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.