OUR TEAM’S ROLES

DENYS BERNARD
DENYS BERNARDEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
One of the roles occupied by Denys is representing the Nation. He supervises, manages and administers the different funding programs and current projects at the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki (GCNWA). He is also in charge of staff supervision and ensures that the institutional values and established performance requirements are respected.
NIKITA ZEWSKI
NIKITA ZEWSKIEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Using graphic communications, communication plans, public relations and new information and communications technologies (NICT), Nikita monitors the various information items in circulation, looks after the image of both communities and brings support to different projects.
MÉLANIE DALLAIRE
MÉLANIE DALLAIREDIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING
Reporting to the Executive Director, Mélanie is responsible for directing, coordinating and controlling accounting activities. In addition, she is responsible for conducting financial analysis for ongoing projects and for providing the information needed for making informed decisions. She is also responsible for introducing the necessary changes to ensure the continuous improvement of processes and the efficient use of resources.
DIANE M’SADOQUES
DIANE M’SADOQUESASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTING
Diane is in charge of everything related to the payroll and the accounts payable. She also oversees the Home Care Services for both communities.
ÉMILIE LEFEBVRE
ÉMILIE LEFEBVRESECRETARY/RECEPTIONIST
In addition to secretarial and receptionist duties, Émilie also manages the hunting, fishing and trapping file by establishing schedules, selling permits and replying to various questions from fishermen and hunters, as well as registering game.
JOANIE RANCOURT
JOANIE RANCOURTCOMMUNICATIONS OFFICER
Joanie provides communications services to the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak, and the various departments of the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki. Whether through graphic communications, communications plans, public relations or new information technology. She monitors the various information circulating, makes sure the image of both communities is upheld and lends support to various projects.
JEAN-SÉBASTIEN CHAREST
JEAN-SÉBASTIEN CHARESTIT DIRECTOR
Jean-Sébastien is in charge of various information technologies.
MARIO MARCHAND
MARIO MARCHANDHISTORIAN - PROJECT MANAGER
PIERRE LALONDE
PIERRE LALONDETRANSLATOR
Pierre is in charge of translating documents both from English to French and French to English. All translations are done with full knowledge of First Nations and their issues and the various organizations working with them.

