Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is the National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Victoria. Judith also works for as a Strategic Advisor to First Nations and Corporations on building relationships and negotiating fair and equitable agreements.
Judith served fourteen years as Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation, located in Port Alberni, BC. As Chief of her First Nation, she focused on capacity building and sustainable development. Judith was instrumental in the development a 6.5MW run of river project, a woodlot based on higher environmental standards, eco tourism canoe tours and put in place a Land Use Plan, a cedar Use strategy. Judith continues to advance First Nations opportunities in business development based on their values.
Judith serves as Co-Chair on the Island Corridor Foundation a joint venture between Regional Districts and First Nations that own the Rail line on Vancouver Island. Judith is on the Boards of the New Relationship Trust, the New Relationship Trust Foundation, and Clean Energy BC. Judith also Co-Chairs the Joint Working Group on First Nations Heritage Conservation and is on the Advisory board for the Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education Program.