Dr. Judith Sayers (Kekinusuqs

Executive Advisory Council

Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers, is the President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and an adjunct professor with both the School of Business and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria.

 Judith practiced law for 18 years and served fourteen years as Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation. As Chief of her First Nation, she focused on capacity building and sustainable development. Judith was instrumental in several sustainable development projects and put in place mechanisms to help protect Hupacasath territory.

 Judith is on the boards of BC Ferries, Clean Energy BC, Island Corridor Foundation, BC Achievement Foundation and New Relationship Trust Foundation. 

 Judith received Clean Energy BC’s Lifetime Achievement Award, was inducted into Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame and has been the recipient of the Bora Laskin Fellowship on Human Rights, a Finalist for the Buffet award for indigenous leadership and twice awarded the Woman of Distinction from the Alberni Chamber of Commerce. She has received the Silver Award from the Canadian Environmental Association for Climate Change.  Judith has also been admitted as a member of the Order of Canada.