Jerry Asp, Director
Jerry is one of Canada’s most prominent Aboriginal Leaders. He is committed to enhancing the quality of life for Aboriginal People through the creation of new business opportunities and development of skills and capacity in the community.
His field experience in the mining industry began in 1965 when he started working on diamond drills. He then went on to work underground for six years in the Tantalus Butte Coal Mine, Carmacks, Yukon. During this stage in his career, he was the underground mine rescue Captain and President of the only all-native United Steelworker’s Local in North America.
Jerry has also applied his leadership skills to serve the public. In 2011, Jerry was awarded the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s Skookum Jim Award which recognizes Aboriginal achievements in the mining industry. He was appointed to sit on the Yukon Mining Advisory Board in 2011.
Jerry was President and founding member of the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation. (1985), the largest native-owned and operated heavy construction company in Western Canada. He is also a founding member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (1981) as well as the Canadian Aboriginal Minerals Association (CAMA) (1991 – November 2013) where he server as Vice-President.