FHQ Developments

FHQ Developments is guided by a genuine commitment to ensuring very strong corporate governance.  We are proud to have recruited a very diverse and talented professional board of Directors. We have nine Directors appointed by our shareholders, three of whom comprise leadership from within our member communities and six of whom are independent Directors.

Edmund Bellegarde

Since September 2006, Edmund has served the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council as the Tribal Chairperson. In this leadership role he also serves as President and/or Chairperson of FHQ Developments Ltd, Silver Sage Housing Corp, Leading Thunderbird Lodge, Treaty 4 Management Committee, FHQ Casino Holdings Ltd, Keseechiwan Holdings Ltd, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Executive Council, and numerous other boards and committees at all levels in the community such as the Regina Regional Opportunities Commission and Saskatchewan First Nations Power Authority. Since its inception in April of 1996 he has been the Chair of the Little Black Bear First Nation Specific Claim Trust; his home community.

Mr. Bellegarde has a wealth of management experience in the banking and casino gaming industries. He was a Personal Account Manager with Royal Bank Financial Group, Director of Casino Operations at Casino Regina, General Manager of Painted Hand Casino, and also led the corporate governance transformation of Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority as the President & CEO from 2000-2006. He has also served many boards in the past, including SaskPower, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Gaming Association, and Tourism Yorkton. Some of his career accomplishments and recognition include two RBC Special Achievement Awards and in 1994 was named to the Top 500 RBC employees worldwide, 2002 Canadian Gaming Industry Executive Excellence Award, and 2003 Sask Business Magazine Top 10 ‘Men of Influence’.  In his role as Tribal Chairperson he has a particular focus on youth, economic development, education, health and governance.

Martin Klyne

Over the last twenty-five years, Marty Klyne has developed a broad base of senior management experience steeped in leadership, setting stratregic direction, forumulating strategic goals and strategies to compete, and business planning. 

In 2013 he sold the award-winning business, MAACO Collision Repair & Auto Painting (Regina).

Today, Marty is the Chief Operating Officer of the Queen City Sports and Entertainment Group (Operating as the Regina Pats Hockey Club). He serves on the FHQ Developments Ltd. Board of Directors and is connected to the First Nations University of Canada as a sessional lecturer when called upon.

From 2008 to 2013, Marty was the Publisher / CEO of The StarPhoenix and Leader-Post, divisions of Postmedia Network Inc. During that period he led these two major daily newspapers through a period of tremendous change, successfully transforming them into one modern integrated organization that is able to succeed in the constantly evolving world of digital media. With 400 employees, revenues for the two multi-media publishing entities approached $90 million.

Prior to Postmedia, Marty was President and CEO of the Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (SGC) which operates Casinos Regina and Moose Jaw, employing 1,000+ employees. SGC’s fiscal 2007/08 revenue hit an all-time high of $128 million achieving $42MM profit. Before joining SGC Marty served as: President & CEO of the Regina Regional Economic Development Authority; Executive Vice-President of MAACO Systems Canada; and, President & CEO of SaskNative Economic Development Corporation following management positions with Royal Trust Corporation of Canada and the Mercantile Bank of Canada.

As part of his commitment to the community, Marty serves on a number of committees and boards including Saskatchewan’s Labour Market Task Force and the Saskatchewan Polytechnic Entrepreneurship & Small Business Program Advisory Committee.

Marty’s past commitments include: the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board; and, SaskPower’s Board of directors. He also served on the Lieutenant Governor’s Centennial Gala Board and was President of Grey Cup 2003, Inc..

Born and raised in Regina, Mr. Klyne graduated With Distinction from the University of Regina holding a degree in Business Administration, Finance Major.

Richard Missens

Richard is a member of the Pasqua First Nation.  He is a senior Professor with the School of Business and Public Administration at the First Nations University of Canada.  He earned his Bachelor of Administration at the University of Regina in 1993 and his Master of Business Administration at the University of Saskatchewan in 1995.

Professor Missen’s research and teachings are in the areas of First Nations governance and Management. His current research includes First Nations governance and steering the “Elder’s Voices” curriculum development project for the governance program at the Business School.  He is also involved with First Nations communities working in the area of economic development and venture management.  He currently sits as a director on two First Nations development corporations, is the Governance Coordinator for the Business School and the president of the 33nd Annual Pow-wow Committee for the University.

Richard has held a number of non-academic positions in the past as well as various directorships including Regina Regional Economic Development Authority, Wakayos Holdings Inc., and Pasqua First Nation Indian Education Authority.

