Employment History

Policy Analyst
Province of Nova Scotia – Office of L’nu Affairs, Halifax, NS

This office is responsible for coordinating the Province’s response to Aboriginal issues. The majority of work is conducted through the Mi’kmaq-Nova Scotia-Canada Tripartite Forum and the Made-in-Nova Scotia Process.

Conduct research and provide analysis on a variety of aboriginal issues, participate in tripartite working groups, and work with First Nation communities on a variety of issues.

Prepare background reports and briefing notes in support of policy development and strategic business planning.

Senior Policy Analyst – Aboriginal Health
Province of Nova Scotia – Department of Health & Wellness, Halifax, NS

Provide analysis and advice on Aboriginal health within the System Strategy & Performance division of DHW. Work with NS First Nations on Mental Health and Addictions issues and policies. Participation on the Mi’kmaq-NS-Canada Tripartite Health Committee, Taking Flight project, Aboriginal Continuing Care Policy Forum, and other related committees and projects.

Consultant / Owner Operator
Jipuktuk Consulting, Millbrook, NS

Project Management, Aboriginal Community Consulting, Data Research, Aboriginal Programs Analyst, Wind Energy Liaison

Previous work in wind energy (juwi Wind) included job training programs database compiling, Mi’kmaq contractors & labour qualification database compiling, assistance with community open house meetings, review of environmental assessments, and coordinating/participating in community college site visit for prospective turbine technician trainees.

Economic Opportunities/Government Relations Officer
Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), Amherst & Halifax, NS

This Federal government department has primary, but not exclusive, responsibility for meeting the federal government’s constitutional, treaty, political and legal responsibilities to First Nations, Inuit and Northerners. The department’s primary role is to support First Nations and Inuit in developing healthy, sustainable communities and in achieving their economic and social aspirations.

Assessed First Nation proposals against predetermined criteria, to determine eligibility for departmental funding, provided recommendations to senior officers, the Regional Project Review Committee, and various Tripartite committee processes throughout the region.

Managed and monitored approved programs to meet the criteria as set out by Economic Development Programs of INAC.

Participated in ongoing review of strategies, plans and policies related to Economic Development, Marshall Strategy, and Gathering Strength Initiatives with respect to First Nation governments, Aboriginal Representative Organizations, and Federal /Provincial Regional Partnerships in Atlantic Canada.

Millbrook First Nation, Truro, NS

A Mi’kmaq First Nation community that is governed by a Chief and 12 Councillors who are elected by Millbrook Band Members every two years.

As a member of council, set policies, procedures, budgets, and strategic direction for the community and participated in regular council meetings to discuss issues concerning the Millbrook community.

Participated in the analysis and approval of business development projects for the community as member of Millbrook Economic Development Committee.

Education & Professional Development

Masters of Business Administration
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS

Bachelor of Commerce / Major: Management
Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS