When you want it done right for the next generation. Economic Development in First Nation Communities
This new company builds on the knowledge and capacities of Mr. Dana Francis and Mr. Beaver Paul, who are both strong advocates for capacity development within First Nation communities. Together they have a combined 50 years of experience in residential, commercial, and infrastructure projects, and have all worked closely with First Nations in the completion of these types of projects.
Mr. Dana Francis, President and Chief Operating Officer, RICI, has a background in project management and administration of both resource development projects and First Nation’s infrastructure projects across Canada. Mr. Francis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and an associate degree in Industrial Power Plant Management from Maine Maritime Academy, bringing over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, including managing large commercial projects, and both residential and community housing projects. Being a member of Tobique First Nation, Mr. Francis
understands the needs, and obstacles that First Nation communities and First Nation governments encounter; and as such bring a unique understanding and experience to every project to ensure projects move forward in the most efficient manner.
RICI specializes in design, construction management, and project management of design-built facilities. The company will deal extensively with First Nations communities.
Mr. Beaver has worked within the federal public service, private sector and First Nation governments for over 30 years . Mr. Paul has worked on Energy East Pipeline Project as an advisor to the Aboriginal Supply Chain group. Prior to the Energy East Pipeline project he worked with the Mi’gmawei Mawiomi Secretariat to develop a training program and assist with pursuing a 150 MW Mesgi’g Ugju’s’n Wind Farm that will be constructed in 2015. Prior to establishing GPA he was the Regional Manager for the National Centre for First Nations Governance where he worked closely with First Nation governments to develop and improve governance systems and institutional structures. In the past he held the position of President & Chief Executive Officer of the Tobique Economic Development Corporation where he was responsible for the establishment and management of five band-owned companies operating in forestry, fishery, construction, trucking and retailing sectors. In addition, Mr. Paul held the position of Manager of Aboriginal Relations with Maritimes and Northeast Pipeline responsible for Aboriginal Relations. Mr. Paul also worked for Jigug Enterprises, as the Manager of Corporate Services the business interests of which included forestry, construction, gaming and commercial fisheries operations. Mr. Paul has extensive experience working with the federal government in the areas of membership, housing and consultation. Mr. Paul is a US Navy Veteran. His professional trade is an Electronic Technician and he has recently completed a Masters Certificate in Public Management at the University of Quebec, École nationale d’administration publique. He has a degree in Business that focused on Construction Science and a knack for delivering a project on time and on budget.