Our Team

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Tabatha Bull

President & CEO

Tabatha is Anishinaabe and a proud member of Nipissing First Nation near North Bay, Ontario. She is currently the President & CEO of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business working with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal businesses to help strengthen a prosperous Indigenous economy and Canadian market. Also, a member of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce board, Tabatha is committed to working with members to improve business competitiveness across all industry sectors. Prior to her current role as CEO, Tabatha joined CCAB in the fall of 2018 as Chief Operating Officer.

Tabatha, an electrical engineer from the University of Waterloo, led the First Nations and Métis Relations team at the IESO, Ontario’s electricity system operator. Supporting and advising Canada’s energy sector, academics and organizations to ensure a collaborative approach with Indigenous leaders, communities, heads of industry and government, Tabatha sits as a member on both the Positive Energy Advisory Council and the C.D. Howe Institute’s Energy Policy program.

As a testament to her passion to better the lives of Indigenous people and stay connected to her community, Tabatha serves as a director on the board of Wigwamen Housing Inc.; the oldest and largest urban Indigenous housing provider in Ontario.

Tabatha is also an active member on the board of Young Peoples Theatre in Toronto and the Canadian advisory group to UN Women “promoting women’s economic empowerment through responsible business in G7 countries”.

Tabatha is the proud mom to two boys and can often be found in a hockey arena or at the baseball diamond.

416.961.8663 ext. 223

tbull@ccab.com

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Ashley Robin

Executive Assistant 

Ashley Robin has been working at the CCAB as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and COO since April, 2019. After obtaining a diploma in Business Administration from Cambrian College, Ashley began her career in the research department of Shaw Media. Ashley has always had a passion for business, and in 2017, she opened one of the first virtual reality arcades in Toronto. Ashley enjoys learning the inner-workings of all different types of businesses; having worked as a project coordinator and labourer for a renovation company; partnering with an escape room business in downtown Toronto; and analyzing data for multiple media companies.  Ashley is very excited to continue her journey with the CCAB.

Ashley was born in Cochrane, Ontario and is of Anishnaabe decent. She moved to Toronto in 2013, and has been enjoying life in the big city with her wife. She enjoys traveling to new places, exploring Toronto, doing escape rooms, and spending time with friends and family.

416.961.8663 ext. 221

arobin@ccab.com

Kathryn Wash

Director of Human Resources

Kathryn Wash has over 25 years of experience working in human resources. She has used her HR expertise within several different industries which include law firms, financial institutions and for the last ten years software companies. She has taught HR at local colleges which helps her keep up to date on new laws and opportunities to enhance the employee experience. This is her first non-profit and she is very excited to learn, becoming a major contributor at CCAB. She volunteers within her community and loves to spend time reading, curling and riding long distances on her road bike.

416.961.8663 ext. 240

kwash@ccab.com

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Tashina Migwans Odjig

Receptionist

Tashina Migwans Odjig joined CCAB as the receptionist in March 2019. Tashina is a proud Anishnaabe woman from the Home of the Great Spirit Mnido Mnising, also known as Manitoulin Island. Tashina has 11 years of experience in the administrative sector working with on & off reserve Indigenous communities. Tashina is a recent graduate of the 2018 Aboriginal BEST Program, (Business Entrepreneurship Skills Training Program) and a 2017 Graduate from George Brown College’s Fashion Exchange Program. She joins us from previous employers, M’Chigeeng First Nation Administration, Wikwemikong Development Commission, Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence), Ontario First Nation Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) & the Native Canadian Center of Toronto. Tashina is committed to assist Indigenous growth and self-determination. Tashina is the proud mother of one daughter, and currently resides in Toronto, ON.

416.961.8663 ext. 234

tmigwansodjig@ccab.com

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Lynda Keith

Director of Marketing

Lynda Keith has worked in the Marketing, Communications, Special Events and Sponsorship industries for over 25 years and is the principal of Lynda Keith – Marketing, Communications & Events. She began her career at the Bay, heading up the Special Events Dept. for their flagship store and later was promoted to Senior Manager, National Special Events for the retail chain. Between positions at the Bay, Lynda took on the role of Director, Marketing and Retail Services for Yorkdale Shopping Centre. Next, Lynda turned her sights to the non-profit sector becoming Manager, Marketing and Communications, for the Toronto Zoo. Most recently Lynda was the Director, Resource Development, for Camp Maple Leaf, a camp for disadvantaged kids and children of Military families. Lynda has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Windsor.

