Building Up Our Communities
Jodee Dick is a seasoned executive with over 35 years of experience in federal land management, governance, and economic development. As CEO of a First Nations development corporation, Jodee brings a wealth of expertise in negotiations, securing funding, project management, feasibility studies, financial management, drafting agreements, land valuation, leasing, government-to-government negotiations, and forestry.
Jodee is a member of the We Wai Kum First Nations from Campbell River, and her work is driven by her commitment to advancing Indigenous economic development and self-determination. Throughout her career, Jodee has demonstrated a track record of success in building strong partnerships and delivering results that benefit Indigenous communities and their partners.
If you’re looking to connect with an experienced leader in Indigenous economic development and land management, be sure to reach out to Jodee on LinkedIn.
Chief Financial Officer
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Kristopher Alphonse is a citizen of the Cowichan Tribes with Stz’uminus and Quw’utsun heritage and acts as Finance Administrator for the Khowutzun Development Corporation. He previously spent two years working as an Administrative clerk for the Cowichan Tribes and is grateful to have begun his journey of working for Indigenous Peoples in this capacity. Kristopher feels that the skills he acquired in this previous role made it possible for him to develop a strong ability to serve his community. He has been active in the Cowichan community for the past five years and believes this engagement brings meaningful fulfillment to his current experience working with the KDC and supporting Cowichan Tribes Citizens. Kristopher is also grateful for the skills he’s developed within his current position with the Khowutzun Development Corporation, which he feels will better equip him to serve his community. He looks forward to being a part of the growth of the KDC in the near future and is happy to share in the momentum the team brings toward bettering us as a united community. Kristopher appreciates the team at KDC, as he feels they’ve taught him a lot about teamwork, positivity, and enlightenment.
Renée is a passionate and results-focused professional with a track record that demonstrates effective planning, strategic execution, and winning results. She loves the construction and land development industries and has a diversity of experience within the corporate and not-for-profit arenas. She has proven success in project management, client relationship management, LEAN delivery, and business development, and is known for her ability to build consensus, even in the most difficult of circumstances.
She is a director with Women in Construction (WiC) Victoria chapter, and it is her passion to engage women and Indigenous Peoples to explore the many opportunities that exist within the construction industry. Previously, she worked for and with, WestUrban Developments, Langham Properties, Clark Builders, Mike Geric Construction, and was a founding member of CREW, Edmonton chapter.
Renée has had the good fortune to work with inspirational people on exceptional projects and shares that it’s the relationships she’s fostered and maintained that she is most proud of. Her natural curiosity for the world that we live and work in and her genuine love of a good story is what drives her. She is deeply committed to working with the KDC team as we strive for the success of the communities we serve, and is honored to be welcomed by the community to participate in meaningful engagement that will bridge opportunity with our future-focused initiatives.
Kimberly Sullivan was born and raised in the Quw’utsun Valley. Her father is Cowichan and mother is from Elwha, located in Washington. Kimberly started her journey at Khowutzun Development Corporation in 2013 as a Receptionist. In 2017, she took an absence to finish her Bachelor of Business Administration degree and returned to the Group of Companies in the summer of 2020 as an Intern. Kimberly loves learning, adapting, and growing as an individual, as well as within the KDC organization, and she feels this new role has provided her with these opportunities.
Braeden George is from Snuneymuxw (Nanaimo) and Quw’utsun (Cowichan), and serves as KDC’s Communications Coordinator, joining the team in December 2020. He is excited to be joining the KDC in this capacity, having previously fulfilled various roles in administration, sustainable housing and social development. Braeden’s current duties include retrieving, organizing and opening mail, filing, and coordinating meetings. He will also be working closely with Kristopher Alphonse, Finance Administrator, performing a variety of tasks, such as the delivery of community communications and the facilitation of youth outreach events. Braeden is excited about learning new skills and working in a small team environment, researching and documenting information, and sharing knowledge with his community.
Umit Kilic is from Istanbul, Turkey. He came to Canada in grade 11 and graduated from high school in Langley. He then completed his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree at the University of the Fraser Valley where he majored in Finance and minored in Economics. In March 2022, Umit joined the KDC team as a Finance and Project Administrator with his duties primarily revolving around invoice and contract management. Umit will be working closely with Renee Olson, Senior Project Manager, and Mark Ashfield, CFO, to ensure smooth project management. He is extremely excited to be a part of the KDC team and looks forward to learning new skills and growing with the KDC team.
When he is not in the office, Umit loves to watch hockey, as he was on the Turkish National Hockey team before coming to Canada. He also enjoys going on long hikes and being in nature. Coming from Istanbul, a massive metropolitan city, he is grateful to be living on the Island where he’s able to experience amazing nature and mesmerizing landscapes everywhere he goes.
Renée Olson, CPM, MBA
Senior Project Manager, Special Projects
HOW WE PARTNER
The KDC has established dozens of strategic partnerships that align with our values and support the shared mission of uplifting our communities. With forward-thinking leaders in the forestry, energy, development and cannabis industries, we are proud to partner with each one of these businesses that make meaningful contributions to our collective goals.