Board Members

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ADAM FIDDLER
Chairman
 

Elected Band Councillor (2000), Deputy Chief (2004) and Chief (2008) of Sandy Lake First Nation. 

Broadcaster, CBC Radio (1995-1999).
Graduate law school at Lakehead University.
JD Candidate for 2016.
Board and Committee work related to economic development, investment management, health, aboriginal governance and education.

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STEPHEN SMITH
Vice Chair

30 years experience as an airline executive with extensive experience in starting, re-vitalizing and transforming airlines.
Past President and CEO of WestJet, Air Ontario and Zip Air Inc. 
Designed and started Zip Air Inc. for Air Canada as part of their strategy to compete in the Low Cost Carrier market.
Has grown, reorganized, and restructured smaller airlines such as Air Ontario and Air Toronto with great success increasing revenue, profitability and market share within short timelines.

Member of a team that developed the customer loyalty program Aeroplan.

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ERIC LONG
Treasurer

Chartered Accountant since 1977
Office Managing Partner at KPMG and continued through mergers with Ernst & Young and Grant Thornton until retirement in 2008.
Owner/Operator of TeamBuild Innovations offering services in organization team building, financial management, acquisition and divestiture of businesses and consulting.
Long-standing relationship with Wasaya since 1999 as Auditor, Manager of Corporate Finances (2008-2010), and as Independent Consultant for issues like governance role and responsibilities of the Board and its relationship with the CEO

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AMANDA SAINNAWAP NEE PETERS

Member of Pikangikum First Nation, currently resides in Thunder Bay, ON. Graduated with honors from Confederation College with a diploma in Aboriginal Community Advocacy, certificate in Aboriginal Canadian Relations, and Ethics Research in 2013.
Presently in her 3rd year at Lakehead University studying Honors Bachelor of Arts Indigenous Learning with specialization in Economics Development and a minor in Political Science, potential graduate in 2017.

Amanda is a fluent speaker of the Ojibway and Oji-Cree languages and proudly acknowledges she has the ability to read and write syllabics.

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GEORDI KAKEPETUM

Executive Director, Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) for the last 23 years overseeing the development of K-Net, KO Telemedicine, KiHS and K-Mobile.
Chief Executive Officer, NCC Development Limited Partnership mandated by KO Chiefs to explore ways to reduce dependency on diesel generated power, such as solar systems on First Nations.  These systems produce power and revenue for their communities.

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IAN MCCORMACK

Proven community and business leader with 33 years experience in operations and business management, ownership.
Certified Executive Coach of operational and strategic business leadership and consulting for partnership facilitation, government relations and advocacy.
Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Forestry, Lakehead University, 1982.  Work with Tetra Tech/Wardrop focused on Global Mining, Oil&Gas and Forestry.
Chair, Thunder Bay International Airport Authority.
Chair, Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

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SEAN DAVIES

Co-owner, Maintair

Graduate of Confederation College Aviation Management program

18 years experience in aviation business development, communications and media, flight and ground operations, safety, strategic planning.

Previously employed by Wasaya Airways for 11 years.  Began career with Slate Falls Airways.

Board and Advisory Committee work includes Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, the PGA Tour Canada and Confederation College.

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MICHEAL HARDY

Executive Director, Anishnawbe Mushkiki (2015 - present)
Chief Executive Officer, Fort William First Nation (2013- 2015 and 2011-2012).
Executive Director, Tikinagan Child & Family Services (1999-2011) and Dilico Anishinabek Family Care (2012-2013)
Commissioner, Sioux Lookout Airport Development Commission (2007-2009)
Member of Rocky Bay First Nation.
Business owner.