Indigenous World Finance LLP
We are a a specialist financial advisory and consulting firm, assisting First Nations and business leaders find innovative and profitable businesses solutions.
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Making an Impact Across the Globe

Indigenous World Finance LLP is a Canadian based business with a global remit, headquartered in our offices in Kelowna.

Indigenous World Finance is a specialist financial advisory and consulting firm, assisting First Nations and business leaders find innovative and profitable businesses solutions, growing Indigenous businesses globally and connecting Indigenous organizations and entrepreneurs.

Established in 2018, Indigenous World Finance helps our clients consider options for economic growth and works with different funding sources to finance projects.

We are specialists in making business deals happen when projects involve one or more Indigenous partner(s). We specialize in:

  • Using our wealth of contacts to bring people together;
  • Solving problems and finding workable solutions;
  • Creating the documentation needed to finance a deal (feasibility studies, business plans, financial proformas, etc.);
  • Finding investors and funding; and
  • Structuring governance and leadership solutions, especially within communities.

We have a wealth of knowledge, contacts and connections, both in Indigenous communities across the world and within business communities.

No project is too big, however we focus on projects with a capital value of between $20-50 million where we maximize opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors and communities alike, either through start-ups, purchase or joint venture.

We help business leaders seeking to work with Indigenous communities and groups to target the best way of providing returns that reflect the importance of our values – fairness, respect and transparency.

Early projects show that we are capable of significant transformation in outcomes, with some communities seeing increases in profitability of existing businesses of over 400%.

We also specialize in structuring businesses, and their governance, to ensure we concentrate on not just building financial wealth, that four key aspects are maximized – Prosperity, Capacity, Infrastructure and, where appropriate, Nation Building, which is seen by our clients to be a real differentiator between Indigenous World Finance and other organizations that claim to benefit First Nations.

Our leaders are both seen to be leaders in their own fields, and have the personal skills to gain respect and the personal credibility and contacts to be taken seriously be that in Boardrooms, Community Halls or Minister’s Offices. We are committed to a long-term strategy of having a staff ratio of at least 50% aboriginal employees, and are also committed to capacity development within the communities and businesses we serve.

We seek interesting challenges where we can add significant value to your organization, company or community. We are confident that we can exceed your expectations.

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Our Team

The biographies of our founding partners are set out below. Indigenous World Finance also has a network of other leaders, experts and specialists that can be brought into projects, depending on their requirements.

Robert Louie

Founding Partner

Robert Louie, LL.B, OC, Hon. Dr LL.B is a well-respected First Nations leader, businessman and advocate based in Kelowna, BC. He has served on numerous Boards, Companies and Special Appointments with Government and private industry for over 30 years and has extensive experience as an entrepreneur and businessman in real estate development, hospitality and all aspects of operations and finance.

Robert is the Indigenous advisor representing Canada on the World Indigenous Business Forum and networks with other leaders promoting Indigenous economic development and world trade. As well as being a founding partner of Indigenous World Finance, he is a Founding Director and is a shareholder in Decisive Dividends (a Public Company), is the Indigenous Managing Director for the Dunhill Group of Companies (construction and energy/power business) and is Chairman and Director of Indigenous Bloom Corp (a leading marijuana producer and distributor).

E: louie@iwfglobal.com

In terms of public service, whilst Chief of the Westbank First Nation for 24 years, Robert oversaw a number of significant changes, most significantly the move to Westbank First Nation becoming self-governing. He was also responsible for governance of Westbank First Nation as a government, and the development of its associated businesses and business interests.

Robert is the Chairman/Director of Peace Hills Trust, which is the largest aboriginal financial institution in Canada. He is also Chairman of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and has been instrumental in working for First Nations across Canada and for getting First Nations into incremental self governance. Robert also sits as a Board Member and on the Executive Committee with the BC Achievement Foundation.

Robert is a former practicing lawyer who specialized in native law. He is a former elected member of the B.C. First Nations Summit Task Group and was involved in B.C. Treaty negotiations representing First Nations.

Some of the other numerous boards and special appointments Robert has been active in include: Board of Governor member with UBC; President’s Advisory Council member with UBC-Okanagan; Board Director on the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board; President of First Nations Finance Authority Inc.; Board Director with All Nations Trust Co; one of a nine member Premier’s Advisory Council with the Premier of B.C.; Board Director on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce; Board Director and founding member with the Kelowna United Native Friendship Society.

Robert has been the recipient of many awards and distinguished presentations including: Officer of the Order of Canada; Honorary Doctor of Laws from the Justice Institute of B.C.; Lifetime B.C. Achievement Award Aboriginal Business; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership from Aboriginal Financial Officers Association; Business Person of the Year, Westbank Chamber of Commerce; and Recipient of Commemorative Medal for 125th Anniversary of Canada.

Robert is the owner/proprietor of Indigenous World Winery, Indigenous World Spirits and Kelowna West Manufactured Home Park.

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Giles Newman, FCA; BSc

Founding Partner

Giles Newman, FCA, BSc Hons is a senior international financial advisor with extensive experience in both the private and public sectors assisting organizations with financial advice, financing and funding support, strategic development, transformation and operational delivery with a focus on outcomes gained through working within the Boardroom for over 20 years.

Giles has developed a growing reputation for advising First Nations clients on Nation Building, finding solutions that build a vision, underpinned by significant and wholesale economic development. He has recently assisted a number of First Nations Governments across BC and Alberta with their strategic economic development planning, and has supported them grow a number of businesses.

E: newman@iwfglobal.com

Giles is committed to working with First Nations and business leaders alike to make things happen. He has recently had the privilege of working with a group of Chiefs in BC at a series of retreats to advise and assist with restructuring existing organizations and creating a regional tribal alliance.

He has been instrumental in changing the economic development activities in a number of First Nations in BC and Alberta, concentrating on delivering returns from assets and structuring strategies that concentrate on maximizing profit and job creation. He specializes in businesses that have been neglected. One of the early projects for Indigenous World Finance was to take back control of a gas station with a forecast 4-fold increase in profitability.

Giles also acts as CEO of EDIP Sovereign Wealth Solutions Inc., a national First Nations provider that assists in setting up Sovereign Wealth Institutions in First Nations. He specializes in helping organizations formulate investment strategy and to bridge the gap that often exists between strategic intent and operational delivery of growth. He is an effective disruptive innovator within organizations and has considerable experience helping clients with efficiency, performance management and structural reform.

Giles is one of very few trusted advisors capable of facilitating big thinking and able to deal with the complexity of creating and structuring successful joint ventures between First Nations and industry. He has also been a trusted advisor to the BC Jobs and Investment Board and has led a number of Boardroom assignments in the public and not-for-profit sector within Canada, including being a strategic advisor and former Board member of the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance.

Giles was previously a partner in a large accounting firm in Canada and headed the national healthcare practice of another large accounting firm in the UK prior to moving to Canada in 2011.

In the UK, Giles was a trusted advisor for key political and organizational leaders, including the national UK Government and leaders at a regional level, where he was asked to restructure the health system in London, UK as part of small team created by NHS London, with the support of the Cabinet Office.

Giles is a qualified accountant from the UK and holds his institute’s FCA designation.

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How to reach us

Indigenous World Finance LLP is a business registered in British Columbia. It is a Canadian based business with a global remit, headquartered in our offices in Kelowna.

Indigenous World Finance LLP
2220 Horizon Drive East
Kelowna, BC V1Z 3L4

(+1) 250-891-2060

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