Duncan Kennedy, Managing Director and Co-Founder
Duncan Kennedy is the Managing Director of Indigenext, an Indigenous business incubator based in Vancouver. Indigenext is founded on the principle of “Reconciliation through Innovation”. With Capilano University, Indigenext has created BC’s first Indigenous Accelerator, which launched in 2020. Before he was liberated from the technology industry, Kennedy founded or served as a senior executive at ten tech companies (three of which were sold) and worked at Apple and Sony for more than a decade. At Apple, he managed the QuickTime product line, the foundation of modern digital video, and initiated QuickTime for Windows, which shipped more than 1 billion units. At Sony he launched the world’s first 4k Video Service. Duncan is from Prince George and is of Metis, Scottish, and English descent. He graduated from the University of British Columbia.
Shane Kennedy, Director and Co-Founder
Shane Kennedy is president of Lone Pine Media Productions and Company’s Coming Publishing, one one of the largest general trade book publishers in Canada. Mr. Kennedy has been in book publishing for over forty years, thirty-five in the current company. He has written over 30 books, many of which have become bestsellers. He has made films in New Guinea, the Amazon, the high arctic, Borneo, the Dairen rainforest, Easter Island and the Andes. Shane has aboriginal heritage and was a co-founder of the Aboriginal Publishers Association of Canada.
Chastity Davis, Director
Chastity Davis is of mixed First Nations and European descent. She is a proud member of the Tla’amin Nation. She feels it is her life purpose to facilitate the building of bridges between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. Chastity is sole proprietor to her own consulting business and is the Chair of the Ministers Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women. She co-founded the Professional Aboriginal Women’s Network and is currently serving as Co-Chair for this important network that creates a shared space for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women to support each other in their respective careers. Chastity recently received two awards for her business, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Outstanding Business Achievement (BC Aboriginal Business Awards) and 40 Under 40, Business in Vancouver.
Bradley Shende, Founding Partner
An award winning Creative Technologist and natural nerd-to-english translator. Bradley has been creating sustainable and transformational projects in different mediums for more than twenty-five years. As an analyst on technology and media trends he has reached a global audience demystifying all things digital, and mentored young innovators as Faculty at the Digital Design and Development program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Never shy of startups or social justice issues, he is Co-Founder of Canada’s first BIL Conference (a TED alternative), Startups-Care, Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED) and The Public Office Project (POP), and his first “real startup” (and proudest investment) as Dad of three kids.
Robert Scow, Sr. Associate
Robert is Kwakwakawakw and comes from the four tribes of the Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw, his mother is Haxwamis and Gwawa’enux while his father is Kwikwasut’inuxw and Kwakiutl. Serving terms on elected Chief and Council, Robert has firsthand knowledge about how small villages and off-reserve members can be assisted though communication and technology. The building of strong relationships with family and village membership, through both his roles of traditional and elected leadership, has given him insight into how much work needs to be done around digital transformation. Being both remote and isolated, the communities where his families come from are in great positions of need. Robert feels with the current state of affairs with UNDRIP and Reconciliation, now is a good time to close the large gap between first nations and non-first nations. Having sat at tables with government and industry in negotiations, Robert feels capitalizing on the current political will can only be a positive step for First Nations. Robert now resides in North Vancouver after spending his entire life in Victoria and Campbell River, BC . Robert’s wife and grandson are great and proud priorities in his life.
Mark Taylor, Partner
Mark Taylor is the founder of the JEDI Indigenous Business Accelerator in 2016, focused on the aerospace and defence sector as well as the JEDI Indigenous Business Incubator in 2017, focused on any business sector. Mark has been involved in economic development and training programs since 2008, with many years of experience in helping business startups grow. Mr. Taylor is a graduate of St. Thomas University and his mother’s family is from the Pleasant Point Passamoquody Nation in Maine.
Dr. Rick Colbourne,PhD (Cambridge), Partner
Dr Colbourne is member of the Mattawa / North Bay Algonquin First Nation is a Fulbright Fellow (Visiting Research Chair in Indigenous Entrepreneurship) and was the Assistant Dean, Indigenous Business Education and Director of Ch’nook at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business; Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Learning Strategies Group (LSG) at SFU’s Graduate School of Business; and, was a Senior Manager in Accenture’s Communication, Media and Entertainment practice.