The Board of Directors of the Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation (MCBC) is pleased to announce that Leonard Rickard, a member of the Moose Cree First Nation, has accepted the position of Chief Executive Officer.

MCBC was created to develop and manage a portfolio of for-profit enterprises for its sole shareholder, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN).

In pursuit of projects within MCFN’s treaty lands, MCBC’s aim is to position itself and partner Indigenous enterprises as equity participants and service providers to major clients and customers across local, national and multi-national corporations and municipal, provincial and federal governments.

MCBC’s main purpose is to build long-term wealth generation and develop short-term income opportunities that serve the needs of MCFN and its membership. In doing so, MCBC seeks to create a respected profile for itself in the business community and represent with honour the history, culture and values of MCFN in the business community.

As a corporate actor, MCBC’s goal is to be reputable in all its business dealing, working to enhance the profile, brand awareness, and history of MCFN, as well as create career and employment opportunities for MCFN members.

Mr. Rickard comes from a diverse business background. With a career focus on First Nation economic sustainability and partnership development, Leonard is eager to join the team at MCBC and the board of directors is very pleased to have a CEO of his stature. His career history, accomplishments and educational qualifications include:

Indigenous Affairs Manager, Detour Gold Corporation, 2012-19
CEO, CreeWest GP Inc. (First Nations-owned aviation services company), 2007-12
Executive Director, Wakenagun Community Futures Development Corporation, 2002-07
Community Development Officer and Acting Coordinator Employment & Training Services, Mushkegowuk Council, 1999-2002
Board Member, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, 2018 – Current
Board Member, Timmins and District Hospital Foundation, 2015 – 2019
Councillor, Moose Cree First Nation, 1998-2000
Directors Education Program Certificate, University of Toronto, 2012
Bachelor of Arts, Western University, 1998

Mr. Rickard is excited to assume his new responsibilities and will commence his duties on July 2, 2019.

About Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation:

The Mississaugas of the Credit Business Corporation (MCBC) exists to develop and manage a portfolio of for-profit enterprises for its sole shareholder, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN). The treaty lands of MCFN include almost all of Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe, an area containing approximately two-thirds of Ontario’s GDP and one-fifth of Canada’s GDP. With approximately 8 million people, this is the largest single population concentration in Canada. MCBC’s main purposes are to build long-term wealth generation and short-term income opportunities for MCFN, as well as to create career and employment opportunities for MCFN’s membership. In doing so, MCBC’s goals are to be reputable in all its business dealings, to enhance the profile of MCFN in the business community, and to represent with honour the history, culture and values of MCFN. MCBC is governed by a board of directors made up of five voting directors all independent of the shareholder and three non-voting directors representing MCFN’s elder, youth and elected council constituencies. The corporation, through the board, is responsible to its sole shareholder through its annual meeting of the shareholder.

About Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation:

The Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN) looks to its Anishinaabe roots to guide its vision for the future as a strong, caring, connected community which respects the earth’s gifts and protects the environment for future generations. MCFN’s identity includes its history, language, culture, beliefs and traditions, which it strives to incorporate into the programs and services offered to its community. In 2010, Canada and MCFN took a major step forward on a path of reconciliation and renewal with the signing of a historic claim settlement.