Blaine Favel, currently the Executive Chairman of One Earth Oil and Gas, is an influential Plains Cree leader who has made significant contributions to scholarship, education, public service and the Canadian public good. He has earned two degrees – a law degree from Queen's University and a master of business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business – and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012.
He was Chief of the Poundmaker Cree Nation and served as Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations from 1994-98. During that time, he led the development of the First Nations Bank of Canada and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Mr. Favel was also a senior diplomat as the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Counselor on International Indigenous Issues, served as a special advisor to the Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, and was a panelist on the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Mr. Favel was elected Chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan effective July 1, 2013 for a three-year term. His appointment was confirmed at a meeting of the University Senate on April 20 based on the recommendation of a joint nomination committee.
In the past, Mr. Favel has worked with the law firm of Bennett Jones, and with RBC Capital Markets.