Joel Melanson is the President and founder of LARR Management Corporation. Joel specializes in Indigenous business start-ups, business development and contract negotiations. He has owned, managed and operated multiple companies that focused on hand and mechanical logging operations, sawmills, forest fire suppression, lumber brokering and general contracting.

As a senior level negotiator, Joel has negotiated Impact Benefit Agreements and Mutual Benefit Agreements on behalf of Chief and Council for First Nations throughout Western Canada. Joel has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in contract awards directed toward First Nations Business.

With 25 years of experience working in and understanding of the industry sectors in forestry, oil & gas, mining, and civil construction, Joel brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to First Nations and First Nation business. His strengths are advising in the bid process, best practice in contract negotiations, as well as consultation protocol and processes, which ensure successful partnerships with industry, government and First Nations companies. Speeding profitability, while conducting quality, safe work is Joel’s guiding mantra.