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Bill Adsit

Business Development Officer, Tahltan Nation Development Corporation; Director, BC Hydro Board of Directors; Edmonton, AB

“For generations the First Nations people have faced internal and external challenges. Today, we are beginning to realize our potential through partnerships with other Canadians.”

Bill Adsit understands the difficulties that aboriginals have faced. He attended a residential school in Whitehorse from the age of 5-15 and regards himself as a residential school conqueror, not just a survivor. He had 38 years of experience serving in the Canadian military, Transport Canada, Revenue Canada, and Industry Canada before assuming the role of director of business development for his own band, the Tahltan First Nation.

In his previous role as President & CEO of the Tahltan Nation, Bill was able to establish 20 joint venture operations with Canadian corporations. Gross revenue grew from 9 million per annum to more than 50 million. Now as Vice President of Business Development he continues to create opportunity & negotiate contracts for the Tahltan people.

Bill presents key principles relating to effective business partnerships, but more significantly, he shares how his relationship with God has been the greatest partnership in his life. “God has given me the power to change my life! To forgive and move on when you get hurt badly is not something one can do simply out of human strength.”

Bill and his wife Val have been married for 48 years and reside in Edmonton, AB. They have 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. Although very busy with his Development Corporation responsibilities, Bill still finds time for family activities, racquetball and travel.

Presentation Topic:
Realizing Your Potential Through Partnership