Board of Directors

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.

LORETTA COCHRANE
Board Member

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
Board Member

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.

EDWARD KIDD
Board Member

More info to come

CODY SINCLAIR
Board Member

Cody grew up in Fisher River Cree Nation and graduated from Charles Sinclair School as class valedictorian in the year 2007. He then went onto a pursue a post secondary education from Red River College in the institutions Business Administration program with an administration specialization. Since graduating from Red River College, Cody went onto the pursue a career in the insurance industry and has been employed by TIPI Insurance Partners for three years, he currently holds his level 1 CAIB (Canadian Association of Insurance Brokers) designation.

Cody takes pride in calling Fisher River Cree Nation his home and has always had a desire to work within his community in some capacity. Cody jumped at the opportunity and is excited to be a board member within the Fisher River Board of Economic Development

WILLIAM WHITEWAY
Board Member

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 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

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