TECHNICAL SERVICES

MARIO DIAMOND
MARIO DIAMONDTECHNICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
Mario has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of civil engineering. Having worked with the GCNWA for over 10 years, he supervises, manages and administers the technical services department in both civil engineering and construction in general.
GENEVIÈVE VEILLEUX
GENEVIÈVE VEILLEUXARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN
Geneviève graduated with a DEC in Architecture Technology in 2008 and has more than 9 years of experience within the GCNWA. As an architectural technician, she is responsible for designing, producing and completing construction plans for several projects. In addition to actively participating in the management of the various ongoing projects, Geneviève is also responsible for CMHC grant programs.
DANIEL THIBAULT
DANIEL THIBAULTSENIOR ENGINEER AND URBANIST
Graduate from Concordia University, Daniel has worked for 36 years for the City of Trois-Rivières as a civil engineer and director. As an urban planner, he has extensive experience in home and urban development. He is currently Senior Project Manager with the GCNWA.
BENOIT GIGUÈRE
BENOIT GIGUÈREJUNIOR ENGINEER
Having graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in Civil Engineering in December 2016, Benoit joined the GCNWA team shortly after graduation. He is responsible for design standards and the application of engineering calculations necessary for road development and repair projects. Benoit also possesses sound technical drawing skills.
MARC-ALEXANDRE ALLARD
MARC-ALEXANDRE ALLARDJUNIOR ENGINEER
Marc-Alexandre graduated from the École des technologies supérieures (ETS) in April 2017. Before graduating, he joined GCNWA’s technical services team to participate in various projects in different communities. He has strong experience in site supervision and management. He also possesses good technical knowledge of site standards as well as design.
LOUIS JUTRAS
LOUIS JUTRASJUNIOR ENGINEER
Louis graduated from the University of Sherbrooke in Civil Engineering in December 2015. He then worked for two years as a site engineer and superintendent for Kiewit Construction. In September 2017, Louis joined the GCNWA team where his comprehensive technical knowledge in the design and technical application of site standards are key assets. Louis also has thorough experience in remote field projects.
MAXIME DIAMOND
MAXIME DIAMONDBUILDING - INFRASTRUCTURE INSPECTION - EVALUATION COORDINATOR
Maxime works in collaboration with various communities, mainly on construction, inspection and building evaluation projects. In addition, he regularly works on various projects in collaboration with different government bodies.
TOMMY LEFEBVRE
TOMMY LEFEBVREBUILDING INSPECTOR - ESTIMATOR
As a member of the Wôlinak Abenaki community, Tommy has extensive construction experience. He currently works at the GCNWA as a Building Inspector. He also assists the engineering team in surveying and supervising construction or other related inspection work.
MARILYN RAPOSO
MARILYN RAPOSOARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN
Marilyne graduated from the CEGEP of Trois-Rivières in May 2018 in Architecture Technology. She also completed a civil engineering degree from the same educational institution in 2014. She joined the GCNWA team during her studies, contributing to the drafting tasks of different projects, residential building design and inspections. Marilyne possesses a thorough knowledge of building standards.
ALEXANDRE LAROUCHE
ALEXANDRE LAROUCHECIVIL ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN
Alexandre graduated from the CEGEP of Trois-Rivières in May 2017. During his studies, he was hired by the Ministère des Transports as a construction supervisor. Through his work, he acquired various experience such as contract management and work inspection. In April 2018, he joined the GCNWA team. Alexandre possesses good knowledge of road network standards, surveying and site supervision.
DANIEL SIROIS
DANIEL SIROISBUILDING INSPECTOR - ESTIMATOR
Daniel has extensive construction experience and he currently works at the GCNWA as a Building Inspector. He also assists the engineering team in supervising construction or other related inspection work.
INTERN
INTERNVACANT POSITION

NDAKINNA OFFICE

SUZIE O'BOMSAWIN
SUZIE O'BOMSAWINDIRECTOR OF THE NDAKINNA OFFICE
Suzie is responsible for everything that relates to territorial consultations. She responds, among other things, to consultation requests and follows-up on issues related to natural resources affecting the ancestral territory of the Abenaki.
HUGO MAILHOT COUTURE
HUGO MAILHOT COUTUREEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Reporting to the Director of the Ndakinna Office, Hugo supports the Director in handling files or projects as well as executing different Department related mandates. He also assumes an advisory role in terms of environment and natural resources.
YVON POIRIER
YVON POIRIERLAND CLAIMS COORDINATOR
Yvon is in charge of everything pertaining to land claims. Claims are used to demonstrate without a doubt, and with supporting documents, that the federal government has not respected a treaty, agreement or its legal obligations towards a First Nation, as has been the case for the communities of Wôlinak and Odanak.
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROVENCHER
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROVENCHERPROJECT OFFICER
As part of the activities of the Ndakinna Office, Jean-François prepares responses to consultations, notably by analyzing the various projects on the Ndakinna and environmental impact studies. In addition, he is responsible for the adaptation to climate change component in which he plans and carries out projects in close collaboration with the Office team.
DAVID BERNARD
DAVID BERNARDINVESTIGATION/RESEARCH OFFICER
As part of a study on Waban-Aki traditional use and occupancy of the land and ecological knowledge, under the authority of the Director of Territorial Consultations and in collaboration with the project manager, David participates in organizing the study and investigations, prepares, conducts and transcribes interviews in addition to compile and analyse the collected data.
HADRIEN BOIS
HADRIEN BOISGEOMATICIAN
Hadrien is responsible for everything related to geomatics at the Ndakinna Office. He collects geospatial data, analyzes, interprets and transforms them to support the Ndakinna Office team in a variety of projects. He produces various maps and tools for applications involving natural resources, geology, environmental and archaeological research, and the use and occupation of the Ndakinna by members of the W8banaki Nation.
GENEVIÈVE TREYVAUD
GENEVIÈVE TREYVAUDARCHAEOLOGIST
As part of the Ndakinna Office activities, Geneviève is responsible for developing archaeological research projects for the purpose of better understanding the ancestral occupation of the territory. In collaboration with the Ndakinna Office team, her focus lies in protecting the archaeological heritage during the territorial consultation process. More specifically, her efforts centre on the Contact period and the impact of European colonization on First Nations and their environment. She studies the methods for exploiting natural resources and the techniques used to manufacture traditional tools used by the Algonquin First Nations people.
JEAN-NICOLAS PLOURDE
JEAN-NICOLAS PLOURDERESEARCH ASSISTANT
As a research assistant, Jean-Nicolas assists the research officer and the archaeologist in the pursuit of their respective mandates. In particular, he conducts literature reviews on various topics and provides support in writing reports and various policies.
EDGAR BLANCHET
EDGAR BLANCHETRESEARCH OFFICER
SAMUEL DUFOUR
SAMUEL DUFOURBIOLOGIST
As a biologist and environmental project manager, Samuel is involved in the consultations of the Waban-Aki Nation in connection with wildlife, endangered species and the environment (more specifically for Odanak).
VANESSA CASTONGUAY-FORTIN
VANESSA CASTONGUAY-FORTINBIOLOGIST
As a biologist and environmental project manager, Vanessa is involved in the consultations of the Waban-Aki Nation in connection with wildlife, endangered species and the environment (more specifically for Wôlinak).

