Mike Retasket is very enthused for this opportunity as a Director for theTourism Industry Association of BC and brings many positive strengths and commitment. Mike has made significant contributions into many areas of aboriginal tourism, aboriginal issues of Title and Rights, culture, education and leadership. Mike is a champion for traditional knowledge and cultural and heritage values and is a storyteller, Traditional Pipe Carrier, Dancer, Drummer, and Singer. He is a compassionate, analytical and focused professional who has the ability to utilize problem-solving, exceptional communication and patience in providing guidance in negotiations with third parties or Government organizations.
Mike currently serves as a Director on the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association and New Pathways to Gold Society and has served on numerous other Boards including the Thompson Basin Fisheries Council, Fraser Basin Council, First Nation Emergency Services, Forest Stewardship Council, Indigenous Caucus, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council Executive, First Nations Forestry Council – Secretary/Treasurer, Mountain Pine Beetle Working Group (appointed member) and Blueprint Implementation Advisory Committee. Mike has also served five terms as Chief of the Bonaparte Indian Band, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs/Secretary Treasurer, and a Founding Member of BC First Nations Leadership Council.