Bernd Christmas is a recognized and accomplished leader in the Indigenous and business communities. He was the first Mi’kmaw to become a lawyer in Canada and is currently the President and CEO of the Nch'kay Development Corporation. He was previously the Managing Attorney of the Bernd Christmas Law Group, specializing in corporate and commercial law as well as Indigenous Peoples law. He is a member of IG Wealth Management Board of Directors and past member of the Board of Directors of Outside Looking In. He is also a director on two Indigenous development corporations. During his career, Mr. Christmas has served as the CEO of the Membertou Band of Nova Scotia and the Membertou Corporate Division. He has also negotiated on behalf of many First Nations bands.