Business entrepreneur, social activist, community advocate and community leader. Louis De Jaeger is passionate about helping Indigenous entrepreneurs and is currently President of the Stó:lō Business Association, Canada’s only independent Indigenous Business Organization. Louis speaks about creating an economic eco-system that drives community partnerships, supports entrepreneurial growth, and examines business based on one’s ‘worldview’- profit vs prosperity in a changing business world.
With a hospitality career that spans 35 years from Winnipeg to Vancouver and London, UK. The former Restaurant Owner (Bravo Restaurant & Lounge 2004-2016) turned politician (2015 Federal Liberal Candidate for Chilliwack-Hope) now works as a Community Resource Manager for Stó:lō Community Futures based in Chilliwack while finishing his Master’s in Business and Aboriginal Leadership at Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business in Vancouver.
Accolades include: 2016 Al McCacken award for Business Volunteer of the Year for BC (Community Futures), 2015 Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Business of the Year, 2012 Outstanding Achievement for Aboriginal Business in BC, 3-time winner Dining Excellence Award ~ Chilliwack Chamber of Commerce, 6-time winner Vancouver Playhouse International Wine Festival (wine list awards). Louis attained his certification in Indigenous Governance from the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona, holds certification in Indigenous Historical Impact from the Stó:lō Service Agency, and Expanding Skills in Economic Development, from the BC Economic Development Association. Louis has also served as the Vice-President of the Chilliwack Downtown Business Association, the Advisory board of Chilliwack Healthy Community, and as a Director of the Spirit of the People Powwow Committee.
Louis is a past Director of the Chilliwack Métis Association 2011 & 2012, and is now serving his Métis Community again as Director of Community Relations 2017-2019. Louis’ ancestral families are Sinclair and Norquay, with many family ties to the Hudson’s Bay Fur Trade. He is Michif, Scottish-Cree from St. Andrews, Red River Settlement. His ggg-Uncle was John Norquay, first Métis Premier of Manitoba (1878-1887).
Director of Elders-Ed Dandenault
I have been a member of the Chilliwack Métis association since 2014 and president from October, 2015-October 2017.
My great, great grandfather was Isadore Dumont Jr. He was Gabriel Dumonts oldest brother. During the battle of Duck Lake, Isadore and a Cree headman were killed by a NWMP interpreter. These were the opening shots of the 1885 resistance.
As President of the Chilliwack Metis Association my vision is to engage the membership in a common quest....
Together we will build a vibrant, self sustaining, family oriented Métis community and cultural center using Métis culture, education, social enterprise and strong family values as the building blocks.