Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
Success Stories – Indigenous Business Perspectives
Trish Balcaen is the Assistant Deputy Minister responsible for Negotiations and Regional Operations with the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. She joined MIRR in 2015 as a Chief Negotiator and had success developing innovative arrangements with First Nations such as the Tahltan – Klappan Land Use Plan and the Lake Babine Foundation Pathway Agreement.
Trish began work with BC Government in 2004 and has held a variety of senior management positions in the Ministry of Forests, the Integrated Land Management Bureau, Environmental Assessment Office, and the LNG Project Board before joining MIRR. She has also been the general manager of a medium-sized log harvesting and road building company in Vernon, BC where she was also active in ranching and land development businesses.