributions to the inclusion and training of Aboriginal People in the mining industry. Jerry has shared his knowledge and experience with communities in Peru, Colombia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Argentina, Panama, Sweden, Norway, Australia, Canada and the US.
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