OEL at the Forefront – Building Relationships with Indigenous Peoples

Published: December 3, 2019 By: Elke Mergel

We at OEL, recognize the importance of developing and maintaining meaningful and strong relationships with Indigenous communities, that is why we have created our Indigenous Relations Policy.

We know Indigenous communities are important stakeholders throughout the entire project process and we value these mutually beneficial business relationships.

With the consultation and work efforts of Dean Janvier, we believe we are on the path towards defining strategies with the intention of supporting indigenous communities.


Dean A.Janvier has over 20 years of professional executive level experience in both the public and private sector including First Nations and Canadian politics, Indigenous policy, business, corporate relations and communications.

Dean served a full term as an elected Councillor for Cold Lake First Nation in 2016-2019 focusing on Public Works, Housing and Health.

He raised over $7 Million in new project funding and spearheaded major advancements in Treaty rights, governance, accountability, business development and finance.
Between 1998 and 2009, Dean served in several key positions at the Assembly of First Nations including the Associate Chief of Staff. In the past 8 years, Dean has held key positions at the Cold Lake First Nation, including Economic Development Officer, Business Development Officer, Manager of Tri-Rez Energy, Director of Tri-Rez Grader, Director of Primco Dene Group of Companies, Director of Seven Lakes Oilfield Services, Band Administrator, and Councillor.

Dean has a 4-year B.A. Hon., graduating with Highest Honours, from Carleton University, Ottawa, with a double major in Political Science and English. Dean also has a Certificate in Communications from Grant MacEwan Community College.

In his spare time, Dean likes to enjoy spending time with his family and community or taking part in cultural activities, travel, sports, and the arts.