Meet Derek!

Derek Archibald

Deputy Chief

Taykwa Tagamou Nation


Derek Archibald is Cree of Taykwa Tagamou Nation, located in Northeastern Ontario. He proudly serves as the youngest elected Deputy Chief in the First Nation’s history, following one-term as a Council member.

With an education background in Accounting and experience in both the finance and economic development sectors, as well as involvement as a Director on corporate boards, Deputy Chief Archibald brings a wealth of experience to his community’s own-source revenue endeavors. Most prominently, he is known for leading the acquisition of both Bussiere’s Quality Meats and North Rock Construction into the First Nation’s portfolio, while also refinancing the once troublesome Northland and Kisis Aki Cochrane Solar Farms into the revenue generating renewable energy assets the community knows them as today.

As the Economic Development Officer for the community, Deputy Chief Archibald knows that true economic prosperity is reached through the creation of own-source revenue, but never at the cost of Taykwa Tagamou Nation’s Traditional Territory for now, and for future generations. With the youth of his community at the forefront of his decision making, he is passionate about utilizing their own-source revenue to provide enhanced programming, housing, and infrastructure for this growing demographic.

With these youth in mind, when he is not building the community’s economic development portfolios, you will find him coaching the Cochrane Crunch Jr. A and Bantam Blues U15 Rep A hockey teams.

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