Our Board

Sutherland, Mariette
Interim Chair

Mariette Sutherland, Director, is a member of the Whitefish River First Nation.  She joined the Waubetek Board in December 2018.

Bennett, Arnelda
Vice Chair

Arnelda Bennett, Director, is a member of the Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation.  Arnelda serves as the Business Development Officer for the Sagamok Anishnawbek.  She joined the Waubetek Board in December 2016.


Genereux, Leonard

Leonard Genereux, Director, is a member of the Sheshegwaning First Nation where he serves as the Right to Play Community Mentor.  Leonard has been involved in a variety of Boards and Committees over the years.  Leonard has also served as Chief of his community and has an educational background in Business Administration and Property Management with a focus on Financial Managerial Accounting.  He joined the Waubetek Board in June 2014.


Mossip, Kevin

Kevin Mossip, Director, is a member of the Zhiibaahaasing First Nation and has served on the Waubetek Board of Directors since 1995.  Kevin has a long history of public service and business management, currently serving as Councillor/Deputy Chief and the Band Economic Development Officer for the Zhiibaahaasing First Nation.  He has also worked as the Finance Manager and Manager for the community-owned Nimkii Makwa Convenience Store and Gas Bar.  He has wider governance experience, having worked with the Anishinabek Nation in the development of the Chi-Naaknigewin governance model.  He also holds Board positions being Chairperson for Kina Gbezhgomi Child and Family Services and Mnaamodzawin Health Services.  He is also the current President for the Mnidoo Mnis Power Wind Farm Corporation.

Debassige, Jessie

Jessie Debassige owns and has operated her family retail business for over 30 years on the M’Chigeeng First Nation. There, she runs a convenience store, gas bar and heavy equipment operation employing several people and managing heavy equipment contracts. She is also an avid volunteer for minor hockey in her community. She joined the Waubetek Board in July 2011.


Bissiallon, Wilma

Wilma Bissiallon is a member of the Mississauga First Nation and is presently employed with the Serpent River First Nation Economic Development Corporation as the General Manager.  Wilma represents the North Shore Region from Sault Ste. Marie to Sudbury.  She brings with her 20 years plus of experience in economic and business development, retail business, employment and training.  In addition, she has many years of experience participating on committees and boards at the local to national level.  She joined the Waubetek Board in March 2016.

Francis, Deborah

Deborah Francis, Director, is a member of the Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation.  She joined the Waubetek Board in February 2021.