Akwesasne, ON, January 16, 2024 – The First Nations Market Housing Fund (“the Fund”) proudly welcomes Earl Commanda and Walter Schneider as the newest Trustees on its Board, while also celebrating the Minister’s approval of the reappointment of three esteemed individuals: Jean Vincent, Errol Wilson, and Chief Sidney Peters.

New Trustees

Earl Commanda brings profound expertise in organizational governance, having served as a Chief for 20 years and Chairperson at the Tribal Council for 17 years. His track record includes his pivotal role at the Assembly of First Nations, where he spearheaded the revitalization of the Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure. He also worked as Program Manager – CE and CD, with the First Nations Market Housing Fund up until 2019. More recently, Earl has been working as the Executive Director of Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin, in Cutler ON.

Walter Schneider boasts over 20 years of progressive leadership experience. Notably, he served as the VP in a global investment bank, a CEO of a shared governance not-for-profit organization, and Senior Administrator for his own First Nation community. He holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant) designation and an MBA from SFU Beedie School of Business, and currently serves as CEO of the New Relationship Trust, which supports capacity development initiatives in First Nation communities across British Columbia.

Minister-Approved Reappointments

The Minister has approved the reappointment of three Trustees whose terms expired in 2023:

Jean Vincent, President and CEO of the Aboriginal Commercial Credit Corporation (SOCCA) and the Aboriginal Savings Corporation of Canada (ABSCAN). Mr. Vincent’s leadership is crucial to the Fund’s continued success.

Errol Wilson, currently serving as the Manager of Capacity Development at the First Nations Financial Management Board, brings corporate leadership experience, emphasizing capacity building and economic development for First Nation clients.

Chief Sidney Peters, Chief of Glooscap First Nation, has a significant background in Aboriginal housing, having worked with organizations such as Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the Native Council of Nova Scotia. His collaborative approach with various entities makes him an asset to the Fund.

Michael Rice, Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Fund, expressed enthusiasm for the appointments, saying, “The diverse expertise and commitment of our new Trustees and the reappointed members will further strengthen our ability to address the housing needs of First Nations communities and promote sustainable development.”

Travis Seymour, CEO of the Fund, added, “We are honoured to have such dedicated and experienced individuals on our Board. Together, we will continue our crucial work in providing innovative housing solutions and supporting the growth of Indigenous communities.”

The Fund is confident that these Trustees will play pivotal roles in advancing its mission and contributing to the well-being of First Nations communities across Canada.

The First Nations Market Housing Fund is committed to working closely with people to ensure that more First Nation members have the opportunity to become homeowners. The organization’s expertise and deep understanding of the unique challenges facing First Nations communities are reflected in its expanded services, and it will continue to make changes to better support housing solutions.

For more information on the First Nations Market Housing Fund and its services, please visit www.fnmhf.ca or contact Nancy Coloccia.

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