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