Welcome to Métis Financial Corporation of BC (MFCBC)

The Métis Financial Corporation of BC was established by Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) as a result of an agreement with the department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). MNBC is the sole shareholder of MFCBC. The Métis Financial Corporation of BC is Métis owned and governed by a board of directors that is comprised of five persons.

The Métis Financial Corporation of BC’s mission is to provide trusted financial services for Métis entrepreneurs in BC.

The Métis Financial Corporation of BC’s vision is to be Métis entrepreneur’s financer of choice and to position Métis entrepreneurs and businesses to be able to fully participate in new and future economic opportunities.

Our mandate and structure permits us to provide loans to Métis entrepreneurs that commercial lenders such as banks and credit unions may not be able to provide. Métis Financial Corporation of BC seeks to strengthen the Métis economy through economically viable Métis owned and controlled businesses.

Evan Salter CPA, CMA

Chief Executive Officer

Evan Salter has recently relocated to British Columbia from Ottawa, Ontario, to join the Métis Financial Corporation of BC (MFCBC) as its Chief Executive Officer. He is looking forward to working with Métis entrepreneurs in British Columbia to help them see their dreams come to fruition.

Evan is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada, and brings to MFCBC a wealth of experience acquired during his six years as the Director of Business Development and Finance for the Métis Voyageur Development Fund (MVDF) in Ottawa. He worked with MVDF from its inception, and helped it become the largest Aboriginal Financial Institution in Ontario. Prior to working with MVDF, Evan spent two years as the Controller for Métis Nation Ontario. His previous work experience includes extensive for profit and not for profit financial management in both the public and private sectors.

Evan is of European and Aboriginal descent. His ancestors, in search of adventure, sailed across the Atlantic in 1765 and arrived on the shores of Nova Scotia, where they settled along the Bay of Fundy and started their new life in Canada.

Evan has spent many years volunteering and coaching youth sports, and now in his spare time he is looking forward to exploring the many golf courses, ski hills and everything else his new home has to offer.

Board of Directors

Paul Ricard, Chair

Paul was born in Golden in the Columbia Valley in south eastern British Columbia. Paul has a long Métis presence in the area as his Great, Great, Great, Grand Parents Francois Morigeau and his Métis Wife Isabella Taylor settled in the Columbia Valley in 1819. Paul’s Métis Great, Great Grandfather Baptiste Morigeau had the first Store in Golden in 1881 and actually changed the name from the Cache to Golden. Paul has an AAT accounting designation with the Chartered Professional Accounts of British Columbia. Most of his career has been managing businesses. He sits on the board of Columbia Valley Credit Union as the Board Chair. He was the past President of Kicking Horse Country Chamber of Commerce. And in his spare time volunteers, teaching High School students entrepreneurship with Junior Achievement of BC.

Glen Ohs

A proud Métis, Glen has been an active Community Member since 2000 and has served MNBC an in various capacities including Director, Métis Economic Development Commission (MEDCO), Director (MPCBC), Chairperson for MNBC Region 2 Regional Employment and Training Committee (RETC) and Chair of the MNBC Provincial Education and Training Committee (PETC) before being acclaimed as Lower Mainland Regional Director in the 2013 MNBC By-Elections.  As an elected representative Glen held ministerial portfolios for both Employment and Training (ASETS) and Economic Development.

With over 40 years of experience in the energy and water utility business working in both domestic and international environments Glen has extensive experience in long term strategic planning, and annual capital and operations budgeting, business development, project execution, quality service delivery, safety, financial accountability, governance and people development.

During his career he has successfully cultivated strong associations significantly improving business relationships with all levels of elected officials, municipal leaders and regulatory agencies, including MP’s, MLA’s, Aboriginal Community Leaders, Civic Officials & City Administrators, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and Governmental Regulators such as Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada.

Glen has been actively involved in capacity building and economic activities related to Aboriginal Initiatives for over 25 years. Keenly aware that aboriginal peoples have not benefitted from the same degree of economic development opportunities to the same degree as non-Aboriginal communities, Glen developed and implemented a corporate strategy to build capacity providing a sustainable multi-generational solution.

In addition he has served on industry related advisory committees for the Technical Safety BC and the Industry Training Authority, Glen currently serves on advisory committees for SFU Beedie School of Business EMBA (Aboriginal Business and Leadership) as well as the BC Achievement Foundation (Aboriginal Business Awards).

Clara Morin Dal Col

Clara Morin Dal Col was born in IIe a La Crosse, Saskatchewan and is very proud of her Métis heritage. Michif was the first language spoken at home.

Growing up Clara spent a lot of time with her Great Kohkom who was a very special and influential person in her life. Clara enjoyed spending time with her, gathering roots and plants for her healing and listening to her stories.

Clara was first elected regional Métis Women’s Representative in 2009 and then was elected BC Provincial Métis Women’s Chair in 2012 joining the MNBC Board of Directors and held the Minister’s portfolio of Métis Nation BC Employment & Training from 2015 to 2016.

Clara was the Vice President on the National Board of Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak and was the Métis representative on the Provincial Minister Rustad’s Planning Table for Families of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls. Clara also did a lot of work as a Participant on the Joint Partners Table with other BC Aboriginal Leaders. Clara has always recognized the importance and value of working with other leaders in making the difference in the lives of Métis people each and every day.

In September of 2016 after a province wide election Clara Morin Dal Col was elected President of Métis Nation British Columbia.

In addition to her role and responsibilities to her position as the MNBC President, Clara also holds the MNBC Povincial portfolios for Minister for Education and Minister for Housing. Clara also sits as a Board of Governor and holds the national portfolios of the Métis National Council’s Minister for Health, Culture, Heritage and Families.

Walter Mineault

Walter Mineault was born in Dawson Creek, BC in 1966, where he continues to reside today. Walter has been married to his lovely wife for 26 years and together they have 6 children. In their early lives together, Walter worked for BC forestry before venturing out on his own. He has been self-employed since 1995 and takes great pride in helping others find long term sustainable employment. Walter has spent much of his time volunteering for the community he is so proud of. He is the former President of the Pouce Coupe Métis Association and is currently serving a four year team as the Northeast Regional Director. In his spare time, Walter is a big fan of a good golf game and enjoys spending time with his wife and children.

Gil Malfair

Gil has practiced business law in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan for over 20 years. Gil practiced with prominent law firms in Regina, Vancouver and Calgary from 1994 to 2007 and in 2007 he established Malfair Law, a boutique business law firm. In his community, Gil is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors of the College of New Caledonia, is a Director of the Northern British Columbia Freestyle Club and is an active volunteer with the Prince George Ringette Association. Gil was raised in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan and is Métis. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan and his Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia, the Law Society of Alberta (non-practicing) and the Law Society of Saskatchewan (non-practicing).