The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin, Stan Rutwind, J.P. Gladu, and Dave Tuccaro
The Rt. Hon. Paul Martin
The Right Honourable Paul Martin was Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006 and Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002.
During his tenure as Minister of Finance, he erased Canada’s deficit, subsequently recording five consecutive budget surpluses while paying down the national debt and setting Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio on a steady downward track. He was the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G-20 in 1999.
During his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr. Martin set in place a ten year, forty-one billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times; signed agreements with the provinces and territories to establish the first national early learning and child care program and created a new financial deal for Canada’s municipalities. Under his leadership the Canadian Government reached an historic deal with Aboriginal people of Canada to eliminate the existing funding gaps in health, education and housing known as the Kelowna Accord.
After leaving politics, Mr. Martin founded the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative focusing on elementary and secondary education for Aboriginal students and the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund, an investment fund investing in Aboriginal business.
Internationally, he is chairman of the Congo Basin Forest Fund, a 200 million dollar British-Norwegian-Canadian poverty alleviation and sustainable development fund for the ten-nation Congo Basin Rainforest. He sits on the Advisory Council of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa, sponsored by the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the African Development Bank. Mr. Martin is also a commissioner for the Global Ocean Commission.
Before entering politics, he had a distinguished career as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CSL Group Inc., the largest self-unloading shipping company in the world. Its acquisition by Mr. Martin in 1981 represented the most important leveraged buyout in Canada at that time.
Mr. Martin studied philosophy and history at St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1966.
He is married to Sheila Ann Cowan. They have three sons: Paul, Jamie and David and four grandchildren Ethan, Liam, Finn and Sienna.
Stan Rutwind, Q.C., holds a Bachelor of Science (Hon.) from McGill University and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. He is a member of the Bars of Ontario and Alberta. He worked for many years as a prosecutor in Ontario and Alberta. From 1989 - 1992 he was a member of the Constitutional Law Branch of Alberta Justice. Stan was then Head of the Environmental Law Section of Alberta Justice from 1992-1998. He was Senior Regulatory Counsel for TransCanada PipeLines Limited from 1998 - 2000 when he rejoined Alberta Justice. Mr. Rutwind has been Director, Aboriginal Law and Acting Executive Director of Constitutional and Aboriginal Law and Legislative Reform. He is currently Assistant Deputy Minister of Consultation and Land Claims at Alberta Aboriginal Relations in Edmonton.
Stan has appeared in all levels of Court in Alberta as well as Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal and has appeared numerous times before the Supreme Court of Canada on criminal, constitutional and aboriginal law cases. He has also appeared before the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board, the Energy Resources Conservation Board, the Natural Resources Conservation Board, the Environmental Appeals Board and the National Energy Board.
Stan has lectured widely on criminal, constitutional, environmental and aboriginal law issues. He teaches Natural Resources and Environmental Law to MBA students at the University of Alberta.
Jean Paul Gladu
Jean Paul (JP) Gladu is currently the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) based in Toronto. Anishinaabe from Thunder Bay JP is a member of the Sand Point First Nation located on the eastern shores of Lake Nipigon.
Mr. Gladu has over two decades of experience in the natural resource sector. His career path includes work with Aboriginal communities and organizations, environmental non-government organizations, industry and governments from across Canada. He has produced a number of publications related to Aboriginal issues including: forest certification, Native values collection, biofuel opportunities, First Nation community land use plans, criteria and indicators for sustainable forestry, and cedar product development.With a passion for his community, his culture and traditions Mr. Gladu brings the past, present and future to the table, moving corporate Canada and Aboriginal business toward sustainable partnerships and shared economic prosperity.
An experienced negotiator JP led a number of business development projects in northern Ontario. JP completed a forestry technician diploma in 1993 and obtained an undergraduate degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University in 2000. He also holds an Executive MBA from Queens University.
Dave Tuccaro, founder, President and CEO of Tuccaro Inc, has been an entrepreneur from the very beginning. Dave, the third eldest of eight siblings, was born on 3rd March 1958 and grew up in Fort Chipewyan, a small community in north-eastern Alberta (Canada). David is a Treaty Indian of the Mikisew Cree Band. He is an individual with sound business experience and the anchor of the Tuccaro Group.After graduating from high school, Dave started working in the oil sands industry. As north-eastern Alberta contains one of the largest oil sands deposits in Canada and the world, oil production is the main industry for the region. Growth in the economy is driven by this booming industry and, as such, many businesses are established for the purposes of providing services to oil producers. The two main oil producers in the region include Syncrude (which is the largest producer of synthetic crude oil from Oilsands in the world ) and Suncor Energy. Other significant industries in the northern Alberta region include natural gas, forestry and tourism. Within the oil sands industry, Dave became trained as a crane operator. However, it was not long before he pursued his born entrepreneurship.
David joined the Neegan Development Corporation as General Manager in 1991. At that time the company was on the brink of financial ruin and desperately needed restructuring in order to turn things around. David completely reviewed the company's operations, re-deployed resources and began negotiating long-term contracts achieving excellent results. He realized that the company and the team he was putting together, combined with his own abilities had enormous potential. In 1993, he became full owner by buying out the four Indian bands.
David's efforts and excellence in management skills speak for themselves and did not take long to translate into solid results. In 1994,1995 and 2003, he was nominated for the prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award as well as the National Aboriginal Achievement Award. In 1995, he won the Regional Aboriginal Recognition Award and was also honoured by his hometown of Fort Chipewyan as "Outstanding Business Person 1994".
David's immediate career objective is to ensure the continued success and growth of the companies, and to build on the solid base of contracts he has already secured. Neegan is achieving this by providing a safe, professional, quality service through the recruitment of high calibre management and investing in the latest computerized and projects management systems. This will allow Neegan to diversify into previously unexploited areas of the market and expand the Native success, which Neegan is becoming.David's commitment to the Native community extends far beyond Neegan. His involvement in Native affairs and the forwarding of the native people in business is extensive.
David was instrumental in the setting up of the National Aboriginal Business Association and is the founding President. In 1995, David spearheaded the formation of the North-eastern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association and is the past president. Many similar associations, right across Canada, have been modelled on David's conception.