Technology is the New Buffalo
Buffalo Rains Network is a technology and consulting services social enterprise that has been established to provide an easy to use, secure, reliable and affordable leading edge green technology solutions for the preservation of language, culture and business assets of First Nations, Inuit, Métis communities across Canada,
Our experienced Management Team, Community Associates, Technology Partners and Advisory Team work collaboratively for the purpose of empowering Indigenous communities with knowledge and green technologies that encourage self-reliance, self-governance and self-sustainability, resulting in the creation of new jobs, business opportunities and programs, on and off traditional lands and territories.
We provide technology and skills based training on implemented technology solutions so that our collective First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities are empowered to become self-reliant, proud and have knowledge to improve their health, wealth and quality of life.
Community Application Process
Technology Project Planning
Design & Strategy
- Cultural Preservation Projects
1Helping indigenous communities keep their culture alive.
- Managed Technical Services
2Our technical team manages, monitors and provides technical support for all implemented technology solutions. We empower your Community Champions with education & skills to manage your Technology Solutions
- Computer Learning Labs
3 We collaborate with your respective community leadership and community members in developing an effective technology services, skills based training and employment creation programs, unique for your community
- Employment Creation Programs
4 We hire people directly from within your community to participate in the planning, strategy and implementation of all the technology solutions that will have the most positive social impact that will benefit your community
- Community Broadband Networks
5We can help build your network infrastructure to be secure and reliable while increasing capacity
Our Current Projects
Rick Sparks is the Executive Director & Founder of Buffalo Rains Network. Rick is a member of the Eastern Woodland Métis Nation, Shades of Colour Clan. He is very passionate and committed to providing leading edge technology solutions that benefit Indigenous communities in Canada, the Caribbean Islands and Nations of the African Diaspora.
Rick is an experienced IT Project Management Consultant that has more than 25 years proven success record planning, designing, implementing and managing diverse information technology projects for small to medium sized businesses, multinational corporations, non-profit agencies/organizations, K-12 independent private schools, public schools, including colleges and universities across North America. Rick has solid credentials including an Information Technology Degree, Networking and Support Engineer certification and Professional Contracting & Consulting Certification.
Rick is a highly respected IT expert with a clear, focused direction and has seen notable throughout his career. He has been instrumental in consistently delivering innovative world-class information technology solutions for business owners. His notable clients include Apple Inc.,Cisco, Motorola Wireless Data Group, TELUS, Metafore Technologies Inc., Minuteman Press, GERON Corporation, St. Paul’s Hospital and TELUS.
Rick has perfected his consulting skills in planning and implementing complex projects during his 8 years consulting (1999-2007) in the San Francisco Bay Area (Silicon Valley). As result of his successful IT projects within high-tech corporations in Silicon Valley. Rick was recruited by corporate executives to provide IT management and leadership at several prestigious wealthy private independent schools in the heart of Silicon Valley, California. Rick also developed curriculum and taught Digital Video Multimedia courses at Stanford University and at Apple Inc.
Rick understands that high achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation. He has a strong understanding of the relationship between technology and strategic business interests to increase profit growth opportunities, productivity and competitive edge while simultaneously delivering significant reductions in the cost and ease of doing business.
"I have had the pleasure of meeting Rick Sparks this past year. During the year of our acquaintance, I have known Rick in many capacities. He has been both a mentor and business partner.
Rick has been an inspiration in our community, assisting in many tasks required to successful execute both community and business initiatives. He has spent several hours working on the development of projects such “The Pinnacle of Success, a production being developed as a television pitch, as well as web development, consulting, and financial investment for the production.
Rick is an intelligent, capable, dedicated, and personable man. He is always looking to expand his work while helping develop sustainable structures for others, with sensible reactions in all the circumstances I've seen Him in. I feel confident in saying that He is capable of handling any situation with thoughtfulness and maturity."