President, Tahltan Central Government
Show Case Session: Dialogues in Perspective
Chad grew up in Northwestern British Columbia between Smithers, BC and the Tahltan community where his father was born and raised in Telegraph Creek. Both of his parents worked in the mining industry.
Throughout his high school and university holidays, Chad always returned to Tahltan Territory where he worked in mining in various fields.
He completed a Bachelor of Arts in First Nation Studies and Political Science through the University of Alberta in 2010 and complete a Juris Doctorate in Law at the University of Victoria in April of 2014.
Shortly after entering law school, Chad was elected as a councillor for the Tahltan Band and quickly became heavily involved in his nation’s politics at the community and territorial levels.
Following his graduation from law school, Chad was nominated both at the community level to become the Chief of the Tahltan Band, and at the territorial level to become the President of the central government as it was named then – the Tahltan Central Council.
Chad decided to pursue the territorial leadership and was resoundingly elected in the summer of 2014 shortly after his 27th birthday, making him the youngest elected leader in Tahltan History.
Thereafter, Chad has lead his people through several successful negotiations with the Province, Industry and neighbouring First Nations. He created several new changes within the territorial government, including changing the name to what it is today – the Tahltan Central Government.
He has become well known for being a collaborative and creative leader that knows how to communicate effectively with all groups and navigate through difficult issues facing his people.
Chad was successfully re-elected in his second term as President of the Tahltan Nation this past July and will be serving a three-year term until the summer of 2019. He currently resides between Vancouver, Smithers and Dease Lake; he is always travelling for his work or his family.
Although Chad is very proud of his success in post-secondary studies and his work as the President, he takes the most pride in being an active and loving single father to his four children that reside in Smithers – he has three boys and a daughter.