Fisher River Economic Development Corporation (FRED) operates with a member appointed Board of Directors by Fisher River Cree Nation Chief & Council. The desirable qualifications of FRED board members include a combination of Business Expertise and Skills, Financing, Planning and Accounting, Not limited to; Insurance & Risk Management, Retail & Wholesale, Human Resource Management, General Accounting, Entrepreneurship & Small Business, Treaty Relations, Fishing Industry, and Corporate Structure & Management

LORNE COCHRANE
President/Chairman

Lorne Cochrane has more than 25 years of increasingly responsible managerial and administrative expertise. He is a visionary who focuses on the big picture while recognizing and being cognizant of the building blocks required to attain the final goals and objectives. As a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, Mr. Cochrane is mindful of the challenges faced by First Nations communities. He uses his expertise to seek out opportunities and explore, develop and implement solutions that are focused on and accepted by the community. Mr. Cochrane is a proven leader and has managed diverse organizations of over 200 employees.

Mr. Cochrane has committed his career to the advancement of First Nations issues both at the grassroots and national levels. He was a former Executive Director of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, where he was responsible for leading significant programs, initiatives and projects such as the Framework Agreement Initiative, Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre and Human Resource Development Program on behalf of the First Nations leadership of Manitoba.

Prior to joining the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Mr. Cochrane was the Regional Director General and the Associate Regional Director General for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Manitoba Region. Mr. Cochrane has extensive experience and knowledge of First Nations programs and services (band management, social services, human resources, education, community services, economic development, policing, health services, facilities operation and maintenance, etc.), and federal/provincial government legislation, policies and directives. As well as being a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, Mr. Cochrane has served his community as both Chief and Councillor, and he is ever mindful of the challenges faced by First Nations communities.

KENT BROWN
Director

Kent is very proud of his First Nations (Ininiwak) roots; his family comes from Fisher River Cree Nation (Ochékiwi Sípí), His spirit name is “Black Wolf – Kakihtéwaw Mahihkan”, a Sundancer and a proud father of 4 girls.  Nicknamed ‘the Bullet’, his hero growing up was Muhammad Ali, and that is what started his interest in the sport. Kent has used sport to guide his path from divorced parents, issues of addiction within his family, and other life challenges.  Through it all he has found strength in himself and has made positive choices that have led him on a healthy and rewarding journey. Since he started boxing with a knockout win in his first bout in 1986, Kent has had over 130 bouts, winning 110 of his matches.  In 2000, Kent became the Canadian National Champion and qualified for the Sydney Olympic Games, but was unable to go.  In 2002, he won a gold medal at the North American Indigenous Games in Winnipeg and became the 2013 Ringside World Masters Champion. Kent is the Head Coach at Stingers Boxing Academy where he trains professional, National and recreational athletes. He currently holds a full level three coaching certificate from the National Coaching Certification Program and is working towards his level 4 certification.   Kent has been the Provincial Head Coach in 2008, 2010, 2011 and also the head coach for Manitoba for the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax, where the team brought back Silver and two Bronze medals. Kent completed his schooling at the University of Manitoba, and currently works for the Southern First Nations Network of Care, as the Director of Human Resources.

Kent believes in melding both his First Nation traditions along with his boxing background into his teaching methods.  Respect is his number one rule and believes in teaching our youth the values of our culture through sport.  He is a tough trainer that knows personally what it takes to be one of the best in the world and is able to pass that teaching onto his students in a passionate and caring way. Kent also believes in giving back to the youth and community and has been a part of the national organization Motivate Canada. He volunteers by being a motivational speaker for the Esteem Team Program, is one of the founders of GEN7 the Aboriginal Role Model Program and started a boxing program in Cross Lake First Nation where he coached a female indigenous youth to become the 2015 Ringside World Champion in Kansas.

