Who We Are

About the First Nations Business Development Association of BC

Background Information

First Nations across BC have expanded their business and economic activities in all industry sectors, and in many regions are lead economic players creating wealth and employment for their community members as well as others.

While there are many Indigenous organizations both provincially and nationally that represent a variety of First Nation interests, there has not been an organization that represents and advocates for First Nation owned Development Corporations.

A new organization has been formed to address this gap; The BC First Nations Development Corporation Association has been established as a BC Society and is comprised of the founding Nation owned Development Corporations and led by its Managing Director, Michael Bonshor, CPA of Visions First Nations Financial Service and the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation.

The mandate of the FNBDA is to lift the collective strength and influence of BC First Nations owned Development Corporations, for the benefit of their community.  Specifically, a number of purposes and approaches have been identified.


Michael Bonshor

Michael Bonshor, CPA, CMA is a member of the Dzawada’enuxw First Nation of Kingcome Inlet and has worked with First Nations and Indigenous organizations for the past 20 years. He is President and CEO of Visions First Nations Financial Services/Ki’mola Indigenous Capital and Managing Director of First Nations Business Development Association. In 2020 Michael was appointed to the National Indigenous Economic Development Board and is the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee and Board Member of the BC Infrastructure Benefits Inc., the BC Crown Corporation. He is also the Co-Chair of the BC First Nations Gaming Revenue Sharing General Partnership.

Kyah Development Corporation

Identified Purposes and Approaches

Industry and Government Relations

Strategic Information Sharing Forums (Conferences and Workshops)

Development of Collaborative Business and Investment Initiatives

Communication Channel

Market Intelligence and Data Development

Sharing of Best Practices and Industry Expertise

Support Education and Capacity

Market Development Support (Cda and Int’l)

First Nation Community Relations

Skaha Hills Development (K'ul Management Group)


To support, advocate and create opportunities that benefit the economic well being of BC First Nation Development Corporations


The BC FN DCA is a strong, respected advocate for impactful First Nation Development Corporations in BC, that are driving sustainable economic wealth within their traditional territories and the Province of BC as a whole.

Membership Criteria

Business focused organizations that are owned directly by one or more First Nations of BC.