Senior Advisor, BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council
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Mark Podlasly is a member of the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band (Nlaka’pamux Nation) located near Lytton, BC. He is a senior advisor to the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council on energy and mining industries and their impact on indigenous lands and communities. The Council supports First Nations interests in land, community and resource issues on indigenous territories across British Columbia.
A graduate of Harvard University, Mark has considerable experience in corporate strategy, strategic partnerships and global markets related to the energy and mining sectors. He started his career in the natural gas sector in Western Canada and is well versed in all aspects of gas extraction, processing, pipeline transport and end use.
Mark ran a successful executive education and consulting practice in Asia, Europe and the USA, designing corporate strategy, leadership, and globalization programs for clients including GE, Unilever, General Mills, Clorox, Goldman Sachs and Praxair.
Frequently invited to speak on extractive industry impacts, Mark is a regular participant in Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management’s executive energy and mining leadership programs based out of Chicago.
Mark was appointed by the BC Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett to the Mining Code Review Committee to determine how to best implement the seven recommendations stemming from an Independent Expert Engineering Panel’s investigation into tailings pond breach at the Mount Polley Mine in Northwest B.C. Mark also serves his First Nation as Lead Trustee for the Nlaka’pamux Legacy Trust, a sovereign wealth-like mining revenue sharing fund dedicated to community and skills building for eight band communities in central BC.
Mark is married to a member of the Tahltan First Nation from Northwest BC. He and his wife have two young daughters and they all live in Vancouver, BC.