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Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team is committed to serving First Nations across Ontario. Drawing upon our collective experience and diverse backgrounds, our leadership team works strategically to develop and deliver the best technical advisory services for our communities. Our passion is fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation across our organization, to set up our employees, and most importantly our First Nations, for success!

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Melanie Debassige

Executive Director

Melanie Debassige, MBA, ICD.D, member of the Anishinabek Nation, was appointed as the Executive Director of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) in February 2018.  Melanie is the first woman to be appointed in this role in the twenty-five-year history of the organization. She serves as a Director on the Mother Earth Renewable Energy Board that oversees the for-profit wind turbine corporation that is owned by M’Chigeeng First Nation.  

Melanie was appointed to the Ontario Clean Water Agency Board of Directors, in October 2013, where she serves as Chairperson of the mandated First Nations Committee.  In March 2018, she was appointed to the Board of Reconciliation Canada where she holds the position of Director/Treasure. She completed the Director’s Education Program at the Rotman School of Management and is a certified corporate director which complements her Master’s in Business Administration.  Melanie has been recognized by the Canadian Board Diversity Council in the Diversity 50 and she has recently undertaken the role as Strategic Advisor, Indigenous, to the National Energy Board of Canada.

Alisha Anderson has worked for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation in a number of positions over the past five years and is now Director of Corporate Finance and Administration
Glen's responsibilities include interacting with OFNTSC’s clients performing reviews, providing advice and reporting on a multitude of the OFNTSC’s Capital undertakings. 
As the Director of People, Strategy & Engagement Vikas is responsible for leading the people systems, workforce planning and the day to day human resource functions of OFNTSC.
As the Director of Operations Brian Staats’ 33-year career in senior management is comprised of extensive experience with Ontario’s First Nations technical portfolios.

Full-Time Employees

Stephanie Allen is the Senior Environmental Scientist with Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) with over 20 years experience working in the fields of environmental science.
Tracey was appointed as the Emergency Planning Coordinator of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation’s (OFNTSC) Emergency Planning Program in 2011.
Deneen is located out of OFNTSC’s Thunder Bay office, primarily focusing on Solid Waste and Contaminated Site Projects.
Marty is currently working for OFNTSC as a HUB Technician with a passion for teaching and using his skills to develop strong relationships with those he works with.
Raymond joins OFNTSC as an Environmental Scientist Intern and is currently an Environmental Science Master's student at the University of Toronto.
Chasity has been working with Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation since 2015.
Shayne Dale is a Water & Wastewater HUB Technician for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Dean Debassige is a member of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation and has recently completed the Operator in Training (OIT) program for water operators.
Cassandra is focused on assisting in the day to day admin support that is required to deliver the Emergency Management Planning program services. 
As Project Manager for OFNTSC, Darko thrives in his uniting clients with skilled trades personnel to ensure projects remain on schedule and on budget.
Clayton’s focus at OFNTSC pertains to First Nation housing and infrastructure within Northern Ontario.
Previous to his position as Water and Wastewater Process HUB Technician he was a CRTP trainer for OFNTSC from January 2008-2020.
A member of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, River completed Forestry and Environmental Technician diplomas and an undergraduate degree from the Honours Bachelor of Environmental Management
Janet is a member of Saugeen First Nation #29 and grew up in the city of London.  She joined the corporation in January 2020 bringing a wealth of experience working in First Nations communities.
Amy is currently working at OFNTSC in the engineering department as an engineer in training, mainly focusing on water and wastewater treatment systems.
Jackie Hall is an Omushkego Cree from the Fort Albany First Nation and has worked in the First Nation building and construction industry for 18 years. She is an Infrastructure Specialist with OFNTSC
Tricia Hamilton is the Senior Water/Wastewater Engineer at OFNTSC. Tricia is a licenced Professional Engineer (P. Eng) and has her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Since April 2019, Brandi Hill has held the position of Acting Finance Controller for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation.
Kristen Hill, from Six Nations of the Grand River, has been working in the Finance field for over 5 years.
Drew has extensive technical experience across a number of industries including mining, environmental, renewable energy, housing and energy conservation.
Corrie has served as the Executive Assistant for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) since May 2013.
As an Infrastructure Specialist Nate assists the OFNTSC in providing technical advisory to all First Nation communities in the province.
Chelsey Tyler Johnson has been in the position of Communications Manager with the OFNTSC since May 2019. She is a member of the Bear Clan of the Oneida Nation.
Elmer is Mohawk and a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. He has more than 30 years’ experience working directly with First Nations on capital facilities & asset management.
Kyle joined the Emergency Planning Team of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) in 2014.
Kanekaroroks McComber has been in the position of Administrative Support/Receptionist at OFNTSC since January 2019.
Driven by nature, Adam is keenly dedicated in his role as a HUB Technician.
Clarence has worked with the OFNTSC from the Thunder Bay office as an Infrastructure Specialist since 2003.
Paul Otis is a Water & Wastewater HUB Technician/Coordinator for OFNTSC
Charles is an Infrastructure Specialist at OFNTSC and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.
Mark Schell is a Bulk Fuel handler for OFNTSC. Mark holds four Technicians Licenses, (Automotive, Truck & Coach, Heavy Equipment, & PMH) and is working towards his 5th certification.
In 2000 Pat applied for a position with OFNTSC. Pat has been with the organization going on 19 years.
Stacy Smith, Cayuga Wolf, joined the team at OFNTSC in September 2019 in the position of Corporate Project Analyst.
Clyde is currently the Hub Manager at OFNTSC overseeing the HUB Pilot project. 
Brandon Staats joined the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation project of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) in 2019. 
Shakya joined OFNTSC in October 2020 as an Engineer-in-Training, supporting water, wastewater, and other engineering projects from the Brantford office.
Clynten King is the GIS Administrator for the OFNTSC. His background as an Environmental Technician adds tremendous value to our organization.