Ms. Comegan (FCPA, FCGA) is a proven leader who is passionate about contributing to the growth and financial success of First Nation communities and Indigenous organizations, including the opportunity to help them build their administrative and financial capacities. She is a qualified and dedicated management and accounting professional who holds both her Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA), (FCGA) Certified General Accountant and Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) designations. In November 2020, CPA Ontario awarded Ms. Comegan a Fellow distinction, the profession’s highest distinction bestowed on members who have rendered exceptional service to the profession and in their communities. Ms. Comegan is a citizen of Anishinaabeg of Naongashiing First Nation.
Ms. Comegan has over 10 years of management and leadership experience with First Nation communities and First Nation not-for-profit organizations. In her current role as Executive Director of the Bimose Tribal Council in Kenora, Ms. Comegan provides operational supervision, leadership and direction to BTC’s senior management team. Ms. Comegan’s work experience has exposed her to the opportunities and challenges faced by First Nations communities in relation to health, social services, infrastructure, and operations and maintenance, including water and wastewater operations.
Ms. Comegan has worked directly with Chief and Council and Boards of Directors over the course of her career. Her board work has allowed her to develop a strong working knowledge of board governance and roles and responsibilities, having served on the national First Nations Financial Management Board, currently as Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee, the Aboriginal Financial Offers Association, the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce and the Weechi-it-te-win Child and Family Services organization. Her Board work has also allowed her to develop a strong national network with First Nations.
Being from one of our Ontario First Nation communities and an Indigenous woman, I recognize the critical importance of ensuring we have safe, running drinking water, and high-quality community infrastructure to meet the needs of our members. With my background in accounting and administration, I am committed to providing high level oversight of the financial systems of OFNTSC to ensure effective and efficient use of financial resources to provide services to communities. I value transparency, accountability, and our traditional teachings and employ them in day-to-day life. I'm honoured and humbled to serve as a Board member of OFNTSC.