OUR TEAM


Indigenous Management Group Inc. is committed to the highest standard of quality in all the work that we do. Our consulting team is made up of highly qualified individuals with professional academic qualifications and extensive experience working with Indigenous governments, federal, provincial, and municipal governments, private sector business and government policy makers.

Stan Bear, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Stanley Bear, a member of Peguis First Nations, has an MBA from Queen’s University, a Diploma in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba, and completed the Executive Development Program at Queen’s University. Mr. Bear has more than 25 years experience in First Nations business and organizational development. Since 1989 Mr. Bear has owned and managed a private health care company with 100 employees, and two management consulting companies with nine employees. Prior to working in the private sector, Mr. Bear had over fifteen years of experience with the federal government, managing programs at the senior level with the Department of Industry Canada.

Mr. Bear has more than 15 years experience providing management consulting services in the area of business management, business analysis, cost benefits analysis, organizational analysis, strategic planning, organizational policy and procedures development, project management, program and project evaluations, financial management and political advisory services to First Nation communities. Mr. Bear has conducted needs assessments of First Nations, which diagnoses present problems and environmental challenges that can be met through training, or future challenges that can be met through long-term development. Based on the needs assessment, individual training plans may be developed for each First Nation staff.

scbear@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-284-9255

Lorne Cochrane

Managing Partner

Lorne Cochrane has more than 25 years of increasingly responsible managerial and administrative expertise. He is a visionary who focuses on the big picture while recognizing and being cognizant of the building blocks required to attain the final goals and objectives. As a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, Mr. Cochrane is mindful of the challenges faced by First Nations communities. He uses his expertise to seek out opportunities and explore, develop and implement solutions that are focused on and accepted by the community. Mr. Cochrane is a proven leader and has managed diverse organizations of over 200 employees.

Mr. Cochrane has committed his career to the advancement of First Nations issues both at the grassroots and national levels. He was a former Executive Director of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, where he was responsible for leading significant programs, initiatives and projects such as the Framework Agreement Initiative, Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters, Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre and Human Resource Development Program on behalf of the First Nations leadership of Manitoba.

Prior to joining the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Mr. Cochrane was the Regional Director General and the Associate Regional Director General for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Manitoba Region. Mr. Cochrane has extensive experience and knowledge of First Nations programs and services (band management, social services, human resources, education, community services, economic development, policing, health services, facilities operation and maintenance, etc.), and federal/provincial government legislation, policies and directives. As well as being a member of the Fisher River Cree Nation, Mr. Cochrane has served his community as both Chief and Councilor, and he is ever mindful of the challenges faced by First Nations communities.

lcochrane@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-956-7525

Ryan Bear, MBA, CAFM, C.MGR.

Financial Advisor/Vice-President of Operations

Ryan Bear, a member of the Peguis First Nation, has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) Degree, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Management (PBDM) from Athabasca University as well as a Business Administration Diploma (Marketing Major) from Red River College. Mr. Bear also holds two designations — a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) from AFOA Canada, and a Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) from the Canadian Institute of Management.

Mr. Bear has more than 15 years experience in the finance and accounting business. As the Vice-President of Operations for Indigenous Management Group Inc., Mr. Bear is involved in business strategy, marketing, financial and management controls and operational management, where beginning to end solutions are provided. Mr. Bear is also responsible for providing services in the areas of financial and investment analysis, project management and business consulting. Mr. Bear is responsible for providing services in the areas of financial planning, forecasting, reporting, policy development and analysis, financial and debt management, and business consulting in areas of operations planning, control and review as well as in capacity building to First Nations communities. Mr. Bear also provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of improving the business performance of the organization. Mr. Bear conducts analysis and quality review checks to ensure financial policies and administrative procedures are being followed, and identifies skills deficiencies and training needs for staff.

Mr. Bear’s previous experience include working for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada as an Economic Development Officer, and a Finance Officer for Romanow, Bear and Associates.

rbear@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-452-0984

Poornima Saraswati, B.A (Psych)

Human Resources Director

Poornima Saraswati, with more than 25 years experience in all aspects of human resources, including several years in management, has a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Certificate in Human Resource Management from the University of Manitoba.

As the Human Resources Director for Indigenous Health Group Inc. and Indigenous Management Group Inc., Ms. Saraswati provides guidance and manages the overall direction of Human Resources services, policies, and programs for the companies. Her responsibilities include providing leadership and expert advice in all aspects of human resource management, establishing and leading the recruitment practices and procedures to establish and maintain a superior workforce; and management the development and maintenance of various websites.

Ms. Saraswati’s experience in both the private and public sectors include: coordinating of services, policies and programs through Human Resources staff; overseeing processes in recruitment and selection, performance management, training and development and labor relations; human resource and strategic planning; organizational reviews; succession planning; external audits; and workforce adjustments.

psaraswati@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-284-2189

Conrad Bear, PMP

Associate Consultant/Project Manager

Conrad Bear, a member of the Peguis First Nation, has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the University of Winnipeg, a Diploma in Business Administration with a major in Marketing and a Certificate in Microcomputer Applications (Hons).

Mr. Bear is an Associate Consultant/Project Manager for Indigenous Management Group Inc., involved in business strategy, marketing, financial and management controls. Mr. Bear provides objective advice, expertise and specialist skills with the aim of improving the business performance of the organization. This includes preparing business proposals/presentations, ongoing consultation with clients, identifying issues, formulating and implementing recommendations, and ensuring the client has necessary resources to meet the recommendations.

