Dallas Smith

President, Nanwakolas Council

Although Dallas was born in White Rock, The Island has always been home with both his parents coming from First Nations communities outside of Alert Bay and Port Hardy. He currently lives in Duncan with his wife Toni and 3 young daughters. As the son of a hereditary Chief he grew up knowing he would be a leader. He has worked for his people since 1995 after recovering from a life changing motorcycle accident in which he became an amputee. He most enjoys spending time with his family and practicing his culture, as they are drivers for both his professional work and his volunteer work for the disabled community.

He is the Founder, President and CEO of Nanwakolas Council which is a cutting edge First Nations organization that protects and manages First Nation cultural values while building strategic opportunities and partnerships with both Government and Industry to increase sustainable opportunities and employment for the region. His pragmatic and straight forward approach has made him a welcome addition to several Boards and Committees ranging from the Island Coastal Economic Trust, Coast Sustainability Trust and the Coast Opportunity Fund (totaling $200 million) as well as GeoScience BC to Government advisory committees like the Premiers Council on the Environment and the Ministers Council on Employment for Peoples with Disabilities. He also serves as the Vice President of the BC Amputee Golf Association and works with both the Wounded Warriors program and First Swing clinics with military veterans who have returned from war as amputees. He is a member of the World Disabled Golf Team and has competed and won golf tournaments all over the world.