Jason La Rochelle has worked in the field of Indigenous education for the past 20 years. His previous posts were at the Native Education College (NEC) where he served as an instructor, program coordinator, program manager and, most recently, Dean of Academics.
Mr. La Rochelle is Haida, from Old Massett, Haida Gwaii. His traditional name, given to him by Stó:lō Elders, is Skeweqsalalexw, meaning "of the Raven" in Halq'emeylem. He earned a master of arts in counselling psychology from the University of British Columbia.