Judith Sayers

Chief, Hupacasath First Naton


Dr. Judith is the Chief of the Hupacasath First Nation, located in Port Alberni, BC, Canada and has been Chief for fourteen years. Turning a relatively poor First Nation that is entirely dependent on government funding into a First Nation that can sustain itself is an exercise in Social Enterprise. Under Judith’s leadership, the Hupacasath have begun to turn the tides through environmentally sustainable business while providing meaningful employment and revenue to the First Nation. Judith draws on a background of practicing law, working in international forums, lobbying governments and other agencies for the promotion and protection First Nations rights and title.