Mr. Bear conducts analysis and quality reviews ensuring financial policies and administrative procedures are being followed, and skills deficiencies and training needs for staff are identified. Mr. Bear’s previous experience included working for Indian and Northern Affairs of Canada in economic development. He has more than ten years experience in accounting and payroll management.

cbear@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-956-7152

Orlando Cochingco, CPA-CGA, CAFM, BSc Bus Admin

Financial Advisor/Accountant

Orlando Cochingco is a Certified Professionall Accountant (CPA-CGA Canada),a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA – USA and Phillipines), a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration (Accounting Major), and courses in Insurance Accounting and Canadian Securities. As an Accountant with Indigenous Management Group Inc., Mr. Cochingco is responsible for providing services in the areas of financial and investment analysis, project management and business consulting. As well, Mr. Cochingco works with the Managing Partner in areas dealing with financial management policies and procedures, operations planning, control and review, and in capacity building.

Prior to joining IMG, Mr. Cochingco had more than 15 years financial management experience including several years as a Senior Financial Analyst with AVIVA, Canada’s 2nd P&C insurance company, as well as several years experience as an Internal Auditor.

ocochingco@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-956-7152

Georgina Maxfield, CPA-CMA, B.Comm, CAFM, CAPA

Financial Advisor/ Accountant

Georgina Maxfield is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA-CMA Canada), has a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Hon) from the University of Manitoba and is a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM). Ms. Maxfield has more than 25 years’ experience with private enterprise, fulfilling several roles in financial management as Financial Analyst, Project Accountant, Controller, Director and General Manager.

As a Financial Advisor/Accountant with Indigenous Management Group Inc. Ms. Maxfield is responsible for providing services in the areas of financial planning, forecasting, reporting, policy development and analysis, financial and debt management, and business consulting in areas of operations planning, control and review as well as in capacity building to First Nations communities. Ms. Maxfield currently provides financial advisory services to a number of First Nations in Manitoba and Ontario and her previous experience included the position of Director of Finance with Animikii Ozoson Child and Family Services.

Ms. Maxfield’s extensive experience include: financial analysis, reviews and assessment, policy and procedures development, daily management of accounting operations, preparation of financial statements, quarterly and annual reporting, negotiations, reviewing and analyzing Management Action Plans, strenthening and preparation of internal controls, auditing functions, financial, human resource and strategic planning, budget and forecasting, and dealing directly with programs for First Nations clients in social, health, education, capital and governance.

gmaxfield@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-949-0252

Blessing Familusi, CPA-CGA, MBA, BSc Acct

Financial Advisor/ Accountant

Blessing Familusi is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA,CGA), and has a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science degree (Hons) in Accounting. He is also an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and has taken courses in economic analysis, financial management, corporate finance, and project management.

As the Financial Advisor/Accountant with Indigenous Management Group Inc., Mr. Familusi is responsible for providing co-management and advisory services in the areas of financial planning, forecasting, reporting, policy development and analysis, financial and debt management, capacity-building and business consulting.

Prior to joing IMG, Mr. Familusi had more than 20 years’ financial and accounting experience, fulfilling roles such as Corporate Accountant, International Operations Manager, Internal Auditor and Audit Manager. He was the Corporate Accountant with the Winnipeg Conservatory of Music, Business Interface Consulting Limited, and a Senior Banking Advisor with the Royal Bank of Canada.

Mr. Familusi is a professional accountant with notable previous experience in Accounting, Taxation, Auditing, Financial Services, Information Technology and Project Management both in Canada and internationally.

bfamilusi@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-791-6750

Greg Miles, MA (Economics)

Economist

Greg Miles has a Masters of Arts (Economics) from McGill University with specific interest in the areas of environmental economics, cost-benefit analysis and econometrics. He has taught various courses in Economics, Math and Statistics at both the University of Winnipeg and McGill University and has written literature in the areas of environmental economics and cost-benefit analysis.

As an Economst, Mr. Miles provides expertise in economic modeling and statistics to bring a modern-day cost-benefit analysis approach to project selection and evaluation. Mr. Miles conducts financial analysis, historical and projected budget analysis, and cost/benefit analysis related to funding agreements and programs, and how these agreements and programs will affect community economic development. In the area of environmental and natural resource economics, Mr. Miles analyzes and interprets qualitative and quantative information related to potential environmental impacts caused by industrial projects on First Nations communities. Using advanced econometric tools which rely on survey and environmental data, Mr. Miles provides a full-analysis of how industrial projects will impact the communities.

gmiles@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-391-5033

Wallace (Wally) McKay

Marketing Representative

Wally McKay, a member of the Sachigo Lake First Nation, is responsible for planning and executing marketing campaigns for Indigenous Management Group Inc. through analysis of market potential and development of strategic relationships with current and new clients.

Mr. McKay has more than 15 years experience in consulting services and has extensive experience in leadership positions with First Nations communities including: Grand Chief — Emeritus and former Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, former Regional Chief of Chiefs of Ontario, and Senior Political Liaison to Grand Chief Derek Nepinak, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

Nina O’Campo

Bookkeeper

Nina O’Campo, is responsible for providing a variety of bookkeeping, clerical accounting and general office duties for Indigenous Management Group Inc. and assists Accountants in the financial administration/management of financial advisory and co-management accounts. Nina has a Bachelor of Science and Administration from the Guagua University in the Philippines. She has more than three years previous related experience working as an Accounting Assistant, Accounting Clerk and Bookkeeper.

nocampo@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-949-0264

Tamara Ponce

Bookkeeper

Tamara Ponce, is responsible for providing a variety of bookkeeping, clerical accounting and general office duties for Indigenous Management Group Inc. and assists Accountants in the financial administration/management of financial advisory and co-management accounts. In her previous employment, Ms. Ponce had worked as a Financial and Tax Auditor, Junior Accountant and Bookkeeper. Ms. Ponce received a CPA designation in Venezuela in 1994 and is currently in the process of preparing for her CPA Canada designation.

tponce@indigenousmanagement.ca
204-956-7151

Our Credentials