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.

Lucas possesses an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Trent University and a Fish and Wildlife Technologist Diploma and Forestry Technician Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Lucas spent several summers working as an Assistant Fisheries Technician with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) in Algonquin Provincial Park and in Peterborough. The majority of this work involved data collection and research pertaining to Lake Trout. Lucas also worked during the summer of 2013 on the Invasive Species Awareness Program, a joint effort between the MNRF and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) to promote awareness and record sightings of Invasive Species for monitoring purposes. As part of this Program, Lucas coordinated sampling efforts with volunteers in order to track the distribution and concentration of Spiny Waterflea, Zebra and Quagga Mussels.

In 2009, Lucas assisted with The Great Lakes Fishery Mass Marking Initiative at the OFAH operated Ringwood Fish Hatchery. This effort included assisting with the processing of Chinook salmon raised at the hatchery for release into Lake Ontario. Lucas was introduced to the Mass Marking Initiative during this time, which through the use of an AutoFish trailer purchased by the New York State Department of Environment and Conservation (NYSDEC) allowed for all reared trout and salmon species to be tagged and inventoried to a computer database.

In 2010 while on field placement Lucas assisted staff from the MNRF Bancroft office, North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery as well as White Lake Fish Culture Station and volunteers with their spring helicopter stocking efforts. A number of lakes surrounding Bancroft were stocked with Lake Trout, Brook Trout or Rainbow Trout.

Lucas is a member of the Algonquins of Kijicho Manito Madaouaskarini (Bancroft). His great grandfather was Chief John Baptiste Dufond of the Bear Clan.

Ashley Bernard, Administrative Assistant
Leslie Anne St. Amour, Cultural Heritage Project Assistant
Yusuf Sarker, GIS Analyst

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.

Lucas possesses an Honours Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Trent University and a Fish and Wildlife Technologist Diploma and Forestry Technician Diploma from Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Lucas spent several summers working as an Assistant Fisheries Technician with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) in Algonquin Provincial Park and in Peterborough. The majority of this work involved data collection and research pertaining to Lake Trout. Lucas also worked during the summer of 2013 on the Invasive Species Awareness Program, a joint effort between the MNRF and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) to promote awareness and record sightings of Invasive Species for monitoring purposes. As part of this Program, Lucas coordinated sampling efforts with volunteers in order to track the distribution and concentration of Spiny Waterflea, Zebra and Quagga Mussels.

In 2009, Lucas assisted with The Great Lakes Fishery Mass Marking Initiative at the OFAH operated Ringwood Fish Hatchery. This effort included assisting with the processing of Chinook salmon raised at the hatchery for release into Lake Ontario. Lucas was introduced to the Mass Marking Initiative during this time, which through the use of an AutoFish trailer purchased by the New York State Department of Environment and Conservation (NYSDEC) allowed for all reared trout and salmon species to be tagged and inventoried to a computer database.

In 2010 while on field placement Lucas assisted staff from the MNRF Bancroft office, North Hastings Community Fish Hatchery as well as White Lake Fish Culture Station and volunteers with their spring helicopter stocking efforts. A number of lakes surrounding Bancroft were stocked with Lake Trout, Brook Trout or Rainbow Trout.

Lucas is a member of the Algonquins of Kijicho Manito Madaouaskarini (Bancroft). His great grandfather was Chief John Baptiste Dufond of the Bear Clan.

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.

Leslie Anne St. Amour graduated from McGill University in the spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and as one of the first graduates with the newly offered Indigenous studies minor. During her time at McGill, Leslie Anne worked with the Social Equity and Diversity Education office as a program coordinator leading joint programs with Kahnawake Survival School and McGill University as well as working for the Students’ Society of McGill University as their first Indigenous Affairs Coordinator. She also volunteered with McGill’s First Peoples’ House mentorship program, was on the planning committee for the first conference at McGill University with all Indigenous presenters and worked with Native Montreal’s youth human rights campaign.

Currently Leslie Anne is not only working at the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, but is also an OceanPath Fellow at the University of St. Francis Xavier working on community development initiatives with the Bonnechere Algonquin First Nation. Leslie Anne is looking forward to furthering her education with acceptance to University of Toronto’s law school for August of 2017.

Yusuf joined the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office in August 2015 as a Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst.

He is academically trained as a GIS Analyst as well as an Environmental Biologist specializing in the fields of aquatic and marine biology, fisheries, biodiversity conservation, and environmental management. He has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree with a focus on fisheries and aquaculture; and a Master of Science in Fisheries Biology & Genetics from Bangladesh Agricultural University, Bangladesh. He holds a second Master’s degree completed from Europe in the field of Marine Biodiversity & Conservation. After coming to Canada, he did a Graduate Certificate Program in Environmental Management & Assessment from the Algonquin College, Ottawa. Then he completed another Graduate Certificate in GIS from the same college aiming to utilize GIS and Remote Sensing in his fields of work.

Prior to joining the Algonquins of Ontario Consultation Office, he worked as well as volunteered as a research assistant or intern for several government and nongovernment environmental organizations, universities and research institutes in Bangladesh, Europe and Canada. He has published a number of articles in peer reviewed scientific journals from his research works. His current interest focuses on applying GIS & Remote Sensing in resource monitoring, management, and evaluation as well as in solving a diversity of geospatial problems on environmental and conservation projects. His expertise in GIS include spatial analysis, spatial database development & management, computer mapping, web GIS or web mapping and web application development.

Yusuf enjoys living in the Ottawa Valley and is very much committed to make a positive contribution to the Algonquins’ journey of rebuilding and self-sufficiency using his wide range of technical skills and experiences.

 

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