Christine Heavens
MBA, C.E.T, Executive Director, Community, Business Development
and Employment Services, Northern College

Bio:
As a member of Northern College’s Senior Management Team, Ms. Heavens brings a wealth of knowledge related to Northern College’s culturally inclusive, customized, and flexible learning strategies while focusing on building strong community and business partnerships.  Her teams excel in developing wrap-around and whole-person collaborative success plans that help ensure student, industry, and community success. Her collaborative efforts and innovative means of removing barriers to education have granted her respect in developing strategies, economic plans, proposals, and partnerships, specifically in support of the mining extractive sector.  Ms. Heavens is a resource to Northern College’s Indigenous Council and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion task force.  She represents the College at Ontario’s Provincial Heads of Apprenticeship Committee, Workforce Development College Committee, Heads of Continuing Education Committee, and is a long-standing Director of the Far Northeast Training Board. Christine has an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA), is a Certified Engineering Technologist, a Survey Technician, and is a certified College and University Administrator.


Cory Robin
Account Manager, NADF

Bio:
Cory Robin joins us from our Timmins Office where he provides business financing and supports to Indigenous small businesses since 2013. A graduate of Northern College’s business program, he is a lifelong Timmins resident and a proud member of Kashechewan First Nation.

In 2020 Cory was appointed to Timmins City Council representing the residents of Ward 5. Cory is community minded serving on various boards and committees throughout the community. In his downtime Cory spend time with his family with a focus on culinary adventures with his wife Melissa and 3 children.


Jacob Dockstater
JD, MBA, BA, Executive Director, Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord Economic Development

Bio:
Jake Dockstator is Mohawk and a member of Oneida of the Thames First Nation and received a traditional education from a young age. Jake received his undergraduate degree majoring in Indigenous Studies at Trent University before moving on to complete his Juris Doctor at Osgoode Hall Law School and thereafter his Masters of Business Administration from the Degroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Prior to joining the Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord Jake Dockstator worked in private debt and high finance, managing a portfolio of over $200MM across Western Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

In his present role as the inaugural Executive Director of the Sioux Lookout Friendship Accord Economic Development Corporation, Jake works closely with the Municipality of Sioux Lookout and the four signatory communities, Lac Seul, Cat Lake, Slate Falls and Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation (also known as Big Trout Lake First Nation) to carry out a shared vision of developing vibrant communities and improving the quality of life in our communities and the region as a whole.

Jacob is also a Member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario First Nations Technical Skills Corporation.

tors for the Ontario First Nations Technical Skills Corporation.


Karen Restoule
Chief Executive Officer, Shared Value Solutions (SVS)

Bio:

Karen Restoule is Chief Executive Officer for Shared Value Solutions (SVS), an environmental and community development consulting firm working with Indigenous communities to achieve their goals of jurisdiction, prosperity, and self-determination. Prior to joining SVS, Karen led the modernization of Ontario’s administrative justice system as the Alternate Executive Chair at Tribunals Ontario. Previously, she served as Director of Justice at Chiefs of Ontario where she worked with First Nations leadership to advance policy solutions to justice issues.

In 2016, Karen co-founded BOLD Realities, a non-profit organization that advances economic reconciliation by convening discussions and developing tools to help build relationships. In 2018, they partnered with TakingITGlobal to launch www.whose.land, a web-based mobile app designed to equip users with information about Indigenous territories.

A graduate of the University of Toronto and of the University of Ottawa’s French Common Law Program, Karen was inducted into the Faculty of Law’s Honour Society in 2014 for using her legal education as a foundation for making a significant contribution to society. She is the recipient of CivicAction’s 2018 Emerging Leader Award and was named Public Policy Forum’s 2018 Prime Ministers of Canada Fellow, where she developed and delivered an executive leadership program focused on best practices to advance reconciliation.

Karen serves on governance boards for the Banff Forum and Canadian Club Toronto, on the advisory body for Connected North, and the Federal Judicial Advisory Committee for Ontario East & North. She serves on the jury for the 2021 Donner Prize for best Canadian public policy book and contributes to www.thehub.ca, an online platform that delivers insights, analysis, and debate about a dynamic and better future for Canada. Karen is Ojibwe from Dokis First Nation.


Kimberley Bird
CPA, CMA, Loans Manager, NADF

Bio:

  • Has been involved in economic development for 24 years
  • She is the Loans Manager at Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF).
  • She is member of a small Cree community, Peawanuck First Nation, located on the Hudson Bay coast.
  • She resides in Timmins with her husband Dean
  • Kim is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
  • Volunteers on committees, including, The Starter Company and the Timmins Indigenous Organization Committee
  • Enjoys creating jewelry, clothing, mukluks, slippers, pottery
  • Loves outdoors, kayaking is her newest adventure.

Michael Fox
President & CEO, Indigenous Community Engagement (ICE)

Bio:
Michael is the President/CEO of Indigenous Community Engagement (ICE) – one of Canada’s leading national Indigenous firms specializing in community consultation, facilitation/negotiations, capacity building, & enterprise development. He brings a wealth of experience in structuring projects and financing for both industry and Indigenous clients. He obtained an honours degree in Political Science with a focus on Aboriginal Law & Resource Development and has an MBA with a specialization in Social Enterprise. He is a Certified Professional Facilitator, a certified Change Management Practitioner, and a certified Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer. He is the Co-Chair of the Indigenous Affairs Committee for the PDAC and is the Co-Chair for the Jury Panel for the Progressive Aboriginal Relations program at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, where he was a board member for 6 years.  He’s a believer in higher education and has taught university courses to share his professional experiences with the next generation of Indigenous business leaders. He’s originally from Weenusk First Nation. He is currently a candidate for a doctorate degree in business administration.