Meet the Team
Ryan Malcolm - Chief Executive Officer
Ryan P. Malcolm is the Chief Executive Officer of Ntityix Development Corp. Ryan brings over 15 years of experience in senior management positions in real estate, development and municipal government. He joined Ntityix Development Corp. from the District of North Vancouver where he was the Manager, Real Estate and Properties for over 10 years. Ntityix is poised to become a global leader for indigenous business and development. As a business leader Ryan directs his boundless energy and passion to inspire Ntityix to be entrepreneurial, innovative, bold and progressive while at the same time respecting the past, committing to tradition and being champions of diversity and inclusion. Ryan earned a Bachelor of Arts and Certificate of Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University and a Diploma of Technology, Marketing Management, Commercial Real Estate from the BCIT School of Business. Ryan and his family moved to Kelowna in early 2017 from West Vancouver to be closer to his parents and to enjoy all that the Okanagan has to offer.
Nelson Derickson - Business development officer
Nelson E. J. Derickson joined the corporate group in Summer 2011. He since held various roles in administration, accounts payable, management information systems, GIS mapping, and acting management. He participated in the corporate branding project including writing the first vision and mission statements for the forestry, and construction companies. He was a WFN Economic Development Commission member for 6 years, and Chair for 4.5 years. He was an appointed director on the Greater Westside Board of Trade for 4 years. He remains active on various policy committees that have an impact on businesses. Nelson holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in general studies from the Okanagan School of Business (OC). He aspires to acquire advanced management certificates in leadership and professional administration. He enjoys meaningfully contributing to community and corporate initiatives. He has done volunteer work in the past for WFN Member tax returns. Nelson is Westbank First Nation Member, and is passionate about growing the Ntityix businesses for the benefit of the community.
Board of Directors
Roxanne Lindley - Director and President
Roxanne Lindley was elected as Chief on September 15, 2016 to serve a three-year term from 2016 to 2019. She was the first female Chief for Westbank First Nation and brings with her a wealth of skills and knowledge. Prior to being elected as Chief, Lindley had the opportunity to travel abroad and witness opportunities for First Nation international partnerships, training, aboriginal tourism and investment. She has also had discussions regarding the digitization of language, speakers, archaeological information and traditional place-names for the purposes of education, history, title and rights, and language keeping. Research continues toward the goal of collaboration between First Nations, local school districts and universities.
Fernanda Alexander - director
Fernanda Alexander was first elected as a Westbank First Nation Councillor on September 15, 2016 to serve during the 2016-2019 term. Fernanda has resided within the community and the heart of Westbank since 2003 to experience life and growth through our Syilx roots, culture, community and our Nation as it is an important part of life and growth. Fernanda believes that every individual’s strength is valued and can contribute to creating a strong balanced circle and community that can continue to pursue our strength as a Nation.
Thomas Konek - director
Tom Konek was first elected as a Westbank First Nation Councillor on September 15, 2016 to serve during the 2016-2019 term.Tom moved back to Westbank because he felt it is a place that has always been "home." He wanted to be a part of the community and contribute in any capacity possible. He acknowledges that the Elders have accomplished so much for this generation and that we need to honor their sacrifice and keep moving forward keeping aware that we will be passing along to our future generations.
Blake Scott - Director
Blake Scott is grateful to be chosen as an independent board member with the Ntityix Development Corporation. This is a great opportunity for Blake to use his skills and passions to add value to Ntityix’s team and to the Members of the Westbank First Nation. Blake comes from the for-profit sector and his professional background includes 20 years working in a senior-management level in manufacturing, exporting and corporate finance. Blake has a Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University and is currently pursuing the Chartered Professional Accountant designation. Blake is of Ojibwa decent and is a Status Indian. In his business dealings, Blake always strives to strike a balance in the pursuit of profit and contributing to society. A recent project that Blake was involved in included securing a 5% set-aside in the construction budget for Indigenous labour, sub-contractors and suppliers in the building of ONE Water Street, a 426-unit condo and mixed-use development project in Kelowna. Blake was most appreciative of how this project was negotiated with a non-Indigenous developer and group of investors who embraced the idea of including Indigenous people in the building of this iconic project in Kelowna’s downtown. Blake is looking forward to working with the other Ntityix Board members to support Ntityix’s management in achieving its corporate goal of building and operating the most successful and well-known indigenous corporation in the world.
Colin Doylend - Director
Colin has a passion for new and innovative projects that involve Indigenous communities, clean technology and social ventures. Much of Colin’s experience concerns managing government-to-industry affairs and facilitating mutually beneficial business opportunities with Indigenous communities. As the former Chief of Staff to Provincial Ministers, senior communications advisor with BC Hydro, Director of Economic Development for the Castlemain Group and business development lead for several companies, he understands the value of strong and strategic partnerships - looking beyond traditional relationships that embark upon unique and innovative partnerships. As a result, Colin has provided strategic advisory services in both government relations and economic development to the numerous First Nation communities, leadership organizations and businesses across BC and the Yukon, developing and implementing over 80 agreements, partnerships and protocols between Indigenous communities, governments and industry over the last fifteen years.
Dean cherkas - director
With more than 25 years of experience working in the fields of Indigenous and provincial government management, energy sector, land management, business and economic development, emergency response and environmental regulatory, Dean brings a holistic perspective to his management consulting, negotiations and economic development work. Dean understands the political and socio-economic landscape of Indigenous communities and is able to support his clients and employers while bridging relationships to develop a comprehensive understanding of how industry, provincial and federal governments, and Indigenous communities can work together to benefit from resource development projects both on and off reserve.
Grant Lachmuth - Director
Grant Lachmuth had a 36-year career as a senior manager with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and since 2013, he has worked as a Senior Advisor, Intergovernmental Relations in the consulting sector. He brings a unique and in-depth understanding of multi-agency partnerships involving various levels of government and the private sector. Grant’s work over the last 10 years has focused on infrastructure projects (P3’s), such as the William R. Bennett Bridge and the Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project. Grant’s work has taken him throughout Canada as well as assignments in the US, China and Israel. Grant’s educational background is in Civil Engineering Technology at BCIT, and Executive Leadership at Royal Roads University and he has also spent several years as a member of the Council for Leadership Insights, with the Conference Board of Canada and a Board Member with Technology Accreditation Canada. He has appreciated working throughout BC and spending the last 15 years here in the Okanagan with his family. He is particularly looking forward to supporting NDC businesses and the broader community.