Jason Louie is an innovative thinker with a clear vision for the success of his community. Elected chief of the Lower Kootenay band in 2011, Jason worked quickly to establish excellent working relationships between the Lower Kootenay Band and key agencies in the Creston Valley such as the RCMP, Mayor and Town Council and College of the Rockies, to name a few. He openly built bridges that share the Ktunaxa (Too-na-ha) culture and history. And, in this way, he has created the awareness and knowledge that makes these relationships thrive. At the same time, in his First Nation community, he is engaging the young people in preserving their language, culture and traditions.