Warren Weir

Warren Weir is Vancouver Island University's Cowichan Campus Academic Administrator where he heads the Cowichan Campus located in Duncan, BC. He is the former Dean of Academic Programs at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology – BC’s Aboriginal Public Post-Secondary Institute. He specializes in Aboriginal organization and management, First Nation education, and Indigenous community economic and small business development. He has worked for and with various colleges and universities including Cape Breton University (MBA/CED), Chemainus Native College, the University of Lethbridge, and Royal Roads University. He was the Department Head of the Administrative Studies programs at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology for seven years (1990-1997). After that, he was Assistant Professor and Director of the Indigenous Management Specialization, MBA Program, Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan (1999-2009). In 2010, Warren served as the Acting Director of the Northern Ontario Research, Development, Ideas, and Knowledge (NORDIK) Institute, located at Algoma University, Sault Ste. Marie.

Warren is an active and full member of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO), and is a member of its Education Committee (1992 to present). He is managing editor and a member of the editorial board of CANDO's Journal of Aboriginal Economic Development (JAED), and a past Director of the Canadian Council of Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Warren is interested in Aboriginal organizations and management, strategic planning and planning readiness, the Indigenous social economy, Aboriginal entrepreneurship, and First Nation afforestation and agro-forestry. He has his BA and MPA from the University of Victoria, a post-graduate diploma from the Institute of International Relations (University of the West Indies, Trinidad), and a professional designation of Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED), through Cando.