William (Bill) Hutchison was born and raised in Dryden, Ontario. In his family’s heavy equipment construction company, Bill learned and implemented the mechanical, operational, engineering and accounting sides of the business. When Bill was 40, he became a Civil Engineer at the Northern College, South Timmons Campus. Bill proceeded to work for Keewaytinook Okimakanak (Northern Chiefs Council) Public Works, where he started as Project Technologist, became Assistant Manager and is currently Manager of the department. Keewatinook Okimakanak Public Works department provides technical advice on the infrastructure of its six northern remote access Communities. In his free time, Bill enjoys working in the garage with his children, hunting, fishing, repairing vehicles and mechanical fabricating. He also enjoys working with the community members and values the friendships that have been created while working for this organization.
In my term as an employee at Keewaytinook Okimakanak I have been a Project Technologist, Assistant Manager then the Manager of the public works department, as well as, Interim Executive Director.
Keewaytinook Okimakanak (K.O.) also known as Northern Chiefs Council is directed by 6 Northern Remote communities consisting of Deer lake, Poplar Hill, Keewaywin, Fort Severn, North Spirit Lake and Mc Dowell Lake first Nations.
The K.O. member communities are only accessible by year round flight services with northern airports or the winter road, with the exception of Mc Dowell Lake First Nation which is only accessible by summer float plane and winter road.
My role as the Public Works Manager, is to advise and assist the member communities with all of their infrastructure needs, including but not limited to: Diesel Generating System (D.G.S.) for electrical power, water and waste water treatment and distribution systems, roads, housing and buildings including schools, nursing stations etc…, as well as, suppling water training to any first nation communities and local municipalities that request our services at our Center of Excellence water training facility. I have also been a Director on the OFNTSC Board for the past several years.
In my roles with K.O. and OFNTSC I have been blessed to have worked with excellent staff, Chiefs and Councils, Community Members, funders, as well as, colleagues from OFNTSC and other Tribal Councils.