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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
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 Goodman
Glen's responsibilities include interacting with OFNTSC’s clients performing reviews, providing advice and reporting on a multitude of the OFNTSC’s Capital undertakings. 
Brian Staats
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
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 Anderson
Tracey was appointed as the Emergency Planning Coordinator of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation’s (OFNTSC) Emergency Planning Program in 2011.
Deneen Brigham
Deneen is located out of OFNTSC’s Thunder Bay office, primarily focusing on Solid Waste and Contaminated Site Projects.
Raymond Co
Raymond joins OFNTSC as an Environmental Scientist Intern and is currently an Environmental Science Master's student at the University of Toronto.
Chasity Cruz
Chasity has been working with Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation since 2015.
Dean Debassige
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 Dickson
Cassandra is focused on assisting in the day to day admin support that is required to deliver EMP program services. 
Clayton Favot
Clayton’s focus at OFNTSC pertains to First Nation housing and infrastructure within Northern Ontario.
Janet Galant
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 Gollat
Amy is currently working at OFNTSC in the engineering department as an engineer in training, mainly focusing on water and wastewater treatment systems.
Tricia Hamilton
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.
Drew Hill
Drew has extensive technical experience across a number of industries including mining, environmental, renewable energy, housing and energy conservation.
Corrie Hill
Corrie has served as the Executive Assistant for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) since May 2013.
Nathan Hill
As an Infrastructure Specialist Nate assists the OFNTSC in providing technical advisory to all First Nation communities in the province.
Brandi Hill
Since April 2019, Brandi Hill has held the position of Acting Finance Controller for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation.
Kristen Hill
Kristen Hill, from Six Nations of the Grand River, has been working in the Finance field for over 5 years.
Chelsey Johnson
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 Lickers
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 Martin
Kyle joined the Emergency Planning Team of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) in 2014.
Kanekaroroks McComber
Kanekaroroks McComber has been in the position of Administrative Support/Receptionist at OFNTSC since January 2019.
Charles Petahtegoose
Charles is an Infrastructure Specialist at OFNTSC and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.
Roopa Rakshit
Roopa Rakshit is an Environmental Scientist at Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC).
Mark Schell
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.
Pat Seguin
In 2000 Pat applied for a position with OFNTSC. Pat has been with the organization going on 19 years.
Stacy Smith
Stacy Smith, Cayuga Wolf, joined the team at OFNTSC in September 2019 in the position of Corporate Project Analyst.
Brandon Staats
Brandon Staats joined the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation project of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) in 2019.