Mr. Buckell has gained valuable and direct experience in community operations and maintenance of water treatment and waste management over the course of his career, including experience working with Water Advisory groups. He has also developed strong management skills in relation to governance, team leadership, and cultural awareness and traditions. Mr. Buckell is a citizen of Michipicoten First Nation.
Mr. Buckell has over 12 years of experience working with Michipicoten First Nation, working for the last 8 years as the Public Works Administrator and previously as its Water Treatment Plant Operator. In his current role, he oversees 10 staff and is responsible for waste management, security, the environment, asset management, infrastructure, operations and maintenance, housing, and emergency preparedness. He is a Level 2 Water Treatment Operator and has maintained mandatory training and courses for his Water Plant Operator License. Previously, Mr. Buckell worked for Weyerhauser Company (formerly MacMillian Bloedel) and the Ministry of Natural Resources in various resource management capacities. Over the course of his career, he has developed a strong working knowledge of water and wastewater issues and challenges, and has developed strong problem-solving skills.
Mr. Buckell has developed a strong understanding of board governance. He currently serves as Chair of the Board for Ontario Provincial Police - North East Superior Region and also sits on various Michipicoten First Nation committees. Mr. Buckell is a Past Board Member of the Children Aid Society of Algoma and served on the Finance Committee and Executive Board for OFNTSC on a 1-year term in 2014.
I am proud and grateful to be working as a Board Member for OFNTSC. I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead of us.