Board of Directors

The board of directors oversee TIC & Group of Companies. The TIC Board of Directors are appointed by the Tłı̨chǫ Government.

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Morven MacPherson


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Morven was appointed as Chairperson of the Tłįcho˛ Investment Corporation (TIC) Board of Directors in February 2019. Morven grew up in Edzo, NT and graduated high school in Yellowknife. In 2000, she completed a Bachelor of Management Degree with a double major in First Nations Governance and Marketing, from the University of Lethbridge. Since obtaining her degree, Morven held the roles of Economic Development Officer and Post Secondary Student Support Coordinator with the Tłįcho˛ Government. She then returned to the University of Lethbridge to complete a Post-Degree Certificate in Human Resources and Labour Relations. Morven was later employed by the Government of the Northwest Territories Department of the Executive as an Executive Assistant to a Minister for eight years and currently works as the Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories. Morven enjoys reading, gardening, volunteering and assisting those in need.

Ted Blondin


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Michael was re-appointed to the TIC Board of Directors in February 2019. Michael Templeton is a lawyer who has been practicing business and tax law for more than 30 years. He is a partner at McMillan LLP and is cochair of the firm’s Aboriginal tax group. Michael regularly provides strategic, tax and business advice to his clients on major transactions and everyday operational issues. Over the past few years, Michael has assisted several First Nations in structuring and implementing the acquisition of major infrastructure projects, including hydroelectric power facilities and transmission lines. Michael has argued cases before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Michael is an avid pilot who loves the outdoors and is always looking for excuses to go flying, camping or hiking.

Charlie Nitsiza


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Charlie Jim was appointed to the TIC Board of Directors in February 2019. Elder Charlie Jim Nitsiza is a Tłįcho˛ Citizen who was born and raised in Whatì, NT. Since the 1970’s, Charlie Jim worked in the forestry industry which provided him the opportunity to work closely with Chief Charlie Charlo and other Tłįcho˛ elders and leaders, to navigate through negotiations on the Nishi Khon forestry contract with the GNWT. Charlie Jim was elected as the Chief of Whatì for two nonconsecutive terms (1989-1990, 1998-2009) which also allowed him to work closely with other key community leaders, elders and negotiators to develop a plan to assist in forming policies for self-government and land claim agreements up until the year of 2009. Since then he has worked with several organizations including the Nishi Kohn Board, Fortune Minerals LTD and Tłįcho˛ Government as a consultant, advisor and a board member over the years. His experiences and past roles provide him with a wealth of knowledge to bring to the Board. Charlie Jim is a proud grandparent to his only grandson Chase and enjoys his time out on the Tłįcho˛ land with friends and family, while still demonstrating himself as a leader in the Tłįcho˛ Region.


Joe Rabesca


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Joe was appointed to the TIC Board of Directors in February 2019. Elder Joe Rabesca is a former Tłįcho˛ region Grand Chief. Since 1992, Joe was a key contributor in the negotiation process for the formation of the Tłįcho˛ Land Claims and SelfGovernment Agreement, which lead to the creation of the Tłįcho˛ Government. Over the years Joe has also been involved with many other boards and co-management tribunals. Joe has a wealth of knowledge in politics, negotiations and economic development. Joe and his wife Helen Rabesca have been married for over 30 years, are proud parents and grandparents, and are currently living in their hometown of Behchokò˛. Since his younger years, he has maintained a strong interest in working for his people, spending time on the land, and practicing the Tłįcho˛ traditional way of life; all knowledge and skills beneficial to TIC.

Nick Mansell


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Nick was appointed to the TIC Board of Directors in February 2019 Nick Mansell is a retired business consultant and business executive living in Peachland, BC who spent the last 20 years of his business career working for and providing support to indigenous businesses across Canada. As a business consultant since 2009, Nick provided business support to the Moose Cree First Nation of northern Ontario, in their partnership with Ontario Hydro, to build a multi-billion dollar hydro project in Moose Cree traditional territory, and to become a 25% owner of the project in their own right. Nick’s role was also to work with a project team to maximize the amount of business and number of contracts that Moose Cree businesses were able to obtain on the hydro project during the six years of its construction. Previous to that, from 2003 to 2009, Nick worked directly for the Tłįcho˛ people as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Behchokò˛ Development Corporation; a division of the TIC which grew to become one of the largest indigenous business corporations in the Canadian north. Nick enjoys travelling and spending time with his children and 6 grandchildren and is looking forward to working with TIC to maximize the economic benefit to the Tłįcho˛ people from the tremendous business opportunities on Tłįcho˛ Traditional Lands.

BOD Information

To learn more on how to become a board member for TIC & Group or if you have questions about the board, please contact or by fax (867) 766 3441.