Board of Directors
Richard Ahenakew is the General Manager of the Northern Lights Casino in Prince Albert, beginning his career there in 1996, and holding a variety of positions within the organization before assuming his current role.
A proud member of the Ahtahkakoop First Nation, Mr. Ahenakew has been appointed to serve on the Ahtahkakoop Cree Developments Board, offering insight to business strategies and community initiatives. He has also served on the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce for over eight years, and has the distinction of being the first President of First Nations background appointed to the Saskatchewan Chamber Board, a milestone within Canada.
In 2011, Saskatchewan Polytechnic presented Richard with an honorary diploma recognizing his work to promote studies, post-secondary schooling, and youth mentorship. In 2012, he was recognized for his outstanding contributions within his community, province, and country, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Distinction. Recognizing workplace safety, Richard was instrumental in taking the lead for the Prince Albert mini Safety Charter signing and is a strong advocate for Mission Zero.
Richard has also worked closely with the Red Cross Society throughout the province as a Volunteer, Board Member and now, Chairperson. He is also presently an active member of the Saskatchewan CAA Board of Directors and serves on the Prince Albert Board of Police Commissioners as Chairperson. He has also served on the Prince Albert Tourism Board of Directors and as President and Advisor for Northern Lights Casino Pow Wow.
Richard studied at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College and has a P.A. Douglas & Associates Management certificate, a University of Reno Nevada Gaming Management certificate and a Queen’s School of Business Executive certificate.
Richard enjoys spending time with his family and is a collector of vintage history books and warplane memorabilia.