New chair has roots with Gwaii Trust

  • Nov. 30, 2009 4:00 p.m.

The man who will be taking over as chair of the Gwaii Trust Society in January has a long history with the organization. Peter Lantin, who now works as the chief operating officer at Tricorp in Prince Rupert, worked as the Gwaii Trust’s youth coordinator back in the summer of 1998. “I’ve come full circle,” Mr. Lantin said this week from Prince Rupert. “There’s definitely a connection for me there.” Mr. Lantin was appointed as chair by the Council of the Haida Nation, but doesn’t officially start work until the Gwaii Trust holds its annual general meeting, now scheduled for January. The appointment is for a three-year term, and he replaces outgoing chair Ken Rea. “It’s something I’ve wanted to do for quite some time,” he said. “My focus obviously will be to be the impartial voice at the table. The chair has no vote… I’ll be there to facilitate the table.” Mr. Lantin, who is originally from Old Massett, worked as that village’s administrator for several years before moving to Prince Rupert five years ago. He said he doesn’t plan to move back to the islands, but will travel here regularly for Gwaii Trust meetings. He said his work at Tricorp has given him a strong background in financial and business issues, and he has enjoyed being away from the political arena. Tricorp, a Prince Rupert-based First Nations financial and lending organization, has other ties with the Gwaii Trust. Frank Parnell, the first chair of the trust, has been Tricorp’s president and chief executive since 1989. Longtime Gwaii Trust administrator Cliff Fregin also worked at Tricorp.

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