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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.

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

Tracey was appointed as the Emergency Planning Coordinator of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation’s (OFNTSC) Emergency Planning Program in 2011.
Dennis Big George is currently a Circuit Rider Trainer with the OFNTSC
Deneen is OFNTSC's Senior Environmental Scientist, located out of our Thunder Bay Office
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 the Asset Management Advisor for the OFNTSC. He works closely to support the Operation & Maintenance program activities for First Nations infrastructure assets.
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.
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.
Ray Hanstead is a Circuit Rider Trainer with the OFNTSC
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.
Lucas Hill is the Digital Marketing Specialist for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
As the Fire Safety Coordinator/Infrastructure Specialist, Nathan assists the OFNTSC in providing technical advisory to all First Nation communities in the province.
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.
Tracey John is the CRTP Coordinator out of the Thunder Bay Office and has been with OFNTSC for over 25 years
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.
Mohammed N. Karim, M. Eng, P. Eng., is CRTP Training Consultant and brings over 35 years of plant operation experience from municipalities and First Nations to his work with OFNTSC.
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.
Gerald started working as a trainer in 2017 and has been in the water industry since 2004, and currently holds a level 2 Water Treatment License.
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.
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 is currently in the role of Acting Field Officer with the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC). 
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.