UPDATE – March 6, 2019: The OFNTSC is providing an update on the passing of Rob Olivier. It was Rob’s wish to have a small, private funeral service for his immediate family only. In lieu of a public service and flowers, it was Rob’s final wish to have money sent to the OFNTSC to support First Nation educational attainment. In that regard, the OFNTSC will be creating a Rob Olivier Memorial Scholarship Fund which will be used to support Ontario First Nation students. All wishing to make a donation to this worthwhile cause can e-transfer money to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail (via cheque) to OFNTSC, 111 Peter St., Suite 606, Toronto, ON M5V 2H1. Should you have any questions please feel free to contact Colin French, Communications Officer, 416 651 1443 ext. 245.
Statement on the passing of OFNTSC Engineer Rob Olivier
February 27, 2019 – Niagara Falls, ON: It is with great sadness that the OFNTSC is announcing the passing of an Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation employee Rob Olivier, P.Eng.. Rob was a beloved friend, colleague and employee of the OFNTSC for many years. Rob’s work touched many communities and lives of the communities we serve, through the OFNTSC.
“On behalf of our Board and staff at the OFNTSC, we would like to express our most sincere condolences to the Olivier family and his spouse for the pain they are feeling. Rob was a respected engineer at the First Nation, Tribal Council and national level. During his career Rob worked for the OFNTSC, Southern First Nations Secretariat, Public Works Canada/Indian Northern Affairs Canada and provided project management work in South Africa. As Executive Director of the OFNTSC my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.” said Melanie Debassige, Executive Director of the OFNTSC.
At this time the OFNTSC is requesting all that knew him, to please allow time for his family to grieve in private. Once details of his services are shared the OFNTSC, we will share those details with the communities and individuals he worked with. As a result of his passing the OFNTSC will be closing its offices tomorrow in remembrance of Rob. We will be re-opening on Friday.
Journey well to the spirit world our friend, and colleague.