W. Sean Willy
Sean Willy is President and CEO of Des Nedhe Development, the economic development entity for English River First Nation, a role he has held since
2017. Prior to this role, Sean was Vice-President of Des Nedhe Development. Sean was also previously the Director of Corporate Responsibility for Cameco Corporation, a publicly traded uranium producer. Sean is an experienced business executive with a 25-year history of creating, developing and leading inclusive practices in the resource sector and building opportunities with
Indigenous communities, and has developed and implemented progressive and innovative Indigenous inclusion and corporate social responsibility strategies for two leading resource companies, Rio Tinto and Cameco Corporation. Sean has always worked to ensure Indigenous Peoples are seen as full partners in long-term relationships, which has led to him building
partnerships internationally and throughout Canada.
Sean is a member of the Canadian Government’s Indigenous Innovation Housing Committee. Sean has also held previous positions serving as Chair of the Mining Association of Canada’s Indigenous Affairs Committee, Co-Chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Chair of the successful Northern Career Quest and a board member of Indigenous Works.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the Edwards School of Business of the University of Saskatchewan.
Sean contributes his expertise in corporate social responsibility, human resources management, government/regulatory affairs and governance to the Board. He brings a deep understanding of the needs of both large and small businesses, including the exciting opportunities for partnerships with Indigenous Peoples that underlie TELUS’ commitment to progressing Reconciliation in a deeply meaningful way.