As former CEO of the Membertou Band of Nova Scotia and the Membertou Corporate Division, Bernd Christmas brings a deep understanding of Indigenous perspectives as well as extensive experience on national and international boards and commissions. Bernd was the first Mi’kmaw to become a lawyer in Canada. He was most recently a partner at Cassels Brock, specializing in Aboriginal law. Prior to joining Cassels Brock, he worked at a large national firm to expand their Indigenous practice. He then founded Bernd Christmas Law Group. Bernd has been a director on the boards of the CBC and of Keltic Petrochemcials Inc. and is currently on the board of Investors Group.