Tom Lewis, RPF, CEO
Tom Lewis has over 30-years of experience in the forest industry in Western Canada and is currently the President of Lewis Management Systems Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer for the Sasuchan Development Corporation – Takla Lake First Nation.
Previously, Tom was the Chief Operating officer for Jemi Fibre - a division of CanWel Building Materials Group involved in all aspects of operations from the forest to the market in Western Canada which including sawmills, private timber lands, public tenure, wood treating facilities, timber harvesting, road construction and a trucking company. Tom worked for Canfor Corporation for 17-years and was Vice President Woodlands – Canada where he was responsible for safely delivering 17 million (m3) of high quality logs annually to 16 primary manufacturing facilities and represented Canfor on forest policy, sustainability, environmental leadership and stakeholder relationships at a regional and provincial level in BC and Alberta.
As well as Tom’s experience at a senior leadership level in the forestry and manufacturing sector, he also has extensive experience in Organizational Development, Human Resources and Continuous Improvement. Tom is a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) who holds a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC, a Green Belt in Six Sigma and several advanced Lean Production System credentials. Tom has lived in Prince George since 1992.
Mona Rhodes, Executive Assistant
Mona and her 6 siblings were raised in the Terrace area, then Burns Lake; however, her family roots are from the vicinity of the Takla Traditional Territory by way of her mother, Lina Joe (Takla Landing) and her father, Frank Erickson Sr. (Fort St. James).
She has previously worked for the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation, the Edmonton Police Headquarters and the Takla Lake First Nation, as an administrator or within payroll and accounting departments.
Mona spends her free time travelling, reading and crocheting. Spending quality time with her husband Robi, her sons and beautiful grandchildren is what she loves best.
She gives her time to help others by simply lending a hand to those who need it at the time.
Steve Nycholat, RFT, MBA, GM Operations
Bringing 25+ years experience in consulting and contracting fields.
Before joining Sasuchan, Steve spent six years as Pacific Regional Manager of All North Consultants responsible for six divisions providing engineering services to the Pulp & Paper, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas and Mining sectors. In addition to those operational responsibilities, Steve oversaw Project management, IT and continuous improvement companywide.
Prior to that, Steve worked as General Manager/CEO for TDB consultants for 17 years working in the field of forestry consulting and contracting.
Steve‘s education includes a Masters of Business Administration from University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), a diploma in forest technology from College of New Caledonia (CNC) and a Blackbelt in Lean continuous improvement.
Currently serving on the CNC board of Governors as chair of Finance and Audit committee since 2014 and is an active coach for UNBC JDC west entrepreneurship team since 2012.
Previously Steve has served on the city of Prince George economic development corporation board 2011-2014 and volunteer food service at St Vincent de Paul 2005-2013.
Born in Prince George and raised in Mackenzie British Columbia, Steve is a lifelong resident of the central interior; married with two children and attending UNBC.
Shaun Cormier, Project Manager
Shaun studied International Relations and Northern Studies at UNBC, International Law at the University of Lapland and Finland, and Project Management at UNBC.
In Finland, Shaun worked in research on the topics of food security and law. Moving back to Prince George, he worked in social housing with the Aboriginal Housing Society of Prince George and most recently, worked as a project manager with the Tuktoykatuk Community Corporation in the Arctic.
Shaun was born and rasied in Mackenzie, BC and moved to Prince George at the age of 15. His hobbies include going hiking, playing ice hockey and going for runs.
Shaun has also volunteered his time to coach ice hockey for the past few years.
Caitlin Abraham, Communications Officer
Caitlin has been working in various positions with the Takla Nation for the past seven years. Originally, she was the receptionist of Sasuchan and has since evolved to the communications role, while continuing to work on several governance projects for the Nation.
Caitlin has attended UNBC for psychology and CNC for her criminology diploma, and is currently pursuing her Public Relations diploma through the University of Victoria. Her plans are to assist the Nation with future challenges and to start her own PR agency in the near future.
Caitlin is the eldest of six and recognizes as a member of the Frog clan. She is an aspiring influencer and has plans to travel and explore the world.
Nick Fuchs, CPA, Financial Controller
Nick leads the accounting and financial reporting aspects of SDC group of companies, while supporting business development.
Bring 10+ years’ experience in accounting and finance. Before joining Sasuchan, Nick spent six years as the controller at Geotech Drilling Services. Prior to that Nick worked in public practice, hospitality and forestry industry. Nick brings a strong background in process development, controls and implementation.
