Deputy Chief Harlan Schilling

Deputy Chief, Daylu Dena Council
CEO, Centre of Excellence in Economic Development

Harlan Schilling was raised in his home community of Lower Post, BC, where he has had the honor to serve the Daylu Dena community as a Councilor from 2017 – 2020, and now serves as Deputy Chief. Before his political career, Harlan served in the Canadian Armed Forces as a combat engineer for seven years. Harlan has served on the BCAFN Board of Directors and is now honored to be the recently appointed Chief Executive Officer for the newly launched BC First Nations Center of Excellence.

After over 40 years of effort, in 2021, the Daylu Dena Council successfully demolished the residential school in their community. As Deputy Chief, Harlan cared for his people as they took this important step toward healing. Harlan is passionate about supporting meaningful and sustainable community healing and economic development. In his time on Council, Harlan led initiatives for community growth, including new social programs such as on-the-land healing and wellness spaces and extensive community infrastructure projects including a new water treatment plant, a green-energy Multi-Purpose Centre, and a recent supportive housing initiative.

As a recent Board Member of the BCAFN, Harlan was honored to represent Northern First Nations and be a part of the critical and impactful work the BCAFN is doing for First Nations Peoples. As of Fall 2023, Harlan has begun his work as CEO of the newly launched Center of Excellence (CoE). Harlan’s passion for economic equity and culturally driven economic development informs his goals for the CoE and a future that sees meaningful and lasting economic reconciliation in BC.

Speaker Sessions

Capital for Conservation: Innovative Finance Models for Nature and Water (Invite-only)

  • Ensuring Water Security
  • Intersectional Track
  • Restoring and Protecting Nature
  • Finance, Trade and Investment
Session Date
Tuesday, Feb 13 2024 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Featuring
The Honourable Nathan Cullen Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship, Government of British Columbia
Deputy Chief Harlan Schilling Deputy Chief, Daylu Dena Council
CEO, Centre of Excellence in Economic Development
Alan Shapiro Advisor, Working for Watersheds & Principal, Shapiro & Company
Zita Botelho Director, Watersheds BC
Katherine Balpataky Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships, ALUS
Eddy Adra Chief Executive Officer, Coast Funds
Monika Freyman Vice-President, Sustainable Investing, Addenda Capital
In collaboration with

Critical Minds on Critical Minerals: Strategies for a Decarbonized and Resilient Mining Value Chain

  • Reaching Destination Net Zero
  • Finance, Trade and Investment
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
  • Innovation, Technology and Deployment
Session Date
Wednesday, Feb 14 2024 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Featuring
Matt McCulloch Director, ESG and Decarbonisation, Norda Stelo
Liz Lapin CEO, Common Good Mining & Director, Battery Metals Association of Canada
Kody Penner Lead, Business Planning, Copper Growth, Teck Resources
Deputy Chief Harlan Schilling Deputy Chief, Daylu Dena Council
CEO, Centre of Excellence in Economic Development