Kent currently coaches Former (WBC) and (WBO) World Woman’s Champion, former UFC Fighter and has coached 9 Ringside World Champions, as well as recreational programs for individuals that want to get healthy and learn the sweet science. He is also the Host/Trainer for the TV show Fit First on Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, which had a successful three seasons on air.

LORETTA COCHRANE
Director

Loretta has been a Business owner for over 20 years working in the Restuarant and Catering Industy. Her experience managing her successful business has been a great asset to the Fisher River Economic Development Corporation.

Loretta is a Member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, her business Loretta Lynns Restaurant & Catering is also situated in the Community.

JOANNE GREEN
Director

Ms. Green is first and foremost a proud Fisher River Cree Nation woman with strong spiritual and family connections to her community. Ms. Green graduated for Fisher River Charles Sinclair School and went on to attend the University of Manitoba to obtain her Certificate in Counselling and then attended Red River Community College to earn her Residential Child Care certificate.

During her working tenures in a variety of social service organizations she determined her goal was to work with her own people, and set out to make her goal a reality. Ms. Green was recruited as one of the ten best and brightest individuals in the Province out of hundreds of applicants to work  under the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs self-government initiative known as the Frame Work Agreement. As a result of this opportunity Ms. Green was placed in the Federal Department of Indian Affairs to observe and view the fundamental mechanics of how the Department of Indian Affairs operated. Upon completing her post she then moved to the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and spent eighteen years in a number of positions and was also instrumental in the administrative transfer of Child Welfare Services from the Province to the First Nation Child Welfare agencies a recommendation that was developed as a result of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry.

Ms. Green took leave for educational purposes to pursue and obtain her Human Resource Management and Management certificate from the University of Winnipeg. Ms. Green worked in the capacity as Human Resource Director for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and established a highly functioning Human Recource Department.

Concurrently Ms. Green while establishing partnerships worked with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and  established the Patient Advocate Unit out of The Assembly of Manitoba Chief that she structured and managed. Currently Ms. Green is an HR Specialist and works for a number of First Nations. Ms. Green brings a broad wealth of knowledge including but not limited to; project management, human resources, negotiations, business fundamentals, partnership development etc. 

Notwithstanding that Ms. Green is very modest in her work and educational accomplishments; one thing she is not modest about is her heritage,  and her strong desire to work with others to assist in the development of her own community.

WILLIAM WHITEWAY
Director

Willy is a Teacher and Commercial Fisherman. Willy has 2 degrees (Bach. of Physical Education/Bach of Education) Graduated from Charles Sinclair High School.

Some Academic Achievements:
2014 U of M faculty of Kinesiology & Rec Management Graduate of the year 2014 U of M Faculty of Kin & Rec Management Valedictorian

CHIEF DAVID CRATE
Chief & Council Liaison (Non-Voting)

With over 25 years as the Chief of the Fisher River Cree Nation in Manitoba, Chief Crate’s tenure has been marked by a persistent focus on long-term planning, strategic partnerships, environmental stewardship and economic development.

Among Chief Crate’s accomplishments is a joint economic venture he negotiated with the Province of Manitoba for the development of 88 cottage lots in Fisher River Cree Nation. Chief Crate has advocated for the creation of Fisher Bay Provincial Park and for the establishment of the Healing Centre and Water and Sewer Treatment facilities. The Fisher River Cree Nation Council is now implementing a 20 year vision and community action plan.

COUNCILLOR DARRELL THADDEUS
Chief & Council Liaison (Non-Voting)

Darrell Thaddeus was successfully elected to council on August 19, 2009, and most recently re-elected in August 2017

COUNCILLOR JOSHUA SINCLAIR
Chief & Council Liaison (Non-Voting)

Josh is serving his first term ever as a Councillor of Fisher River Cree Nation.

COUNCILLOR CARL COCHRANE
Chief & Council Liaison (Non-Voting)

Carl Cochrane was first elected to council in 2000, serving for four years and then re-elected in 2007