416.961.8663 ext. 224

lkeith@ccab.com

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Kate Maynard

Marketing Associate, Events & Awards

Kate has over 25 years of planning, managing and executing a variety of events. She began her event career at a grass-roots non-profit promoting children’s literacy and a love of reading, moved on to coordinating fundraising events for women and children escaping violence, and spent the last 12 years managing events and raising funds at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto. Kate is thrilled to be working with CCAB and when not at work, she likes spending time with her family and friends, reading and hanging out in Riverdale where they live.

416.961.8663 ext. 238

kmaynard@ccab.com

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Sandy Gene

Senior Associate, Marketing & Communications

Sandy’s background in marketing, communications and public relations lends to a seasoned multi-tasker. Working with educators, in the arts, government, and private sector, she has managed several major projects, business initiatives, and has provided professional and educational writing and editing. Experienced in public and media relations, she has also managed events, conferences, and board/government affairs. Sandy, an avid traveller and outdoor enthusiast, has lived in Toronto for over 25 years with her husband, Dave; they have two daughters.

416.961.8663 ext. 241

sgene@ccab.com

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Amanda Charles

Communications Associate

Amanda is Anishinaabe with roots in Mnjikaning First Nation. In 2014, she graduated with a Bachelor of Management, major in Environment, Sustainability and Society from Dalhousie University. Soon after graduating, she moved to Toronto and dipped her toes in fundraising at Anduhyaun Inc., the shelter for Indigenous women in Toronto. She soon developed a passion for messaging and branding and moved on to communications and marketing at Indspire. For nearly 4 years at Indspire, she worked closely with the Indspire Award recipients, deepening her understanding of the diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples across Canada. In her spare time, she can be found running around on the ultimate frisbee field.

416.961.8663 ext. 227

acharles@ccab.com

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Sarah Pineda

Marketing Assistant

Sarah Pineda is the Marketing Assistant, at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. A proud Humber Public Relations Alumni with Afro-Salvadoran and Native Indigenous (Eagle Clan) ancestry, Sarah strives to optimize branding campaigns, communication objectives and strategic initiatives for CCAB.

Before CCAB, Sarah completed her undergrad in Social Work with a focus on Indigenous studies, evidence-based research and proposal writing. Through these experiences, Sarah developed a passion for sustainability, advocacy and collectivity.

Sarah is fluent in Spanish, a chemical-free living enthusiast and an avid crystal collector.

416.961.8663 ext. 244

spineda@ccab.com

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Ken Montour

Director, Membership

Ken Montour (Bear Clan) is a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and is currently the Director of Membership for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

Ken completed an e-Business Diploma from Mohawk College and then went on to receive his BA in Communication Studies from Brock University.

Previously Ken worked at the Chiefs of Ontario, and for 9 years, was honoured to have an exciting career at Indspire (formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation), growing into a seasoned fundraising professional, working primarily with Corporate Relations. Through Indspire, Ken worked on a total of 22 career conferences for Indigenous high school students, 9 Indspire Awards that honours Indigenous Achievement across Canada and the first 4 National Gathering for Indigenous Education conferences.

While not stewarding relationships between the private sector and Indigenous charities, Ken can be found at 12,000 feet; as a Skydiving enthusiast and videographer, filming students and other professional skydivers!

416.961.8663 ext. 229

kmontour@ccab.com

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Summer Jones

Senior Coordinator, Membership

Summer Jones is currently the Senior Coordinator, Membership at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).  Summer is of Anishinaabe decent and actively maintains a connection to her roots, culture and community. Summer was born on a southern Ontario farm, lived across North America and currently calls Toronto her home. Her career started out in the culinary arts where her love of food allowed her to nurture her administrative, management and coordination skills. Before joining CCAB, she was working as an account manager at Royal Bank where she further cultivated her customer service skills. Summer has numerous years working with the public and is excited to be a part of the CCAB team. When she’s not at work, Summer enjoys practicing Shaolin martial arts, making music, and spending time in nature with her loved ones.

416.961.8663 ext. 236

sjones@ccab.com

Jesse Steckley

Jesse Steckley

Membership Assistant

Jesse is Anishinaabe from Wasauksing First Nation. Currently, Jesse is assisting the membership department for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).

Jesse received a diploma from Georgian College’s Aboriginal Community and Social Development program. Following, Jesse furthered his education in Indigenous Studies at Trent University and went on to diversify his skill set by achieving a web-developer certificate.

