|Mark Selman, Program Director
Dr. Mark Selman is the director of the Executive MBA cohort for Aboriginal Business and Leadership. He is also responsible for directing other customized versions of the EMBA, including a long-running program with Teck Resources. Mark began his professional life as an entrepreneur involved in both construction and manufacturing. In his mid thirties, he returned to university to complete his undergraduate degree and doctorate, both at UBC.
|Michelle Corfield, Executive in Residence
Dr. Michelle Corfield is an independent consultant specializing in process design, facilitation, research, and personal, community, and organizational development. Until recently, she held the position of Vice-President for the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. Over the years she has served as a board member for various organizations and societies. Currently she is a board member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. She is one of the founding partners and designers of the BC Multi-Sectoral Leadership Initiative (weavingrelationships.org).
Michelle holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership Management, Masters of Conflict Analysis and Management, and B.A. in First Nations Studies. She is also a successful independent businessperson, operating a Seafood Harvesting company for the past thirteen years, adding to her 17 years of entrepreneurial experience.
Michelle has proven herself to be an innovative facilitator, mediator, and process designer. She has spent many years working towards developing ways to move First Nations people and communities forward using a balanced, holistic approach.
Michelle is from the Ucluelet First Nation, and she has 2 children.
|Ulrike Radermacher, Associate Director
Ulrike Radermacher joined the team as an Associate Director in spring 2012. She is a believer in lifelong learning; she recently completed her EMBA from SFU Beedie. Many moons ago, she earned a PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia and, even more moons ago, an MA in Anthropology, Political Science, and Philosophy from the University of Munich. She has worked on First Nation issues such as land and treaty, economic development, migration, and aboriginal foster care. She also conducted research on contemporary German migration to Australia and Canada, migration decision making processes, and ethnic networking structures in Europe. Over the past twenty years she has been involved in a wide range of projects in the not for profit area, such as the recently launched Reciprocal Research Network (RRN) at the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Ulrike taught courses at UBC in Anthropology, First Nations Studies and Museum Studies. Throughout, she has been running many federal and provincial elections in her Vancouver home riding. Her three children are off to college and she now very much welcomes the opportunity to learn from and work with the students in the EMBA-ABL.
Wendy Grant-John is a Senior Aboriginal Advisor at Deloitte. She is a sitting member of Chief and Council for the Musqueam Indian Band, which is a part of the Coast Salish Nation. She has spent most of her adult life working for her community as well as representing First Nations across this country in many different forums.
Mrs. Grant-John served three terms as Chief of the Musqueam and was the first woman elected Regional Chief to the Assembly of First Nations. As Musqueam Chief, she helped to negotiate one of the first Aboriginal commercial fisheries in Canada, and was a part of her community’s two landmark Supreme Court cases that have helped to define Aboriginal rights. She has previously worked at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada as Associate Regional Director General of British Columbia and has served as a lay bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia and as a Board Member with Canada Lands Company Limited. She has also served as a Commissioner on the Pacific Salmon Commission. She was a founding member and director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and a founder of the Musqueam Weavers. Most recently Mrs. Grant-John was the official Representative for the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada on the issue of Matrimonial Real Property on Reserve.
Over the years Mrs. Grant-John has been involved in various projects and sat on many
Boards and committees both provincially and federally including the Aboriginal Economic Development Board.
Mrs. Grant-John has an honorary doctorate of Law from Royal Roads University and has won many distinctions and awards, including the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Social Action. At the 2006 National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, she was recognized for her career in advancing Aboriginal culture, social and political advancement in Canada and for diversifying the economic base of the Musqueam.
Mark Podlasly is the founder of Brookmere Management Group, a consulting practice focused on corporate strategy, strategic partnerships, and global markets related to energy and mining sectors. Based on his over 20 years of experience and innovative ideas, Mark is a frequently invited speaker on sustainable partnerships, strategic community engagement, and socio-economic best practices.
A graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Mark is also a Senior Associate at the Harvard Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative, an integral component of the Asia business and government programs at the university. Mark’s contribution to the Harvard Initiative focuses on the intersection of energy, environment and sustainable development business and public policy.
Prior to Brookmere and the Initiative, Mark ran a successful executive education and consulting practice in Asia, USA and Europe for 10 years. During this period he designed and delivered corporate strategy, leadership, globalization programs for a client list that includes GE, Unilever, General Mills, Clorox, Goldman Sachs, and Praxair. As well, he served as the strategic advisor and Vice President in charge of developing two $120 million international education campuses for Gale International LLC in New Songdo City, a $24 billion international business city located 60km from Seoul, Korea.
Mark is a member of the Nlaka’pamux First Nation and lives in Vancouver, Canada with his wife and two young children.