About Us

Chris Sankey

Chief Executive Officer

Chris Sankey is Chief Executive Officer for Blackfish Enterprises and President of Blackfish Industries/Management, a Heavy Civil Construction and Management company. Currently, Chris provides advice, direction and strategic planning to the Energy Sector on engagement with communities situated on the west Coast of British Columbia. Chris is a member of the Coast Tsimshian community of Lax Kw' Alaams near Prince Rupert, British Columbia. Chris is a former elected Councillor for the Lax Kw' Alaams Band where he served his community for six and a half years. Chris use to Chair the Economic Development Committee for the Governing Council. During his tenure, he pushed for change on how Industry and Government would do business with his community.

Chris was instrumental in leading and implementing the new DevCorp for his community and Council, where he separated the politics from business. Furthermore; he sat as Board of Director for Lax Kw' Alaams Business Development Ltd, Chaired the Human Resources Committee, was Chair for the Finance and Audit Committee and also sat on 2 other local community based business boards. Further to this; Chris was effective in starting and implementing the first ever Emergency Response and Marine Safety table in the Coast Tsimshian territory. Chris was part of a team that helped negotiate and facilitate the Pacific Northwest LNG agreement and was one of two negotiators for Lax Kw' Alaams that reached the first ever Environmental Monitoring Agreement between the Coast Tsimshian, BC and Canada. Chris is a Director at BitCrude Energy, a company that is moving Solid Bitumen to International markets.

Chris's relentless work ethic in business, combined with his experience as an elected First Nations Councilor, has made him a go to advisor to some of Canada's top Corporate and Government sector leaders. Chris's stance on development has been paramount, but has always maintained that we can grow the economy while taking care of the environment. Further to this; his ethics on transparency, accountability and economic opportunities for all people and their communities has always been a priority. These principals have guided him while developing positive business relationships from around the globe and have fostered solid partnerships and relationships between community stakeholders, Provincial and Federal governments and local businesses. Chris's efforts have helped him do business with small, mid- size and large corporations throughout Canada, United States and overseas in the Oil and Gas sector.

Chris is an extremely influential person that believes in "strengthening communities, one person at a time to achieve communal prosperity."

The meaning behind Blackfish Enterprises Ltd.

The Blackfish Logo was designed by Lax Kw' Alaams based artist Russell Mather. Below is the explanation of the logo and the reason I named the company.

“In the Ts’msyen nation we have four main crests, in protocol they are Eagle, Raven, Wolf and Blackfish also referred to as killer whale or in my Sm’algyax (means real or true) language Gispwudwada. I chose Blackfish Enterprise, because the blackfish or Killer whale which is Neex? is my crest. To me it signifies STRENGTH, COURAGE, HONOR and WISDOM. A hunter of the sea who has the strength to carry the people when he has too, the killerwhale makes sure he seeks out everyone to inform them of important information and carries the strength of the community..."

For more information on Logo Design and beautiful Tsimshian artwork, please contact:

Russell Mather, Mather Arts Ltd.

Email: russellmather3@gmail.com