For the past twenty years Ms. Bastien has worked in First Nation community development and management specializing in on-reserve housing. Her experience in this field is multi-faceted and she has worked with many First Nations and all levels of government to address housing challenges. Natoshia’s unique grassroots engagement style and her approach to balancing social justice with economic opportunities in building customized housing frameworks for First Nation communities has been recognized as a best practice. She was awarded a Regional Circle of Excellence Award in 2011 from the Federal Government and featured on APTN’s “Closer to Home”. Ms. Bastien is a sought out engagement facilitator based on her authenticity and holistic understanding of the challenges facing First Nation communities.
In 2018, Ms. Bastien accepted a founding partnership opportunity to join BLV & Associates Ltd. in the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. Her goal in this role is to lead a strong team of associates that are astute, experienced and respectful of First Nation culture, history and present day challenges and that can incorporate this understanding to assist our clients reach the potential of their projects and plans. Natoshia is a member Piikani Nation located in southern Alberta.
Ms. Lennie is one of the founding partners at BLV & Associates Ltd. and is currently serving as Vice President of Business Development and as Lead Consultant specializing in Urban Property Development and Management. Darlene holds a professional RPA designation and has enjoyed a thirty-year (30) career specializing in developing and managing affordable and social housing portfolio’s for the Indigenous community. Ms. Lennie has been profiled many times for her achievements most notably in the Canadian Business Journal.
In 2012, Darlene was also highly profiled with the Holmes Group for their collaboration in the design and development of a 90 unit seniors/handicap facility that incorporated a COGEN (combined heat and electricity) system in the city of Edmonton. This project resulted in many awards and recognitions including receiving an International Global Award, Mayor's Award for Design, City of Edmonton May 2014; the Percy Wickman Accessibility Award, Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta) March 2014 and the Award for Community Service in Housing National Philanthropy Day Awards October 2012 held in Paris, France.
Darlene’s goal is to assist First Nations understand the vast array of options and opportunities that are available to create and participate in the development of affordable and culturally appropriate housing solutions in urban markets.
Sonja Voyageur is a proud member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation (ACFN) located in Treaty 8 Territory and is a founding partner of BLV & Associated Ltd. She is currently serving as Vice President of Client Relations & Recruitment and as a Lead Consultant specializing in Human Resource Management and Strategic Partnership Development. Sonja has over 10 years of experience in human resources and highly skilled in industry relations working with both First Nations governments, businesses and the Oil & Gas industry resulting in many successful benefit agreements and joint venture business arrangements.
Ms. Voyageur possesses a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Bachelor of Management (B. Mgt) and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) from the Canadian Council Human Resource Association (CCHRA). Practicing in both Alberta and British Columbia, Sonja is also a member of the British Columbia and Yukon, Human Resources Management Association (BCHRMA).