Our Team

Leading with Purpose

Our team combines a passion for success with a diverse mix of knowledge to serve you better.

Our Board of Directors

A cohesive group of effective decision-makers

Charlie Cootes - Uchucklesaht


Brenda Read - Hupacasath

Vice Chair

Archie Little - Nuuchatlaht


Dawn Smith - Ehattesaht


Duane Nookemus - Huu-ay-aht


Edward Jack - Mowachaht


Kelly Johnsen - Toquaht


Les Doiron - NTC


Les Sam - Tseshaht


Pamela Webster - Ahousaht


Richard Mundy - Ucluelet


Ruth Charleson - Hesquiaht


Saya Masso - Tla-o-qui-aht


Peter Hanson - Kyuquot


Margaret Eaton - Ditidaht


Our Staff

Bringing a wealth of knowledge and passion for the success of Indigenous business

Al Little

General Manager

Jeraldine Marshall

Director of Finance

Cecilia Jensen

Data Entry & Admin Clerk

Verna Porter

Admin & Finance Assistant

Sharon Reyes

Loans & Financial Systems Coordinator

Jennifer Gallic

Business Programs Coordinator

Maud Morris

Regional Business Advisor

Serena Mayer

IWE Business Services Officer

Ron Arcos

Business Development Officer

Clifford Anderson

Business Development Officer

Denise Martineau

Business Development Officer

Want to Work with Us?

NEDC was formed by the Nuu-chah-nulth to provide business support & financing to Indigenous entrepreneurs. We have experience in government programs, funding procedures, and Indigenous culture.

We have a dynamic and innovative team united by a common purpose. As an Indigenous-owned corporation, we are dedicated to empowering Indigenous communities, fostering economic independence, and creating opportunities for the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Are you interested in making a difference and supporting Indigenous business development?

Start planning today for a quick and easy application process

A no-headache approach to getting your business off the ground. Know which program fits your needs and are ready to get started today?

Financing Programs

Have a question or need clarification? We’re here to guide you every step of the way.

Have a question or need clarification? We’re here to guide you every step of the way.

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