STAFF

David Flood, RPF
General Manager 

Over the past 15 years, David has operated in a variety of service, management and advisory capacities either directly for an employer or through his consultancy DLF Sustainable Development Services. The skills and experience range from operational forestry, business development, policy, land use planning and governance. This experience has been built upon and supported by both a BSC in Forest Management from the U of A and a Forest Technologist Diploma from NAIT. A significant portion of the last 15 years have been spent in roles designed to promote First Nation involvement, participation or benefit from resource development projects or projects affecting lands within their Traditional Territories. Most of this work stems from his awareness of geopolitical intergovernmental relationships and the evolving Consultation doctrine at the Supreme Court of Canada.

In all projects the key drivers to success have been identifying where collaboration, coexistence and consensus can be achieved amongst the parties. Through his consultancy, DLF Sustainable Development Services, he provided interim General Manager services for Wahkohtowin Development GP Inc since May 2015 and was awarded the full-time position March 2018. The main development focus has been on supporting business development and participation in the Forest Sector of Ontario on behalf of its owner First Nations. Recently, David became a Board member for FSC Canada and acts as Chair for a second year as the new National Standard is now released. To advance reconciliation and grow awareness for indigenous competency and knowledge systems, David has also re-qualified and is a Registered Professional Forester with the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.

David Flood, RPF
General Manager 

Over the past 15 years, David has operated in a variety of service, management and advisory capacities either directly for an employer or through his consultancy DLF Sustainable Development Services. The skills and experience range from operational forestry, business development, policy, land use planning and governance. This experience has been built upon and supported by both a BSC in Forest Management from the U of A and a Forest Technologist Diploma from NAIT. A significant portion of the last 15 years have been spent in roles designed to promote First Nation involvement, participation or beneift from resource development projects or projects affecting lands within their Traditional Territories. Most of this work stems from his awareness of the geopolitical changes related to changes and spectrum of Consultation Doctrine evolving in the Supreme Court of Canada.

In all projects the key drivers to success have been identifying where collaboration, coexistence and consensus can be achieved amongst the parties. Through his consultancy, DLF Sustainable Development Services, he provided interim General Manager services for Wahkohtowin Development GP Inc since May 2015 and was awarded the full-time position March 2018. The main development focus has been on supporting business development and participation in the Forest Sector of Ontario on behalf of its owner First Nations. Recently, David became a Board member for FSC Canada and acts as Chair for a second year as the new National Standard is now released. To advance reconciliation and grow awareness for indigenous competency and knowledge systems, David has also re-qualified and is a Registered Professional Forester with the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.

Chelsie Parayko, MDP
Senior Project Manager 

Chelsie Parayko is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, connected through her late Grandmother, Alice Souliere, with ties to Michipicoten First Nation through her late Grandfather Gordon Souliere. In 2017, Chelsie graduated from Algoma University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, minor in Human Resources and a certificate in Community Economic and Social Development. Algoma University is a former Residential School that Chelsie’s Grandmother and all of her siblings attended. It was a strong rational for her to attend the University as a way to reconnect with her Grandmother and begin to create a new legacy in the building for her nieces and nephews.

Chelsie recently graduated with a masters out of the University of Winnipeg studying the Development Practice in Indigenous Development program. As a child, she and her family spent the summer months living on the land and forming a strong sense of connection to her traditional territory. With her educational pursuits, Chelsie hopes that she will be able to give back to her community in Northern Ontario in a way that honours her Indigenous ancestral ways of knowing and being. Chelsie joined Wahkohtowin in early October 2019 in the capacity of Senior Project Manager which will continue to support developing economic opportunities at the community and regional level as well as support operational initiatives of Wahkohtowin in collaboration with our partners.

Chelsie Parayko, MDP
Senior Project Manager 

Chelsie Parayko is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, connected through her late Grandmother, Alice Souliere, with ties to Michipicoten First Nation through her late Grandfather Gordon Souliere. In 2017, Chelsie graduated from Algoma University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, minor in Human Resources and a certificate in Community Economic and Social Development. Algoma University is a former Residential School that Chelsie’s Grandmother and all of her siblings attended. It was a strong rational for her to attend the University as a way to reconnect with her Grandmother and begin to create a new legacy in the building for her nieces and nephews.

Chelsie recently graduated with a masters out of the University of Winnipeg studying the Development Practice in Indigenous Development program. As a child, she and her family spent the summer months living on the land and forming a strong sense of connection to her traditional territory. With her educational pursuits, Chelsie hopes that she will be able to give back to her community in Northern Ontario in a way that honours her Indigenous ancestral ways of knowing and being. Chelsie joined Wahkohtowin in early October 2019 in the capacity of Senior Project Manager which will continue to support developing economic opportunities at the community and regional level as well as support operational initiatives of Wahkohtowin in collaboration with our partners.

