Cliff Fregin was born and raised in Prince Rupert, BC and is Haida from Old Massett, Haida Gwaii, BC. For past 25+ years Cliff Fregin has been extensively involved in Aboriginal community economic & business development throughout Canada. Through 1995-2002, Cliff served as the Executive Director of the Gwaii Trust – a partnership between the Haida Nation and the settlers on Haida Gwaii. Gwaii Trust manages a perpetual trust fund initially capitalized at $38 million in 1994; market value in early 2003 was $62 million. In December 2002, Cliff was hired by National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (NACCA) as the Chief Operating Officer, responsible for finance and programs. NACCA is an association of 55 Aboriginal Financial Institutions (AFIs). Since October 2006, Cliff Fregin has lead the New Relationship Trust (NRT) as Chief Executive Officer. NRT is a Trust fund mandated to build capacity for First Nations in British Columbia by supporting First Nation governances, education, economic development, language revitalization, and youth & Elders activities.