Meet the Team

Board of Directors


Andrew Leach

British Columbia Region

Jean Vincent

Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and New Brunswick Region

Muriel Parker

Manitoba Region

Wayne Flamand

Independent Director

George Kurszewski

Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Region

Cory McDougall


Ron Marano

Ontario Region

Lucy Pelletier

Saskatchewan Region

Jack Royal

Alberta Region


Shannin Metatawabin, CEO
613-688-0894 (ext. 517)

Shannin is Cree/Inninow from Fort Albany First Nation of the Mushkegowuk Nation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Carleton University and an Aboriginal Economic Development certificate from the University of Waterloo. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation and the Manager of Aboriginal Affairs and Sustainability with De Beers Canada. Shannin and his wife Sienna, of the White Bear/Sakimay First Nations in Saskatchewan, reside in Ottawa with their four children.

Debbie LeClair, Executive Assistant
613-688-0894 (ext. 514)

Gerry Huebner, Chief Strategy Officer
613-688-0894 (ext. 522)

Gerry graduated from Trent University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and Queen’s University with a master’s degree in public administration. Gerry has 30 years of experience in Aboriginal economic and business development. In his free time, Gerry enjoys spending time at his cottage with his wife Kim, family visits, going to the gym, biking, and traveling.

Claudia Gongora Boles, Director of Finance
613-688-0894 (ext. 502)

Originally from Mexico, Claudia moved to Canada in 2001. While in Canada, she has spent her professional career working in the accounting/finance profession in the Not-For-Profit sector for the past sixteen years. Progressing from the role of Accounting Assistant to Senior Accountant with The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada to becoming the Director of Finance at The Lung Association and the Manager of Finance and Administration with Andrew Fleck Child Care Services.  She has also provided accounting consulting services to Non-Profits. Before coming to Canada, Claudia was a Professor and a Payroll Manager at the University of Celaya in Mexico.

Mark Dokis, Director of Products and Services
613-688-0894 (ext. 503)

Mark Dokis is the Director of Products and Services. Mark is a member of the Dokis First Nation in Northeastern Ontario. He graduated with honours from Laurentian University with a Bachelor of Arts in geography. He went on to earn certificates in economic development and business administration and management. Mark has over 30 years of experience in Aboriginal economic, business, and financial development. In his free time, Mark enjoys staying at his cottage on Lake Nipissing, hunting, fishing, and curling.

Pamela Verch, AEP Program Coordinator
613-688-0894 (ext. 508)

Stacey Fox, Products & Services Administrator
613-688-0894 (ext. 512)

Emma Fairbrass, Products & Services Administrator
613-688-0894 (ext. 515)

Frank Richter, Financial Analyst
613-688-0894 (ext. 520)

Brenda LeBouthillier, Administrative Assistant
613-688-0894 (ext. 511)

Valerie Shecapio, Finance Clerk
613-688-0894 (ext. 513)

André Jetté, Communications and IT Manager
613-688-0894 (ext. 506)

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