OFNTSC Head Office: 1-905-768-3399; Brantford: 226-493-0225; Thunder Bay: 807-623-9595


Alisha Anderson

Director of Corporate Finance and Administration

Alisha Anderson has worked for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation in a number of positions over the past five years. Though she started out in the emergency planning department, Alisha’s resourcefulness and ability to stay cool under pressure quickly earned her a promotion to Corporate Project Analyst before she assumed her current role as the Director of Corporate Finance and Administration just under a year ago.


With a strong background in finance, Alisha decided to utilize her skillset to give back to her community and has volunteered at various Six Nations organizations in different capacities. She sits on the board of Six Nations Natural Gas and the Six Nations Police Commission. Alisha is the President of Minor Ball in Six Nations and does scheduling for minor hockey.


Alisha’s commitment and contribution to her hometown has not gone unnoticed. In May 2016, Alisha was recognized as a Community Treasure by the Six Nations Elected Council.


Alisha currently lives in Six Nations with her husband and three children.


Email: [email protected]

Brandi Hill

Corporate Project Analyst

Since April 2019, Brandi Hill has held the position of Acting Finance Controller for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation.  Prior to this Brandi held the position of Corporate Project Analyst at OFNTSC.  Brandi’s attention to detail, organizational skills and teamwork assist her in effectively addressing the needs of the organization. She is driven to turn innovative ideas into reality and building on current processes and discover new strategies for improvement.


Brandi has spent the last 7.5 years of her career working in finance after getting her start as a Finance Clerk at Grand River Employment and Training. Before working at GREAT Brandi worked at the Ohsweken RBC branch for four years and took an Aboriginal Small Business Manager Course, made the dean’s list and won two scholarships.


Brandi enjoys dedicating her spare time to recreational sports and has previously coached her daughter’s softball teams and managed her son’s lacrosse teams. She continues to play competitive sports herself including volleyball and fastball and was recognized as the Most Valuable Player – Centerfielder for fastball at the Native Canadian Championships.


Brandi currently lives in Six Nations with her husband and three children.


Email: [email protected]

Brandon Staats

Emergency Planning Admin Support

Brandon Staats joined the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation project of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) in 2019.  Brandon has worked with Indigenous organizations at the local, provincial and national level for past 5+ years. Previously Brandon was working in the Emergency Planning program within the OFNTSC. Brandon has Emergency Management training from the Alabama Fire College, Federal Emergency Management Agency (U.S. based) and the Office of the Fire Marshall and Emergency Management.


Email: [email protected]

Brian Staats

Director of Operations

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 that include housing, infrastructure specialist, operations & maintenance, emergency planning, fire safety, engineering and technical administration services. He has worked with a large number of First Nations communities and organizations and he has provided guidance and oversight in these areas.


He is supported by his professional certifications. His responsibilities include interacting with all of the OFNTSC’s clients performing reviews, providing advice and reporting on a multitude of the OFNTSC’s Capital undertakings. Brian is a member of the Canadian Registered Safety Professional and the Associations of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals and is active voting member of the National Fire Protection Association. As a member of The Six Nations of the Grand River he continues to practice his cultural tradition as an executive member of the Junior A Lacrosse Association and is passionate about educating mentoring First Nation youth in science and technology.


Email: [email protected]

Chasity Cruz (Toulouse)

Infrastructure Specialist

Chasity Cruz is an Ojibway kwe and proud member of Sagamok Anishnawbek.  Chasity is a devoted wife and mother to her family.  She studied Interior Design, Architectural Technology and Construction Engineering Technology.  Following her father’s footsteps Chasity graduated from George Brown College, Architectural Technician program then continued her professional development at Guelph University to study with the Ontario Good Roads Association.  Chasity obtained certificates with the Heating & Refrigeration Association Institute, Ontario Building Code Association and The Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.  Chasity has been working in the industry for 17 years as a Field Technologist and Infrastructure Specialist.  Chasity has been working with Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation since 2015.


