Sean Willy

Industry Advisory Group


After a 25-year career in the resource industry with an extensive history in executive leadership, community engagement, corporate responsibility and human resources, Sean Willy was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer of Des Nedhe Group in August 2017.

Sean, a Denesuline First Nation person with the Deninu Kue FN, brings an understanding of the expectations and needs of Indigenous people. Growing up in a mining household, he experienced life in communities across the Canadian Shield – from the Northwest Territories to Nunavut to Alberta to Saskatchewan.

In his career Sean has developed and implemented some of the most innovative Indigenous Inclusion and CSR strategies for companies such as Rio Tinto and Cameco Corporation.  He has always strived to ensure Indigenous peoples are seen as a full partner in long-term relationships.   This led to Sean building partnerships in Australia, the United States, and throughout Canada.

Sean is a board member for TELUS Corporation, Green First Forest Products and the Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan.  He also currently sits as a member of the Canadian government’s Indigenous Innovation Housing Committee and the Indigenous Advisory Committee on Small Module Reactors.