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Our Team

Stefan Fournier

Stefan Fournier

Director
The Conference Board of Canada

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 Corporate-Indigenous relations Council (CIRC) 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
The Conference Board of Canada

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
The Conference Board of Canada

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.

Amanda Thompson

Amanda Thompson

Senior Research Associate I
The Conference Board of Canada

Dr. 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.

Erin Macpherson

Erin Macpherson

Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Erin Macpherson (MSc.) is a Research Associate II in the Indigenous and Northern Communities group. She earned a BSc. at the University of Toronto and a MSc. from McMaster University. She has experience coordinating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) outreach programs at the regional and national level. At Let's Talk Science's national office, she coordinated outreach initiatives engaging Indigenous youth and facilitated training opportunities for volunteers and staff to learn more about working in a culturally responsive way. Erin also has experience at the Council of Canadian Academies as a researcher on a project that is assessing the potential impacts and opportunities of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles for Canadians, industry, and government. At the Conference Board, she is contributing to research projects within the Centre for the North and the Future Skills Centre.

Twiladawn Stonefish

Twiladawn Stonefish

Research Associate, Indigenous & Northern Communities
The Conference Board of Canada

Dr. Twiladawn Stonefish is a Research Associate II with the Indigenous and Northern Communities team. Twiladawn earned her PhD in Applied Social Psychology at the University of Windsor, with a focus in organizational and community psychologies. She has more than 10 years of academic and applied research experience and is passionate about using her skills to foster change and reconciliation. Twiladawn has extensive writing and presentation experience for a variety of audiences, as well as experience working with, and in, Indigenous communities. She is excited to be a contributing member on research projects with the Future Skills Centre.

Libby Dean

Libby Dean

Researcher II
The Conference Board of Canada

Libby Dean is a Research Associate II with the Indigenous and Northern Communities team. Libby has been working with, and within, Indigenous communities as part of her contract and consulting work in applied social science research for 20 years. She has in recent years added the skill of visual note-taking / graphic recording for workshops (e.g. on polar bears and on sustainable community development). Libby has spent an extensive time in Indigenous communities in Labrador, where she initially worked for an NGO; later conducted her thesis research (Nunatsiavut); and more recently assisted with local research projects. She earned a Master of Environmental Studies degree at Dalhousie University, and holds an interdisciplinary BA in Human Ecology (College of the Atlantic, Maine). She is the Conference Board's "easternmost employee," which is appropriate as she lives in Wabanakik (Dawnland). She is contributing to projects within the Future Skills Centre.

Jo-Leen Folz

Jo-Leen Folz

Council Manager
The Conference Board of Canada

Jo-Leen is Council Manager for the Corporate-Indigenous Relations Council (CIRC), Centre for the North (CFN) and National Immigration Centre (NIC) at The Conference Board of Canada. 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 and Council meetings. In addition to her roles within the CFN, CIRC and NIC, Jo-Leen is an active member of the Conference Board of Canada's Wellness Committee and on the Steering Committee for the Council Community of Practice. Jo-Leen is a college graduate with over 15 years of work experience in office management and project coordination.


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Contact Us

Stefan Fournier
Director
613-520-8469x449
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Jo-Leen Folz
Council Manager
613-520-8620x493
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