Our Team

GENERAL MANAGER

Madahbee Leach, Dawn

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

Peltier, Jason
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.

Weeks, Alex
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.

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Debassige, Catherine
Business Development Officer

Catherine is a member of the M'Chigeeng First Nation and joined Waubetek in September 2017. Catherine has a background with the Business Development Bank of Canada, where she supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs with financing and consulting options.  She also worked with Gezhtoojig Employment and Training in Sudbury, Ontario, as a Business Counselor, serving the surrounding First Nation communities. Catherine volunteers on the Board of Nickel Basin Federal Development Corporation, in serving the Sudbury small business community.  Recently Catherine has joined Kenjgewin Teg as an Instructor in Business Fundamentals, Accounting courses as a way to share knowledge and encourage entrepreneurship at the post-secondary level, and has assisted with Community Economic Engagement Planning.  Her Formal Education includes:

  • CAFM (Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager) AFOA Canada, Ontario Region (2010)
  • Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree, Laurentian University, Sudbury
  • Business Marketing Diploma, St-Lawrence College, Kingston
  • Business Administration-Accounting Diploma, Cambrian College, Sudbury
  • Certificate in International Trade, O’Sullivan College, Montreal

Manitowabi, Mark
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. 

Oshkabewisens, Jason
Business Development Intern

Jason Oshkabewisens, Business 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.

Porteous, Jodi
Loans and Contributions Administrator

Jodi Porteous, Loans and Contributions Administrator, joined Waubetek in June 2014 and is a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario.  Jodi graduated with honors from the Canadian Career College with a diploma in Business Administration and also obtained her payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) Designation through the Canadian Payroll Association.  Jodi's previous work experience includes working in different industries such as mining, transportation and forestry.  In her position with Waubetek, Jodi is responsible for working with clients to process all aspects of their projects which include items such as claims, legal documentation and disbursing of payments.


SPECIAL PROJECTS

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.

Huber, Nicholas
Aquaculture Development Officer

Nicholas Huber joined Waubetek in August 2017.  After graduating from the aquaculture program at Sir Sandford Fleming College Nicholas spent the following 11 years growing Atlantic Salmon in British Columbia and Scotland UK.  He served as a Senior Manager in Scotland as the Seawater Regional Manager overseeing operations and production throughout the Orkney and Shetland Isles for his company.  Since his return back to Ontario he has worked as a consultant working within the Ontario aquaculture and renewable energy industry.  His efforts at Waubetek will be focused on supporting growth in the aquaculture industry within the First Nation communities throughout Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

McGraw, Nicholas
Youth Job Connect Leader

Nick McGraw joined Waubetek as the Youth Job Connect leader in May 2017.  Mr. McGraw is from the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation where he has worked in youth programs and the administration office.   A graduate of Waubetek's youth pre-employment program himself, Nick now coordinates youth initiatives through Waubetek to provider leadership opportunities to Indigenous youth through workshops, training, and employment placement.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

Harding, Margaret
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.

Corbiere, Ryan
Finance Officer/IT

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
Receptionist

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.