Our Team

GMG004Marc Storms, CEO/Trainer

Marc has spent more than 14 years as a front line Social Worker and Team Leader with the Ministry of Children and Families, including nearly 10 years living and working in the Northwest BC communities of Dease Lake, Iskut, Telegraph Creek, Terrace and Kitimat. He was responsible for multi-million dollar project budgets and serviced as the first Vice Chair of the BCGEU and the Vice Chair of the Vancouver Island MCFD Leadership Training Team.

Marc uses his experience and expertise in the fields of training, marketing and business, as well as his knowledge and understanding of rural Aboriginal issues, to support the development of marketing and business plans, economic development initiatives, training curriculum and organizational management strategies. Marc is sought out for his skilled facilitation at leadership gatherings involving Aboriginal Economic Development and health issues. He has developed integrated protocols with First Nation communities and taught life skills, financial management, and job-seeking skills. Marc is certified in Executive Management, providing training to upper level managers and government executives. He has sat on the Boards of the Caring for First Nations Children Society and the Child and Family Counselling Association, and is a member of the International Association for Impacts Assessment.

 

GMG001Emily Waterman, Negotiations and Dispute Resolution Advisor

Emily brings a breadth of knowledge and experience in community and stakeholder engagement, project management and program evaluation to her work at GMG. Emily specializes in working with groups in conflict and holds a Master of Arts degree in Dispute Resolution. She facilitates dialogue to further social and economic development with organizations and communities. Emily is registered with Mediate BC as an Associate Civil Mediator and is a member of the Canadian Evaluation Society. Emily has worked all over Canada and internationally as a facilitator and consultant and has designed and delivered training and engagement strategies for First Nations communities and organizations, government, non-profit, university, and private sector clients. Emily’s work has ranged from working with government managers in conflict environments to facilitating cross community dialogue with groups in Northern Ireland and project management for First Nations community and economic development projects.

 

Anna Horel, Proposal Development Advisor

Disciplined, organized, inquisitive and articulate describe Anna. Drawing on her skills and experience working with small businesses, not- for-profit organizations and First Nation communities, Anna exercises her administrative prowess working behind the scenes to support GMG staff and clients in pursuit of project funding opportunities.

 

 

Strategic Associates

 

Kim Linkert, Educational Specialist and Financial Advisor

Kim has spent more than 17 years working directly with Aboriginal communities in Western Canada. He holds a MEd in Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria and a BSc and BEd from the University of Saskatchewan. Kim brings to the GMG team effective leadership in Aboriginal communities, a proven capacity to build strong relationships with community members, a vision for growth, change and sustainability, and excellence in facilitation and training. Kim heads up GMG’s financial literacy program and related initiatives.

Dawn Smith, Senior Advisor

Leveraging her experience in Aboriginal politics, economic development, and education, Dawn supports Indigenous peoples and communities to develop capacity though education, leadership, and governance processes. With training and direct experience in Budget Management, University and College Instruction, Conflict Resolution and Negotiation, Curriculum Development, Program Evaluation and Analysis, Human and Resource Management, Research and Writing, and Policy Development, Dawn is able to support Aboriginal communities and organizations with strategically moving forward toward self-determination.

Freda Campbell, First Nations Economic Development Advisor

Freda is a Tahltan member currently residing in Dease Lake, BC. Her educational background is Business Administration/Management specializing in accounting and organizational behavior and, her employment history is working in a gold mine in her traditional territory. For more than 10 years, Freda has worked for Eskay Creek (Barrick) Mines, first as a receptionist, and rising through the warehouse, to the Human Resources Coordinator. With her education and experience, both working in an operating mine and living in her traditional territory, she offers insight into the resources needed for these two seemingly conflicting elements to create a symbiotic relationship, working together, each with separate goals, but both working together to reach them.