Email: ctoulouse@ofntsc.org

Chelsey Johnson

Communications Manager

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. Growing up in Six Nations of the Grand River, Chelsey was able to develop a strong connection with her people and her Haudenosaunee culture. As a result she has dedicated much of her life to improving education outcomes for Indigenous youth; whether through her volunteer work on the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council (2014-2015), or her career work at Six Nations Polytechnic (2015-2019). Chelsey believes that education is the key to a successful future, not only for Indigenous youth, but for all Canadians.


Her connection to her culture and interest in education led Chelsey to write a Major Research Paper titled “Empathic Traditions: How Indigenous Knowledge and New Media can Save the Earth,” in which she explored the myriad Indigenous cultures that demonstrate a unique way of relating to the natural world and how these relationships can help society shift their perspective when it comes to interacting with Mother Earth. Chelsey is passionate about protecting and preserving the environment and has been active in her home community advocating for more sustainable practices.


Chelsey completed both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at McMaster University. She holds a Master’s in Communications and New Media, as well as a Combined Honours BA in Communications and Theatre & Film. As such she has always been a proud supporter of the arts and was raised in a very musical and artistic household. Chelsey took vocal, drum, and piano lessons throughout her youth and has been an avid listener of jazz music long before she was able to program the jazz station into her car at the age of 16. Chelsey also grew up taking dance classes and has over ten years of combined experience in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, ballroom, and latin dance styles.


Chelsey also serves on the Board of Directors for Plenty Canada and the TD Niagara Jazz Festival.


Email: [email protected]

Corrie Hill

Executive Assistant

Corrie Hill is a member of the Mohawk Nation, Bear Clan, from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She serves as  the Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC). She re-joined the OFNTSC in February 2019 following a previous tenure from May 2013 – August 2018.


Corrie has assisted in the management and execution for all types of events on behalf of the OFNTSC, such as TechNations (previously known as the OFNTSC Annual Conference & Tradeshow), All Tribal Council meetings and the 2014, 2016 & 2018 First Nations Water Symposiums.


Corrie received her degree in the Office Administrative Executive program from Fanshawe College as well as her Certification in Event Management from Niagara College. Keeping in line with her passion for events Corrie also volunteers her time with Team Kelsey, a family-led organization that raises funds for Childhood Cancer. Corrie also spends her spare time as a lifestyle and wedding photographer.


Email: [email protected]

Elmer Lickers

Sr. Operation & Maintenance Advisor

Elmer is Mohawk and 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. He joined the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) in 1995, with the role of providing advisory services on First Nations Capital and Operation & Maintenance Programs.

Using standard risk assessment methodologies, Elmer is currently spearheading the development of a First Nations Climate Change Risk Assessment – Asset Management tool designed to assess the vulnerability and impacts of First Nations community infrastructure to extreme weather events. The tool also includes Asset Management processes and best practices designed to make informed decisions on improving the performance of their First Nations infrastructure.

Elmer recognizes that having effective tools, along with streamlined processes, are necessary requirements to successfully plan, build, operate, maintain and replace community infrastructure.

Email: [email protected]

Drew Hill

Engineering Project Manager

Drew is a Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) from the turtle clan.  He was raised in a traditional family from the Six Nations of the Grand River and finds his voice within the Iroquois Confederacy through the Hiawatha Belt held by his clan.  Drew has extensive technical experience across a number of industries including mining, environmental, renewable energy, housing and energy conservation.  He has been owner operator for an engineering firm that specialized in providing technical services to First Nation communities throughout Canada for over 15 years. 

Drew brings 25 years of experience working on large and small projects from as far away as Peru, South America to Canada’s arctic.  He is a strong advocate for First Nation independence and autonomy. As Project Manager for First Nation projects Drew has a people first approach, understanding completed projects will serve Native communities and stand as points of pride for people from those communities. Drew is married to Carla Robinson and they have three children.  He participates in traditional hunts with the Haudenosaunee. He enjoys bow hunting as part of the traditional Haudenosaunee hunt, fishing in northern B.C. with his in-laws, collecting maple syrup and raising honeybees on Six Nations. 

Email: [email protected]

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. Janet graduated from Fanshawe College’s Architectural Technology program in 2002.  She spent 5 years working in an engineering office in London before leaving for Southern First Nations Secretariat.  This is where Janet found her passion to provide support to the communities wherever she could.  She has provided support to the housing departments and worked as the Public Works Director in Chippewas of the Thames First Nation.  Janet also brings with her Project Management skills gained while at working at Bruce Power. 

