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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 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.

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 lawyer in private practice, and as a policy researcher with the Northwest Territories Business Development & Investment Corporation.

Matthew holds a Juris Doctor from Dalhousie University, and has been called to the bar in Alberta, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories. He also holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from Acadia University.

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