Catherine has 25 years’ experience working in the field of Aboriginal Relations. She has worked for industry (including BG Group, Progress Energy, Enbridge, Spectra, Stikine Energy, Bralorne Mines, BC Hydro, Collings Johnston Inc., and the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association), federal and provincial governments (BC Treaty Office, BC Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Ministry of Energy and Mines, Ministry of Environment, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and the RCMP), and Aboriginal communities (Malahat Nation, Cheslatta Nation, T’Sou-ke Nation, Northwest Treaty Tribal Nations, Gitxsan Chiefs Office, Assembly of First Nations).
Catherine has led consultation processes for industry and government clients and has also worked directly for First Nation communities. She has developed, managed, and implemented consultation and engagement processes for a variety of resource development projects (mining, pipelines, LNG, and transportation) and has also engaged Aboriginal communities on specific issues such as wildlife, pest management, and housing on behalf of government. Catherine developed the Consultation and Capacity Frameworks for the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association, completed a comprehensive needs assessment of Aboriginal housing in BC, is a former Band manager for the T’Sou-ke and Malahat Nations and treaty negotiator for the Province of BC. Catherine also has broad-based national experience through her work with the Assembly of First Nations during the Charlottetown Constitutional Negotiations, and through work with the Department of Indian Affairs and Western Economic Diversification.
Catherine holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a BA in Political Science from the University of Victoria. Catherine has been working as a private consultant since 2003 and has been a partner with Harris Palmer since 2011.