Moose Factory, Ont.
Derek Chum is a member of the Moose Cree First Nation (MCFN) and is currently the lead negotiator on behalf of several Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities for jurisdiction over education.
Derek was the Vice President, Indigenous Relations at Hydro One, the largest transmission and distribution utility in Ontario from 2017 to 2020. While there he lead engagement with Indigenous communities on the company’s capital projects.
Prior to Hydro One, Derek was the Chief Executive Officer and President of the board of directors for Amisk Kodim Corporation, a company created to assist MCFN businesses with contracts on the Lower Mattagami Extension Project (LMEP). The LMEP is a $2.5 billion hydro redevelopment project owned by a partnership between Ontario Power Generation and MCFN.
Derek is a director of the Miziwe Biik Development Corporation, an organization providing affordable housing for Indigenous people in Toronto. Derek also served as a director and chair for Five Nations Energy Inc., an energy transmission company.
Derek practiced corporate/commercial law for eleven years in Toronto and specialized in corporate and commercial law focusing on small to medium sized businesses. He also advised First Nations individuals and organizations in commercial matters.