Born and raised in the NWT, is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation. Once completed university in Alberta, Greg returned home to the NWT. Greg started in the mining industry as a community relations/workforce Development position with Diavik Diamond Mines. His job was to build relationships between the impacted communities and mining management staff. Greg’s main focus was to ensure the communities benefitted from the mine in both economical and workforce training opportunities.
Greg went on to successfully manage a tourism Hunting and fishing lodge in the NWT where the focus was on Authentic Aboriginal experiences. He was involved with starting a new tourism business in the NWT called North Star Adventures with his brother Joe Bailey. Today, the company has grown into a very successful Aboriginal Authentic Adventure company that focuses on Aboriginal Tourism and Aurora Borealis viewing.
The Aboriginal Sport Circle of the NWT is where Greg has spent most of his time, it was here that he built an organization that is community focused and driving. To this day there are thousands of community members that have and continue to benefit from new programs and sport structure that is community based. Greg will be responsible for developing a cultural tourism strategy in alignment with Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association’s (TOTA) Embracing Our Potential and Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia’s (ATBC) The Next Phase plans. Embracing a rich history filled with traditional stories and beliefs, the endeavour is to develop economic opportunities and progress Aboriginal tourism business within the region.
Today Greg resides in West Kelowna with his Wife Sharon Hopf and two children Keaton and Presley.