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Dianne Tookenay, B. Admin, MPA

Given her experience in the mining sector, in economic development and over 20 years serving First Nations communities, Dianne is well-positioned to mobilize on behalf of NGAI clients.

She began her career as an Ontario-based business development consultant for clients residing off-reserve.  Following this, she worked as a business and economic development officer for Windigo First Nation Council and the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund.  In these roles she delivered programs such as Industry Canada’s Business Canada Program and assisted clients with funding applications and business planning.

Her broad experience with both First Nations councils and corporate entities such as Toronto Dominion Bank in roles including policy advisor, education coordinator, financial administrator and strategic planner have given her a solid foundation in corporate services and administration.

Recently Dianne worked for a First Nations Tribal Council, located in one of the busiest areas for mineral development and exploration within the province of Ontario. Playing a key role in communications and liaison between exploration companies, various First Nations and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, Dianne worked under an organizational directive to represent the interests of the First Nations according to their communicated standard of required Consultation and Accommodation required for their First Nations as it related to mineral exploration within their First Nations’ traditional territory.

Dianne holds a Bachelor of Administration from Lakehead University and a joint Master of Public Administration from University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg.  In addition, she has completed diplomas in Native Band Management and Indian Economic Development, among others.  Dianne has extensive knowledge of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act as a result of her close collaboration with government entities.