Senior Advisor Indigenous Engagement
Thomas Nice is the founder and CEO of the Indigenous business Gilwa Consulting Inc. (GCI). GCI offers advisory services for Indigenous communities, industry, government, and societies in western and central Canada. The business is founded on Indigenous and western European values and practices and utilizes the framework of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and value-based business practices and successes. GCI prides itself in the delivery of meaningful, practical, ethical, and realistic outcomes for business operations. Thomas has extensive experience in Indigenous Affairs; Consultation & Engagement; Cultural Sensitivity in business practices; Negotiations; Strategic planning & Development; Policy writing & Application; Operation execution; and Business Services.
Thomas is proudly Indigenous with direct ties to the Haisla and Kitselas peoples in the Pacific northwest. He draws from his traditional and ancestral values of language and culture to affirm business applications for GCI clientele. Thomas was honoured to receive one of his grandfather’s traditional and ancestral names through ceremony. In the Haisla language, ‘Hha-Se-Leh-Ne-Yooch’ translates directly to mean Canoe Builder. His grandfather, Tom Nyce was an avid artist, musician, and canoe builder.
Thomas recognizes the importance of supporting the relationship between Indigenous peoples, industry, government, and others. Through GCI, he uses his hereditary context to assist clients in developing their own ‘canoe’ to navigate their journey through the Indigenous experience in collaboration with industry and governments. Thomas is highly experienced in working with Indigenous communities and his background and connection to his traditional values has allowed him to successfully engage with Indigenous communities in the various roles throughout his career. His approach is genuine, authentic, and always with the intent to strengthen the relationship between Indigenous communities and the affiliated stakeholder.