Chief Commissioners

The Treaty Commission's impartiality is reflected in its composition and the way it makes decisions. Commissioners do not represent the Principals that appoint them, but instead act independently. Decisions require the support of one appointee of each of the Principals.

The Chief Commissioner is appointed to a three-year term by agreement of the Principals. The First Nations Summit elects two Commissioners and the federal and provincial governments appoint one each. In the absence of a Chief Commissioner, the four remaining Commissioners unanimously agree to appoint one of them to act as Chief Commissioner.

Click the Chief Commissioner’s image to read their bio.


The Treaty Commission's impartiality is reflected in its composition and the way it makes decisions. Commissioners do not represent the Principals that appoint them, but instead act independently. Decisions require the support of one appointee of each of the Principals.

The First Nations Summit elects two Commissioners and the federal and provincial governments appoint one each. The four part-time Commissioners serve two-year terms. The Chief Commissioner is appointed to a three-year term by agreement of the Principals. In the absence of a Chief Commissioner, the four remaining Commissioners unanimously agree to appoint one of them to act as Chief Commissioner.

Click the Commissioner’s image to read their bio.


Treaty Commission staff come from a wide range of backgrounds and specialize in a number of areas. Click on the photos below to learn more about our team.

Dan Gill
Director of Funding

Dan joined the Treaty Commission in 2002. He is the Director of Negotiation Funding and manages the negotiation support funding that enables First Nations to participate in the BC treaty negotiations process. He monitors compliance with the funding agreements, including annual financial reporting. Dan has an undergraduate economics degree and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. As a commercial lender with Toronto Dominion bank, he worked in Vancouver, Victoria, and Toronto. Dan has also worked as controller and band manager for Nl'aka'pamux and Secwepemc First Nations in the southern interior of BC.

Sashia Leung
Director of International Relations and Communications

Sashia joined the Treaty Commission in September 2012. In her role, Director of International Relations and Communications, she manages the public information and education mandate of the Treaty Commission and is one of the leads for its international work to support the implementation of the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples. Sashia works at the international level, including supporting Expert Members as well as advocating for the promotion and protecting of Indigenous rights and title through participation at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Rights and the Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Since joining, she has also facilitated treaty negotiations, managed forums and special projects including: First Nations governance initiatives, ratification processes, community engagement, and capacity-development. Sashia has over 15 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities in BC and is proud to be of mix heritage, Wet'suwet'en and Chinese from the community of Wiset, in northern interior BC.

She holds a BA in political science with a concentration on First Nations studies from the University of British Columbia. Sashia is a Banff Forum member, and alumna of the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. She has served on a variety of boards and committees, and currently serves as Chair of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Board of Governors.

Mark Smith
General Counsel & Director of Process

Mark is General Counsel and Director of Process, he joined the Treaty Commission in 2001. Mark provides legal, political, and strategic policy advice on the protection and recognition of Aboriginal title and rights. Mark leads complex facilitations on treaty negotiations, and intergovernmental initiatives to improve the processes to achieve reconciliation amongst governments and Indigenous Nations. He is dedicated to Indigenous rights recognition, governance-building and inter-nation dispute resolution processes. Mark has been a key contributor to the Treaty Commission’s international work reinforcing the importance of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigneous Peoples to negotiations between state and Indigenous Nations.

A graduate from the University of Alberta Law School, Mark was called to Alberta Bar, and is currently a member of the Law Society in British Columbia. Mark has focused his career on Aboriginal law and First Nations issues. Mark previously was a sole-practitioner, and has practiced Aboriginal and environmental law with the firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He is completing a Master of Laws at the University of British Columbia focusing on First Nations legal issues. 

Tenisha Williams

Tenisha is the Office Coordinator and joined the BC Treaty Commission in 2011. Prior to her employment at the Treaty Commission she worked for the Public Service Commission of Nova Scotia, Capital District Health Authority and ExxonMobil Canada in administration, human resources, and special projects.

Tenisha graduated from Eastern College with an advanced human resources management diploma excelling in compensation, benefits management and employee relations. She is a member of the Chartered Professional in Human Resources Canada.

Nancy Wong

Nancy Wong joined the Treaty Commission in July 2003 as the Funding Analyst. In her role she supports the Treaty Commission with executing and monitoring compliance of First Nations Negotiations Support funding agreements. 

Previously she held positions in private, and municipal government sectors and retail. Nancy is a member of the Certified General Accountants. 

Chief Commissioner Celeste Haldane
Celeste Haldane
Chief Commissioner

Celeste Haldane was reappointed Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission in May 2020, she was first appointed in April 2017. Prior to this, she served as an elected Commissioner for six years commencing in 2011.

Celeste is a practising lawyer and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2019. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), and Bachelor of Arts (B.A) from UBC. In 2015, she began her doctorate in Anthropology and Law at UBC. 

Celeste has direct board governance experience through several positions previously held, and currently she is a Director of the Brain Canada Foundation and Legal Aid BC.  She is an active member of both the Indigenous Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. She is an alumna of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Celeste is a member of the Sparrow family from Musqueam and is Tsimshian through Metlakatla. She is the proud mother of three and grandmother of two.

Commissioner Clifford White
Clifford White

Clifford White (Nees Ma’Outa) is an elected commissioner by the First Nations Summit and is serving a two-year term beginning in March 2019. He is a hereditary leader and former elected Chief of the Gitxaala Nation. 

