Project Highlights


    General Highlights

  • Facilitated Mining 101 Workshops for the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines while sub-contracted with Stonecircle Consulting for a total of seven communities which provided an introduction to the mining sector for community members – Fall 2012
  • Conducted Certified Progressive Aboriginal Relations Verification of Canada Post for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business – August 2012
  • Province-wide community engagement for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport looking to become more culturally sensitive with Ontario’s Aboriginal communities and to determine support required for Aboriginal communities conducting their cultural planning – February 2012 to July 2012
  • Municipal-led initiative with Aboriginal participation and advisory involvement, joint research of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) for the Northwestern Ontario Regional Economic Planning Joint Task Force concerning the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario 2011 from June of 2011 to July of 2011, for a copy of the report refer to http://www.nwoeconomiczone.com/uploads/documents/NAN-CommunityEngagement.pdf – June to July 2011
  • Review and revise Consultation Framework documentation with Elders and Community Members in preparation for proponents in Eagle Lake First Nation – June – July 2011
  • Private sector-led initiative with Aboriginal participation and advisory participation was the joint research and Environmental Scan of obstetrics services of Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre in order to explore ways to improve the delivery of maternal newborn services in their region servicing 28 First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario – Sept 2009 to Feb 2011
  • Province-wide Community Capacity Building Project with all 133 First Nation communities, Aboriginally-led, Chiefs of Ontario Mno-Bimaadziwin Train-the-Trainer Asset Mapping Sessions project including the development of an Asset Mapping Facilitation Guide that is available online at: http://www.ourtimeourhealth.org/sites/all/themes/otoh/downloads/ – January 2010 to February 2011
  • Aboriginally-led Business Plan Development Report to resolve housing and detachment issues for Nishnawbe-Aski Police Services and achieve sustainable capital support for Nishnawbe-Aski Police Services with associates – Apr 2010 to July 2010
  • Province-wide development and Presentation of AHWS Renewal Recommendations for Ontario Native Women’s Association in collaboration with Beedaubin Resources and Associates – January to March, 2010
  • Community placements across Northern Ontario for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine focusing on community and cultural experiences for fifty-six first-year medical students– 2005-2006
  • Pilot project between First Nation communities and Northern Ontario School of Medicine (Laurentian University, Sudbury and Lakehead University, Thunder Bay) involving eight First Nation communities in Northeastern Ontario focusing on community and cultural experiences for sixteen first-year medical students – 2005
  • Certified Progressive Aboriginal Relations Verifier through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Comprehensive Sustainability Reporting Certificate through Global Reporting Initiative
  • Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists (OACETT) Full Member #62645 – since 1993 (refer to OACETT certificate)
  • Graduate of Civil Engineering Technologist Program, Cambrian College, Sudbury, ON – 1993
  • Member of the Red Rock Indian Band (Lake Helen First Nation) in Nipigon, ON #1930092501

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    Cultural Awareness Highlights

  • initiated and conducted discussions and negotiations with the private and public sector regarding economic development initiatives for RRIB - 1999-2000
  • coordinated week-long relationship building workshop between community and Neskantaga First Nation front-line workers, Nishnawbe Aski Police Services, Ontario Provincial Police and NAN Managers – 2003
  • facilitated community and liaison activities for Waabi-Ma’iingan (Grey Wolf) Traditional Teaching Lodge including community, government, educational, Traditional and Spiritual – 2005 - present
  • conducted cross-cultural workshops for Outland Reforestation Junior Rangers and staff – 2006
  • conducted cross-cultural workshops for the Wikwemikong Trust in Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve – 2006
  • assisted with facilitating breakout sessions at Aboriginal Forum of Local Health Integration Network – 2008 and 2009
  • Partnership between PARO Centre for Women’s Enterprise and Waabi-Ma’iingan Traditional Teaching Lodge to push Aboriginal Cultural Centre initiative – April 2010 to March 2011
  • Regional support through National Public Relations providing cultural supports to Aboriginal communities for Elections Ontario activities (urban, rural and remote) – August 2011 to October 2011
  • Provided cultural awareness sensitivity training to management of Thunder Bay Insurance – October 2011
  • Provided cultural awareness sensitivity training to all staff of the Ontario Library Association North – December 2011
  • Province-wide community engagement for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport looking to become more culturally sensitive with Ontario’s Aboriginal communities and to determine support required for Aboriginal communities conducting their cultural planning – February 2012 to July 2012
  • Provided cultural awareness workshops at Thunder Bay Public Library for Waabi-Ma’iingan Traditional Teaching Lodge entitled: Residential School System and Unfamiliar Impacts – March 2013

