Executive Director, Wabun Tribal Council
Jason is Executive Director of the Wabun Tribal Council, which represents six member First Nation communities in the Timmins, Ontario area. As Executive Director, Jason is responsible for all aspects of the Council’s daily operations on behalf of the organization including representation at various local and regional forums that range from police services boards to Aboriginal financial institutions. He also represents the communities’ interests in dealings with municipal, provincial and federal government programs and initiatives, such as land use planning, economic development, education, health and other issues as directed by the Chiefs of the communities. Jason also oversees the negotiation of major resource development agreements and Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) Claims.
Jason started his career as Economic Development & Technical Services Advisor to the Wabun Development Corporation where he contributed to the establishment and expansion of member businesses, provided assistance to First Nations entrepreneurs who are developing and operating their own businesses, and acted as lead negotiatiator on resource development agreements in the areas of mining and hydro electricity. Through successful economic development initiatives, Jason helped raise employment levels in all member communities, including a level close to 100% in the Matachewan First Nation. As lead negotiator on development agreements, Jason oversaw the successful signing of several Impacts and Benefits Agreements and dozens of mining exploration agreements. Jason was also a key member of the team that coordinated all aspects of development of the First Nation-owned 40MW Kapuskasing Hydro Power project, which became operational in 1997.
In a time of ever-increasing economic protectionism from the United States, how does Northern Ontario’s resource-based economy find room to grow? Among challenges posed by tariffs and failing trade deals, Northern Ontario companies, supported by our governments, need to find innovative ways to compete on a global level. What kind of partnerships can companies engage […]