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.
Marguerite and her family moved to Sault Ste Marie in August of 2016. She worked as a contract employee for OLG in their payroll department before coming on board with Wahkohtowin in October of 2017 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.
Amberly returns to Wahkohtowin after completing a Teachers Degree at Nipissing University. Amberly was born and raised in Chapleau, ON and is a member of Brunswick House First Nation. She is passionate about youth and social development which combined with a Social Work Diploma and roughly 3 years of forestry experience through MNRF, is convinced that the Guardian Program needs to be a mainstay in our Indigenous communities. Her work as the Guardian Program Manager will combine all these skill sets, she brings to enhance the program outcomes envisioned by our Elders.
Note: The logo on the t-shirt represents our Guardian Program which our Birch Tapping initiative is dedicated to support through the cultural practice of collecting sap (water) and converting to syrup for a range of benefits. The trailer in the picture holds the processing equipment and the project is designed to connect cultural practice, youth and community through volunteerism to explore entrepreneurism and learn about business, sales and marketing while any revenue is reinvested into the program.
Isabelle Allen is an enthusiastic young professional who received her Registered Professional Forester (RPF) designation in Ontario in November 2019. Her role at Wahkohtowin is Projects Forester, 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.
Isabelle is a member of Timiskaming First Nation, and has enjoyed the opportunity to work with other First Nations on forestry related projects since starting with Wahkohtowin in the Spring of 2018. She is excited about her opportunities to serve Northeast Superior First Nations through Wahkohtowin where building relationships with Indigenous communities and forest professionals is a priority.
Shah continues to expand his knowledge and grow his expertise managing projects for Wahkohtowin GPI. He hails from Toronto Ontario and has over 15 years experience in Community Development bringing health, vitality, animation, and opportunity to communities in the GTA. Shah’s educational background includes a focus in technology, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. Shah is active in the areas of social justice and sustainable economic development, helping to move the needle on equity diversity and inclusion and economic development using a systems-based approach. His work as Senior Project Manger pulls on the skills developed over his career with the aim of realizing the larger vision of Wahkohtowin’s goals.
Andrew was born and raised in Chapleau, Ontario. He graduated from Cambrian College with a diploma in Nature-Based Adventure Tourism, and also holds a Fish & Wildlife Technician diploma from Sir Sanford Fleming College. He has spent several years working with the Ontario Ministry Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources & Forestry in a variety of positions, most notably as a Wildlife Research Technician in Peterborough and as a Resource Management Technician in Chapleau. Andrew has many years of experience conducting wildlife and forestry related surveys and is also a certified forest compliance inspector. He joins the Wahkohtowin family as the new Natural Resource Technician and looks forward to using his skills and knowledge to assist in any way he can.