Marguerite Ross, Financial Controller

Marguerite and her family moved to Sault Ste Marie with her family in August of 2016 so that their children could go to college. She worked as a contract employee for OLG in their payroll department before coming on board with Wahkohtowin in October of 2016 as the Financial Controller.

Marguerite was a graduate of Hotel & Restaurant Management. She started with her last employer in 2000 in the sales and

Catering and Accounts Payable and it forever changed her career path. She took a Bookeeping course which further solidified her passion in accounting. She had 9 years of experience as a Business Manager before joining the Wahkohtowim team. She brings many years of expertise in customer relations and accounting.

Marguerite Ross, Financial Controller

Marguerite and her family moved to Sault Ste Marie with her family in August of 2016 so that their children could go to college. She worked as a contract employee for OLG in their payroll department before coming on board with Wahkohtowin in October of 2016 as the Financial Controller.

Marguerite was a graduate of Hotel & Restaurant Management. She started with her last employer in 2000 in the sales and Catering and Accounts Payable and it forever changed her career path. She took a Bookeeping course which further solidified her passion in accounting. She had 9 years of experience as a Business Manager before joining the Wahkohtowim team. She brings many years of expertise in customer relations and accounting.

Isabelle Allen, RPF

Project Forester

Isabelle Allen is an enthusiastic young professional working towards her Registered Professional Forester designation in Ontario. Her role at Wahkohtowin is Forestry Intern specializing in Forest Management Plans and Indigenous involvement. To assist her in this role she recently graduated from the Master of Sustainable Forest Management program at the University of British Columbia, and has a BSc in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management from the University of Guelph. She also has a season of field experience working as a junior forester for a consulting company in Kamloops BC.

Isabelle is a member of Timiskaming First Nation, and had the opportunity to work with other First Nations on resource management projects during her university career. She is excited about her new opportunities to serve Northeast Superior First Nations through Wahkohtowin where building relationships with Indigenous communities and forest professionals will be a priority.

Isabelle Allen, RPF

Project Forester

Isabelle Allen is an enthusiastic young professional working towards her Registered Professional Forester designation in Ontario. Her role at Wahkohtowin is Forestry Intern specializing in Forest Management Plans and Indigenous involvement. To assist her in this role she recently graduated from the Master of Sustainable Forest Management program at the University of British Columbia, and has a BSc in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management from the University of Guelph. She also has a season of field experience working as a junior forester for a consulting company in Kamloops BC.

Isabelle is a member of Timiskaming First Nation, and had the opportunity to work with other First Nations on resource management projects during her university career. She is excited about her new opportunities to serve Northeast Superior First Nations through Wahkohtowin where building relationships with Indigenous communities and forest professionals will be a priority.

Dakota Souliere,
Compliance Assessor Intern

Dakota Souliere is a Missanabie Cree member and proud mother on one.  In 2016 she graduated from the Adventure, Recreation & Parks Technician program with honours at Sault College.  Following her graduation, she worked with Mushkegowuk Council as an Environmental Steward for Chapleau Cree First Nation.  As a child Dakota spent time out on the land with her family; hunting, fishing, harvesting medicines and teas, which is where her love of Turtle Island, her traditional territory and Cree culture blossomed.

Today, that land-based education and cultural celebration has turned into Dakota’s passion and she is so incredibly excited to share her knowledge of the land and to learn from others.  This momentum will be continued as she is now working with Wahkohtowin in a one-year internship where she will acquire her Forester Compliance Assessor License.   Once completed Wahkohtowin will have their own Compliance Assessor who will bring their love of our original ways of knowing forward to ensure that we preserve our lands for generations to come.

Dakota Souliere,
Compliance Assessor Intern

Dakota Souliere is a Missanabie Cree member and proud mother on one.  In 2016 she graduated from the Adventure, Recreation & Parks Technician program with honours at Sault College.  Following her graduation, she worked with Mushkegowuk Council as an Environmental Steward for Chapleau Cree First Nation.  As a child Dakota spent time out on the land with her family; hunting, fishing, harvesting medicines and teas, which is where her love of Turtle Island, her traditional territory and Cree culture blossomed.

Today, that land-based education and cultural celebration has turned into Dakota’s passion and she is so incredibly excited to share her knowledge of the land and to learn from others.  This momentum will be continued as she is now working with Wahkohtowin in a one-year internship where she will acquire her Forester Compliance Assessor License.   Once completed Wahkohtowin will have their own Compliance Assessor who will bring their love of our original ways of knowing forward to ensure that we preserve our lands for generations to come.