About Bob Miller
Bob Miller is owner and president of Bridging Innovations Inc., a management and Indigenous relations company located in Kamloops, BC. Bob has experience as a government senior manager, PAR Verifier, college instructor, training manager and a forest technician. Using his unique skill-set, in-depth experience, knowledge and abilities he is able to bridge across diverse interests to accomplish successful (win-win) results for his clients.
Bob is a former independent Verifier for a 6 year period pertaining to the Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Currently he provides consulting services focused on bridging the gap between companies in Canada and Indigenous communities and organizations. As a PAR consultant, Bob is in a position to work with companies that are conducting exceptional Aboriginal relations practices. He has firsthand experience and knowledge of what it takes to build and maintain successful working relationships and partnerships with Aboriginal communities.
Applying his knowledge and abilities grounded on his Gitxsan First Nation and non-First Nation heritage, Bob Miller builds bridges between Aboriginal communities and industry, businesses, government and other organizations. He has a diploma in Public Administration through the University of Victoria.
Bridging Innovations Inc. is firmly grounded in the extensive experience that Bob acquired in government and as a consultant working with First Nations, agencies, corporations and industry. He was previously District Manager of Fort St. John Forest District and then District Manager of Kamloops Forest District, during which time he managed a multidisciplinary staff of about 100 regular employees and a multi-million dollar budget.
As a management consultant:
• Bob chaired the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council Leadership Council meetings involving Chiefs, Councillors, Treaty Managers and Band Administrators for four First Nation Bands in the Cariboo region of BC.
• He also practiced as faculty and contract instructor for 5 years at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt, BC teaching business administration, financial management, leadership and forestry courses.
• Bob facilitated the development of strategic plans for multiple First Nation businesses, departments and economic development corporations. As well, he conducted strategic planning for a number of companies in the mining, construction and workforce accommodation fields in addition to not-for-profit organizations.
• Bob has also facilitated many business workshops held in First Nation communities throughout BC as well as workshops where First Nation participants received training on forestry and land use planning and subsequently developed long-range strategic plans over their traditional territories
• He was a liaison between the BC government and First Nations on land use planning.
• Bob was on a project team that completed all of the plans and studies necessary for a First Nations Band to acquire an area-based forest tenure.
• He acted as co-manager for a First Nation Band.
• Bob acted as executive director for a First Nations Friendship Centre.