Clifford is a facilitator and trainer with Nawaabm Enterprise and is an elder in the First Nations Court in New Westminster, where he has been involved for more than 12 years. He is chair of the First Nations Advisory Committee of BC, Executive Chair for the NorthernNations Cooperative, President of the Prince Rupert Indigenous Housing Society, a Board member for the New Relationship Trust, and works with BC’s Aboriginal Family Healing Court project. He continues to work with the Province’s Industry Training Authority, Private Industries, Union and Non-Union trades on Indigenous workforce developments. His passion is for commercially sustainable environmental management and developments on the North Coast.

Clifford studied Business and Commerce at the University of British Columbia. He is married to Lynn, has three children, four grandchildren and two rez dogs.

Commissioner Angela Wesley
Angela Wesley

Angela Wesley is the Government of British Columbia appointed commissioner. She was re-appointed in December 2020 and is serving a two-year term. She is a citizen of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations (Nuu-chah-nulth), one of five First Nations implementing the Maa-nulth Treaty on the west coast of Vancouver Island. 

Since 1992, through her consulting company Wes-Can Advisory Services, Angela has worked extensively with First Nations throughout BC, providing advisory and facilitation services in the areas of strategic planning, community development, communications, community engagement, and governance capacity building. 

Angela has remained actively involved in the implementation of Huu-ay-aht’s treaty and self-governance, and has served as Speaker (Legislative Chairperson) for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations Legislature and Annual People’s Assemblies and serving as the Board Chair/President for the Huu-ay-aht Group of Businesses since 2012. 

She serves on the Board of Directors of the Toquaht First Nation Holdings Board, the New Relationship Trust, and the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC and previously served as Executive Member and Chair of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology and on the Board of Directors of the Royal British Columbia Museum. 

Angela resides in her husband Gerald’s traditional territory of Kitsumkalum in Terrace and enjoys the company and teachings of her grandson every weekend.

Francis Frank

Francis Frank is an elected commissioner by the First Nations Summit. He was first elected in 2015 and began serving his third two-year term in March 2019. He is a member of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations on the west coast of Vancouver Island, and is an experienced social worker with a BSW from the University of Victoria. 

Prior to joining the Treaty Commission, Francis served his community in a variety of roles, including as Chief for fourteen years, negotiator for ten years, and band manager for six years. He has extensive experience in negotiations and was directly involved in the negotiation of the first interim measures agreement, as well as the first incremental treaty agreement in British Columbia, successfully securing land and finances for his nation. 

Francis lives in Port Alberni and is married with five children, three foster children, and four grandchildren.

Angel Grenkie

Angel joined the Treaty Commission in May 2016. She is the welcoming face at the Treaty Commission, supporting the organization in her role as Receptionist. Prior to working at the Treaty Commission, she worked in the hospitality industry as an assistant manager. Angel is a member of the Wet'suwet'en Nation in northern BC. 

Stephanie Gustin

Stephanie joined the Treaty Commission in November 2018. In her role, Research Analyst, she researches matters related to the treaty negotiations and rights recognition, facilitates negotiations, supports special projects, and assists with public education and information initiatives. Stephanie also maintains and coordinates the information and data managament, including access to information and privacy (ATIP) and archival requests.

Stephanie has worked as a research assistant for Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence. She holds an MA in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria. Her thesis explored the use of mobile online dispute resolution tools and virtual mediation systems in government offices, and their impacts on relational aspects of dispute resolution. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Online Dispute Resolution.

Lindy Provost

Lindy Provost joined the Treaty Commission in April 2019 as the Funding Assistant. In her role she provide support to the Funding Analyst and Director of Funding for all execution and monitoring of the First Nation Negotiations Support funding agreements. Previously she worked in public service at the provincial and federal levels and has experience in the agricultural sector with overseas exportation.

Lindy is a member of the Piikani Nation in Southern Alberta which is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy and a proud mother of two. She holds a general studies diploma with sociology as the main focus of studies.

Carmen Watson

Carmen joined the team as a Process Advisor in June 2019. In her role she facilitates treaty negotiations and supports the Parties in making progress to conclude treaties. Carmen also assists with special projects, including public education and information initiatives, supporting the BC Treaty Commisison social media channels.

She has a BA (Hons.) in History and International Relations from UBC, focusing on questions of Indigenous sovereignty and international decolonization. Her senior thesis explored the relationship between Indigenous women, children and the nation. Some past research projects of hers include: the emergence of Chinese-Canadian identities during the British Columbia Goldrush, Indigenous nationhood against the backdrop of the Quebecois separatist movement, and standards of international diplomacy in nation-to-nation relationships between federal and Indigenous governments. She has lived in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec and the Northwest Territories, but now calls Vancouver home.


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Liseanne Forand

Liseanne Forand is the Government of Canada appointed Commissioner. She was first appointed interim commisisoner in May 2020 and was re-appointed in July 2021 for a two-year term. Liseanne is a retired public servant with 30 years’ experience in intergovernmental affairs, policy, natural resource management and international relations.

She began her public service career at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 1985, where she assumed progressively senior roles culminating as Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy between 2001 and 2003.  In 2003 she was appointed ADM, Northern Affairs at the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. In that capacity, Liseanne provided leadership in natural resource management and contaminated site remediation, northern science and devolution to territorial governments.  In later years, Liseanne served as Associate Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, as Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Chief Operating Officer for Service Canada, and as the first President of Shared Services Canada.  She retired from the public service in 2015.

Since 2017, she has served as Vice Chairperson of the Board of Polar Knowledge Canada, which works in partnership with northern communities to advance Canada’s knowledge of the Arctic, strengthen Canadian leadership in polar science and technology, and promote the development and distribution of knowledge of circumpolar regions.

Liseanne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree English from Concordia University. Liseanne and her husband Jonathan live in North Saanich.


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