“Leadership starts with an invitation and requires the imagination and courage to dream big.”
Tewanee Joseph is the Chief Executive Officer of Tewanee Consulting Group, a First Nations owned and operated company focused on delivering meaningful partnerships, communications strategies and planning, and training in communications and inclusivity.
He is a member of the Squamish First Nation and is half Maori. Tewanee served eight years on the Squamish Nation Council and has a talent for facilitation and coordinating diverse groups to identify and achieve their goals. He has utilized his skills to work on a broad range of initiatives including First Nations federal legislation, First Nations Land Management, Strategic Communications and Governance.
Previously, Tewanee served as the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Four Host First Nations Secretariat for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Tewanee has worked with the Organizing Committee and its partners to ensure unprecedented Aboriginal participation in the planning, hosting and staging of the 2010 Games. In this role, he spearheaded the largest re-brand of Aboriginal people in Canadian history, and led the team that overcame countless obstacles and doubt to create a world renowned brand, and a new model for inclusivity.
This project resulted in $200 Million dollars of spending, contracting and investment, 4,000 jobs, over 10,000 earned media stories, and the largest inclusion of Indigenous Peoples in an Olympic Opening Ceremonies ever; viewed by approximately 3.5 billion people.
Mr. Joseph negotiated the first partnership agreement between Indigenous peoples, the International Olympic Committee and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games (VANOC). Also, breaking new ground, he negotiated the first Olympic retail licensing agreement to recognize Indigenous artwork as part of an Olympic retail merchandising program. No stranger to challenges, Mr. Joseph began his journey by facilitating the Four Host First Nations Protocol Agreement followed by countless Games related partnership agreements that include; the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the Métis National Council as well as First Nation Groups from every region in Canada.
Tewanee has been fortunate to work with leaders such as Chief Joe Mathias, Chief Gibby Jacob, John Furlong CEO for VANOC, Dan Doyle, Executive Vice President for VANOC, David Atkins, Executive producer for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Games and many more, including the leadership of the Four Host First Nations. His goal is to carry on these teachings and share best practices long into the future.
Joseph is changing the face of Aboriginal communications forever – not just in Canada, but worldwide! We’re talking social networking across First Nations cultures; communications training in print and on-line; and the use of modern tools to tell the story of the First Peoples in this country.