Madahbee Leach, Dawn
Dawn Madahbee Leach, 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 Leach 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 Support Officer
Mark Manitowabi is a member of the Wikwemikong Unceded Territory and a graduate of Laurentian University. and serves Waubetek clients as a Business Support Officer . Mark has worked as a senior manager both at the community and federal government 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 budgeting, business planning, marketing, and training.
Business Development Officer
Laurie Lazarus, Business Development Officer for the Indigenous Women's Entrepreneurship Program, is a member of Attawapiskat First Nation. Laurie joined Waubetek in July 2022. Laurie graduated with honours from the Business Administration program, with a concentration in management, at Cambrian College in 2019. As part of her placement, Laurie gained experience working with entrepreneurs at Sudbury’s Regional Business Centre. Laurie’s previous work experiences also include mining, construction, administration, and accounting. In her role at Waubetek, Laurie works alongside the Waubetek Business Development Team in delivering business programs and services with a focus on applicants to the IWE programs. Laurie is also responsible for delivering business workshops to assist new and existing Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs in the Waubetek Service area.
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.
Senior 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 First Nation communities throughout Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.
Aquaculture Development Officer
Sean Pressey, Aquaculture Development Officer, joined Waubetek in 2022. Sean earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and graduated with a double major in fisheries and wildlife biology. He brings over 25 years of aquaculture experience to the aquaculture development team with firsthand experience culturing rainbow trout, arctic charr, tilapia and pacific white shrimp. Over the course of his career, he has managed flow through systems, water reuse systems, intensive RAS systems and has participated in construction and development of several RAS systems. He will assist the Senior Aquaculture Development Officer in supporting the growth of the aquaculture industry within First Nation communities in central Canada including Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Office Administration Assistant
Cathy Mishibinijima, Office Administration Assistant, is a member of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory. Cathy joined Waubetek in July 2010 and is a graduate of the Office Administration-Executive Program from Cambrian College.