The Westbank First Nation Economic Development Commission is the first First Nation EDC in Canada. With a vision of being a healthy, business-oriented community that is economically self-sufficient, the EDC provides linkages between government, members, and businesses.
To ensure an increase in economic wealth for the community, and a sustainable increase in living standards that includes an increase in per capita income, the EDC also works to ensure opportunities exist for better education and health, as well as environmental protection and close connections to WFN's culture and traditions. Being more than just developing the reserves, the EDC also focuses on the Membership's voice and well-being.
EDC Strategic Plan
Community Economic Development Plan
Economic Development Profile
Nelson Derickson, Chair
James Coble, Co-Chair
(Click on name to open profile)
NELSON DERICKSON is the Chairperson for the WFN Economic Development Commission. He works for WFN's corporate group Ntityix Development Corporation, Ntityix Resources LP, and WIBCO Construction Ltd. Nelson holds a business degree from Okanagan College. He works closely with the City of West Kelowna as an appointed Director on the Greater Westside Board of Trade. His background in business has enabled him to continually contribute to community and corporate strategic planning initiatives. Nelson has done volunteer work in the past with WFN member tax returns, and he actively seeks opportunities to better the Westbank and greater community.
JAMES COBLE, is a member of the Westbank First Nation community. His education includes a Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degree from the University of Victoria and is currently working on completing a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Calgary. Currently, he works for Okanagan College as the Director of Student Services. He has a vested interest in helping the WFN become a healthy, sustainable and economically self-sufficient community. He lives in the Kelowna area with his wife and two daughters.
DEANNA HAMILTON, a WFN Member, represents the Elder seat on WFN's EDC. She was the President/CEO of the First Nations Finance Authority, which she led the development of from inception to attaining federal statutory authority. Deanna is a former WFN Councillor and was formerly the President of the First Nation Tax Administrators Association, Director of the All Nations Trust Company, and Director of the British Columbia Assessment Authority. Deanna won a BC Community Achievement Award in 2014 as well as a Xerox-AFOA National Excellence in Leadership Award. She actively supports systems of governance including WFN self-government, additions to reserve, and service agreements.
WFN Economic Development
T 250 769 2436
F 250 769 4377
Design by Spryberry. Powered by SiteCMTM— web content management made easy by ideaLEVER Solutions.