Corporate Membership

Healthy, prosperous First Nations communities rely on effective leadership, solid economic foundations and a strong sense of community pride. This is the premise upon which the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC (AFOA BC) was founded in 1996.

AFOA BC is about people helping people. We support the dedicated individuals working in the fields of First Nations finance, administration and governance. By providing the highest quality training and professional development, offering the latest tools and resources, and lobbying for our members’ needs, we work toward a vision of social, economic and cultural prosperity for all First Nations communities in BC.

Corporate memberships are available to businesses and organizations that work with First Nations organizations, communities and individuals.

1. Corporate Benefits

Through a corporate membership, be recognized as a supporter and proponent of excellence in First Nations financial and administrative management.

Benefits include:

  • Your company profile/logo and web link on AFOA BC website
  • Three complimentary job postings per member per year on AFOA BC website
  • Right to use AFOA BC corporate logo
  • Your corporate logo on social media including Facebook
  • Ability to share expertise on issues that matter by submitting a piece to AFOA BC’s Financial Reporter newsletter
  • Complimentary booth space at two conferences per year (valued at $1200)
  • Initial AFOA Canada Membership (valued at $150)

2. Individual Benefits with a Corporate Membership

Corporate members can designate an individual of their organization to receive an AFOA BC membership and benefits throughout the calendar year.

Benefits include:

  • Eligible for provincial government corporate rates for hotel, car rentals and other supplies.
  • Member rates on professional development/training conferences and workshops for you and 1 guest
  • Receive E-bulletins and updates on First Nations financial management developments
  • Receive all AFOA BC publications
  • Networking opportunities with First Nations organizations and individuals involved with financial and administrative management.

Application Process

AFOA BC is interested in working with organizations that support our vision, mission and goals and can contribute to the advancement of effective First Nations financial management, administration and governance in BC. Please provide a brief letter on how your organization can work with us in achieving our goals and vision and note any involvement and support you provide First Nations communities in BC. Please include the attached application form in your letter to us.

 

If you would like to pay online please click HERE.
If paying by cheque, make payable to:

AFOA BC

PO Box 51510 Park Royal
West Vancouver, BC
V7T 2X9

Phone: (604) 925-6370

Contact: Billy-Joe CheckoCommercial Account Executive

Specializing in helping First Nation Communities and Development Corporations in managing their insurance placement. Local service is a key difference between the “All Nations” program and competitors offerings. Local means, we have the people in place in or around your community ready to help – ready to serve.
HUB professionals have considerable resources – knowledge, technology and market relationships to provide coverage and services tailored to the needs of each First Nation community including a Risk Services Division. The Risk Services Division uses a 5 step approach as this helps to build a framework to implement effective, long range solutions that creates the best results for clients.

Contact: Michele Hansen, First Nations Information Management

Streamline your First Nation operations with consulting and software solutions from AOS Partners. To grow your First Nation you need to manage a huge amount of information. The office needs to access membership information, a skills inventory, HR information — and have it be all up to date and reliable. When you have great systems in place, all departments benefit and your First Nation can push forward on the growth agenda. With clean data, your reporting process is simplified, and you can easily meet INAC reporting requirements.

Contact: Scott Simpson, Marketing Manager

From accounting and auditing to economic development and operational optimization, BDO draws on deep experience helping clients resolve a range of complicated issues. Across Canada, their Indigenous Services Practice has an in-depth understanding of community-specific issues. BDO brings a deep understanding of how Indigenous communities operate, and can formulate and implement the unique and effective strategies to meet their needs.

BDO’s partner-led practice group provides a comprehensive, integrated suite of services to help our Indigenous clients evolve through strategic, actionable plans – no matter what growth phase they’re in.

Crowe MacKay has been working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities for over 40 years. They know operating a community can be overwhelming – that’s why their extensive accounting and bookkeeping knowledge is vital to your success. Crowe Mackay has built a reputation for excellence by providing customized, value-added advice specific to your community’s financial needs. The comprehensive, on-target accounting services for Aboriginal communities in Canada they offer is a direct result of their specialized knowledge of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

From basic accounting services, Aboriginal financial auditing, budgeting, dealing with the Canada Revenue Agency, understanding tax law and accounting law as they apply to Aboriginal communities and in-depth financial advisory services, the Crowe MacKay accounting professionals will meet your expectations and further your growth as a community.

Aon is the first and only major broker to make a long-term commitment to Indigenous Canada. Their goal is to provide more accurate risk evaluation, access to insurance at lower cost, and superior service. For more than 30 years Aon has been providing insurance and risk management solutions specifically designed to meet the unique needs of Canada’s First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities. Aon has worked exclusively with Indigenous communities to develop customized products, in particular our recognized NationsPLUS™ program

The Answer Company has worked with over 600 companies from across North America, this has allowed them to harness a wide base of technical and application expertise. Their Sage and Acumatica ERP experience allow them to offer superb customer service and to confidently answer your questions right from the start.
Contact: Beverly Wong, Office Manager and Compliance Officer

Dixon Mitchell was founded in 2000 by a small group of portfolio managers with a desire to do things differently. Their goals were to provide clients with a focused investment management approach, to align their interests with their clients, and to keep costs down. In other words, they established the firm to be a true steward of client wealth. Today, Dixon Mitchell is an independent, employee-owned investment counsellor looking after significant assets for a wide array of institutional and private clients.

Contact: Gary Wilson

The Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative promotes community self-sufficiency and sustainable economic development on BC’s North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii. Communities are working together to build a strong, conservation-based economy that recognizes our  Title and Rights, and protects our culture and ecosystems. They support: planning for marine and land resources in the Great Bear region, increased local control and management of forestry and fisheries, sustainable development through ecosystem-based management, capacity building in our communities, partnerships with government, industry, environmental groups and others.

Contact: Matthew Hartney, GM of Financial Consulting Services

PSD is a global leader in the provision of enterprise asset management and budgeting research, consulting and software. Complex government challenges require holistic solutions. PSD’s approach combines integrated enterprise asset management and budgeting software with industry leading consulting services to provide complete support to our clients.

Contact: Marie Alaimo, Senior Project Officer

The New Relationship Trust (NRT) is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening First Nations in BC through capacity building.
NRT invests in BC First Nations by supporting them in five key capacity development areas: Governance capacity, Education, Language, Youth & Elders, and Economic development.

Contact: Kati Varga

Harris is Western Canada’s largest workplace law and advocacy firm. Their team of experienced lawyers provide a wide range of practical legal services and creative solutions for clients. They also have considerable experience advising clients in a range of legal issues that go well beyond the boundaries of workplace law, and have assisted Indigenous organizations on federal and provincial regulations, governance issues, privacy issues, areas of jurisdiction, and complex litigation. Visit their website.

Contact: Gordon Holley

Humanity Financial works with First Nations and Indigenous-led community organizations to improve their internal financial capacity. They are an accounting firm that works remotely with clients all over Canada to build robust internal financial systems.  They supplement existing internal finance teams with part-time designated accountants to create timely and accurate financial reporting.  They also work with clients to build efficient, effective financial systems for financial transaction management, bookkeeping and accounting, budgeting and financial reporting and financial governance.

Contact: Sheridan Lewis

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