On his leisure time, Jesse likes to be creative in a variety of art mediums, cooking, and biking. He is interested in technology and Indigenous community development.

416.961.8663 ext. 243

jsteckley@ccab.com

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Paul-Emile McNab

Director, Business Development and Strategic Initiatives

Paul-Emile re-joined the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business on October 31st, 2016. Prior to that, he was active in the field of Research, Consulting and Business Development for fifteen years. In 2007, he completed his honours degree in History, Political Science and Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto. In 2010, he completed his Masters in Environmental Studies at York University with a focus on Indigenous knowledge and a Major Research Paper titled The Traditional Rights of Ways on the Walpole Island First Nation.

He is a Métis scholar who has been published in numerous books, articles and magazines. He has served as a Member of the Research Advisory Committee with Canadian Energy Research Institute, a Member of the Leadership Advisory Circle for the Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship with the City of Toronto and the Chair of the National Advisory Committee with ORIGIN Inc. He is of Métis descent with ancestors attached to Métis Scrip applications and currently resides in Toronto.

416.961.8663 ext. 239

pmcnab@ccab.com

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Philip Ducharme

Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Philip Ducharme is a proud Metis with all eight of his Great-Grandparents attached to Metis Scrip applications. He graduated from the University of Regina through the Gabriel Dumont Institute in Business Administration. Philip has spent the last 20 years working with numerous national Aboriginal organizations helping to advance Aboriginal peoples in various sectors including business, employment, education and health.

Philip has rejoined CCAB as the Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is excited to be part of CCAB’s advancement Aboriginal business in Canada.

Philip’s greatest passion is road trips and is proud to say that he has driven the entire Trans Canada Highway from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.

416.961.8663 ext. 230

pducharme@ccab.com

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Tracy Morningstar

TFAB Program Coordinator

Tracy Morningstar was born and raised in Mississauga #8 First Nation, at the mouth of the Mississauga River on the North Shore of Lake Huron (Blind River, Ontario).   After a 1994 Land Claim trust was created, Tracy entered her name and was successfully elected as a Trustee for the Mississaugi Trust (June 2006-2012).

Prior to coming to CCAB, Tracy was the Administration Coordinator for New Gold during the construction phase of the Rainy River mine. After the construction phase of the mine, Tracy was responsible for a number of duties related to contract administration and large contract procurement practices. Prior to that she worked as a Chef and Administrator for two food service companies in Northwestern Ontario. Tracy also enjoys pitching for the “Red Gut Babes” in the Rainy River District Women’s fastball league. She looks forward to watching the Toronto Blue Jays and Raptors games in the city.

416.961.8663 ext. 233

tmorningstar@ccab.com

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Shaymus McFadden

Senior Coordinator, Supply Change

Shaymus McFadden is currently the Senior Coordinator, Supply Change at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business in Toronto. Prior to joining CCAB, Shaymus co-led the Indigenous Consulting Practice for Ontario and Quebec at MNP, one of Canada’s largest accounting and advisory firms. During that time, Shaymus worked with over 40 Indigenous communities and organizations on a wide variety of strategic engagements.

Shaymus graduated from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University, completing a double major in finance and economics. Shaymus was also a member of the varsity football team and competed nationally in business strategy competitions.

416.691.8663 ex. 252

smcfadden@ccab.com

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Luanne Whitecrow

Director of Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Program

Luanne Whitecrow is an Ojibway from the Seine River First Nation in Ontario. She graduated from the Toronto School of Business with diplomas in Micro Computer Business Applications, Network and Communications, and Office Administration. She has 5 years’ experience working within the Aboriginal community in the Greater Toronto Area, where she worked at the Aboriginal Business Resource Centre in marketing and promotion for the Toronto Aboriginal Business Association, its annual TABA Awards, and the Small Business Certificate Program. She played a key role in providing networking and guided support to Aboriginal artists in multiple disciplines: music, art, crafts, and other business ventures.

416.961.8663 ext. 231

lwhitecrow@ccab.com

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Brenda Thwaites

Program Coordinator, PAR Program

Brenda is a member of Serpent River First Nation, born in Toronto, Ontario. As a busy mother of two girls, she enjoys being active in volunteering at school and being in nature – taking long walks with family. Previously, Brenda has held customer service management roles with Sears Canada and program delivery support at Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training.

