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Our Team

Stefan Fournier
 
Stefan Fournier
Director, Indigenous and Northern Communities

Stefan is the Director of the Indigenous and Northern Communities (INC) practice area at the Conference Board of Canada. In this role, Stefan oversees INC's various lines of business, including its multi-stakeholder, custom and field-based research initiatives. He is also responsible for fulfilling the mandates and convening activities of the Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations (CCAR) and the Centre for the North (CFN). Prior to this, Stefan spent over a decade in a variety of roles, including as an executive network manager, researcher and policy analyst with the Conference Board of Canada, and as the principal of a research consultancy. His work has focussed on a wide-range of issues, such as the agreement/partnership landscape surrounding corporate-Indigenous relations; economic and infrastructure development; northern and rural housing; and community capacity development. He holds a Masters in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. Stefan is passionate about working with others to collectively address the challenges and opportunities facing northern and remote Canada.

Adam Fiser
 
Adam Fiser
Associate Director

Dr. Adam Fiser (Ph.D. University of Toronto) co-leads the Indigenous and Northern Communities group, where he manages our lines of custom research. Adam has over 15 years of experience working with Indigenous and territorial partners on a variety of issues including information technology and telecom policy, entrepreneurship, education and human resources development, health and wellness, and governance. He provides technical expertise in participatory and mixed methods research approaches, and contributes a practical knowledge of public policy, strategic development, and evaluation in cross-cultural settings. As an independent research consultant, Adam has worked with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), the Assembly of First Nations Economic Partnerships Unit, and a variety of First Nations Regional Management Organizations.

Jane Cooper
 
Jane Cooper
Senior Research Associate I

Jane Cooper, BA, MSc, is a Senior Research Associate at the Conference Board of Canada. She holds an MSc in Human Resource Management and Development from the University of Manchester, and a Certificate in Intercultural Studies from the University of British Columbia. Jane has expertise as a policy analyst specializing in human resource development issues in Canada and internationally and is a Credentialed Evaluator (Canadian Evaluation Society). She has twenty-five years' experience in research and management on a variety of learning and development initiatives.

Jane is currently a lead researcher on two projects looking at learning and development for Indigenous populations: exploring cross-cultural STEM initiatives for Indigenous learners, and examining the impact of Indigenous Institutes across Canada.

Over the past three years, Jane has published 12 reports for the Conference Board eLibrary, delivered training workshops, and presented research at a number of meetings and conferences.

Kaitlyn Rathwell
 
Kaitlyn Rathwell
Senior Research Associate I

Kaitlyn Rathwell is a Senior Research Associate at The Conference Board of Canada Indigenous and Northern Communities, in Ottawa. Dr. Rathwell is a social-ecological systems scholar and practicing performance artist.

Dr. Rathwell leads custom research projects with Indigenous and Northern Communities. She uses both quantitative and qualitative research design and takes an action research approach implementation. Indigenous self-determination in research and governance is a priority in her research and methodologies. Dr Rathwell is a skilled facilitator and brings together multiple stake and rights holder groups. She leads research collaborations that cross the disciplines of our organisation such as economics, political ecology and climate change.

Her research capacity has grown from pursuing an Honors of Arts degree at McGill University, Canada, a Master of Science at The Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden, and by working as a researcher at The Hafen City University in Hamburg and The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany, and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Kitchener, Canada. Rathwell earned a PhD from University of Waterloo in Canada in 2016. She won several awards for her research on the intersection of climate change and Inuit arts. She is a proud alumni of the Environmental Change Governance Group (ECGG) lead by Prof. Armitage at The University of Waterloo, Canada, and of the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, where she was mentored by Prof. Frances Westley.

Dr Rathwell writes and performs music under the stage alias K. La Luna. She recently wrote and recorded four original music works as part of the international Radical Ocean Futures Project. She was also proud to perform alongside Tanya Tagaq at the Climate is Culture exhibit in Toronto. Kaitlyn performs locally and internationally and, when appropriate, incorporates the arts into her research processes. Kaitlyn is passionate about advancing the role of the arts into how society navigates complex social-environmental changes.

Oana Spinu
 
Oana Spinu
Senior Research Associate I

Oana is an interdisciplinary social scientist with 15 years of experience in Arctic and Indigenous issues covering a wide range of policy areas, including telecommunications, renewable energy, environment and climate change, food security, poverty reduction, and infrastructure. She holds a MA in Sustainable Energy Policy from Carleton University, a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University, and a BSc with Distinction in Biology and Environmental Science from McGill University. Oana's work has spanned the private sector, the public sector, and national Indigenous organizations. She served as the Senior Advisor, Innovation and Technology, for the Government of Nunavut, the Executive Director of the Nunavut Broadband Development Corporation, and as a Senior Policy Advisor at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. Oana is a Senior Research Associate with the Indigenous and Northern Communities Division and is leading the Future Skills Centre project examining northern livelihoods.

Amanda Thompson
 
Amanda Thompson
Senior Research Associate

Amanda Thompson is a Senior Research Associate at the Conference Board of Canada working on research projects for the Centre for the North. Amanda has a PhD in experimental psychology and a strong background in quantitative research methods and analysis. She has over seven years experience working as a research analyst in the Federal Government including several years investigating a variety of health and social policy issues and their implications for Inuit, Métis, and off-reserve First Nations.

Jo-Leen Folz
 
Jo-Leen Folz
Network Officer

Jo-Leen is Network Officer for the Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations, Centre for the North and National Immigration Centre. Jo-Leen works closely with the Directors of each Centre in key functions such as business development, client relationship management, website maintenance, agenda building and coordination of research Centre meetings. In addition to her roles within the three Centre's, Jo-Leen is an active member of the Health and Wellness Committee, Human Resources Committee and on the Steering Committee for the Council Community of Practice at The Conference Board.

Jo-Leen is married with 2 daughters and loves to play volleyball, downhill ski and go camping with her family in the summer months.

Jo-Leen is a college graduate with over 15 years of work experience in office administration and project coordination.


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Stefan Fournier
Director, Indigenous and Northern Communities
613-526-3090x449
Email imagestefan.fournier@conferenceboard.ca

Jo-Leen Folz
Network Officer
613-526-3090x493
Email imagefolz@conferenceboard.ca