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Crystal Verhaeghe Biography

As owner and operator of Emoda Design, Crystal has enjoyed a diverse history in entrepreneurship, education, First Nations negotiations and economic development.

As a natural leader, Crystal excels on all projects she takes on. As a member of the Tsilhqot'in First Nation community of ?Esdilagh/Alexandria and a long term resident of the Williams Lake area, Crystal brings not only a strong education and experience to the table, but also a local understanding.

From 1998 to 2001, Crystal attended the Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta, receiving a Small Business and Entrepreneurship Degree. From 2001-2002 Crystal pursued a Senior Managment Certificate in New Media and Web Development at the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, BC. Shortly after, in 2002 Crystal opened Emoda Design and became the sole owner and operator. During this same time, she worked to receive her Executive Masters of Business Administration with local University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC).

From 2006 to 2017, taking a break from consulting, Crystal joined the Tsilhqot'in National Government (TNG), working her way through various roles such as the Economic Development Coordinator, then Executive Director and finally, Lead Negotiator, Special Advisor to the Chiefs. In these roles, Crystal successfully led the TNG through ongoing resource development and land claim legal cases. The most prominent of these cases is now known as the Tsilhqot'in Decision (2014). Crystal's knowledge of First Nations economic development, governance and negotiations has acted as an asset in all files she led.

As a strong supporter of training and education, Crystal has also instructed for various universities in the topic areas of Business, Information Technology, and First Nations and the Environment.

Returning to Emoda Design in 2017, Crystal brings with her a plethora of knowledge and connections that provide her with the background necessary to accomplish any project she undertakes. Crystal is able to use her contacts with the people in the area to liaise and gather information between government, industry, business, proponents and Aboriginal communities on various projects.

Crystal and her husband have made their home in Williams Lake because of its beauty, proximity to outdoors and to be close to family.

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