Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Jean Vincent

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

Cameron Alexis

Alberta Region

Wayne Flamand

Independent Director

Ron Marano

Ontario Region

Carol Johnston

Manitoba Region

George Kurszewski

Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut Region

Andrew Leach

British Columbia Region

Cory McDougall

Independent Director

Lucy Pelletier

Saskatchewan 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 Coordinator
613-688-0894 (ext. 514)

Debbie LeClair, the daughter of Fred and Flora Mearon, comes from a small Métis community in Northern Alberta called the Peavine Métis Settlement.  She and her husband Dale moved to Ottawa in the fall of 2015 and she began her employment with NACCA in early 2016.  They enjoy spending their leisure time with their children and grandchildren.

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.

Relay Tangie, Finance Manager
613-688-0894 (ext. 518)

Relay holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, is a Certified General Accountant Ontario (CPA, CGA) and a fellow with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) UK.  Her key strength has been the ability to bring finance and operations together, streamline, develop and implement sustainable processes which prepares organisations for growth and provide timely information used for decision making.  Relay is a member of Toastmasters International, volunteers with Junior Achievement Ontario and mentors new migrants into becoming well integrated and functional members of their community.

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

André is a proud member of the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation (Neyaashiinigmiing). He worked for the federal government from 1980 to 1995 before joining the private sector as an IT consultant. In 2003 he co-founded an office furniture company and served as President/Owner until its closure over a decade later. In the spring of 2015, he returned to the IT industry by joining NACCA, and eventually added the Communications role to his duties. André is an avid car enthusiast and loves to relax with a nice cruise on a twisty road listening to his favourite music!

Jason Neepin, Program Manager
613-688-0894 (ext. 527)

Originally from Fox Lake Cree Nation, Jason Neepin has been involved in Indigenous Economic Development for the last 19 years in both the private and public sectors.

Jason hold a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and is also a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer.

Mark Dokis, Special Projects
613-688-0894 (ext. 503)

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.

Kristen Morris, Human Resources Advisor
613-688-0894 (ext. 526)

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology and Philosophy, a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management, and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) with the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA).  Her passion for people and business acumen are some of her key strengths in being a strategic partner to help achieve organizational goals that extend beyond HR function.  In her spare time, Kristen likes taking her dog for walks and spending time with family and friends.

Paula Naponse, Indigenous Women & Youth Program Officer
613-688-0894 (ext. 524)

Paula Naponse is First Nation Atikameksheng Anishnawbek near Sudbury ON.  She is a designer, educator and entrepreneur.

Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts from Trent University and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University and recently in 2018 completed her Master of Education from the University of Ottawa. Paula has worked with First Nation communities and Indigenous in urban settings in the areas of community development, education and child wellness. Paula is an Indigenous Woman Entrepreneur and has a clothing/accessories business called Ondarez Clothing and Goods which includes a line of lifestyle wear to promote positive images about life on a First Nation. Ondarez has branched into wellness activities, traditional clothing and baby moccasins.

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

Frank brings experience in social finance, impact lending, business intelligence and economic policy. Frank completed his Bachelor and Master's degrees focusing on business, finance and economic policy in both. Prior to joining NACCA, Frank worked with the Community Forward Fund, a loan fund specializing in lending to non-profits where he worked on loan portfolio reporting and delivered training and consulting on analyzing non-profit financial statements.

Stacey Fox, Junior Financial Analyst
613-688-0894 (ext. 512)

Stacey is a graduate of Algonquin College’s Business Management & Entrepreneurship program and hails from the Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve.  As a resident of Ottawa she gained 15+ years of experience working in public & private sectors, political, first nation and not for profit organizations.  In her free time Stacey enjoys the gym and participates in the occasional marathon or 10K race.

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

Marshall Ballard, Products & Services Administrator
613-688-0894 (ext. 525)

Marshall is a member of Opaskawayak Cree Nation and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba.  Since moving to Ottawa in 2000, he has acquired a variety of experience working in public and private sectors, political and not-for-profit organizations with a focus on community-focused responses to increase safety, wellness and, more recently, policy development around economic empowerment.  Marshall balances his love of good food with long walks and the occasional run.

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

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