Updated:Apr 9, 2002
First Nations Connect Conference Speakers.....
Stan Beardy

Grand Chief of Nishnawbe Aski Nation Stan Beardy's varied and extensive career provides him with the perspective to consider issues from all points of view. He worked as a Welder in Winnipeg and Thunder Bay, and a Heavy Equipment Operator and Welder for the Muskrat Dam First Nation. (read more)


Mathew Chan
Mathew is the Project Director of Government On-Line (GOL) for INAC. In this capacity, his responsibilities include the coordination of GOL activities within INAC, , and interfacing with other federal departments and central agencies to ensure that the department's GOL objectives are consistent with the broader government objectives and principles of GOL. (read more)
Paul Bush
Vice President of Corporate Development Telesat Canada, his experience includes the development, and implementation of satellite services in Canada and the United States.He is responsible for all activities related to the development of business plans and the associated partners for new satellite services in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. He holds a Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Education from Queens...(read more)
Ken Thomas

Special Advisor to Matthew Coon Come - Assembly of First Nations


Harvey Yesno
President and CEO of Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund since 1993, he received a Diploma in Avionics Maintenance Technology from Confederation College in 1977 and continues to pursue new knowledge and skills by participating in seminars and courses...(read more)
David Paul Achneepineskum
Executive Director of NAN, he attended and graduated from Geraldton Composite High School in late 1960's started his career working with his people in 1973 in his home community of Marten Falls as the Welfare and Band Administrator. In 1975, David decided to go out into the world and experience life and pursue his career...(read more)

Fred Kakegamic

Keewaytinook Okimakanak Elder


Dr. Claudette Chase

Medical Director, Sioux Lookout Zone Hospital


Laurie Sherrington

Regional Telehealth Coordinator, NORTH Network Living in Thunder Bay since 1971 Married, with one 22 year old daughter who is currently in Education at LU. Interests kayaking, travel, films, issues related to well being of women and children....(read more)


  Rahil Khan
Rahil Khan is a research and policy analyst with Industry Canada's Smart Communities Program. Currently his work with Smart Communities focuses on the program's strategy to collect and disseminate best practices from its 12 demonstration projects. (read more)
  Gordon Kakegamic
Telecommunications Technician, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Carl Seibel
Telecommunications Officer, Industry Canada, FedNor
  Rob Stinchcombe
Regional Manager, Industry Canada, FedNor, Northwestern Ontario
Mike Belliveau
  Innovations Officer, Industry Canada, FedNor
  Wally Bannon
ABC / XDO Nishnawbe Aski Nation Region
Wayne Sajna Hebert
Vice-President & Chief Information Officer at Contact North/Contact Nord, Canada's largest distance education and training network, which is headquartered in Thunder Bay and Sudbury. (read more)
Deer Lake First Nation SMART STAFF
Oscar Meekis

He is currently the E-centre manager for Deer Lake. We have been busy with this communication technology that was just introduced to our community...(read more)


Cory J Meekis

Community Technician


Arlene Meekis

Multi-Media Producer


Sonya Nothing

ICT Support Worker


Fort Severn First Nation SMART Staff
Chief George Kakekaspan

Fort Severn First Nation


Madeleine Stoney

E-Center Manager


Angus Miles

Communtity Technician


Barney Turtle
Multi-Media Producer
  Rusty Miles
  ICT Support Worker
Keewaywin SMART Staff
Raymond Mason

Raymond Mason is the Manager of the Keewaywin First Nation E-Center, an important component of Keewaytinook Okimakanak"s Kuh-ke-nah Network of SMART First Nations Demonstration project. The E-Center began operations in May 2001. (read more)

Blue Mason

Community Technician


David P. Mckay

Multi-Media Producer


Francine Kakepetum

ICT Support Worker


  North Spirit Lake SMART Staff
Darlene Rae
Darlene is the E-Centre Manager in North Spirit Lake First Nation E-Centre, and the Chairperson for North Spirit Lake First Nation Health Committee. Darlene began working with Keewaytinook Okimakanak back in 1995. (read more)
Dale Jack
Originally from Whitefish Bay, Dale moved to North Spirit Lake in mid July 2001. He's been working for Smart since mid-September 2001. He also worked as the CAP youth worker till mid-December, in January his job title changed to Information Communication Technology (ICT) Support Worker.(read more)
Arnold Thomas Thompson

He is currently the multi-media producer in his home reserve,which he finds sometimes frustrating but he has learned many things about computers while doing this job and will learn much more............
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  Poplar Hill SMART Staff
Susan Owen

E-Centre Manager


Anita Strang

Community Technician


Alice Suggashie
Multi-media Producer
Salina Strang
ICT Support Worker
  Keewaytinook Okimakanak Staff
Geordi Kakepetum
Keewaytinook Okimakanak Executive Director
Orpah Mckenzie
As Director of Health Services for Keewaytinook Okimakanak Council, Orpah has been working with the KO First Nations in meeting the health needs in their goal to have community-based programs which are designed, developed and delivered by community health workers. (read more)
Penny Carpenter
Business / Finance Manager
David Neegan
Business Developing and Marketing
Les Meekis
Les is the Community Manager for Keewaytinook Okimakanak's K-Net Project. Les began working directly with the project early in 2001, easily moving from his position as KO's Outreach Worker...(read more)
Brian Beaton

is the Project Leader of Keewaytinook Okimakanak's Kuh-ke-nah SMART First Nations demonstration project http://knet.ca. The K-Net program began in 1994 under the direction and vision of the First Nation Chiefs...(read more)

email Brian at brian.beaton@knet.ca

Peter Campbell
Public Works Manager
Dan Pellerin
Dan Pellerin has been working with Keewaytinook Okimakanak since 1996 as initially as trainer and presently as Network Manager. Working with other members of the team they have been building K-Net to it's present state...(read more)
Lynda Kakepetum

KiHS Counsellor


Margaret Lawson
McDowell Lake / KO Technician
John Rowlandson
KO Telehealth Program Manager
Marlene Mckay
She lives in the town of Sioux Lookout and commutes to Frenchman's Head everyday where she is a teacher at KiHS, which is one of the KiHS communities that opened this year. Frenchman's Head is part of Lac Seul First Nation. She has been teaching Native Language through KiHS and says that teaching Native Language on line is challenging but fun.(read more)