Leanne M. Bellegarde

Leanne hails from Treaty 4 territory in the south of Saskatchewan but grew up in the northern community of Meadow Lake.  She completed her law degree at the University of Saskatchewan in 1991 and was admitted to the Law Society of Saskatchewan in 1993 after completing her articles in the Saskatoon offices of MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman.

Leanne’s professional work experience includes, the Government of Canada on the Treaty Land Entitlement Agreement, as a Solicitor with the City of Saskatoon; corporate lawyer with SaskTel in their head office in Regina; the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations; in her own successful private law practice on the Muskeg Lake First Nation Urban Reserve in Saskatoon; with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority as the Senior Vice President, Corporate and Legal Affairs; and, as the Director of Aboriginal Initiatives at the N. Murray Edwards School of Business (formerly the College of Commerce) at the University of Saskatchewan, setting strategic direction and leadership for First Nations and Métis students in business programs 5 years.

Leanne was seconded to PotashCorp as Consultant-Aboriginal Strategy in March 2010 and formally accepted the position as the Director, Aboriginal Strategy for PotashCorp on August 1, 2010.  PotashCorp has built the world’s largest fertilizer enterprise by capacity on world-class potash resources and high-quality phosphate and nitrogen assets.  As the world’s leading potash producer, PotashCorp is responsible for about 20 percent of global capacity. With operations and business interests in seven countries, PotashCorp is an international enterprise and a key player in meeting the growing challenge of feeding the world.

Chief Clarence Bellegarde – Little Black Bear First Nation

Chief Bellegarde is a member of the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council Executive Committee and the Economic Development sub-committee. Chief Bellegarde has had a very active political career and is a strong proponent for the wellbeing of his Community.

Chief Todd Peigan, Pasqua First Nation

Chief Peigan was elected Chief of Pasqua First Nation on March 4, 2011. When first elected in 1993, Chief Peigan was the youngest Chief in Saskatchewan as the age of 26. Pasqua First Nation is located approximately 45 miles east of Regina in the Qu’Appelle Valley. The Nation’s first Chief was a major negotiator and signatory to Treaty 4 and a historical leader in the future treaty discussions. Under Chief Peigan’s leadership, Pasqua First Nation has advanced a wide range of strategic goals and objectives related to economic development, environmental stewardship, training and employment, and ensuring Aboriginal treaty rights are respected. Pasqua Group of Companies has forged many innovative operational partnerships and joint ventures since its inception. Chief Peigan has also played a key leadership role with the Qu’Appelle Valley Indian Development Authority. This Authority was formed to compensate the eight First Nations in the Qu’Appelle area whose lands were damaged by flooding through the construction of water control structures (dams). Chief Peigan was appointed to the FHQ Developments’ Board of Directors in 2014.

Sarah Gauthier

Sarah Gauthier comes to FHQ Developments as the Manager of Project Engineering at Delco Automation Incorporated and brings with her significant professional expertise and personal commitment to environmental stewardship, particularly in the area of water sustainability. DelcoWater is a division of the parent company, DelcoAutomation, and provides water treatment solutions for municipal and industrial clients using membrane technology. Sarah manages a team of engineers that designs water treatment systems focusing on technologies such as reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, and ultrafiltration. Sarah was appointed to the FHQ Developments’ Board of Directors in September 2014.

Larry Hiles

Larry has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, supplemented by a Fellowship from the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB) and has his Certified Director (C.Dir.) status as a graduate of the Directors College (a joint venture of the Conference Board of Canada and McMaster University). Larry’s career has given him executive experience in agricultural and commercial banking, manufacturing, economic development, tourism and non-profit organizations. Larry has also been very active in board governance, having Chaired organizations such as Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, Saskatchewan Economic Development Association, Regina Palliative Care Inc., and Springboard West Innovations Inc.

Currently, Larry is a Chair for TEC Canada in Regina, and is an Associate with Praxis Consulting. Before joining TEC Canada and Praxis, Larry was President & CEO of Regina Regional Opportunities Commission, and prior to that Regina Regional Economic Development Authority. During his tenure with these organizations, Larry was instrumental in the development of strategies that have changed the course of Regina’s economy. These included the development of the Global Transportation Hub, the rebranding of Regina through the creation of the Infinite Horizons community brand, the mobilization of talent recruitment missions out of province to attract employees for local employers, the development of a business planning competition that has led to the development of dozens of new businesses in the province, and the creation in conjunction with the University of Regina of an innovation centre for the development of new technologies. Larry also worked for CIBC for 25 years, concluding his career there as their senior representative in Saskatchewan and with responsibility for commercial banking.

Larry’s experiences have given him a deep understanding of how business and the economy works. He is known for his ability to provide strategic insight into business issues and provide leadership in strategy development, risk management, governance, communications, financial structuring and management, and organizational design.

Back to Top