David Connelly - Cheetah Resources

David Connelly, CD, MBA, B.Comm,  has more than 45 years of senior project finance, strategic planning, project development, logistics solutions and community, Indigenous and government relations experience, initially internationally and for the last 27 years based in Northern Canada.

David is the owner of Ile Royale Enterprises Ltd., chair, board member, and strategic planner and engagement consultant to Aboriginal, natural resource, and cleantech businesses. As an investor and advocate for responsible economic development, David led turnarounds and structured many successful strategic alliances. He helped pioneer groundbreaking alliances and impact benefits agreements and is an advocate of Indigenous equity participation.

Most recently, as Cheetah Resources Corp. and Vital Metals’ Vice President of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, he was part of the team that developed the Nechalacho Rare Earth Mine, Canada’s first rare earth mine.

David has been recognized by the sovereigns of Canada, England, Sweden, and Spain for his leadership in Ingenous economic development, governance, volunteer and philanthropic work.  He serves or has served on over two dozen public and private companies, Indigenous development corporations, not-for-profit, quasi-judicial and government boards.  The NWT Government appointed him a founding member of the Yellowknife Airport Economic Advisory Council in 2017 and the NWT Business Development Investment Corporation in July 2019. He serves on the Mayor of Yellowknife’s Economic Development Task Force and the City’s University Post-Secondary Advisory Committee, and Quantiam Technology Inc. Board. As a Naval Reserve Officer, he advised the Commanders of Joint Task Force North on Indigenous and Northern and Indigenous affairs for 26 years.

As President and CEO from 1992-1997, he led the turnaround of Canada’s largest Indigenous development corporation. In 2000, he co-authored the “Five Year Review of The Nunavut Land Claims Agreement 1993 -1998”.