Board of Directors

Marie Seymour: Co-Chair

Marie is a member of the Wauzhushk Onigum First Nation in the Treaty #3 Territory and is a graduate of Carleton University with honours in Sociology and Law and is currently working towards her Human Resource Management Certification from University of Toronto. She is the Executive Director for Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong which is the employment and training agency for the Treaty #3 territory and has been in this position since 1992.  She lives in Kenora with her husband and son. Marie represents the Aboriginal Sector.

Sector: Aboriginal
Company: Shooniyaa Wa-Biitong
Title/Position: Executive Director
Community: Treaty 3 Communities

Allyson Pele: Co-Chair

Allyson is the Manager of the Northwest Business Centre (NWBC), where business services are offered across the Kenora and Rainy River Districts. She is based out of Kenora and travels around the districts to offer business services and work with youth who are interested in entrepreneurship. Prior to the NWBC Allyson worked at Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corporation as the Community and Business Development Coordinator. Allyson is originally from Sioux Narrows and grew up in Canmore, Alberta and lived in Vancouver, BC for three years and worked as an event planner at the Vancouver Aquarium. Her heart has always been in Northwestern Ontario and moved back to the area three years ago. She has a business degree from Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB and is passionate about helping small businesses in the districts succeed. She is a committee member on the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation: Festival of the Trees Gala, an executive member of the Kenora Young Professionals Network and has helped to bring the Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op to Kenora.

Sector: Business
Company: Northwest Business Centre
Title/Position: Manager
Community: Kenora and Rainy River Districts (based out of Kenora)

Siobain Moore: Secretary Treasurer

Siobain earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the University of Guelph, then completed Post-Grad Diploma in Human Resources Management with Humber College. She is the Administrative Director, Workplace Culture and Organizational Health at the Dryden Regional Health Centre.  Siobain represents the Broader Sector.

Sector: Broader Community
Company: Dryden Regional Health Centre
Title/Position: Director, Human Resources
Community: Dryden

Garry McKinnon: Director

Garry has worked in retail management and managed a small manufacturing firm before accepting a position with the Atikokan Economic Development Corporation (EADC), a Community Futures Development Corporation where he has been employed for the past twenty-three years.  He has worked as a Community Development Advisor and Investment Manager and has been Executive Director for over fourteen years.  He represents the Business Sector. He was a Past President of the Northwestern Ontario Development Network and Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and Past Vice-President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Garry is actively engaged in many local and regional groups and organizations.

Sector: Business
Company: Atikokan Economic Development Corporation
Title/Position: Executive Director
Community: Atikokan

Mary Tait: Director

Mary Tait is the Coordinator at the Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board. Mary has social work background; received her diploma from Confederation College in 1990 and continued by distance education & some on campus to get her Social Work Degree through Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, in 2010. She was hired by Tikinagan Child & Family Services in May 1990 as a Regional Worker. Mary travelled to most of the isolated/remote communities to do child protection work. She was employed on and off at TCFS from 1990 to 2008 giving her 15 years of service in Child Welfare. Mary is married to Jethro Tait and they have four children; 2 sons and 2 daughters and numerous grandchildren. Mary maintains her culture by doing native crafts and going out on the land to hunt and fish with her husband of 38 years. Annually, Mary gathers berries with her children and grandchildren, especially when the season is good and berries are plentiful. Her goal is to have a good life and help others to the best of her ability.

Sector: Aboriginal
Company: Sioux Lookout Area Aboriginal Management Board
Title/Position: Coordinator
Community: Sioux Lookout Area

Scott Haines: Director

Scott represents the Business Sector.  Scott earned a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education at Lakehead University.  Prior to University, he worked with gold exploration companies in Northern Quebec and Northern Ontario, working as a linecutter, claimstaker, geophysical and geochemical surveyor, and as an assistant geologist.  Scott has been the Aboriginal Team Ontario (ATO ) Head Coach for Athletics at the 2006, 2008, and 2014 at the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG).  From 2009 to 2012 along with his wife, Elsie Chisel-Haines, Scott delivered a sports program at 64 of the 72 First Nation communities in Ontario with Elementary Schools.  He is also a Board Director for Aboriginal Sport & Wellness Council of Ontario (ASWCO).  Scott represents the Business Sector.  He currently lives in Hudson where he and Elsie manage the Tim Horton’s in Sioux Lookout.

Sector: Business
Company: Tim Horton's
Title/Position: Manager
Community: Sioux Lookout

Nicke Paddock: Director

Nicke is the Executive Director for the Northern Community Development Services in Fort Frances.  She is new to the organization and industry but looks forward to the learning curve.  Prior to this position she was the Director for Riverside Foundation for Health Care for 3.5 years and has a passion for community development. She has an advertising/marketing diploma and is the co-founder of a tea business.  She sits on the diversity committee and on the Town SunnyCove Camp committee.

Sector: Education / Training
Company: Northern Community Development Services
Title/Position: Executive Director
Community: Fort Frances

Tracy Oshie-Horton: Director

Tracy Oshie-Horton is a member of Rainy River First Nations and currently works for the First Nation as a Training and Employment Coordinator. Tracy has worked for the First Nation for several years in different capacities ranging from manufacturing, managing the restaurant at the Historical Centre to the Ontario Works Program. Her main focus during the last few years has been training and employment. Tracy represents the Aboriginal Sector. More information will follow.

Sector: Aboriginal
Company: Rainy River First Nations
Title/Position: Executive Assistant
Community: Rainy River First Nations - Fort Frances

B Michael Heaton: Director

After a lifetime of Secondary School teaching (Seneca College/Film Studies; Northern Manitoba/Industrial Arts; Trinity College School/Geography, PHE, Science; Rosseau Lake College/Outdoor Education, Mathematics; Toronto District School Board/Outdoor Education, Geography) Michael (BA, Bed, MEd: Queen’s and OISE) retired to the Atikokan area to commence a new Independent School, purchasing and refurbishing the former Quetico Centre. Quetico College School will focus on Project-Based Learning at all grade levels in co-operation with International schools, Higher Education and local industries. Michael not only brings a lifetime passion for the outdoors, white-water kayaking, BMX and distance cycling, snowboarding, travel and music to this opportunity but invites guests to drop in and see the new additions to the Northwestern Ontario community.

Sector: Education / Training
Company: Quetico College School
Title/Position: Owner/Operator
Community: Atikokan

Joe Ruete: Ex-Officio

Married for 50 plus years, family is very important to Joe.  He and his wife Connie have raised a family in Machin where the whole family currently enjoys the outdoors and "family feel" to the friendly communities that incorporate Machin.  Hwy construction was Joe's first mode of employment in the early 60's in Vermilion Bay.  He late became employed with "The Company," The Dryden Paper Mill, where he worked on the paper machines and then transferred to the woodlands department.  After 48 years he retired from their third party company, Raleigh Falls Timber in 2008.  Lifelong roots with Machin, have allowed Joe to become an avid outdoors person.  Joe is currently involved with "The Friends of the Post," revitalizing the historical landmark, The Hudson's Bay Post, on Eagle Lake.  The Machin Fire Department has seen Joe as Deputy Fire Chief in the early 80's.  Joe also has been President of the Communications Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP Local 324).  Along with NTAB, other committees Joe is currently involved with are; Northwestern Health Unit and Patricia Area Community Endeavours.  Past and current experience as a Machin Councilor from 2010 to present and also 1978 to 1985 has given Joe the wisdom, passion, effective communication skills and appreciation for both sides. 

Sector: Municipal Government
Company: Municipal Representative - Ex-Officio
Title/Position: Councillor - Municipality of Machin
Community: Municipality of Machin