December 08, 2017, Corner Brook—The Qalipu First Nation is pleased to announce the hiring of John Davis for the position of General Manager of the Qalipu Development Corporation (QDC). In this role, John will be responsible for the portfolio of businesses that make up the QDC, among them the Mi’kmaq Commercial Fisheries, Qalipu Management Services, commercial properties, and Eastern Door Logistics. John will also manage new business development, partnerships and activities focused on the economic future of the Band.
John Davis is from Corner Brook and he proudly embraces his Mi’kmaq heritage and connection to the indigenous community. John brings a variety of experience to the table including thirteen years experience supporting industry, business, and entrepreneurs as the Director of Regional Operations with the provincial department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation.
John also spent six years working as a senior Regional Planner with the Enterprise Newfoundland and Labrador Corporation, a provincial crown corporation responsible for business development and financing, and served as Director of the Marble Mountain Development Corporation from 1991-2017. He has worked with several other government agencies at the federal level.
John holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Memorial University and has completed professional practitioner programs in Project Management, Memorial University, and Economic Development, University of Waterloo.
As General Manager for the QDC, John will report to a Board of Directors appointed by the Chief and Council, and align priorities and goals with the five-year strategic plan that was developed in consultation with membership, staff and Council.
John began in his new role at Qalipu First Nation on December 4 and is looking forward to the work ahead. He said, “The QDC is a very exciting organization. It is already engaged in numerous business development activities which will benefit the Qalipu membership tremendously. I am extremely pleased to be a part of this team.”