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IMAWG has 5 members from each of the three language groups on Vancouver Island: Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw. They are appointed and/or elected by their regions to serve a three-year term.







Cowichan Tribes


Mowachaht / Muchalaht





2023-2026 Membership

IMAWG Spiritual and Cultural Advisory: Wayne Paige Sr.

Ex- Officio Member: Fiona Claxton, Native Fishing Association


Two Directors from each language group are chosen to serve a three-year term.

Nick Chowdhury,
IMAWG Board President

Nick Chowdhury is the Da’naxda’xw/Awaetlala, and their territory is the upper portion of the Knight Inlet. Raised in the unceded territory of the K’omoks people, specifically the Comox Valley, he maintains ancestral ties to one of the founding tribes of the present-day K’omoks First Nation.

Kyle Louis,
IMAWG Board Vice President

Having grown up in Sechelt and Musqueam, and now residing, working, and enjoying life on Vancouver Island since 2012 with his two daughters, Kyle carries the legacy of a fourth-generation FSC and Commercial fisherman in salmon, prawn, crab, and herring.

Paul Tate,
IMAWG Board Director

Paul Tate, Hereditary Chief of Satiixab (sat-ee-eh xub) Ditidaht First Nation (Nitinaht Lake), started his journey in the fisheries sector as a deckhand aboard a 42′ freezer troller in 1992. In his off time, he embarked upon the NTC Fisheries Program as Guardian/Technician, undergoing training across the island.

Harold Amos,
IMAWG Board Director

Harold is from the Ehattesaht community. His contribution to IMAWG stems from a diverse range of experiences within fisheries and traditional knowledge. These include involvement as a commercial fisherman, expertise in stream and river restoration, clam farming, as well as roles as a guardian, technician, and fin fish farmer.

Jordan Bromley,
IMAWG Board Secretary/Treasurer

Jordan Bromley serves as the Executive Director of the Q’ul-lhanumutsun Aquatic Resources Society, a role through which she has dedicated the past 12 years to serving the communities of Stz’uminus First Nation, Penelakut Tribe, Halalt First Nation, Lyackson First Nation, Cowichan Tribes, and Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation.


IMAWG is managed by a contracted Executive Director and supported by two biologists. They all work with IMAWG Members, Board of Directors, DFO and other collaborative regional and international Indigenous fishery organizations/processes.

Sonora Morin-Thompson,
Executive Director

Nicole Frederickson,
Biologist, B.Sc.