Rolf Bouman, founder of the “Friends United” initiative, left his native Germany in 1986 and made Cape Breton his new home. A passionate advocate and supporter of First Nation’s culture and art, Rolf funds all activities through his Canadian Corporate Group. With over 25 years of international business experience, Rolf’s goal is to help First Nations artists become self-sufficient entrepreneurs who are embraced as cultural ambassadors for their communities and country.
The Friends United Advisory Board, in consultation with its artists, oversees and discusses all significant aspects of the “Friends United” initiative. All board members bring their passion for First Nations art and culture to the table and serve in an advisory capacity without remuneration.