The Cree-Québec Forestry Board (CQFB or Board) is an independent organization with eleven members: five members designated by the Cree Nation Government, five members designated by Québec and a Chairman, appointed by the Gouvernement du Québec. The Board’s organization and operations are supported by its Secretariat.
The Chairman of the Cree-Québec Forestry Board (CQFB) is appointed for three years, on the recommendation of the Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks after consulting the Cree party. The Chairman’s mandate can be renewed only if both the Cree party and the Québec party agree to it. Gilbert Paillé has been Chairman of the Cree-Québec Forestry Board since September 17, 2014.
The Vice-Chairman is designated by the Board members from among the members designated by the Cree Nation Government. Since November 26, 2014, Isaac Voyageur has been Board Vice-Chairman.
As stipulated by the Agreement, the Board must meet at least six (6) times a year, unless the members agree otherwise. The meetings are regularly held in the territory governed by the Adapted Forestry Regime but can also take place elsewhere in Québec, if need be.
Where the Board’s financing is concerned, each of the parties covers its members’ participation costs in addition to half of the Board’s operating budget. The Chairman’s remuneration is paid by the Gouvernement du Québec.