David Shade is a member of the Blood Tribe and has worked with resources development on his Reserve for more than 18 years. David received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Lethbridge in 1994 and a Petroleum Land Administration from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in 1996.
In 2002, David became the General Manager of Kainaiwa Resources Inc (KRI) at a time when KRI’s focused turned to pursuing a more active role in the oil and gas activity on the Reserve. In 2011, David became Co-president of Kainai Energy, a Blood Tribe energy company partnered with Native American Resource Partners, where he led the Blood’s participation with non-Tribal industry partners exploring on the Blood Reserve. Kainai Energy evolved into a full fledge exploration company with mineral rights on and off Reserve and activity drilling its own wells.
After positioning the Blood Tribe to take full advantage of its oil and gas resources, David had step down from his role with his Tribe and has taken on a new challenge. He is currently the Project Manager for the Joint Technical Committee 1, which is charged with the modernization of the current Indian Oil and Gas Regulations with the Indian Resource Council.