Kanekaroroks McComber

Operations Administrative Assistant

Kanekaroroks McComber has been in the position of Administrative Support/Receptionist at OFNTSC since January 2019. She has previously attended Norwich University in Vermont and Morrisville State College in New York State. Kaka (pronounced Ga-ga) is originally from Kahnawake, Quebec and now resides in Six Nations with her partner and their daughter.


Kaka has a passion for sports and played four years of NCAA hockey. Her current hobbies include staying active by playing hockey, kayaking, hiking and doing projects around the house such as gardening and landscaping.


Kanekaroroks enjoys volunteering and has coached the Six Nations Atom Girls at Little NHL, volunteered at Sophie’s Skate A Thon Cancer Treatment Fundraiser, the Special Olympics, Kateri Memorial Hospital Center, and the South Dakota Sundance Culinary Academy. She has also volunteered at numerous food drives and cancer fundraisers.


Dependable, hardworking, reliable and resourceful, Kaka has proved herself to be an asset to the OFNTSC and looks forward to growing her skills and education with the organization. 


Email: [email protected]

Kristen Hill

Kristen Hill, from Six Nations of the Grand River, has been working in the Finance field for over 5 years.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Western Ontario.  Kristen is currently finishing an Accounting Diploma from McMaster University.  She hopes to someday become a Certified Professional Accountant.  

Email: [email protected]

Lorri Bova


Lorri Bova works in the Water & Wastewater Engineering department for OFNTSC. She has also worked for the Six Nations of the Grand River Public Works department as their Technical Services Engineer where she held a variety of responsibilities such as contract administration, waterline extension, wastewater system upgrades, mechanical system rehabilitation, and building renovations. Prior to that Lorri was the Water & Wastewater Infrastructure manager for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne where she managed the drinking water and wastewater systems. Lori has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering and an Ontario Professional Engineering license, as well as a Class 4 drinking water treatment certification and Class 2 wastewater treatment license.


Email: [email protected]

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.


Email: [email protected]

Nathan Hill

Infrastructure Specialist

Nathan is Mohawk, Wolf clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. He re-joined the OFNTSC in July 2017 following a previous tenure from May 2010 – April 2015. During this time he has been employed as a Summer Student, Infrastructure Specialist Intern and an Infrastructure Specialist.


As an Infrastructure Specialist he assists the OFNTSC in providing technical advisory to all First Nation communities in the province. He conducts various types of building inspections on residential dwelling units as well as other small buildings. He also assists communities with reporting requirements as well as working with other departments within the OFNTSC on various infrastructure projects throughout the First Nation communities.


Nathan obtained a Construction Engineering Technician college diploma from Mohawk College in 2011. Nathan is a Certified Building Code Official from the Ontario Building Officials Association since 2018. Nathan is a SITE basic inspector from the Wood Energy Technology Transfer since 2015. In his spare time he operates a small woodworking business, “Knotty Nate’s Woodworking”, which was started in 2004 as a summer business.


Email: [email protected]

Stacy Smith
Stacy Smith, Cayuga Wolf, joined the team at OFNTSC in September 2019 in the position of Corporate Project Analyst. Prior to coming to OFNTSC, Stacy worked at Grand River Employment and Training for three years; first as a Programs and Services Officer then as a Team Leader. 
Stacy has an Executive Office Administration Diploma from the Toronto School of Business and has previously graduated from the Health, Wellness and Fitness program at Mohawk College. In the future Stacy plans on pursuing her diploma in Business Administration. 
In her free time Stacy enjoys playing lacrosse for the Grand River Attack in Six Nations. She has been playing Lacrosse for the past 20 years and this year won the Most Valuable Player award for Ontario Women’s Box Lacrosse.
Stephanie Allen

Sr. Environmental Scientist

Stephanie Allen is an Environmental Scientist with Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) with over 20 years experience working in the fields of environmental science and community development. She has worked for a number of First Nations organizations including the Sagamok Anishnawbek, North Shore Tribal Council, Chiefs of Ontario, and Assembly First Nations prior to her 11+ years with OFNTSC. She has also worked for the federal and provincial governments in science/technical positions (INAC, National Defense, OMNR), as well as ENGOs (CIER, Long Point Bird Observatory).


