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 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.