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Michael Hardy
President

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Michael Hardy is a band member of Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek and the Executive Director of Anishnawbe Mushkiki.  His vision to help the aboriginal communities in the north is expansive.  He sees the need for family health care, adult addiction treatment, children’s mental health, and so many other services that aboriginal peoples require.  Michael Hardy is a graduate of Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario with degrees and studies in Arts, Education and Social Work.  His vast knowledge of the aboriginal culture, necessities, and concerns has brought him forward as a leader in First Nation services.  From business owner to elementary school teacher to Chief of Rocky Bay First Nation to Executive Director, Michael’s accomplishments continue.  His family is an important part of his life.  His golf swing gets better as the years go on as does his accomplishments.

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Ian Bannon
Vice-President

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Ian Bannon is a life-long resident and member of Fort William First Nation and holds the position of Vice President for Nokiiwin Tribal Council. Ian started his career as a Journeyman Electrician, directly upon graduating from Selkirk Collegiate and Vocational Institute in Thunder Bay, Ontario, serving his apprenticeship with Transport Canada and the Ministry of Transportation. After starting a family, Ian seized the opportunity for a career change to Property Management, managing a portfolio of residential units dedicated to victims of family violence. In 1996, he decided to bring his experience back to his community of Fort William First Nation and joined the Anemki Mountain Corporation as the General Manager. After eleven years of service, he was managing over 150,000 square feet of commercial office space and a corporation, which was the stepping-stone for FWFN’s extensive commercial development. Throughout these years, Ian also served five years as the Native Community Corrections worker for his community with the Ministry of Corrections (Probation and Parole) and as a Councillor for FWFN in four consecutive terms.

In 2007, Ian expanded his career by accepting the role of Manager of Lands and Claims Negotiations for FWFN, where he served as Lead Negotiator in five successful Specific Claims, one of which was acknowledged as the largest claim settlement in Canada. In 2014, Ian received the Commissioner of Oath Designation and his Certificate of Qualification as a Certified Lands Manager, which is a vital tool in facilitating the long-term strategy of FWFN’s First Nations Land Management Act.

Today, Ian continues his work in the FWFN Lands Department, as the Director of Lands and Property Management and recently received offer on the largest Railway Expropriation in Canada, the FWFN Grand Trunk Pacific Railway Claim.

Ian is the proud father of two daughters, Meagan and Caitlin and a loving grandfather to his pride and joy, granddaughter Jace.

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Crystal Pirie
Secretary/Treasurer

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Joe Donio
Director

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Joe Donio is a Director of Nokiiwin Tribal Council and has been since its inception ten years ago. He was instrumental in the creation of Nokiwin along with several visionary leaders in the Robinson Superior Region; who saw the need for the creation of a regional tribal council to support the First Nations and to work together for mutual benefit.

Joe is currently the Development Manager for Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek First Nation. He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University. He has over two decades of experience working with numerous Aboriginal communities and organizations as well as governments and industry from across Canada.

With over twenty years of professional experience and many of those years in senior management positions, he has proven experience in Aboriginal engagement and leading complex negotiations which is evident in his work as Development Manager at Animbiigoo Zaagi’igan Anishinaabek. Joe led a team to secure over $15 Million in public and private sector funding to support the upgrading and training of hundreds of First Nations’ citizens, during which time he developed mutually beneficial relationships with many industry representatives.

With AZA, Joe played a lead role in implementing an agreement between the First Nation and the governments of Canada and Ontario, which led to the creation of the First Nations’ new Reserve land base at Partridge Lake in the Municipality of Greenstone. Joe followed up this work by initiating and managing a comprehensive community and land-use planning process for the First Nation to guide the community in all of its future development. During this process, Joe worked extensively with AZA leadership and community members to ensure a high level of engagement and input from the members and this led to a successful, well-received plan from the community. The plan also received national recognition when the Canadian Institute of Planners honoured AZA with an award for planning excellence in 2013. Joe firmly believes in the adage “failing to plan is planning to fail”.

Joe has worked on a number of projects including the creation of a partnership of 27 First Nations to own and operate the 104 room Landmark Hotel in Thunder Bay. Joe has led and continues to lead a number of negotiations for his community on flooding settlements, land claims, resource development projects in the energy sector including waterpower and transmission as well as mining and forest products.

Volunteering and assisting organizations in the sectors that he is knowledgeable in is something that Joe takes great pride in. He is involved with Waaskiinaysay Ziibi Inc. to promote regional energy projects as well as Anishinabek Employment and Training Services, providing strategic direction for the organizations in the management of multi-million dollar training to employment fund.

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Audrey Mandula
Director

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Audrey Mandula is a member of Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek and is a Director of Nokiiwin Tribal Council.

Each affiliated First Nation of Nokiiwin Tribal Council has appointed a member to serve on the Board of Directors.