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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 almost 20 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 federal and territorial governments, the Assembly of First Nations Economic Partnerships Unit, and a variety of First Nations Regional Management Organizations.

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.

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.

Matthew Belliveau

Matthew Belliveau

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Matthew Belliveau joined the Conference Board of Canada in August 2021 as a Senior Research Associate in the Indigenous and Northern Communities knowledge area. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Matthew held the role of Executive Director for both Habitat for Humanity Northwest Territories and the Northwest Territories & Nunavut Construction Association. He has also worked as a policy researcher with the Northwest Territories Business Development & Investment Corporation, and as a lawyer in private practice in Alberta, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. Matthew holds a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from Acadia University.

 Alicia Hibbert

Alicia Hibbert

Senior Research Associate
The Conference Board of Canada

Alicia is a Senior Research Associate II for the Indigenous and Northern Communities knowledge area at the Conference Board of Canada. She is Métis with maternal grandparents from the Nault and Champagne families of the Red River Settlement. She holds a Masters in Anthropology and a Project Management Professional certification. Alicia is passionate about using agile and traditional project management methods for community impact. In her role at the Board, she has developed applied research outputs, including a toolkit to support Inuit recruitment and retention in Inuit Nunangat.

Prior to this, Alicia spent over a decade working in post-secondary roles as a research project manager, partnering with Indigenous communities on a life skills program for youth, and as a project manager in workplace wellbeing. She is also a freelance editor, primarily working with Indigenous authors and non-Indigenous authors writing about Indigenous communities and topics.

Her work has focussed broadly on health and wellbeing, with a particular interest in Indigenous community wellness, the social determinants of health, and workplace wellbeing.

Nafisa Sarwath

Nafisa Sarwath

Research Associate II
The Conference Board of Canada

Nafisa is a Research Associate II with the Indigenous and Northern Communities team at the Conference Board of Canada. She has a significant background in Indigenous focused research, community land use planning, mapping, and youth empowerment. She is currently completing the final stages of her Ph.D. in Geography at Concordia University. Through her doctoral research she has developed a series of community-based research projects with the Cree Nation of Wemindji (in the Eeyou Istchee/James Bay region of Northern Quebec). In her professional career, Nafisa worked as a traditional land use researcher and geomatics expert with the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK). She has also worked as a researcher with the University of Waterloo, and as an intern with the Centre for Natural Resource Studies in Bangladesh.

Jaime Fortin

Jaime Fortin

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

Jaime is a research associate for the Indigenous and Northern Communities Team at the Conference Board. She grew up on a small reserve in Northern Ontario called Chapleau Cree First Nation. Jaime has her Undergraduate Degree from Trent University in Indigenous Studies and Gender Studies with an emphasis in Law and Policy. She is currently pursuing her Law degree from Queen's University and has several years experience working in Indigenous communities in the Health Care and social development fields.

Jo-Leen Folz

Jo-Leen Folz

Council Manager
The Conference Board of Canada

Jo-Leen is the Council Manager for the Indigenous and Northern Communities focus area at The Conference Board of Canada. In this role, she manages the Corporate-Indigenous Relations Council (CIRC) and the Centre for the North (CFN). Jo-Leen's role includes key functions such as business development, client relationship management, website maintenance, agenda and content development for the research Centre and Council meetings. In addition to her roles within the Indigenous and Northern Communities team, Jo-Leen is an active member of the Conference Board of Canada's Wellness Committee, Women's Initiative Network and on the Steering Committee for the Council Community of Practice.

Jo-Leen joined the Conference Board in 2014. Prior to working at the Conference Board, she worked in a variety of roles including Project Management, Project Coordination and as an Entrepreneur owning a hair salon.


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Contact Us

Stefan Fournier
Director
613-520-8469 ext 449
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Jo-Leen Folz
Council Manager
613-520-8620 ext 493
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