OUR TEAM

ROLES OF OUR TEAM

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DENYS BERNARD

EXECUTIVE 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.
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NIKITA ZEWSKI

EXECUTIVE 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.
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MÉLANIE DALLAIRE

DIRECTOR 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.
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DIANE M’SADOQUES

ASSISTANT 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.
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JULIE CASAUBON, CPA

ACCOUNTANT
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ÉMILIE LEFEBVRE

SECRETARY/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.
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JOANIE RANCOURT

COMMUNICATIONS 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.
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STÉPHANE LECOURS AUBIN

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Stéphane contributes to the economic development of the Abenaki communities of Odanak and Wôlinak. His main role includes informing, advising, assisting and providing expertise on economic issues for the start-up, acquisition, expansion and recovery phases for various businesses. He is also responsible for identifying community and private sector enterprise needs and problems and providing them with the necessary support. While seeking out economic partners, he participates in identifying new business opportunities and developing economic development strategies.
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JEAN-SÉBASTIEN CHAREST

IT DIRECTOR
Jean-Sébastien is in charge of various information technologies.
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HELEN WATSO

SOCIO-ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE OFFICER

TECHNICAL SERVICES

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MARIO DIAMOND

TECHNICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR
Mario has extensive experience and knowledge in the field of civil engineering. Having worked with the GCNWA since 2009, he supervises, manages and administers the technical services department in both civil engineering and construction in general.
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LOUIS JUTRAS, ENG.

COORDINATOR - ENGINEERING
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.
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BENOIT GIGUÈRE, ENG. JR.

JUNIOR 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.
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JEAN DUMONT

ESTIMATOR - SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Jean has extensive experience in Project Management, Estimating and teaching Building Technology. Thanks to his range of skills, he now has nearly 20 years of specialized experience. Passionate about energy efficiency and the laws surrounding buildings, he knows a lot about building standards and codes. As an Estimator - Senior Project Manager, Jean performs inspections, estimates and project management within the Technical Services Department.
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MAXIME DIAMOND

COORDINATOR - HOUSING
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.
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GENEVIÈVE VEILLEUX

ARCHITECTURAL TECHNICIAN
Geneviève graduated with a DEC in Architecture Technology in 2008 and works since 2009 for 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.
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MARILYNE RAPOSO

ARCHITECTURAL 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.
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ALEXANDRE LAROUCHE

CIVIL 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.
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CYRILLE CANTIN

TECHNICIAN IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
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NICOLAS MARINEAU

TECHNICIAN IN CIVIL ENGINEERING
Nicolas holds a College Diploma in Civil Engineering from the Cégep de Trois-Rivières and a Certificate in Environmental Studies from the Université de Sherbrooke. During his career, he has developed an expertise in materials control and soil decontamination. He also has a good knowledge of drawing and surveying.
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DANIEL SIROIS

BUILDING 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.
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PAUL-ÉMILE AUGER

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT PREVENTION OFFICER
Paul-Émile Auger is the Emergency Management Prevention Officer for GCNWA's participation in the Emergency Management Assistance Program of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). One of the objectives of the Emergency Management Assistance Program is to improve the preparedness of nine First Nations communities for local risks.
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INTERN

VACANT POSITION

NDAKINA OFFICE

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SUZIE O'BOMSAWIN

DIRECTOR OF THE NDAKINA 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.
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HUGO MAILHOT COUTURE

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Reporting to the Director of the Ndakina 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.
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YVON POIRIER

LAND 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.
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JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROVENCHER

PROJECT OFFICER
As part of the activities of the Ndakina Office, Jean-François prepares responses to consultations, notably by analyzing the various projects on the Ndakina 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.
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DAVID BERNARD

INVESTIGATION/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.
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HADRIEN BOIS

GEOMATICIAN
Hadrien is responsible for everything related to geomatics at the Ndakina Office. He collects geospatial data, analyzes, interprets and transforms them to support the Ndakina 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.
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GENEVIÈVE TREYVAUD

ARCHAEOLOGIST
As part of the Ndakina 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 Ndakina 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.
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JEAN-NICOLAS PLOURDE

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Specializing in indigenous mobility logics in the Northeastern North America, Jean-Nicolas acquired extensive knowledge about the territory occupation by the Eastern Algonquians during the pre-Contact and historical periods. Jean-Nicolas brings his expertise to the Ndakina Office by assisting the Research Agents and the Archaeologist in their respective mandates. In particular, he conducts literature reviews on various historical and archaeological topics and contributes to the writing of articles, reports and various policies.
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EDGAR BLANCHET