A graduate of Trent University, Stephanie has been published in the Environmental Biology of Fishes based on her research on the early life history of brook charr. She also was a contributing researcher for a Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency paper on Meaningful Involvement of Aboriginal Peoples in Environmental Assessment (CIER 2009); researcher/writer for a Consulting with the Crown: a Guide for First Nations (CIER 2007) and a project on First Nations Environmental Law (CIER 2008).


In her work at OFNTSC, Stephanie works directly with First Nations and Tribal Councils on environment-related infrastructure projects including landfills and contaminated sites, and the environmental protection aspect of other infrastructure projects including environmental assessment, environmental site assessment, source water protection, and regulatory compliance. She has designed and delivered multi-day professional training courses for Ontario First Nations on Landfill Operations and Maintenance, and more recently Source Water Protection. She has also presented at numerous professional conferences related to environmental assessments; solid waste management and landfills; source water protection; environmental regulations; and other related topics.


Stephanie currently sits on the National Advisory Committee on Solid Waste (ISC), the Indigenous Centre of Expertise for Cumulative Effects Assessment and Management Roundtable (CIRNAC), and coordinates the Ontario Regional Tribal Council Solid Waste Working Group. In her work, she is mindful of the need be grounded by Indigenous Knowledge and firmly believes that IK is critical to informing how a problem is conceptualized and how solutions are realized – even projects that are reliant on western technocratic approaches, such as infrastructure development. Stephanie is Kanyen’keha:ka (Mohawk) from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. 


Email: [email protected]

Thomas Northardt

Lead Infrastructure Specialist

Thomas Northardt is a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne Territory, Wolf clan and proud to be Haudenosaunee.  He is married and has one son, now in college, and a stepdaughter.


Mr. Northardt graduated from Confederation College with a Business Administration diploma in 1990. He has enjoyed working to serve his people since starting his career in 1991.  He worked for Assembly of First Nations with the Effect on Aboriginals in the Great Lakes Environment (E.A.G.L.E. Project).  Tom’s experience was bolstered by his community work with Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte as the Director of Community Infrastructure.  This experience taught him to listen to his elders, traditional faith keepers and community members at large with the goal to strive to do the best for our people. 


Mr. Northardt joined the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation in August 1999 as Infrastructure Specialist.  He has several certificates in the residential construction and Ontario Building Official field.  His duties have afforded him the opportunity to help many of our First Nations members develop solutions and meet the ever growing need to build better lives on our First Nation territories.


Tom’s personal interests include golf, sports of all kinds including lacrosse, boating, horticulture and renovation projects when time permits.  He also enjoys reading and expanding his personal growth through knowledge.


Email: [email protected]

Tricia Hamilton

Sr. Engineer

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. Tricia is on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Public Works Association, is the co-chair of the American Public Works Association Public Works Project of the Year Committee and is a member of the OWWA Small Systems Committee.  Tricia has 12 years experience in water and wastewater engineering, including as a designer on a $20 million water treatment plant upgrade.  Tricia is a coordinator and project team member for projects on over 12 First Nation communities and has visited more than 25 First Nations.

Email: [email protected]


Amy Gollat

Bio coming soon

Charles Petahtegoose

Infrastructure Specialist

Charles is an Infrastructure Specialist at OFNTSC and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. Charles is a graduate from Cambrian College in the Civil Engineering Technician program. Charles also attained a certificate in Basic, Intermediate and Advanced Carpentry, completing his Carpentry Apprenticeship, as well as General Arts, Skills Training graduate from Cambrian College.


He brings with him considerable experience working in the Housing Industry in different capacities, including his own community in the role as Housing Coordinator. He also has extensive knowledge of construction practices and techniques in new construction and in construction renovations. Charles has also accumulated extensive Building Code Training certifications. He has also been trained as a trainer delivering numerous Housing related courses. This and his extensive knowledge make him a great asset to the organization.


Email: [email protected]

Clarence Meekis

Clarence Meekis is Oji-Cree from Deer Lake First Nation, a remote access northern Ontario community.


