CFN is pleased to welcome Ben McBeath as our new Financial Administrator, effective September 11, 2017.
Ben brings a wealth of financial knowledge, skills and experience to Coastal First Nations, having worked in multiple senior finance roles throughout Canada.
Most recently, Ben was Chief Financial Officer for the In-SHUCK-ch Nation, where he provided guidance based on the financial management expertise he garnered during more than 15 years working in accounting and financial management capacities.
Ben spent almost a decade working at the Matsqui Institution for the Correctional Service of Canada, where he was Chief of Finance and managed an institutional budget of more than $23-million. Ben’s other past roles include Finance Director for Xa’xtsa First Nation; accounting instructor for Vancouver-based NEC Native Education College; and Budget Officer for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.
Ben obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 2001, and professional designation as a Certified Management Accountant in 2007, and as a Chartered Professional Accountant in 2015.
“I am really excited to have this opportunity in a challenging role,” says Ben. “I look forward to working with staff and key stakeholders of Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative to make a positive impact on such a worthy cause.”
About Ben McBeath
Ben McBeath (pronounced “McBeth”) is a member of the Siksika Nation near Calgary, Alberta—part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which also includes the Kainai (the Blood) and the Piikuni (or Piegan).
Though he did not grow up on the Siksika Nation reserve (his adopted family moved to BC when he was three years old), Ben later re-established his connection with family members and the wider community, which set him on a life-changing path of learning more about his cultural background and Blackfoot roots. He’s the first member of his family to complete post-secondary studies, and the first professionally designated accountant from the Siksika Nation.
Ben has taken on several challenging roles in the financial industry, and looks forward to bringing that proven experience and skill set to Coastal First Nations.