Meet Our Team

The Canadian Center for Aboriginal Entrepreneurship, Inc. is an incorporated business dedicated to Aboriginal Entrepreneurship in Canada. The Aboriginal BEST program is delivered by CCAE.

Bruce LacroixThe CCAE is owned by Bruce Lacroix, President and CEO. Born in Halifax of mixed Mi’kmaq and French heritage, Bruce now lives in the picturesque heritage town of Nelson, BC with his family.

A life-long entrepreneur and self-professed “terrible employee working for others”, Bruce works best in collaboration with others to help achieve success for all involved.

Bruce studied:
  • Business Administration, Thompson Rivers University, BC
  • Hospitality / Tourism Management Algonquin College, Ottawa
  • Physical Education (Outdoor Pursuits), University of Calgary
  • Recreation Administration, Mt Royal College, Calgary

Bruce enjoys volunteering locally, and has been a Director with Nelson and District Credit Union, Nelson and District Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Municipal Library and the Rotary Club of Nelson – Daybreak.

He started his own business in 1989 while on welfare with his first child on the way, so he understands the challenges of many entrepreneurs. When not working to help you, he can be found on a kayak on Kootenay Lake, or scuba diving in tropical waters with his family.

Our Facilitators

 

Kristin Kozuback

Kristin KozubackKristin Kozuback has been a champion for Indigenous rights, Aboriginal entrepreneurship and community-based economic development since she started working in our community in 1999. She has a Masters of Education Degree specializing in Indigenous Education, bringing her ‘wholistic’ approach to business to our Aboriginal BEST Program as Regional Coordinator and Trainer.

Kristin owns the socially responsible marketing company, Spiritlink Communications, and is the founder and co-owner of RedWAY News Inc. Kristin is highly respected in the BC Aboriginal community for her knowledge of Aboriginal organizations, adult education, communication and marketing strategies, and respect of Aboriginal traditions and culture.

Kristin secured funding to coordinate and recruit 15 Aboriginal delegates from across Canada to form a “Canadian Aboriginal Innovation Team” which attended the United Nations World Youth Summit of Entrepreneurs in New York, NY.

Kristin has been honoured to work with organizations such as KAYA (Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association), the Native Education College, The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Aboriginal Business Canada, BC Association of Friendship Centres, the BC AFN (Assembly of First Nations) Youth Council, and the Council for Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO).

Helen Lutz

Helen Lutz

Supporting Aboriginal BEST

Stewart W. Anderson
Vancity (Vancouver City Savings Credit Union) – Manager, Community Investment

Stewart W. AndersonStewart grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia and attended Dalhousie University, before travelling, doing his Masters degree in International Development and relocating to Vancouver.

He has worked in the financial services sector for the last 25 years, and has a strong background in economic development, project finance, and corporate lending, as well as a keen awareness of the importance of relationship building. His clients have included Entrepreneurs, Aboriginal Social Service agencies, First Nation Governments, Aboriginal and First Nation Development Corporations, and First Nation/Private Sector Joint Ventures.

In his current role as Manager, Indigenous Partnerships, Stewart works to broaden and deepen the Credit Union’s involvement with Aboriginal communities in and beyond the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people where Vancity is located.