FNCFS

MICHEL THIBEAULT
MICHEL THIBEAULTSOCIAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
Michel is responsible for the management of social services and front-line services to the child and the family of the Waban-Aki Nation. He advises members of the FNCFS team on clinical intervention aspects and on interaction strategies between different resources in the communities and the FNCFS. In addition, he ensures that the methods meet a community-based approach and finally, he also advises the team on the most effective ways to implement the various projects developed.
VALÉRIE LAFORCE
VALÉRIE LAFORCESOCIAL SERVICES ASSISTANT AND COMMUNITY WORKER
As social services assistant, Valérie is actively involved in the creation, development, financing and organization of social and community services. In addition, as a community worker, she is responsible for organizing prevention and promotion activities within the community of Wôlinak. She is also responsible for the homework assistance program and the W and Niona projects, as well as the Youth Zone (Espace Jeunesse) in Wôlinak.
JENNY M'SADOQUES BENOIT
JENNY M'SADOQUES BENOITCOMMUNITY WORKER
The community workers have the mandate of strengthening community ties by organizing prevention and promotion activities and through community intervention. They offer their services to the whole community, by prioritizing targeted problems and clients. They plan and lead meetings and/or prevention and promotion activities in collaboration with the other interveners. Jenny is assigned to the community of Odanak. She is in charge of the homework assistance and of the W project.
LAURE TARDIF
LAURE TARDIFCOMMUNITY WORKER
Laure collaborates to the prevention and promotion of activities for the communities of Wôlinak and Odanak and she leads them as well. She is responsible for the parental role component of the project and ensures the coordination of activities related to this issue. She also accompanies families and parents with special needs in their efforts by offering “parental coaching” and regular monitoring. Laure is also the main clinical counsellor of the FNCFS team.
AUDREY TRUDEL
AUDREY TRUDELCOMMUNITY WORKER
Audrey meets the needs of individuals, families and groups from the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak to enable them to understand and solve their behavioural and social issues. She works with individuals with bio-psycho-social difficulties, provides individual follow-ups and participates in prevention activities.
DAVID PLANTE
DAVID PLANTECOMMUNITY WORKER
David meets the needs of individuals, families and groups from the communities of Odanak and Wôlinak to enable them to understand and solve their behavioural and social issues. He works with individuals with bio-psycho-social difficulties, provides individual follow-ups and participates in prevention activities.
KIM O’BOMSAWIN
KIM O’BOMSAWINEDUCATOR - YOUTH
Kim is responsible for assisting a student in school. She is also in charge of the Espace Jeunesse d’Odanak.
STÉFANIE O'BOMSAWIN GAUTHIER
STÉFANIE O'BOMSAWIN GAUTHIERCOMMUNITY WORKER - ELDERS
Stéfanie is there to meet the needs of individuals in the community of Wôlinak aged 60 and older. She meets individually with the elders and participates in their activities. For situations requiring assistance, accompaniment or referencing, Stéfanie is your contact.
MATHIEU LAFORCE
MATHIEU LAFORCECOMMUNITY WORKER - ELDERS
Mathieu is there to meet the needs of individuals in the community of Wôlinak aged 60 and older. He meets individually with the elders and participates in their activities. For situations requiring assistance, accompaniment or referencing, Mathieu is your contact.
CAROLINE CARDIN
CAROLINE CARDINCOMMUNITY KITCHEN COORDINATOR
Caroline is in charge of the community kitchen.