RESEARCH AGENT
As part of the Ndakina Office's research activities related to territory and traditional knowledge, including, but not limited to, data collection from members of the Nation according to protocols developed by the Office and the processing and analysis of research data.
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SAMUEL DUFOUR

BIOLOGIST
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).
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VANESSA CASTONGUAY- FORTIN

BIOLOGIST
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

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MICHEL THIBEAULT

SOCIAL 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.
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LAURE TARDIF

FRONT-LINE SERVICES COORDINATOR
Laure is responsible for training, service development and the DYP agreement and must ensure that services meet the needs of families in the community. She ensures consistency in front-line services. She also works with partners to ensure that consultation develops. Laure links clinical needs, community needs and the services that must be associated with them. She has a decision-making role in confirming the offer of services. She is also a youth protection respondent.
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VALÉRIE LAFORCE

NIONA COORDINATOR
Valérie oversees the operations of the Niona Project and interacts with the Niona program worker to ensure a place for young people who need an environment where they can practice their skills.
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JENNY M'SADOQUES BENOIT

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT FOR SOCIAL SERVICES
Jenny supports the management and the entire team in administrative actions.
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MARIE-JOSÉE BOISVERT

CLINICAL COORDINATOR
Marie-Josée guides the workers in their actions, ensures that appropriate practices are applied and assigns files to the social workers.
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MARC FAUTEUX

CLINICAL COORDINATOR
Marc guides the workers in their actions, ensures that appropriate practices are applied and assigns files to the social workers.
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AUDREY TRUDEL

COMMUNITY WORKER - INDIVIDUAL FOLLOW-UP
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.
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KIM O'BOMSAWIN

COMMUNITY WORKER
Kim 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.
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KARINE AYOTTE

INTERVENER - INDIVIDUAL FOLLOW-UP
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ROSALIE L. CAPISTRAN

COMMUNITY WORKER
Rosalie 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.
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MATHIEU LAFORCE

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER -WÔLINAK
Mathieu acts to develop and support the Wôlinak community in its community actions.
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STÉFANIE O'BOMSAWIN GAUTHIER

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER - ODANAK
Stéfanie acts to develop and support the community of Odanak in community actions.
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MEGAN HÉBERT-LEFEBVRE

YOUTH CULTURAL OFFICER
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MARC-OLIVIER O'BOMSAWIN

IN CHARGE OF "ESPACE JEUNESSE" - ODANAK
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KASSANDRA LEFEBVRE

RESPONSIBLE FOR HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE - WÔLINAK
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CAROLINE CARDIN

COMMUNITY KITCHEN COORDINATOR - ODANAK
Caroline is in charge of the community kitchen in Odanak.

HOME SUPPORT

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NADIA GILL

DIRECTOR OF HOME SUPPORT SERVICES
Nadia manages the various services offered by home support, including independent living, personal hygiene care, dressing assistance and home respite services.
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CÉLINE MARCHESSAULT

BENEFICIARY ATTENDANT
Celine is responsible for providing the necessary care to people in need, as part of the home support service (providing them with assistance during hygiene care or doing so for them if they are unable to do so, helping them eat, etc.) She must also collaborate with the recipient's intervention plan and provide some basic care to these people.
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PATRICIA RENÉ

BENEFICIARY ATTENDANT
Patricia is responsible for providing the necessary care to people in need, as part of the home support service (providing them with assistance during hygiene care or doing so for them if they are unable to do so, helping them eat, etc.) She must also collaborate with the recipient's intervention plan and provide some basic care to these people.
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MARIE-PIER VERVILLE

BENEFICIARY ATTENDANT
Marie-Pier is responsible for providing the necessary care to people in need, as part of the home support service (providing them with assistance during hygiene care or doing so for them if they are unable to do so, helping them eat, etc.) She must also collaborate with the recipient's intervention plan and provide some basic care to these people.
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STEVEN WILLIAMS

FAMILY AID
Family carers perform various common household tasks (laundry, personal hygiene, meals, cleaning, moving people, etc.) with people who are losing their independence (elderly, disabled, sick). They also ensure a presence for the comfort and safety of the beneficiaries.
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SYLVIE ALLY

FAMILY AID
Family carers perform various common household tasks (laundry, personal hygiene, meals, cleaning, moving people, etc.) with people who are losing their independence (elderly, disabled, sick). They also ensure a presence for the comfort and safety of the beneficiaries.

HOME MAINTENANCE

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MICHEL BERNARD

HOUSEHOLD MAINTENANCE
Michel is in charge of housekeeping in Wôlinak.