MLTC RDI Board of Directors

The MLTC RDI Board includes the Chief from each of the nine shareholder First Nations communities, in addition to the Chair and two independent directors who bring an exceptional level of experience in the resource sector.


Tribal Chief Eric Sylvestre – Chair

Tribal Chief Eric Sylvestre is a member of the Birch Narrows Dene Nation.  He earned his Teaching Certificate at the University of Saskatchewan and later enrolled in the Business Administration program at the College of Commerce.  He served as Chief within his First Nation and held several prominent positions at Birch Narrows and with the Meadow Lake Tribal Council in economic development and governance.  Prior to being elected Tribal Chief, Chief Sylvestre was the Vice-Chief of Meadow Lake Tribal Council.


Community Representatives

Buffalo River Dene Nation: Chief Eileen Morrison
Birch Narrows Dene Nation: Chief Jonathon Sylvestre
Canoe Lake Cree Nation: Chief Francis X Iron
Clearwater River Dene Nation: Chief Teddy Clarke
English River First Nation: Chief Marie Black
Flying Dust First Nation: Chief Richard Gladue
Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation: Chief Richard Ben
Ministikwan Lake Cree Nation: Chief Leslie Crookedneck
Waterhen Lake First Nation: Chief Carol Bernard

Frank Proto

Mr. Proto is the former Board Chair of Agrium (an agricultural chemicals company) and a Board Chair of Nelson Group Inc. (an investment company). Mr. Proto was also a director of First Calgary Petroleum Ltd. (an oil and gas company) from April 2008 to December 2008, when it was sold and ceased to be a reporting issuer. Mr. Proto is a former Chair of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre at the University of Regina, a former Chief Executive Officer of Wascana Energy Inc. (an energy company), a former Chair of SaskEnergy Inc. (a natural gas distribution and transmission company), and a former member of the Canada Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board (a regulatory agency). He is a former director of each of Chieftain Development Ltd. (an energy company), Century Sales and Service Limited (an industrial company), and Saskatchewan Telecommunications Holding Corporation (Sasktel – a telecommunications company).


Rita Mirwald

Ms. Mirwald served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Services at Cameco Corporation, a position she held from 1995 to 2009, when she retired. In this role she was responsible for brand and image development, communications, investor relations, human resources, and government and community liaison. She also played a leading role in the execution of Cameco’s training, employment and community investment programs for First Nations and Metis people of northern Saskatchewan. In July 2010, Ms. Mirwald was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada. Ms. Mirwald has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma of Education from University of Saskatchewan, a Master of Arts from University of Oregon and has completed the executive program at Queen’s University. She is past Chair of the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy and the Global Strategies Committee of the World Nuclear Association.