HOME CARE SERVICES

NADIA GILL
NADIA GILLHOME CARE SERVICES DIRECTOR
Nadia manages the various services offered by the home care service team, such as assisted living services, personal hygiene care, as well as helping getting dressed and home respite services.
CÉLINE MARCHESSAULT
CÉLINE MARCHESSAULTCLIENT CARE ATTENDANT
Celine provides the required care for people in need, within the home care services (helping them with personal hygiene care or doing it for them when they are unable to, helping them eat, etc.). She must also collaborate in the intervention plan for the client and provide them with certain forms of basic care.
MARIE-PIER VERVILLE
MARIE-PIER VERVILLECLIENT CARE ATTENDANT
Marie-Pier provides the required care for people in need, within the home care services (helping them with personal hygiene care or doing it for them when they are unable to, helping them eat, etc.). She must also collaborate in the intervention plan for the client and provide them with certain forms of basic care.
PATRICIA RENÉ
PATRICIA RENÉCLIENT CARE ATTENDANT
Patricia provides the required care for people in need, within the home care services (helping them with personal hygiene care or doing it for them when they are unable to, helping them eat, etc.). She must also collaborate in the intervention plan for the client and provide them with certain forms of basic care.
STEVEN WILLIAMS
STEVEN WILLIAMSFAMILY AND SOCIAL SERVICES ASSISTANT
Family and social services assistants carry out various domestic tasks (washing clothes, personal hygiene, meals, cleaning, physically moving people, etc.) for people with reduced autonomy (elderly, disabled and ill). They also ensure a presence for the comfort and safety of the clients.
SYLVIE ALLY
SYLVIE ALLYFAMILY AND SOCIAL SERVICES ASSISTANT
Family and social services assistants carry out various domestic tasks (washing clothes, personal hygiene, meals, cleaning, physically moving people, etc.) for people with reduced autonomy (elderly, disabled and ill). They also ensure a presence for the comfort and safety of the clients.

HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE

JENNY M'SADOQUES BENOIT
JENNY M'SADOQUES BENOITCOMMUNITY ORGANIZER
Jenny is responsible of the coordination of the homework assistance and of W Project. She also plans and organizes various community projects in Odanak.
MARC-OLIVIER O'BOMSAWIN
MARC-OLIVIER O'BOMSAWINHOMEWORK ASSISTANT
Marc-Olivier oversees and supports students in achieving their homework.
SYLVIE MORIN
SYLVIE MORINHOMEWORK ASSISTANT
Sylvie oversees and supports students in achieving their homework.
KASSANDRA LEFEBVRE
KASSANDRA LEFEBVREHOMEWORK ASSISTANT
Kassandra oversees and supports students in achieving their homework.

MAINTENANCE

MICHEL BERNARD
MICHEL BERNARDHOUSEKEEPING
Michel provides housekeeping services in Wôlinak.