George Casimir is a member of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc First Nation and is the General Manager of Community Futures of Central Interior First Nation (CFDC of CIFN). George’s educational background includes business, horticulture, project management and most recently a certificate from Harvard.
As a member of his community George proudly served 4 terms on Chief and Council; when not on Council he managed and supervised many areas including Housing, Education and Special Projects. Co-writing and developing the first retail Band owned and operated business as well as re-branding to what is now known as Petro Canada is one of many projects he has worked on for his community.
Entrepreneurship has always been of special interest to him as he owned a number of successful businesses including landscaping, transportation, consulting and currently farming. Being a long-term Board member for All Nations Trust Company and past president has also allowed George to support aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs for many years.
As the general manager for CFDC of CIFN George has developed partnerships within the province with Indigenous and non-indigenous organizations, George represents the organization on Provincial committees and takes part in many regional and local events.
George states that he is very proud of his humble beginnings being one of the first 12 participants in the CIFN self-employment program in the early 90’s: “From this program I have learned a lot and found the inspiration to help individuals, organizations and communities in their economic journeys”.
The mandate of CFDC of CIFN is developmental lending and self-employment training; CFDC of CIFN specializes in loan portfolios for youth, women, peoples with disabilities, agriculture and our general loan fund. George says it is a pleasure to work with a great Board of Directors as well as his CIFN staff to implement and promote the services that we have and to provide opportunities for our Indigenous Peoples.