Mark Podlasly (Cook’s Ferry Indian Band, Nlaka’pamux Nation, BC) provides strategic advice at the intersection of Indigenous-corporate governance and infrastructure issues. He has over 20 years of extensive experience in the development of capital projects connected to energy, natural resources and community infrastructure around the world.
Mark is the Director of Economic Policy and Initiatives at the First Nations Major Projects Coalition, a national 70+ Indigenous nation collective that seeks ownership of major projects such as pipelines and electric infrastructure. He is also engaged as the Chair of the First Nations Limited Partnership (Pipelines), a 16-First Nations $500 million commercial partnership with Chevron’s Kitimat LNG project. Mark regularly advises Indigenous groups such as the BC Assembly of First Nations and others on economic and public policy issues.
In addition, Mark informs Indigenous governments on the establishment of sovereign wealth funds/trusts to capture and invest revenue from resource extraction industries. He currently manages an eight-figure fund shared by eight First Nations in Western Canada.