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Board and Staff


The MDDF board consists of six directors, three of which are appointed by the Denendeh Development Corporation and the remaining three appointed by the Metis Development Corporation. The Board meets quarterly in-person or through teleconferences, video conferencing and email communications to deal with proposals and issues on an as needed basis. There is an Annual General Meeting with its Shareholders. Collectively, the board has an incredibly wide range of business experience and expertise from across the NWT, as well as many years as MDDF board members.


Jake Heron – Chair


The first-ever general manager of the NWT MDDF, Jake Heron has also had a long career in management with the Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT), where he has held various senior-level positions; including President of the NWT Housing Corporation, and deputy minister of the Department of Personnel and Assistant Deputy Minister in the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations. He was also the Chief Operation Officer of the NWT Metis Development Corporation. Mr. Heron now owns and operates his own consulting business and holds a degree in commerce from the University of Alberta.

Albert J. Lafferty


Through his committee work and board appointments, Mr. Lafferty remains active at the community, regional and territorial levels by striving to build partnerships on economic development initiatives between local indigenous Métis, First Nations and industry in the NWT.

Mr. Lafferty is the recipient of the Norm McLeod Award given for outstanding proficiency in municipal administration. He also holds a diploma from Aurora College’s public and business administration program, as well as municipal administration accreditation from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont.

Clell Crook


Mr. Crook is president and part owner of Maskwa Engineering Ltd, the largest engineering company in the southern NWT. Mr. Crook’s past roles include project manager for the Department of Public Works of the GNWT, supervisor and trainer for Golder Associates / Aboriginal Engineering JV, and general manager of the NWT Development Corporation. He is a graduate of Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering Technology and is a Certified Engineering Technologist.

Luke Grosco


Mr. Grosco is managing co-owner of F.C. Services, which provides bulk fuel storage and delivery while also operating a gas station, convenience store and automotive repair shop and food catering services. Mr. Grosco also serves on the board of the Dogrib Area Community Futures and sat as an elected member of the 1st Tli Cho Legislative Assembly.

Greg Nyuli – Secretary – Treasurer


Mr. Nyuli was executive director of the Deh Gah Gotie Dene Council, where he previously served two terms as Chief. In addition to representing the Deh Cho First Nation on the Denedeh Development Corporation, Mr. Nyuli is the President of Shetah Nabors Drilling Ltd. and serves as a director of a number of other companies including Northland Utilities. He has also served as a Regional Negotiator for the Deh Cho First Nations in their land claim process and is a teacher by training.

Fred Koe


A Certified Management Accountant, Fred Koe is semi-retired after a 30-year career in public government and the public sector. In government, Mr. Koe was an elected member of the 12th Legislative Assembly, Deputy Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, assistant deputy minister of Economic Development and Tourism, Chair of the NWT/Nunavut Worker’s Compensation Board, and President of the NWT Housing Corporation, and the NWT Development Corporation. Mr. Koe was also the Executive Director of the Dene/Metis Negotiations Secretariat and Chief Operation Officer of the Gwich’in Tribal Council.



David Patrick – General Manager

Staff - David Patrick

Mr. Patrick has more than 40 years of cross-Canada experience in management, commercial lending and funding in both the private and public sectors. For the past 20 years, he has worked with territorial and municipal governments, developmental micro lenders and the private sector across the NWT and Nunavut.

Thomas Jarvis – Business Services Officer

Staff - Thom Jarvis

As the Business Services Officer, Mr. Jarvis manages the loans of a number of clients and also handles the organization’s marketing and promotions. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Jarvis has visited every community in the NWT and Nunavut and has an incredible amount of local knowledge. He also has strong people skills and a wide network of northern contacts.