NEWS RELEASE: DII SELECTS A NEW CHAIRMAN

January 18, 2016 (Yellowknife, NT): The Board of Directors of Denendeh Investments Incorporated (DII) 

is pleased to announce they have re-elected John Bekale of Yellowknife as their Chairman. Mr. Bekale 

was Chair of DII from its inception in 1999 until 2009. Concurrent and previous to his term as DII Chair, 

John Bekale was also Chair of DDC from 1998 until 2009. He was re-appointed to the DII Board by the 

Tlicho Government in June 2015. 

 

“John is an excellent choice for Chairman”, stated DII CEO Darrell Beaulieu, “he is well known and 

respected by people in the North, including the business community. He is knowledgeable about DII and 

DDC and as well as the mining sector”. Mr. Bekale was Senior Aboriginal Advisor to BHP Billiton and 

Dominion Diamonds for close to two decades and this experience will prove invaluable for DII and 

DEMCo, the 100% Dene owned mining exploration company. Mr. Bekale was also appointed to the

DEMCo Board of Directors. 

 

In addition to his years in the private sector, John Bekale brings key political insight and experience from 

his role in various levels of government, including: former Chief of Gameti; Vice-President of the Dene 

Nation; Senior Negotiator for the Dene/Metis Negotiation Secretariat and a Senior Lands Negotiator on 

behalf of Dogrib Treaty 11 (Tlicho Government). As well, John worked for GNWT for several years in the 

area of Economic Development and Tourism. 

 

DII is the General Partner of Denendeh Investments Limited Partnership (DILP) which holds investments 

on behalf of the NWT Dene First Nations. DII is a recognized business leader in the Northwest 

Territories, promoting economic growth and prosperity for First Nations, and making strategic 

investments in the areas of Oil and Gas, Mine Exploration, Communications Infrastructure Logistics, 

Power Generation and Supply, and Real Estate. 

 

For more information, please contact Darrell Beaulieu, CEO at DII (867) 920-2764

Release Date: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016