SPEAKER

Cliff Fregin

Chief Executive Officer
New Relationship Trust (NRT)
West Vancouver, BC

Cliff Fregin was born and raised in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, and is Haida from Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. For past 25+ years Cliff has been extensively involved in aboriginal community economic & business development throughout Canada.

Thru 1995-2002, Cliff had been employed as the Executive Director of the Gwaii Trust – a partnership between the Haida Nation and the settlers on Haida Gwaii. Gwaii Trust manages a perpetual trust fund initially capitalized at $38 million in 1994; market value in early 2003 was $62 million.

In December 2002, Cliff was hired by National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA) as the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for finance and programs in Ottawa, ON. NACCA is an association of Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs); these 55 AFIs provide high risk small business development financing and services to aboriginal entrepreneurs throughout Canada.

Since October 2006, Cliff Fregin leads the New Relationship Trust (NRT) as Chief Executive Officer. NRT is a Trust fund is charged with building capacity for British Columbia First Nations by supporting First Nation governance, economic development, education, language revitalization, and youth & Elders initiatives. Originally capitalized at $100M in March 2006; as of March, 2017, NRT has disbursed over $74 million with a market value of the fund of $94M.

In November 2015, Cliff accepted the role of Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Haida Enterprise Corporation (HaiCo). At this time, HaiCo operates four separate businesses with revenues in the $70M per annum range.