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Christopher Duschenes
 
Christopher Duschenes
Director, Northern and Aboriginal Policy, Centre for the North

Christopher has over 25 years’ experience working on Northern and Aboriginal issues including working for several years for both the Government of the Northwest Territories and the Federal Government in Yellowknife, NWT. He comes to us from Parks Canada where he was a Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer on the development of community-based cultural tourism businesses in communities adjacent to National Parks and National Historic Sites in the Arctic. Prior to working at Parks Canada, he spent 15 years at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, most recently as Director General of Aboriginal and External Relations. In this capacity he managed the funding relationship with the national Aboriginal organizations, and was responsible for the development of policy options to address Métis and non-status Indian issues as well as for intergovernmental and international relations on Indigenous issues. He holds an honours undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from the University of Waterloo and a Masters degree in organizational development from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

Stefan Fournier
 
Stefan Fournier
Senior Manager, Executive Networks, Northern and Aboriginal Policy

Stefan Fournier manages the Council on Corporate-Aboriginal Relations. He brings to the Council a background and experience working with First Nations communities and organizations on a variety of issues, including Aboriginal rights and title, labour market and human resources development, health and social services, and constitutional law. Stefan holds a Masters of Arts in International Affairs with a focus on conflict resolution and analysis from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA).

Adam Fiser
 
Adam Fiser
Senior Research Associate

Adam is a graduate of Carleton University in Sociology and Journalism, and he earned his Ph.D. in The Knowledge Media Design Collaborative Program from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. For the past several years Adam has been an Adjunct Instructor with the University of Toronto, a researcher with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management at Ryerson University. He authored the Centre for the North’s report Telecommunications and Broadband Connectivity: Mapping the Long-Term Options for Canada’s North. Adam believes that qualitative and quantitative insights are complementary—and equally necessary. He’d like to see greater opportunities for participatory and community-based research beyond the academic sector.

Kala Pendakur
 
Kala Pendakur
Research Associate II, Northern and Aboriginal Policy

Kala holds a Masters in Economics and Development Studies from McGill University, and an Honours Bachelors of Social Science in International Economics and Development from the University of Ottawa. During her studies, Kala worked on such issues as human capital accumulation, income inequality and the role of social capital in the Northern Canadian economy.  Her expertise in these areas correspond well with her role on the Northern and Aboriginal Policy team, where she is working on issues such as community well-being, educational attainment and labour force participation—seen primarily through a quantitative lens. Her background in economic development has given her a thorough understanding of how data management supports a holistic approach to policy development.

Beverley Hinterhoeller
 
Beverley Hinterhoeller
Events and Marketing Coordinator, Public Policy

Beverley is the Events and Marketing Coordinator, Strategy and Engagement, in the Public Policy division at the Conference Board of Canada. She has been working in event management since 2013, and her current role at the Conference Board has her managing meetings, webinars, membership invoices, and more for the Centre for the North (CFN), the Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations (CCAR), and the Centre for Transportation and Infrastructure (CTI). ). She also provides cross-divisional support for one-off events, and assists with divisional marketing in both traditional and new media capacities. Bev has a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours) in French Literature from Carleton University, and a Graduate Certificate from Algonquin College's Event Management program.


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Stefan Fournier
Senior Manager, Executive Networks, Northern and Aboriginal Policy
613-526-3090x449
Email imagestefan.fournier@conferenceboard.ca

Adam Fiser
Senior Research Associate
613-526-3090x391
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Christopher Duschenes
Director, Northern and Aboriginal Policy, Centre for the North
613-526-3090x347
Email imageduschenes@conferenceboard.ca

Beverley Hinterhoeller
Events and Marketing Coordinator, Public Policy
613-526-3090x332
Email imagehinterhoeller@conferenceboard.ca