Executive Director at Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Melanie Debassige has over 20 years of experience in Indigenous Economic Development. She obtained a Diploma in Native Management and Economic Development from Trent University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario. She has a certificate in Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and is a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer with the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers. Melanie held the elected position of Councillor with the M’Chigeeng First Nation Chief and Council for seven years and was appointed as a police commissioner with the United Chiefs and Councils of Manitoulin Police Services for during this time. Currently, she serves as a Director on the Mother Earth Renewable Energy Board that oversees the for-profit wind turbine corporation that is solely owned by M’Chigeeng First Nation. Melanie was appointed by the Lieutenant Governor to the Ontario Clean Water Agency Board of Directors, a provincial Corporate Crown Corporation in October 2013 where she was recently appointed as Chairperson of the First Nations Committee. In March 2018, she was appointed to the Board of Reconciliation Canada where she holds the position of Director/Treasure. Melanie completed the Director’s Education Program at the Rotman School of Management and is a certified corporate director which complements her Master’s in Business Administration. Melanie has been recognized by the Canadian Board Diversity Council in the Diversity 50 which is a list of highly-qualified board candidates. Melanie is a strategic advisor to the National Energy Board of Canada on Indigenous issues.