Bill Shead is a member of the Peguis First Nation. A graduate of Dalhousie University and the Canadian Forces Staff College, Lieutenant-Commander (Ret’d) Bill Shead, served 36 years in the Regular and Reserve Forces of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). As a junior officer in 1960 Bill was in charge of the Special Escort for the presentation of the original Hosaqami totem pole to the Royal Navy by the RCN. He was the Canadian Liaison Officer in the Royal Yacht, - HMY Britannia - during the 1967 Royal Visits to celebrate Canada’s Centennial. In 1975 he was seconded to head the Office of Native Employment to increase the participation of Aboriginal people in the Public Service of Canada. He served as Mayor of Selkirk, Manitoba from 1980 to 1983; Prairie Regional Director General for Veterans Affairs from 1986 to 1992; and Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg (now Neeginan Centre) from 1993 to 1996. Mr. Shead is currently the Chair of Neeginan Centre, Vice-Chair of the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development, Secretary-Treasurer of the Prince Medals Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation). He is also a Governor of the Manitoba Division of the Canadian Corp of Commissionaires and a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.