The Whitecap Development Corporation exists due to the vision of its sole shareholder, Whitecap Dakota First Nation. The Chief and Council recognized that increasing wealth and opportunity for the community and securing future prosperity would require making investments that would deliver profits and economic benefits over the long term. They made that vision a reality by incorporating the Whitecap Development Corporation in 1990.
The Whitecap Dakota First Nation has always benefited from forming partnerships, in 1882 Chief Whitecap assisted John Lake in forming the colony that would eventually become Saskatoon. Now Saskatoon is our closest neighbor and our primary market. The Whitecap Development Corporation continues this tradition by putting a strong emphasis on developing partnerships that bring the right combination of skill and experience for successful investments. The Corporation has used this strategy to complete several major projects that continue to produce financial benefits for our partners and substantial economic growth within the Whitecap Community.
Our core values are respect for Dakota culture, responsible use of resources, community accountability, respect for the environment, mutually beneficial relationships, and sustainable financial success. We have found that we are successful when we can combine talent, experience, and creativity with partners who share our vision.
Our vision is to deliver sustainable revenues and employment opportunities to support the advancement of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.
To responsibly invest Whitecap Dakota First Nation resources and maximize the economic benefits to our shareholder and partners.
Economic Development Goals
- To create a variety of quality, sustainable employment and business opportunities that will allow all Whitecap Dakota First Nation members to earn an income equal to or better than the Saskatchewan provincial average
- To provide Whitecap Dakota First Nation members the opportunity to access the education, training and work experience necessary to gain employment
- To self-generate sufficient sustained revenues to continuously improve the quality of life for Whitecap Dakota First Nation members and support the investment required for planned community growth
Whitecap Development Corporation Goals
- Profit Generation
- Employment creation
- On-reserve development
- Equity growth
- Dividends to shareholders
- Strategic reinvestment
- Diversified investments
Chief Darcy Bear – Chairman of the Board
Darcy Bear is Chief of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation and Chair of the Whitecap Development Corporation Board of Directors. He was re-elected as Chief for a seventh consecutive term in November 2012 and has served his Community, since 1991. Chief Bear’s leadership has been focused on financial accountability for Whitecap, self-government, and job creation through partnerships. Today, Whitecap enjoys a reputation as one of Canada’s most successful communities in investment attraction and job creation.
Chief Bear’s focus on “progress through partnerships’ has been pivotal to this status as he and Band Council have worked with the federal government, the provincial government, neighbouring rural municipalities and communities, as well as corporations and businesses.
The result of this focus on sustainable economic growth includes positioning Whitecap as a highly desirable joint venture partner and creating in excess of 650 jobs at Whitecap. To Chief Bear, the most important outcome of sustainable economic growth is Whitecap’s ability to provide more services to its citizens.
Dwayne Eagle – Board Director
Councillor Dwayne Eagle plays an active role in the economic development initiatives of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. His interest and purpose serves him well in his position as Councillor and as a member of several committees. Councillor Eagle’s portfolio includes Health and Social Development, Child and Family Services (CFS), Whitecap Children’s Center (Daycare), Fire Protection, Justice, Residential School, Environmental and Hunting and Trapping.
Dalyn Bear – Board Director
Dalyn Bear serves as a Band Councillor of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation. Dalyn was previously employed as the Director of Lands and Taxation prior to being elected as a Councillor in 2016. Councillor Bear currently holds portfolios in Education, Culture and Recreation, Employment and Training, Post Secondary Education, Land Management, Agriculture, and Membership.
Warren Buffalo – Board Director
Warren Buffalo is a Whitecap Band Member and has served as a Director since 2004. Warren has served as a Band Councillor, the Band’s Lands Officer and he currently serves as the General Manager.
Arnold Stone – Board Director
Arnold Stone is a resident of the Whitecap community and has been a board member of the Whitecap Development Corporation since its inception. A retired employee of the neighboring Dundurn Military Base, Arnold is also an active member of the Whitecap Community. He has been the Whitecap Volunteer Fire Chief for 20 years and sits on various community committees.
Darrell Balkwill – CEO
Darrell Balkwill is the Chief Executive Officer of the Whitecap Development Corporation. He has 30 years of experience in First Nations economic development and has worked with Whitecap for the past 15 years.
Mr. Balkwill holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer Certification from the Council for the Advancement of Economic Development Officers.
Darrell is currently a Director on the Boards of STC Investments Corporation; STC Casino Holdings Corporation; Dakota Dunes Golf Links; Whitecap Industrial Services partnerships; and Dakota Dunes Hotels LP.