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    Economic Development Highlights

  • developed economic development initiatives/strategic plans, identified/promoted improvements/expansion of existing businesses/new businesses & tourism/eco-tourism related opportunities, initiated/conducted discussions/negotiations with private /public sector regarding economic development initiatives for the Red Rock Indian Band - 1999-2000
  • provided advice to businesses and Band Council for community-based economic development initiatives and obtained contributions and other financial support for Red Rock Indian Band - 1999-2000
  • completed/submitted training plans to funding agencies to train/secure employment for RRIB members - 1999-2000

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    Environmental Scanning Highlights

  • conducted Community Needs Assessments to Health Canada, Medical Services Branch, Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve Program, for Seine River and Marten Falls First Nations - 1999
  • conducted an environmental scan (asset-mapping) concerning Early Childhood Development Programs in eleven remote First Nation communities across Northwestern Ontario for Health Canada - 2004
  • asset-mapping in Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug – 2006
  • asset-mapping/community health planning in northern communities of Independent First Nations – 2006
  • asset-mapping/community health planning in southern communities of Independent First Nations – 2007
  • Strategic Planning through Asset Mapping with Mohawk Council of Akwesasne – July 2010
  • Remember Me Project Evaluation for Shkoday Abinojiiwak Obimiwedoon Thunder Bay Aboriginal Head Start – July 2010 to Dec 2010
  • Private sector-led initiative with Aboriginal participation and advisory participation was the joint research and review of obstetrics services of Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win Health Centre (SLMHC) in order to explore ways to improve the delivery of maternal newborn services in their region servicing 28 First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario – Sept 2009 to Feb 2011
  • Conducted Verification of Canada Post for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business – August 2012

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    Funding Proposals Highlights

  • produced a successful Business Plan Study for the purposes of funding applications through ABC, Ontario Development Corporation, and the Royal Bank for a small aboriginal company - 1994
  • prepared a successful business plan to Nishnawbe-Aski Business & Advisory Support for Met-Tagom, of Kashechewan First Nation with Ontario Development Corporation and Bank of Montreal – 1995
  • completed successful proposals to CMHC through RRAP for $600,000, to MNDM through Aboriginal Communities Infrastructure Projects for $800,000 and $2,040,000 respectively, for Kashechewan First Nation - 1995-96
  • completed Alternative Funding Arrangements for Financial Management Plan for Kashechewan First Nation - 1996
  • completed a successful business plan and applications through Wakenagun Community Futures Development Corporation for Wynne’s Grocery Store, in Kashechewan First Nation - 1996-97
  • completed proposals to Chiefs of Ontario, through Federal Child Care Initiative, for Marten Falls First Nation for a Whole Child Care Centre - 1997 and 1998
  • completed a successful application to Health Canada, Medical Services Branch, through the Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve Program, for Marten Falls First Nation - 1998
  • completed an application to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, through the Developing and Enhancing Aboriginal Capacities Program, for Marten Falls First Nation - 1999
  • completing funding proposals for Spiritual Centre for Marten Falls First Nation - 1999
  • completed successful building proposal to Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp., through Capital Assistance for Small Communities, for Seine River First Nation – 1999
  • completed successful Remedial Management and Management Development Plans, for submission to INAC for Seine River First Nation – 1999
  • completed applications to the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, through the Honour and History Program, for Seine River and Marten Falls First Nations - 1999
  • conducted Operational Phase Proposals to submit to Health Canada, Medical Services Branch, through Aboriginal Head Start On Reserve Program, for Seine River and Marten Falls First Nations – 1999
  • assisted Independent First Nations to develop three successful community health service plans in connection with Phase IV of Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy – 2008
  • assisted Kitchenuhmaykoosib Minoyawin Services a successful community health service plan in connection with Phase IV of Aboriginal Healing and Wellness Strategy – 2011

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    Management Highlights

  • organized travel, accommodations, meals, meeting space and presentations for conferences for NAN – 2000-2008
  • coordinated/managed operations of NAN Housing Table, C.N.A. Technical Services, Cindy Crowe Consulting, Waabi-Ma’iingan Traditional Teaching Lodge; Oski-Machiitawin, supervised contractors/employees – 1993 - present

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    Marketing / Promotion Highlights

