Dawn Madahbee, General Manager, earned a university degree in political science with a minor in law and has background experience in program development and management in the public sector. Ms. Madahbee gained her business experience through operating a small retail outlet in her home community of Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation for 12 years and through private consulting with First Nation communities. She currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board. She is a former Chairperson of the Northern Ontario Development Corporation and participates on several Federal and Provincial economic advisory committees; and also served as a Board Member of both the Ontario Development Corporation and Innovations Ontario. Dawn has been with Waubetek since 1988.
BUSINESS SERVICES UNIT
Business Development Officer
Jason Peltier joined Waubetek in February of 2006. His educational background includes Business Administration from CDI college and is completing his studies in the Economic Development Program with the University of Waterloo. Jason worked previously for Gezhtoojig Employment and Training Services assisting clients with the delivery of small business services. Jason is a member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.
Business Development Officer
Alex is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal (B.Comm.). Alex has 15 years of consulting, economic development, and management experience. From 2004 to 2009 he was a development officer with Aboriginal Business Canada and from 2009 to 2014 as FedDev Ontario's most senior program manager. Alex has brought his experience in the design, delivery and management of economic programs to help Waubetek deliver its programs in the Greater Toronto Area and South-West Ontario. Alex joined Waubetek in September 2014.
Business Support Officer
Mark Manitowabi is a member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve and a graduate of Laurentian University. He recently joined Waubetek as a Business Support Officer. Mark has worked as a senior manager both at the community and federal governernment levels. Mark also has many years of experience as a board member and chair of on and off-reserve committees and boards. He brings to Waubetek clients his years of experience as a general manager, dealing with banks, government agencies and reporting, staff and payroll management, and business planning. Mark's efforts at Waubetek will be directed towards assisting clients with business solutions such as budgetting, business planning, marketing, and training.
Business Development Intern
Jason Oshkabewisens, Busines Development Intern, is a member of Wikwemikong Unceded Territory. Jason graduated from Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology with a three-year advanced diploma in Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management. Jason currently is an Enaadmaagehjik (Wikwemikong Development Commission) Board Member and he also sits on the Department of Lands and Natural Resources Committee in Wikwemikong. He joined the Waubetek team in April 2017.
Loans and Contributions Administrator
Business Marketing Intern
Natalie Shawana-Waboose is a member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve. Natalie's educational endeavours started in business at Algoma University where she completed a Bachelor of Business of Administration specializing in accounting and a second degree in Community Economic and Social Development. After completing her studies, she went on to pursue her Masters of Business Administration in Community Economic Development at Cape Breton University. Her professional development focuses on First Nation Economic Development and is currently a certified Aboriginal Economic Developer. Natalie joined Waubetek as an Intern in August 2015.
Altiman, Irene: Regional Initiatives Coordinator
Irene Altiman, Regional Initiatives Coordinator for the Waubetek Business Development Corporation is responsible for overseeing Waubetek’s regional economic initiatives and sector development in North East Ontario. Ms. Altiman has been instrumental in helping to develop and implement an Aboriginal Fisheries Strategy and an Aboriginal Mining Strategy for North East Ontario. She also works closely with First Nation Economic Development Officers and offers quarterly business-related workshops on topics suggested by the businesses served. Irene is a member of the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation and a newly elected Band Councillor holding the Economic Development, Lands and Housing Portfolios.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Manager of Finance and Administration
Margaret Harding - Manager of Finance and Administration, joined Waubetek in March 2011. She began her career as a Bookkeeper/Office Manager for a construction company in 1993 where she built her strong foundation in business and finance. In her quest to pursue her lifelong goal to obtain an accounting designation, she enrolled in a Business Administration - Advanced Accounting Diploma program at Cambrian College where she graduated as a Cambrian Scholar. Margaret completed her studies in the Aboriginal Financial Management program and is continuing to work in the CPA program.
Ryan Corbiere, Finance Officer/IT, is a member of Aundeck Omni Kaning. He graduated from Canadore College with a Business Accounting Diploma in 2001. His previous employment was with the Assembly of First Nations in Finance, National Chiefs Office, Economic Development and Education from 2002-2008; and the Sheguiandah First Nation as the Finance Manager from 2009-2012. He joined the Waubetek team on September 4, 2012.
Mishibinijima, Annabelle Cathy
Cathy Mishibinijima, Receptionist, is a member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. Cathy joined Waubetek in July 2010 and is a graduate of the Office Administration-Executive Program from Cambrian College.