Michelle Kolla is a lifelong Yukoner, Member of the Selkirk First Nation and great granddaughter of the late Ira and Eliza VanBibber. Michelle and her husband Rob raised their two sons Justin and Ryan Kolla living a northern life style that included spending time traveling throughout the Yukon. Together they own and operate Snap on Tools and Porter Creek Self Storage.
She has worked with non-profits for 15 years including the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre and Council of Yukon First Nations as their Executive Director. During her time with the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, the centre created an after‐school tutoring program, established the Youth Emergency Shelter and the Youth Employment Centre.
In the past she has worked in procurement with the Federal and Territorial Governments working closely with the local business community and government departments. She is a past Board member of Yukon Workers Compensation Board, National Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, Director/General Manager of Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon, Director of Television Northern Canada and a founding Director of APTN.
Michelle volunteered with local youth sports groups including Whitehorse Minor Hockey and coaching soccer. Currently, she is a Director on the Selkirk First Nation Development Corporation, member of the Yukon Government Gas Tax Review Committee and has been recently acclaimed as the President of the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce. Michelle is an Alumni of the Governor General of Canada’s Leadership Conference.