  • conducted marketing survey concerning expansion of cable services for Fiber-Tel Enterprises Inc. – 1999
  • conducted 3 workshops for Dryden Chamber of Commerce, entitled: Marketing Using the Internet, Home-Based Businesses and Businesses in Smaller Communities - 1999
  • represent and act as a spokesperson for the economic development of the RRIB, promote public relations with agencies and other interested bodies - 1999-2000
  • prepared Feasibility Study, Community Centre and Day Care Facility for Fort William First Nation, in association with DKA Marketing - 2001
  • completed business plan for a Wood Briquettes Retail business for RRIB in association with DKA Marketing – 2002
  • prepared an outline discussion paper concerning Innovative Funding Options for NAN - 2002
  • Aboriginally-led Business Plan Development Report to resolve housing and detachment issues for Nishnawbe-Aski Police Services and achieve sustainable capital support for Nishnawbe-Aski Police Services – Apr 2010 to July 2010

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    Strategic Planning Highlights

  • assisted Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug to develop a Health Plan - 2008-09
  • assisted Independent First Nations (twelve) to develop strategy regarding Aboriginal Health Transition Fund – 2009
  • assisted Board of Directors of Mahkwa Lodge with strategic planning - 2009
  • Province-wide development and Presentation of AHWS Renewal Recommendations for Ontario Native Women’s Association in collaboration with Beedaubin Resources and Associates - January to March, 2010

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    Technical Highlights

  • coordinated housing conciliations, housing reporting, monthly & annual reports, analysis of computer data, training of staff and coordination of seminars for ONHWP - 1987-89
  • updated computer programs for Asset Condition Reporting Systems (ACRS) for sixteen Union of Ontario Indians First Nations - calculated and inputted programs for Maintenance Management Systems including: As Built Drawings, Annual Work Programs, Performance Budget Worksheets and Budget Summaries - 1992
  • completed the ACRS and Capital Asset Inventory System (CAIS) for Pic Mobert First Nation - 1994
  • completed the CAIS for following First Nations: Whitesand, Pays Plat, Pic Mobert, Rocky Bay, Michipicoten - 1994
  • completed a Five-Year Capital Expenditure Plan for Kashechewan First Nation - 1995
  • completed the ACRS and CAIS for Eabametoong First Nation (Fort Hope) – 1995
  • conducted Project Management for Rural Rehabilitation Assistance Program on twenty-four units for $600,000, retrofit work through the Aboriginal Communities Infrastructure Projects for $800,000 and monitored the labour component of renovation and retrofit work regarding the Subsidy Assistance Training Funding through INAC on forty units for $91,000 for Kashechewan First Nation; in association with Les Louttit Consulting - 1995-96
  • responsible for the analysis, liaison and research on housing issues, programs and policies on behalf of NAN, prepared annual workplans, correspondence, briefing notes, position papers, proposals and reports for the Housing Table and the Executive Council as needed - 2000-02
  • coordinated and facilitated NAN “Housing & Infrastructure Database and Regional Capital Plan” Project Team / Working Group / Housing Project - 2000-02
  • assisted in the coordination, development and review of NAN Housing & Infrastructure Database and Regional Capital Plan Final Report in association with Neegan Burnside - 2000-02
  • provide technical assistance and support in the development and implementation of strategies to achieve the deliverables for the housing table within the NAN / Canada Bilateral Protocol - 2000-02
  • organized, promoted and conducted four provincial conferences on behalf of INAC to promote the Long Term Capital Plan to First Nations, Tribal Councils and government representatives across Ontario – 2004
  • completed a generic funding application for a golf course and walking trails in Sandy Lake First Nation – 2006
  • Housing and Infrastructure Corporation Development for Nishnawbe Aski Nation – Oct 2009 to Dec 2010

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    Traditional Homelands Highlights

  • coordinated Northern Table activities for Nishnawbe Aski Nation including Parks, Land Use Planning, Licensing & Permits and Mining which involved a thorough flow of information between Province, Chiefs Steering Committee, Senior Officials Committee, Joint Management Committee and 4 Technical Tables – May 2007– December 2008
  • Province-wide First Nation and Métis Community Engagement for Ontario Power Authority – Oct 2009 to Mar 2010
  • First Nation & Métis Community Engagement for Refergy Solar Power – July 2010 to January 2011
  • Community Engagement for five Nishnawbe Aski Nation northern communities with provincial and federal government agencies – February 2010 to January 2011
  • Review and revise Consultation Framework documentation with Elders and Community Members in preparation for proponents in Eagle Lake First Nation – June – July 2011
  • Municipal-led initiative with Aboriginal participation and advisory involvement, joint research of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) for the Northwestern Ontario Regional Economic Planning Joint Task Force concerning the Growth Plan for Northern Ontario 2011 from June of 2011 to July of 2011, for a copy of the report refer to http://www.nwoeconomiczone.com/uploads/documents – June to July 2011

