Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office

Janet Stavinga, Executive Director
Megan Aikens, Communications and Policy Strategist
Ethan Huner, Resource Technician
Lucas Tyukodi, Resource Technician

Janet Stavinga serves as the Executive Director of the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office. As the Executive Director, Janet brings over 18 years of experience in multi-stakeholder processes. For 12 years, she served as an elected municipal official, first as a Councillor for the former Township of Goulbourn, then as Mayor and, for six years, as an Ottawa City Councillor. Janet is also an experienced facilitator with expertise in multi-stakeholder forums with government, industry, and community organizations. 

Throughout her career she has worked on innumerable complex issues to strengthen public engagement, foster inter-jurisdictional cooperation and build strong, healthy communities. Janet understands the complexities and challenges facing communities and the importance of integrating science and effective public participation within planning processes. She is passionate about community sustainability, civil society, and creating positive, constructive change. 

Janet holds a Master of Science Degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography, Resource Management from University of Windsor.

Megan joined the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office in September 2012 as the Strategic Communications Coordinator and now enthusiastically serves as the Communications and Policy Strategist. Through her diverse work and volunteer experience over the past ten years, Megan has conceptualized, designed and implemented a wide-range of communication programs of varying scales.

As a Master of Arts student specializing in Aboriginal politics, Megan conducted research on a number of policy areas impacting Aboriginal peoples across Canada. The core of her research examined the conditions that produce intergovernmental cooperation between First Nations and local governments in Ontario.

Megan holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Megan is firmly committed to building a sustainable future for generations of Algonquins to come.

Ethan Huner received his college education from Sir Sanford Fleming College School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences in Lindsay, ON. He is a graduate of both the Ecosystem Management and Parks and Forest Management Technician programs.  His education provides a strong foundation in biology of flora and fauna, and natural resource management practices and principles.

Ethan’s passion to work with people paved the way to providing Environmental and Cultural education and consultation to the public, private stakeholders, and First Nation communities and organizations throughout a ten year professional career as a Naturalist in the United States and Canada.

Prior to accepting the position as Resource Technician with the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, Ethan had worked for Algonquin Provincial Park as a Interpretive Naturalist and Fish and Wildlife Technician for the past five years. His studies and research efforts within Algonquin Park included conducting lake and fish surveys, monitoring and surveying for species at risk turtles and birds, carnivore tracking and monitoring projects, and investigating white-tailed deer migration patterns. Ethan has also participated in MNR research projects in Algonquin Park on black bear den studies, moose calf collaring and tracking, and species at risk monitoring.

Beyond natural science experience, Ethan has also developed a strong understanding of archaeology within the Algonquin Traditional Territory. Working with archaeologists in the field, and investing his own time on the land, he has been involved in documenting various archaeological sites and artifacts within Algonquin Park.

Ethan continues a deep connection to traditional values and life-ways of native culture. He is a grass dancer, and singer who has been travelling the powwow trail for many years.

Ashley Bernard, Administrative Assistant

Janet Stavinga serves as the Executive Director of the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office. As the Executive Director, Janet brings over 18 years of experience in multi-stakeholder processes. For 12 years, she served as an elected municipal official, first as a Councillor for the former Township of Goulbourn, then as Mayor and, for six years, as an Ottawa City Councillor. Janet is also an experienced facilitator with expertise in multi-stakeholder forums with government, industry, and community organizations. 

Throughout her career she has worked on innumerable complex issues to strengthen public engagement, foster inter-jurisdictional cooperation and build strong, healthy communities. Janet understands the complexities and challenges facing communities and the importance of integrating science and effective public participation within planning processes. She is passionate about community sustainability, civil society, and creating positive, constructive change. 

Janet holds a Master of Science Degree from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Geography, Resource Management from University of Windsor.

Megan joined the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office in September 2012 as the Strategic Communications Coordinator and now enthusiastically serves as the Communications and Policy Strategist. Through her diverse work and volunteer experience over the past ten years, Megan has conceptualized, designed and implemented a wide-range of communication programs of varying scales.

As a Master of Arts student specializing in Aboriginal politics, Megan conducted research on a number of policy areas impacting Aboriginal peoples across Canada. The core of her research examined the conditions that produce intergovernmental cooperation between First Nations and local governments in Ontario.

Megan holds a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University. Megan is firmly committed to building a sustainable future for generations of Algonquins to come.

Ethan Huner received his college education from Sir Sanford Fleming College School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences in Lindsay, ON. He is a graduate of both the Ecosystem Management and Parks and Forest Management Technician programs.  His education provides a strong foundation in biology of flora and fauna, and natural resource management practices and principles.

Ethan’s passion to work with people paved the way to providing Environmental and Cultural education and consultation to the public, private stakeholders, and First Nation communities and organizations throughout a ten year professional career as a Naturalist in the United States and Canada.

Prior to accepting the position as Resource Technician with the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, Ethan had worked for Algonquin Provincial Park as a Interpretive Naturalist and Fish and Wildlife Technician for the past five years. His studies and research efforts within Algonquin Park included conducting lake and fish surveys, monitoring and surveying for species at risk turtles and birds, carnivore tracking and monitoring projects, and investigating white-tailed deer migration patterns. Ethan has also participated in MNR research projects in Algonquin Park on black bear den studies, moose calf collaring and tracking, and species at risk monitoring.

Beyond natural science experience, Ethan has also developed a strong understanding of archaeology within the Algonquin Traditional Territory. Working with archaeologists in the field, and investing his own time on the land, he has been involved in documenting various archaeological sites and artifacts within Algonquin Park.

Ethan continues a deep connection to traditional values and life-ways of native culture. He is a grass dancer, and singer who has been travelling the powwow trail for many years.

Ashley Bernard grew up across Southern Ontario and has now been residing in Petawawa for the past four years. Since moving to the Ottawa Valley, Ashley has fallen in love with both the area and the people.

As a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for three years before medically retiring, Ashley has since dedicated herself to pursuing a number of post-secondary education opportunities. She first began with the condensed two year Business program from Algonquin College with a focus in business management from which she graduated with honours. Ashley is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) program, focusing in Organization Management, through distance education at Nipissing University.

Ashley is passionate about community involvement and is an enthusiastic member of the Kiwanis Club of Pembroke, where she has taken on numerous roles. Giving back to the community and creating a better future for children all over the world is very important to her. Deeply interested in history, especially Canadian history, Ashley is an avid reader always eager to learn about traditional ways of living, farming, crafting and natural medicines.

As the newest team member, Ashley sincerely looks forward to working the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, learning about the rich Algonquin culture, and assisting with the Office’s seamless operations to benefit our ten Algonquin communities.

 

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