416.961.8663 ext. 248

bthwaites@ccab.com

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Jenne Finley

Program Coordinator, PAR Program

After going back to school to complete the Advertising and Marketing Communications program from Humber College, Jenne decided to take the knowledge she gained and apply it to non-profits, working for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity Greater Toronto Area and Anishnawbe Health Foundation. Jenne is a proud multi-racial woman of  Black, French, German, Wyandot, and Chippewa descent, as well as a proud mother.

416.961.8663 ext. 253

jfinley@ccab.com

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Samantha Morton

Director of Research

Samantha Morton obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University in 2014. Shortly after that, her passion for diversity and inclusion led her to a position at the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) where she assisted on a number of projects related to the connection, celebration, and advancement of female leaders. Prior to joining CCAB, Samantha was Manager, Member and Client Engagement, for both the Women’s Executive Network and its sister organization, the Canadian Board Diversity Council. She has extensive experience in proposal writing, project management, and client engagement strategy. In her spare time Samantha participates as a Mentor at the Working Women Community Centre, a charitable organization that aims to help immigrant women adjust to living and working in Toronto.

416.961.8663 ext. 241

smorton@ccab.com

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Katarina Savic

Research Associate

Katarina Savic is a recent graduate from York University, completing her International Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science and Business. During her third year of study, she did a semester abroad at the University of Geneva where she became advanced in speaking and writing in French. Her love for travel and learning about new cultures took her to travel the world and visit over 20 countries.

Katarina’s strong interest in Aboriginal affairs has led her to her current role as Research Coordinator. Prior to that, her two years of work experience as Student Services Assistant at the York University English Language Institute enhanced her organizational and communication skills which makes her very fit for this position. Outside of work, you can find Katarina volunteering at Native Child and Family Services, tutoring foreigners to improve their English, or at the local gym.

416.961.8663 ext. 244

ksavic@ccab.com

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Andy Avgerinos

Research Associate

Andy Avgerinos has a background in the diverse field of Cognitive Science, which seeks to define and explain mental processes, driving him to look deeper into the knowledge, opinions, and past behaviour of target groups. Andy is committed to doing his part to support reconciliation and is always looking for ways to give back to the Indigenous community. In his spare time, Andy enjoys learning about mindfulness meditation and has even participated in a 12-day Vipassana meditation retreat in Eggbert, Ontario, where he practiced mindfulness 10 hours per day!

416.961.8663 ext. 249

aavgerinos@ccab.com

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Matthew Chegahno

Research Coordinator

Matthew Chegahno is a proud Ojibway from the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. In 2019, Matthew graduated from the University of Guelph with a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in International Development, specializing in economics and political science. In the third year of his undergraduate degree, Matthew studied at the University of Lyon in Lyon, France where he was able to deepen his understanding of the French language and travel most of Western Europe.

Prior to joining CCAB, Matthew contributed to the Community and Indigenous Relations division at Bruce Power, the world’s largest operating nuclear power facility. Matthew is a strong advocate for Indigenous prosperity, placing a high degree of importance on cooperation, sustainability and understanding. Outside of the office, Matthew is usually going to the gym, buying concert tickets, or cheering on his beloved Maple Leafs.

416.961.8663 ext.  251

mchegahno@ccab.com

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Amanda Powless

Finance Coordinator

Amanda Powless is a proud member of Oneida Nation of the Thames, born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. She graduated from Seneca College with an Accounting Diploma.

Amanda has over 15 years’ experience working in the numerous aboriginal and non-aboriginal accounting fields, including manufacturing, housing, and political  organizations. Amanda is excited to work with CCAB. When not at work, Amanda enjoys spending her time back in Oneida with her Family and Friends.

416.961.8663 ext. 245

APowless@ccab.com

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Maxz Macalino

Finance Coordinator

Maxz graduated from Western University in June 2019, with a bachelor’s degree in BMOS (Business Management and Organization Studies) specializing in the field of Accounting. He was a former CCAB summer student trainee in 2018 and has enjoyed his time and opportunity of hands on learning under the Finance department. This summer training led him to come back on semesterly breaks to work as a short time support for CCAB’s finance department. He is now working full time as a Finance Coordinator, outside the office, he has a passion for dancing. This dancing hobby has allowed him to compete in dance studio competitions all over Ontario and even take part as a representative for Team Canada in Italy in the year 2015, competing against countries from all over the world. Developing characteristics of being hard working, patience and dedication from his trainings on both dancing and academics, he now looks forward to bringing those characteristics to the CCAB team.

416.961.8663 ext. 220

mmacalino@ccab.com