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Board of Directors


Cy Standing

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Cy Standing has a long and distinguished career including serving oversees as an Electronics Technician in the Canadian Air Force, former Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation, former Vice Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians (FSIN), past Executive Director of Community Development Branch of the Department of Northern Saskatchewan as well as an Order in Council appointment to the Federal Parole Board.  Mr. Standing has served as a Director on many Profit and Non Profit Corporate Boards, including serving as a Director for Affinity Credit Union with assets of over four billion dollars as well as IMI Brokerage and Wanuskewin.  Mr. Standing brings a wealth of experience to Wahpeton Dakota Developments through his many years of engagement in Indigenous Economic Development.


Garry Standing

Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors

Garry Standing serves as a Councilor for Wahpeton Dakota Nation is the Manager of Tatanka Store and Gas Bar and Former Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation.  Mr. Standing also has served on several other Boards and Committees including many years as a Director of the University of Saskatchewan as well as Chairperson of the Northern Lights Community Development Coporation.  Garry serves through his dedication toward the well being and prosperity of Wahpeton Dakota Nation. 


John Waditaka


John serves as the Chief of Wahpeton Dakota Nation. John has a traditional Dakota educational background and is very traditional in his leadership approach through following Dakota Values.  John holds the economic development portfolio for Wahpeton Dakota Nation and is very supportive of the success and economic growth of Wahpeton Dakota Developments LP. 


Herbert Urton


Herbert has a long family history in the Duck Lake area of Saskatchewan. He has worked with First Nation communities in Saskatchewan 'breaking trail' on many community and economic development initiatives.

Herbert established himself as a successful promoter of Saskatchewan immigration, finance, and trade throughout China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. He co-founded and established Cheung On Investment in 1989. Cheung On, an international investor syndicate fund, quickly became a leading venture fund with assets in hospitality and other Saskatchewan based companies. He was founder and Senior Partner in Urton, Engle and Kook Associates Ltd., Tri-sec Group of Companies, and Inter West Ag. He is the President & CEO of Resortco Properties Inc. that has resort holdings in the Prince Albert National Park.

Herbert is a past member and past Chair of Finance on the Board of Directors of the National Ski Association, Cross-Country Ski Canada. He is a pilot with a solid understanding of the aviation industry. Herbert has a Bachelor's Degree in International Relations from the University of Regina. 

Herbert’s background in business development on the regional, national and international levels provides the company with a broad perspective on the challenges involved in fostering and growing a business. With his network of contacts in the service industry Herbert provides the foundation for logistics and planning. Herbert is also a Partner with One Sky Logistics Inc., a privately owned and operated First Nations camp management company operating in Manitoba and Saskatchewan. One Sky provides a full-range of camp management services for companies involved in mining, exploration, construction and mine remediation activities in remote locations.


Travis Kellett


Born, raised, and educated in Saskatchewan, Travis Kellett has valuable experience in the financial services industry. Travis has held senior lending and management positions with financial institutions that include the Business Development Bank of Canada. Travis has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan, is a member of the International Business Broker Association and operates Bridgepoint Brokers, a firm that specializes in brokering business deals between buyers and sellers.