QWASTeNAYe (L. Maynard Harry)
Maynard is a member of the Sliammon First Nation north of Powell River, BC. He has been an elected leader in his community with a strong interest in economic and business development for over ten years. MORE/BACK
His main interest is the development of relationships between the non-profit sector, corporate Canada, the non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal community. Chief of the Sliammon First Nation at the time, he was instrumental in developing the community accord between the City of Powell River and the Sliammon First Nation in 2002 which kicked off his work with industry, communities and non-profit organizations, such as Success by 6, to develop mutually beneficial relationships. In 2004 Maynard was named a ‘Champion of Children’ by the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society. In 2008 the Council of the City of Powell River bestowed the Freedom of the Municipality on Maynard in recognition of his commitment and initiative to break down old barriers and develop a forward thinking, respectful, cooperative relationship with the City of Powell River.
Maynard is the father of nine-year-old daughter Thitch Chale (Annika). The recognition that healthy children, healthy cultures, communities and economies are inextricably linked is at the heart of his work. It forms the basis for Ayjoomixw Concepts’ strong focus on the support of non-profit organizations and social enterprises that share this philosophy.
Event management is always an aspect of this work as the process of relationship building includes celebration, public acknowledgement, networking and industry sponsorship of Aboriginal initiatives.
Katrin Harry was born and raised in Germany. In 1992 she completed an accounting degree and a hotel management apprenticeship in Germany and commenced employment as the Conference Services Manager at the Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria the same year. MORE/BACK
Since 1997 Katrin is a consultant and managing partner with Ayjoomixw Concepts.
Before forming Ayjoomixw Concepts, Katrin held various management positions in BC’s tourism industry. In addition to Ocean Pointe Resort in Victoria, past employers include the Wedgewood Hotel in Vancouver and Coast Hotels and Resorts.
Her expertise in hospitality management is extensive and culminates in an event management career spanning over 20 years.
In recent years Katrin has assisted a number of non-profit organizations such as the Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC with the development of their corporate partnerships. In addition Katrin was the contracted Executive Directors of the Industry Council for Aboriginal Business from 2006 to 2009.
In 2009 and 2010 Katrin worked for the Four Host First Nations. Comprised of the Lil'wat, Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, the Four Host First Nations were Official Partners in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, a historic first for Indigenous peoples. The international exposure at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games provided an extraordinary opportunity to position Aboriginal businesses and communities as a source of world-class goods and services and as a competitive location for investment. Katrin coordinated the Aboriginal Business Showcase and Artisan Village, the Four Host first Nation’s business development initiative during the Games. The Aboriginal Business Showcase and Artisan Village introduced the best of the best in Aboriginal business, art and culture from all regions of Canada through a variety of activities such as a tradeshow and product displays, fashion shows and networking events.
Katrin is involved in all aspects of Ayjoomixw Concepts’ projects and responsible for keeping team and clients connected, deliverables on target, work plans on time and budgets on track.