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    Training Highlights

  • completed successful proposals to Shooniiyaa Biidoong Training & Employment Centre, Community-Based Training Initiatives Program for Seine River First Nation, Phase I - Geographical Information System (GIS) Preparation Computer Training and Phase II - GIS Computer Training - 1997 and 1998
  • completed successful applications to INAC through Social Assistance Transfer Funding Program, for Seine River First Nation for Phase I - GIS Preparation Computer Training and Phase II - GIS Computer Training - 1997 & 1998
  • completed a successful application to Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, Technical Related Training, for Seine River First Nation, for Phase II - GIS Computer Training - 1998
  • completed a 5-Year Community Strategic Plan on Employment Development Initiatives, submitted to Shooniiyaa Biidoong Training and Employment Centre, for Seine River First Nation - 1999
  • completed a successful Computer Training for Band Office Staff proposal, to Shooniiyaa Biidoong Training & Employment Centre, for Seine River First Nation – 1999
  • developed an “Aboriginal Employment, Training and Education Resource Manual” book in conjunction with Aboriginal Employment Resource Committee of Thunder Bay – 2004-05
  • pilot project between First Nation communities and Northern Ontario School of Medicine (Laurentian University, Sudbury and Lakehead University, Thunder Bay) involving eight First Nation communities in Northeastern Ontario focusing on community and cultural experiences for sixteen first-year medical students– 2005
  • coordinated community placements across Northern Ontario for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine focusing on community and cultural experiences for fifty-six first-year medical students– 2005-2006
  • facilitated/developed a staff retreat for Education Authority in Constance Lake First Nation – 2006
  • assisted Independent First Nations (twelve) to develop a health human resources retention and recruitment strategy regarding the Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative – 2009
  • assisted with Module 106 community preparation for Northern Ontario School of Medicine students – 2009
  • Staff Retreat with Rainy River First Nations – Aug 2010 to Oct 2010
  • Development of an Aboriginal Health Human Resources Initiative Community Resource Guide, database and statistical report for Independent First Nations including 12 First Nation communities – January to March, 2010
  • Province-wide Community Capacity Building Project with all 133 First Nation communities, Aboriginally-led, Chiefs of Ontario Mno-Bimaadziwin Train-the-Trainer Asset Mapping Sessions project including the development of an Asset Mapping Facilitation Guide that is available online at http://ourtimeourhealth.org/Assets – January 2010 to February 2011
  • Provided liaison support to Confederation College looking to attract remote Aboriginal students for Personal Care Attendant Recognition of Achievement Part-time Program – November 2011 to January 2012
  • Provided liaison support to Confederation College looking to attract remote Aboriginal students for Personal Care Attendant Recognition of Achievement Part-time Program – November 2011 to January 2012
  • Facilitated the Asset Based Community Development session: ‘Community Building Through Community Partnership” at the 2012 Ontario Volunteer Centre Network Annual Conference – October 2012
  • Facilitated a Team Refresh for Children’s Aid Societies and Violence Against Women organizations in Northwestern Ontario concerning the collaboration between these two sectors – January 2013

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    Volunteer Highlights

  • participated in the initial stages of Our Kids Count programming in County Park, Thunder Bay including community kitchen, bulk grocery shopping and other various activities - 1995-96
  • assisted NAN Health & Safety Committee including computerized floor/evacuation plan - 2000-02
  • helped to organize NAN’s participation in the Shelter House 24-Hour Corporate Relay including fund-raising, coordinating employees, designing a corporate T-shirt, Captain Team Meetings - 2000-02
  • Past Chair of National Aboriginal Day; Past Chair of Gichi-Waakaa’igan; Member of Diversity Thunder Bay; Member of Robinson Superior Treaty Women’s Council; Member of Ontario Multifaith Council; Member of Lake Superior Discovery Place; Member of OACETT Thunder Bay Chapter
  • coordinated activities for Waabi-Ma’iingan (Grey Wolf) Traditional Teaching Lodge including funding applications; organization of meetings including community, government, educational, Traditional and Spiritual – 2005 – present

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