Leonard George is a well-known First Nation business leader in British Columbia with over 20 years of business experience in First Nations business and real estate development. He was the Chief of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation for 12 consecutive years before he retired his political career to concentrate his efforts in his position as Director of the Economic Development Department and Chief Negotiator for the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation. His daily tasks are to determine policies and business strategies and provide overall direction to the TWN’s Economic Development Department. In addition, he is responsible for the overall management and accountability of the TWN’s business units and plans, directs, and coordinates operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of the other TWN managers and the economic development team.
Leonard has many years of experience creating and developing aboriginal business as CEO and President of many not-for-profit and profit organizations including his services as a speaker and consultant, providing his expertise to other entrepreneurs. From 1981 to 1988 he served as Executive Director of the Vancouver Aboriginal. Leonard George’s many business positions further include: Director of Inlailawatash, CEO of Takaya Developments, President of Takaya Tours Inc., President and Director of Wolf Clan Development Ltd., President of SPAL General Constructors, President of Takaya Ventures, TWN Renewable Energy Holdings Ltd. and lead of Children of Takaya, his dance group. As a result of his business success and advancement in First Nation economic development he is a sought after business speaker.