Kekinusuqs, Dr. Judith Sayers is a Strategic Adviser to First Nations and provides advice on many issues including relationship building and negotiating equitable agreements. She is an adjunct professor with both the school of Business and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria Judith has been the Visiting National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Business and Law at the University of Victoria.
Judith practiced law for 18 years and served fourteen years as Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation. As Chief of her First Nation, she focused on capacity building and sustainable development. Judith was instrumental in several sustainable development projects and put in place mechanisms to help protect the territory. Judith is on the Clean Energy BC Board and the Co-chairs the Island Corridor Foundation.
Judith has been the recipient of the Bora Laskin Fellowship on Human Rights, a Finalist for the Buffet award for indigenous leadership and twice awarded the Woman of Distinction from the Alberni Chamber of Commerce. She has received the Silver Award from the Canadian Environmental Association for Climate Change. In 2009, the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business inducted Judith into the Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.