Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team is committed to serving First Nations across Ontario. Drawing upon their collective experience and diverse backgrounds, our leadership team works strategically to develop and deliver the best technical advisory services for our communities. Our passion is fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation across our organization, to set up our employees, and most importantly our First Nations, for success!

Melanie Debassige

Executive Director

Melanie Debassige, MBA, ICD.D is an Anishinabek Kwe from the M’Chigeeng First Nation. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation.  Melanie was appointed to the Ontario Clean Water Agency Board of Directors in October 2013 where she serves as a Board Director and Chair of the First Nations Committee. In March 2018, she was appointed to the Board of Reconciliation Canada where she holds the position of Director/Treasurer. 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 was recognized in 2015 by the Canadian Board Diversity Council in the Diversity 50 which is a list of highly-qualified board candidates. In 2018, Melanie undertook the role as strategic advisor to the National Energy Board of Canada on Indigenous issues. In August 2019, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canada Energy Regulator on August 22, 2023 she was appointed to the role of Vice Chair.  In 2019, she was recognized in Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100.  She also served on the Ontario Provincial Sectoral Audit Committee, Community Services.  Most recently she was appointed in January 2023 to the Legal Aid Ontario Board of Directors.

Glen Goodman, member of Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishanaabek First Nation, is the Director of Operations.
As Director of Engineering and Infrastructure Services Drew has extensive technical experience across a number of industries.
Joe, member of the Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek First Nation, is the Director of Corporate Finance and Administration with the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation.

Full-Time Employees

Justin is currently serving as a Circuit Rider Trainer for the OFNTSC
Mandy Bomberry, Mohawk Turtle Clan, is the Finance Officer for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation.
Lorraine Bova, Mohawk, is the Water and Wastewater Engineer at OFNTSC.
Jack Brown is a member of the Kettle & Stony Point First Nation in Southern Ontario. Jack is a Circuit Rider Trainer with the OFNTSC
Luke currently serves as a HUB Water and Wastewater Technician for OFNTSC
Shayne Dale is the Circuit Rider Trainer Supervisor for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Dean Debassige is the Asset Management Advisor for the OFNTSC. He works closely to support the Operation & Maintenance program activities for First Nations infrastructure assets.
Spenser is from Aikameksheng Anishnawbek and currently serves as an Infrastructure Intern for OFNTSC.
Cassandra currently serves as Human Resource Administrator for OFNTSC
As Project Manager for OFNTSC, Darko thrives in his uniting clients with skilled trades personnel to ensure projects remain on schedule and on budget.
Clayton currently works as an Infrastructure Specialist at the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC), working out of the Thunder Bay office, since September of 2018.
Robert currently serves as CMHC Project Administrator for OFNTSC
Amy is currently working at OFNTSC in the engineering department as an engineer in training, mainly focusing on water and wastewater treatment systems.
Joshua Goodman is from Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek. He currently serves as a HUB Mechnical Millwright for OFNTSC.
Tricia Hamilton is the Senior Water/Wastewater Engineer at OFNTSC. Tricia is a licenced Professional Engineer (P. Eng) and has her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
Dale joins OFNTSC as a CRTP Trainer, bringing with him a wealth of experience and a passion for fostering growth within Indigenous communities. His extensive background in working for the community of
Nathan Headrick is from Garden River First Nation. He currently serves as an Operatori-In-Training for OFNTSC.
Corrie has served as the Executive Assistant for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) since May 2013.
As the Infrastructure Supervisor, Nathan assists the OFNTSC in providing technical advisory to all First Nation communities in the province.
Theo is Mohawk from Six Nations of the Grand River, and is currently serving as an Infrasturcture Intern.
Brandi is currently serving as Human Resources Manager for OFNTSC
Kristen Hill, from Six Nations of the Grand River, has been working in the Finance field for over 5 years.
Lucas Hill, Cayuga, is the Digital Marketing Specialist for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation
Waylon serves as an Intern for OFNTSC's Bulk Fuel Handler program.
Tracey John is the CRTP Coordinator out of the Thunder Bay Office and has been with OFNTSC for over 25 years
Chelsey Johnson is Oneida and a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. She has been in the position of Communications Manager with the OFNTSC since May 2019.
Chelsey is From Six Nations, Ontario and currently serves as a Finance Clerk for OFNTSC.
Courtney is currently serving as a Water & Wastewater Process Technician for OFNTSC's HUB program.
Elmer is Mohawk and a member of the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation. He has more than 30 years’ experience working directly with First Nations on capital facilities & asset management.
Dylan currently serves as a Certified Engineer Technologist for OFNTSC
Heidi is Anishinaabe-Kwe from Wiikwemkoong and serves as the Solid Waste Specialist for OFNTSC's Environment service
Kanekaroroks McComber is the Event Coordinator at OFNTSC. She is Mohawk from Kahnawake, Quebec and now resides in Six Nations with her partner and their four children.
Driven by nature, Adam is keenly dedicated in his role as a HUB Program Supervisor.
Gerald started working as a Circuit Rider Trainer in 2017 and has been in the water industry since 2004. Gerald currently holds a level 2 Water Treatment License.
Sam Merko currently serves as a Civil Engineer for OFNTSC
Bill is from Sioux Lookout, Ontario. He currently serves as a HUB Water and Wastewater Process Technician for OFNTSC.
Charles is an Infrastructure Specialist at OFNTSC and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.
Brittney Pigeau is from Marten Falls First Nation and currently serves as an Environmental Specialist for the OFNTSC.
Andrew, Chippewas of Kettle and Stoney Point First Nation, is currently a Circuit Rider Trainer with OFNTSC.
Randy Roy is from M'Chigeeng First Nation and currently serves as an Infrastructure Specialist for OFNTSC.
Mark Schell is a Bulk Fuel handler for OFNTSC. Mark holds four Technicians Licenses, (Automotive, Truck & Coach, Heavy Equipment, & PMH) and is working towards his 5th certification.
Stacy Smith, Cayuga Wolf, joined the team at OFNTSC in September 2019 in the position of Corporate Project Analyst.
Josee is Oji-Cree from Martin Falls First Nation. She currently serves as an Environmental Administrative Assistant for OFNTSC.
Alain currently serves as Infrastructure Specialist for OFNTSC
Corey currently serves as an Infrastructure Specialist for OFNTSC
Tyler Tennicoe serves as Millwright Apprentice as a part of OFNTSC's HUB program.
Kristi currently serves as HUB Water and Wastewater Process Technician
Erica Tropea is a Senior Environmental Scientist for the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation, working out of our Thunder Bay Office.
Dyami is from Shawanaga First Nation. He currently serves as an Operator-In-Training for OFNTSC.