Clarence has worked with the OFNTSC from the Thunder Bay office as an Infrastructure Specialist since 2003. Much of Clarence’s work focuses on First Nations housing and community infrastructure with all aspects of government funded housing programs and First Nation’s funded housing and infrastructure activities. Clarence has also worked with First Nations across Canada in most provinces.


Clarence has the professional designation ‘Building Code Qualified’ with the Ontario Building Officials Association; he has also received training in the National Building Code of Canada, the National Fire Code and the National Plumbing Code; he is also WETT certified and certified with several HRAI designations. Clarence has been trained in Natural Resources Canada programs including R2000 Inspector, Energuide for New Homes Energy Advisor, and EnergySTAR Builder/ Advisor. He also has two designations in the WSIB certification program. Clarence has several project management training program certificates along with many other industry related training program certificates.


Clarence is a graduate of the Civil Engineering Technology program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay and also serves on the Program Advisory Committee for Civil Engineering at the College. He lives in Thunder Bay with his wife Karyn and they have a daughter in high school and two sons in college.


Clarence was raised in the north, living off the land through hunting and trapping and fishing. Clarence also volunteers as board chair on the board of directors for three organizations and has coached competitive and recreational youth hockey since 2005.

Clayton Favot

Infrastructure Specialist

Clayton Favot is an Architectural Technologist originally from Sioux Lookout, a northern Ontario community.  Clayton currently works as an Infrastructure Specialist at Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC), working out of the Thunder Bay office, since September of 2018.  He attended Confederation College in Thunder Bay and graduated from the 3-year program with a diploma in Architectural Design and Technology in 1998.  Since that time, he has gained over 20 years of commercial and residential design experience working at Architectural and Engineering firms throughout the region.  Clayton’s focus at OFNTSC pertains to First Nation housing and infrastructure within Northern Ontario.  He provides technical advice as well as assisting the communities with all aspects of government funded housing and infrastructure programs including Building Code Compliance.


Email: [email protected]

Deneen Brigham

H.BSc. Environmental Scientist

Deneen graduated from Trent University with an Honours Bachelor of Science, joint major in Biology and Environmental Resource Science in 1991.  She has over 25 years of experience working in the environmental field both professionally and as a volunteer.  Since graduating, she has worked for both the Ojibway 1850 Treaty Council and OFNTSC on more than one occasion.  Deneen was first employed by the Ojibway 1850 Treaty Council in the early 90’s as a Government Advisor and as a Project Coordinator on an environmental impact assessment study involving Ontario Hydro and First Nation Communities in Northwestern, Ontario. 

Deneen has previously worked as a Biologist/Technical Writer and as an Environmental Researcher with Environment Canada and the Ministry of Environment.  Deneen rejoined OFNTSC in 2008, after working as an Environmental Consultant for 8 years, where she was responsible for Project Management on a variety of projects including: contaminated site assessment and remediation, landfill site planning, groundwater and surface water investigations and aquatic baseline studies. Deneen is located out of OFNTSC’s Thunder Bay office, primarily focusing on Solid Waste and Contaminated Site Projects.

Email: [email protected]

Glen Goodman

Director of Engineering and Infrastructure Services

As the Director of Engineering & Infrastructure Services Glen Goodman’s 32-year career in senior management is comprised of extensive experience with Ontario’s First Nations leading portfolios in the fields of administration, engineering and technical services. For a wide variety of Indigenous communities and organizations he has provided guidance, oversight and training in the areas of water and wastewater, housing and infrastructure, project management and preventative maintenance supported by his professional certifications. His responsibilities include interacting with OFNTSC’s clients performing reviews, providing advice and reporting on a multitude of the OFNTSC’s Capital undertakings.


Glen is a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Ontario Water Works Association, American Water Works Association, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air-Conditioning Engineers, the Ontario Building Officials Association & the Canadian Water & Wastewater Association. As a member of Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishanaabek First Nation, he continues to practice his family’s traditions actively trapping, fishing & hunting and is passionate about educating First Nations’ youth and protecting our natural environment.