Nick‘s education includes his Chartered Professional Accountant, a degree in accounting and finance from University of Northern British Columbia and a diploma in hospitality from College of New Caledonia.
Nick enjoys spending quality time with his wife, Sophia and their 2 monsters.
Charlotte Jakumeit, CPA, Accountant
Charlotte brings 15+ years of experience in accounting in the Industrial, Forestry and Law sectors. She is professionally associated with the Law Society of British Columbia and the Canadian Payroll Association. She attended the College of New Caledonia and the Athabasca University studying accounting.
Charlotte enjoys spending time with her husband, Warner and their 4 sons, gardening, camping and renovating her home!
Charlotte's volunteer work consists of coaching T-Ball and soccer for a community association.
Chelsea Chilibeck, RPF, Forestry Supervisor
Chelsea attended UNBC and is a RPF with Association of BC Forest Professionals. She worked with TDB Consultants from 2013-2015, Kim Forest Management from 2015-2017, and is now bringing her expertise to Sasuchan.
Chelsea likes spending time with her mom, dad and brother, Chad.
Her hobbies include horseback riding, exercising, walking dogs at the SPCA or going on hikes with her fur baby, Pico.
Jessica Wiens, Forest Technologist
Jessica graduated from College of New Caledonia with her Natural Resources and Environmental Technology Diploma.
Jessica is a Trainee Forest Technologists (TFT) with the Association of BC Forest Professionals and has a vast experience of working as a forest technologist with TDB Consultants in 2016, BCTS in 2018 and the Takla Nation Lands department in 2019.
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going snowboarding and skijoring.
John has 21 years of experience in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) field primarily in the forestry and utility sector. His role is to blend traditional GIS with new and emerging geo-spatial technologies to improve data management and communication within SDC. John is also a sessional instructor in the Environmental Planning Department at UNBC.
John is a father of two and along with his wife Karen, play active roles in their children’s activities as coach and team manager. In his spare time, John can be found camping or fishing with his family, all the while being followed closely by the family dog ‘Pebbles'.
He also volunteers with the Point in Time homeless count, the St. Vincent DePaul Society and various sports organizations in the Community.
Andy Groom, RFT, Forestry Supervisor
Andrew attended Sir Sanford Fleming College, studying the School of Natural Resources and is now a Registered Forest Technologist. He has 29 years of experience in the forestry industry in Ontario and a variety of other areas in British Columbia.
In his spare time, Andrew enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter. His hobbies include kayaking, cycling and skiing.
Michael has attended the College of New Caledonia to study a variety of different courses: public speaking, social development administration and inspection courses.
Michael has experience in politics as he was chief of Takla Nation for 9.5 years and was on council for 5 2-year terms. He has worked for Rockteck as a Class one driver before joining SDC.
Michael is married and has 3 children and in his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar and helping people in any way that he can.
Michael Teegee, Community Liaison Officer
John Masich, Information Systems Coordinator
Brooklyn Seemann, Economic Development Intern
Brooklyn is a recent graduate from UNBC and has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Community Development. She is part of the Northern Development Initiative Trust First Nations Government internship program and will be working with Sasuchan for the next year. Prior to undertaking the internship opportunity, Brooklyn has worked as a legal assistant at Third Avenue Law during her final two years of post-secondary.
Brooklyn is a member of the Golden Key International Honors Society - a collegiate honors program associated to over 400 schools globally that provides ongoing mentorship and career development opportunities.
Brooklyn is the youngest in a family of 5. She has a 4 year old rescue fur baby, named Pippa, and she has recently got engaged. Her hobbies include playing volleyball, learning to golf, spending time at the lake/kayaking and hanging out with her friends and family.
Brooklyn enjoys giving back to her community and has. done so through coaching youth volleyball at all. levels from provincial teams to elementary school beginners. She finds it very rewarding to help kids master new skills and build new friendships.
Tessa Erickson, Summer Student, Data Entry
Tessa is in Grade 12 and has been accepted into Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Tessa is a youth advisor for the National Research Council and Youth lead for the Dakelh Kun'ah language project. She has worked during the summer of 2016 in the A.C.E program, and has been working with other youth to develop a Carrier language app since November of 2018.
Tessa enjoys spending time with her two siblings, Rendall and Bella, as well as with her parents. In her spare time, she likes to play volleyball, basketball and badminton. She also loves learning new things and is learning to speak Carrier and French.