Board of Directors

Dean Daly, Board Chair

Dean Daly is a Registered Professional Forester who lives with his wife Janette in Smithers, British Columbia where he has been a partner in a consulting company Woodcreek Ventures Ltd. since 1998. The company specializes in First Nations business development and forestry operations management including timberland and tenure valuations.


Although Dean has contracted widely to industry, government and First Nations groups, his most recent contracts have been with Linceo Media Group Ltd, Transcanada Pipelines Limited, UTM Mineral Exploration Services and BC Hydro, Aboriginal Relations and Negotiations group as a lead negotiator for a wide variety of consultation/capacity funding and impact/benefit agreements.


Prior to forming his consulting company, Dean was Vice-President and Manager of Rayonier Canada Ltd, a forest products company that specialized in First Nations joint ventures for timberland management and forest product exports to Japan, Korea and China. Dean and Janette currently manage a woodlot in Smithers where they complete all operational planning, supervision and administrative work for the tenure.


In his volunteer work, Dean currently is President of the Wood Product Development Council, a Director of the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, a Director of Sasuchan Development Corporation (Takla Lake FN), a Director of the Bulkley Woodlot Association and a member of the Back Country Horseman of BC. He is past Chair of the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest, Past Chair of the  Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board and is a Past President of the Bulkley Woodlot Association.

In his spare time, he likes to travel, snowboard and explore local trails on horseback with Janette.

Marilyne Teegee

Marilyne is enjoying her recent retirement from her tenure with the Province of BC. She is grateful for the experience and is looking forward to continuing to be a part of Takla’s vision and building the community. She is excited for all of the opportunities and possibilities for the Nation’s future generations. She is a very strong advocate for First Nation interests and will continue to work towards and support Takla’s members to reach their full potential.


She has attended the College of New Caledonia for business administration and has been a board member for Carrier Sekani Family Services since 1997 – 2007 & 2012-present. Her previous experience includes working for the School District in Vanderhoof, employed as an aboriginal coordinator/liaison between the School District and First Nations. She also enjpyed working for Fort Outreach employment services, Northern BC Winter Games and the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.


She enjoys learning and personal development programs, as well as traveling and hopes to do more now that she has retired. The years of coaching volleyball at Fort St James secondary school were some of the more memorable moments for Marilyne and now enjoys her health routine of walking, pilates, yoga and incorporating new practices as she learns.

Dave Bryden

David was born and raised in British Columbia and has been married for 42 years with two daughters.

Employed in the Forest Industry for more than 35 years, David has gained experience on Vancouver Island, Fort Nelson, Fort St. James, and for the last 33 years in Prince George. He is experienced working with small independent family operations up to the largest forest company in B.C. He has also managed company workforce from 5 - 80 persons, supervised company owned harvest operations as well as large contract work force in areas of road building, silviculture, harvesting and planting.

David has worked with a variety of First Nations communities in the 35 years in the forest industry, gaining knowledge of First Nations community values and aspirations. He has been engaged with Takla First Nation for various periods of time from 1991 to present.

In his spare time, he likes to play rugby, go fishing, hunting, and when time allows finding fun in the sun.

Elke Lepka

Elke's family is the Wolverine Alexanders; cousins to the Hogem Alexander family and Takla Lake Johnny family. Elke grew up just outside of Fort St James, rural Dog Creek, and spent the majority of her summers within the Takla territory. During the summers, she would assist building bridges and roads in the family business, go back to homestead in Wolverine and Germansen Landing and returning to the old country Austria to visit her relatives.

Elke attended college in 2000 to study Forest Technology, and later returned to pursue Business Marketing and Management.

In her professional work, Elke has worked in the First Nations field in Forestry related management roles, followed by being a Takla Nation Councillor. After her term, she became a stay at home mom to two boys.

She has returned to the workforce part time, with the Sasuchan Development Corporation and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities with the development of Sasuchan, but first and foremost, the relationships with the Takla membership.

Jim Bennett, CPA

Jim’s desire is to work together with First Nations to realize their economic goals and play their rightful role as key contributors to the economic fabric of Canada.

Jim currently serves four First Nations (Takla, Namgis, Nuxalk) as a member of the Board of Directors and is also an integral part of the finance team as Treasurer.


Jim also has considerable background in financial reporting, audit, negotiations and financial controls as a previous member of KPMG Chartered Accountant’s natural resource practice. Jim was a partner at KPMG and worked there for over twenty years.


Jim grew up in the Comox Valley and has recently moved back to Comox.

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