Email: [email protected]

Grace Martineau

Housing Advisor

Grace Martineau is the Housing Advisor at Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation who works with Tribal Councils, Large First Nations and Unaffiliated First Nations throughout Ontario and strives to assist First Nations in being self-determining and self sufficient in housing. Grace provides advice and analysis on housing programs, policies, training opportunities, funding proposals and housing management and administration; coordinates and delivers building code and other technical courses; offers research & development; and liaises with federal agencies and other organizations to establish relationships and create opportunities.


Affecting policy and programs at national and regional levels is an important aspect of Grace’s job in ensuring First Nations perspectives are respected. Grace participates as a technical advisor to the Assembly of First Nations Chief’s Committee on Housing and Infrastructure on their Technical Working Group and provides technical advice to the Chiefs of Ontario Steering Committee on Housing. Grace holds an MBA, an honours degree in Political Science as well as an Architectural Design diploma. Grace has over 25 years experience combined in the architectural industry and housing management and administration arenas and has served on the volunteer Board of Directors for St. Joseph’s Care Group in Thunder Bay. Grace is member of Frog Lake First Nation and proudly serves OFNTSC in delivering professional, housing services to member First Nations.


Email: [email protected]

Mark Schell

Bulk Fuel Trainer

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. Before joining OFNTSC Mark traveled across Ontario’s remote north as a Technician for the Ministry of Transportation’s remote airports. Mark has been a proprietor of 3 businesses and currently owns and operates a mom & pop convenience store with his best friend/wife. He enjoys fishing and relaxing in the outdoors, when the mosquitoes are not feasting on him.


Email: [email protected]

Pat Seguin

Reception/Administrative Support

Coming from a large family, Pat was introduced to the working community at the young age of 14 to help out with expenses at home. For years she did anything she could to work such as waitressing, delivering newspapers, cleaning houses, planting and pulling trees, cleaning fish, and finally started a janitorial cleaning business with her sister.


After a few years, her sister was unable to continue and they decided to give up their company. However, since Pat had only completed grade seven the only work she could find were jobs that only paid minimum wage with long hours and weekend work. With two boys to raise on her own she decided to return to school. In 1995 Pat enrolled in the Adult Education classes at Confederation College. After completing high school courses she then enrolled in the three-year Aboriginal Business Management Program earning a diploma and the Dean’s Medal of Honour.


In 2000 Pat applied for a position with OFNTSC. OFNTSC gave her a chance to prove herself and has given her an abundance of experience. Pat has been with the organization going on 19 years.


Email: [email protected]

Roopa Rakshit
Roopa Rakshit is an Environmental Scientist at Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC).
She is member of the Environment team and is working on solid waste management. She is presently developing training materials on household wastes and transfer stations.
She also 
engages with communities in understanding their energy plans and in supporting them to achieve local, sustainable energy solutions, in identifying and accessing energy funding, in prioritizing implementation projects, in building their capacities, and in developing communication and outreach tools on energy efficiency and conservation. 
Tracey John

CRTP Logistics Coordinator

Tracey is a member of Red Rock First Nation. She is a trained Legal Administrative Assistant and has been with OFNTSC full time since 1999. Tracey has worked with Infrastructure Specialists for 18 years as well as Thunder Bay Services Centre staff. Tracey moved to the Circuit Rider Training Program in 2017 to provide delivery assistance to the CRTP Coordinator and Trainers.


Email: [email protected]


Kyle Martin

Emergency Planning Maintenance Officer

Field Officer, Emergency Planning – Kyle joined the Emergency Planning Team of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) in 2014.  Kyle has worked with Indigenous organizations at the local, provincial and national level for past 10+ years. Kyle has Emergency Management training from the Justice Institute of BC, Alabama Fire College, Lakeland College, FEMA and OFMEM.


Email: [email protected]

Tracey Anderson

Emergency Planning Coordinator

Tracey was appointed as the Emergency Planning Coordinator of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation’s (OFNTSC) Emergency Planning Program in 2011. Tracey has worked with Indigenous organizations at the local, provincial and national level for the past 25+ years in Health, Education and Emergency Management. Tracey has Emergency Management training from the Justice Institute of BC, Algonquin College, Lakeland College, FEMA and OFMEM.


Email: [email protected]

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