September 26, 2011: Mount Currie, BC – The Lil’wat Nation has hired Curt Walker as its new Senior Administrator. Walker will start with the Lil’wat Nation government on October 4, 2011.

“Curt has extensive experience in fiscal management and leading high performance teams.  His financial knowledge and management approach backed by strong interpersonal skills will be a refreshing change for the administration.” said Lucinda Phillips, Chief of Lil’wat Nation. “Council is confident that Curt will be a good fit to lead the organization, and help us to rebuild a strong and stable administration so that we can take advantage of the many opportunities we have before us.” 

From Pemberton, Walker is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.  He has extensive senior management experience in the private sector including the Italian Cultural Centre, Intrawest, the Gibbons Hospitality Group and Pan Pacific Hotels & Resorts.  He has also taught courses at Ts’zil Learning Centre, Capilano University, and is a moderator in the Strategic Leadership Program for the CMA Society of B.C.  He has been an active volunteer in the Sea to Sky Corridor including serving as a Board Member for the Whistler Museum & Archives and management accountant for the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation.

“I am excited to take on the position of Senior Administrator in the Lil’wat government,” said Walker “it is an important and challenging role but there are great opportunities on the horizon as the Nation prepares to improve its recreation infrastructure, build an Elders complex and Youth Centre, improve housing on reserve, and leverage its economic assets.”

The overall recruitment process was managed by Guerin Tetreault & Associates.  The final hiring decision for Senior Administrator is the responsibility of Council.  “Council was very happy with the process and excellent candidates brought forward through Guerin Tetreault & Associates,” added Phillips. “We had over 30 qualified applicants including senior level executives within First Nation governments, the private sector, and local government.  In the end, we are extremely pleased to welcome Curt to the Lil’wat Nation.”

The Senior Administrator position leads the staff and operations of the Lil’wat Nation government.  The Lil’wat Nation government has responsibility for:

  • Education in the community K – 12;
  • Post-secondary education and student funding;
  • Primary health care and targeted health programs;
  • Provision of public infrastructure including water, sewer, solid waste, roads, and dyking;
  • Land zoning and management both on and off-reserve;
  • Economic development including land development and the operation of gas station, grocery store, forestry operations;
  • Social assistance and employment training and support;
  • Child and family services.

The position also builds and maintains key relationships with other levels of government, as well as with external partners. The annual budget for the Lil’wat Nation government is approximately $20 million dollars. The Senior Administrator reports directly to Council.