Former Ontario Deputy Minister David de Launay joins Enterprise as Chair of new Advisory Board

De Launay to lead group with a focus on Indigenous and community-led
infrastructure, resource development and other projects

Former Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has joined Enterprise, one of Canada’s leading strategic communications, public affairs and public relations firms, as Chair of the firm’s new Advisory Board.

David de Launay will join with Lloyd Girman, a director on the Enterprise Board for more than two decades and founding member of the Advisory Board, in originating resource development, infrastructure and other projects that will benefit communities across Canada. A particular focus will be on working with Indigenous communities to create community-led and owned projects through a new platform that embraces the next stage of the evolving relationship between First Nations, corporate Canada and Canadian financial institutions.

“We are delighted that David has decided to join Lloyd and the rest of our team at Enterprise. A whole new dimension is emerging on natural resources, First Nations and the economy. With Lloyd and David, we will help lead the discussion,” Enterprise CEO Barbara Fox said.

In his 33-year career in the Ontario government, de Launay has been involved in most development projects in Northern Ontario and has deep relationships with First Nations and resource development companies across Canada. He is known for his ability to bring diverse interests together to achieve common goals. He has served in executive positions in numerous Ontario government ministries including Aboriginal Affairs, Natural Resources and the Cabinet Office, as well as at Fleming Community College. He also led Ontario’s team through six-year-long negotiations with Quebec and the eight Great Lakes states that led to agreements protecting the lakes.

Girman is a former Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs in the Government of Manitoba with more than 35 years’ experience working with Canada’s First Nations on major projects in energy, mining and resource development. Girman’s experience and skill have taken him around the world, working with communities in Eastern Europe, Africa and South America. His strengths lie in his uniquely creative ability to develop winning solutions in any situation and to relate to and communicate with all interests.

“Lloyd has developed a platform that fundamentally changes the relationship between First Nations, resource development companies and provincial and federal governments. It will create an environment for sustainable resource development that brings First Nations communities into the mainstream of the Canadian economy. Both David and Lloyd are exceptionally qualified and well-positioned to implement the concept across Canada,” Enterprise President Jason Lietaer said.

Several major projects are now in various stages of discussion and approval that will demonstrate the strength of Enterprise’s new approach to engaging First Nations, resource companies and financial institutions, Lietaer said.

David de Launay
Chair of Advisory Board

David de Launay is an experienced executive, board member, and project leader with a proven track record of bringing diverse interests together to deliver results.

David has served the people of Ontario in various executive positions including Aboriginal Affairs, Natural Resources and the Cabinet Office for more than three decades, most recently as former Deputy Minister of Northern Development and Mines since 2015.

David also led the Ontario negotiating team in six-year negotiations with Quebec and the eight Great Lakes states that led to agreements protecting the lakes.

His board Director experience is extensive, including Destination Ontario, Algoma University, FP Innovations, Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation and numerous international Great Lakes organizations.


“Northerners, especially First Nations, have an unprecedented opportunity for environmentally-sound economic and social growth with the potential mining development.

“We have companies with real project proposals. The federal and provincial governments are willing and ready to go. First Nations are supportive. When you have all those parties potentially aligning, that creates a great opportunity.

“I fundamentally believe in leaving the world a better place than we found it, working with all sectors of society to achieve social, environmental and economic progress, and on a personal level, striving to understand and respect each other, building trust, and creating relationships of mutual responsibility and accountability.

“In my new role with Enterprise, I want to help bring all parties together and create new opportunities for resource development across Canada.”


  • Deputy Minister of Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines from 2015 through 2018.
  • Deputy Minister of Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs 2013-2014.
  • Assistant Deputy Minister in numerous Ontario Ministries including Natural Resources 2004-2013:
    • Deeply involved in the Far North planning.
    • Led policy development and implementation of land and resource allocation decisions.
    • Developed framework agreements with Grassy Narrows First Nation on forestry and the Saugeen Ojibway First Nation on commercial fishing.
  • Took part in the transformation of Elliott Lake after the closure of the uranium mines and in Kapuskasing, the employee-Tembec takeover of the Spruce Falls mill.
  • Helped create the Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy.
  • Led Ontario’s negotiations with Quebec and the eight Great Lakes states in the development of agreements to protect the Great Lakes between 1999 and 2005.
  • Worked with Ontario and Cree First Nations on James Bay in the early 1990s addressing hydroelectric development, environmental concerns, economic development, and Treaty and Aboriginal rights.

Lloyd Girman


With four decades experience in the public and private sectors, Lloyd has a unique ability to bring together various parties and develop win-win solutions.

A former Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs in the Government of Manitoba, Lloyd has extensive experience in working with Canada’s First Nations and on major projects in energy, mining and resource development.

Lloyd has 35 years of experience in senior public and private sector positions. His strength lies in his uniquely creative ability to relate to and communicate with all interests.

Lloyd lives in Winnipeg with his wife, Lea Girman, and has three adult sons.


“We are seeing a whole new dimension emerge on natural resources, First Nations and the economy.

“We have developed a new, workable approach to resource development in Canada that ensures First Nations continue to control their resources and reap long-term benefits, while clearing the way for the sustainable development of Canada’s vast natural wealth.

“It’s tremendously exciting to be at the forefront of this transformation, leading the discussion and bringing people together.”


  • Province of Manitoba in roles including Deputy Minister of Northern Affairs, Secretary to the Aboriginal Affairs Committee of Cabinet, Senior Negotiator on Aboriginal Constitutional Issues, and as Senior Policy Analyst in the Department of Community Services.
  • Canadian Federal Government as Senior Program Officer with the Secretary of State and the Department of Health and Welfare.
  • Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives with SNC Lavalin International, with several roles and projects with organizations such as Brookfield, Ontario Power Generation, TransAlta transmission systems and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
  • Partnered in the development and launch of Liberian energy company Buchanan Renewables Fuel, Inc.
  • Involvement in transactions such as the Diavik diamond mine; the Moose River Basin hydro development agreement; the Mattagami River hydro development agreement; the Five Nations Energy transmission line; the purchase of the TransAlta transmission system in Alberta; the purchase of Highway 407 in Ontario; the purchase of the NEPCO Energy Group (a subsidiary of Enron Energy); and project analysis and assessments around the world.
  • Former Executive Vice President with the West Group of Companies, a trading and construction group based in Eastern Europe, and became a partner in West Management, a project management group.
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