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Abigail MacMillan

Summer Student

Alannah Joe

Summer Student

Alannah Williams

Program Manager

Alaric Forde

Field Technician

Alfred Young

Resource Management Officer Technician

Alyx MacDonald

Senior Director

Amanda Brooks


Anastasia Nevin

Earth Keeper - Project Assistant (Student)

Andrew MacDonald

Mi'kmaq Forestry Initiative (Student)

Angeline Gillis

Executive Director

Angeline Gillis, BA, LLB is a proud Mi’kmaw woman and member of Eskasoni First Nation. Growing up outside her community in East Bay Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Angie grew up surrounded by her family and her culture. She remains grateful as her unique upbringing gave her the strength and ingenuity to pursue her education. She is an alumni of Dalhousie University, and obtained her LL.B from Schulich School of Law and was called to the Nova Scotia Bar Society in June 2010.

Angeline is a practicing lawyer and has worked with The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) since October 2011. In 2013, she became the Director of Environment and Natural Resources after successfully establishing several environmental programs for CMM’s Member Communities.

In 2019, Angeline was appointed by The CMM Board to be the organization’s Associate Executive Director. Making her to be the first woman to hold this position in the organization’s history, and in the largest tribal council in the east. Within this role, she provides oversight and guidance to all CMM’s departments, over a hundred staff, numerous files, projects, and services offered to eight (8) Mi’kmaw communities in Mainland Nova Scotia.

Angeline’s career has been primarily focused on the inclusion of traditional knowledge and modern science. She is passionate and unrelenting in creating real, measurable progress in the priorities that matter most to her organization’s communities.

Angeline sits as an advisor for the Assembly of Nova Scotia Chiefs’, Dalhousie’s Board of Governors, Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management External Advisory Board, the Marine Environmental Observation, Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR) Board of Directors, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Board of Directors, Natural Resource Canada’s Departmental Audit Committee, and the Indigenous Centre of Cumulative Effects Management Board of Directors.

Anoogwa Pictou

Earth Keeper Project Coordinator

Anthony King

Capacity Development Advisor

Audriana Paul

Education Advisor

Austin Hepworth

Program Officer

Bailey MacMillan

Student Intern

Branden Hillier

Field Technician

Cassidy Khattar

Charise McDonald

Student and Youth Engagement Officer

Charlie Fleming

Operations Manager

Chelsey Whalen

Species at Risk Project Coordinator

Chera Gilby

Administrative Assistant

Chloe Faulkner

Governance Admin Assistant

Chris Aalders

DENR Admin Assistant

Christian Francis

Renewable Energy Project Coordinator

Chuck Roberts

Engineering Services Manager

Cody Boutilier

Nuji Kelo’toqatijik Earthkeeper Coordinator

Cody d’Entremont

Mi'kmaq Ecological Knowledge Studies (MEKS) Coordinator

Connor Howard

Mi'kmaq Ecological Knowledge Studies (MEKS) Coordinator

Dawson Drummond

Summer Student

Debbie MacDonald

Admin Assistant

Dee Hawkins

Finance Clerk

Denise Hodgson

Early Learning Governance

Dr. Donald M. Julien

Elder in Residence

Executive Director of The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq for the past 28 years, Dr. Julien is also a Mi’kmaw historian and human rights advocate. With over 40 years researching and documenting Mi’kmaw history, Donald shares his knowledge and experiences through speaking engagements, university lectures and research papers. Donald is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, which were granted for his work promoting Mi’kmaw history, language and culture. He has also been awarded two honorary degrees from Acadia University and Mount Saint Vincent University.

Donald is a peace time veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and has served in the United Nations on a peacekeeping tour in Cyprus. He continues work with the Canadian Armed forces in a community advisory role for the RCMP Aboriginal Advisory Group, as well as the Auditor General on Aboriginal matters. He sits on the Advisory Board for Admiral of the Canadian Navy, and he was appointed Honorary Lt. Colonel in 2011. Donald and his wife Diane live in Truro, proud parents of four children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Donald Julien is the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre.

Evan Fougere

Emergency Management Planning Coordinator

Garrett Velkjar

Field Technician

George Sark

Field Technician

Gordon Jones

Finance Manager

Gordon MacDonald

Payroll Clerk

Greg Smith

Housing Inspector

Jaclyn MacLeod

Physical Activity Specialist

Jacob Brown

Asset Management Technician

Janelle Gehue

Finance Admin Assistant

Janice Flynn

IIHP Project Coordinator

Janna MacKay

Senior Director

Janna is a member of the Pictou Landing First Nation, living just outside the community with her husband, two huskies (Scout & Luna) and cat (Penny). She is a Registered Dietitian, earning her Bachelor’s degree from St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia and a Master’s degree from University of Stirling, United Kingdom.

Janna brings with her the experiences of working in Indigenous health at federal, territorial, tribal council and community levels. She has worked in a variety of settings, primarily in diabetes and nutrition program management – including working at The CMM as a diabetes community consultant (2011-2014). She has also worked in Inuvik, Northwest Territories (2014-2017), which is a small community over 200km above the Arctic Circle. She most recently worked at First Nations Inuit Health Branch, Indigenous Services Canada as a Community Nutrition Advisor.

She is passionate about food, nutrition, Indigenous health and self-determination. She loves traveling, a good cup of coffee, but most importantly – spending time with her family.

Janna is pleased to be back with The CMM and looks forward to working more closely with the communities and supporting Indigenous community health.

Jason McDonald

Sespite’tmnej Kmitinu Conservancy Manager

Jay Martin

Membership and Registration Administrator

Jeff Coolen

TRP Fisheries Coordinator

Jessica Hepworth

Jordan's Principle Service Coordinator (Respite)

Jim Hepworth


Jim Hepworth has over 10 years of experience working for First Nations Communities within the Atlantic Region in the field of community and economic development. He has been with The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (The CMM) since 1995. Before being selected for his position as CEO of The CMM Development Corporation, Prior to being a Senior Director, Jim was responsible for the operation of all programs and services with Tripartite Secretariat and Liaison, Education, Health, MMDC, and Economic Development, before becoming Senior Director, Jim was also the Economic Development Officer at The CMM. Prior to his employment at The CMM he worked at the Canada Employment Centre and Statistics Canada.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Human Resource Management and Economics from Saint Mary’s University. Jim is a Certified Human Resources Professional with the Canadian Counsel of Human Resources. Jim Hepworth is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre.

Jonathan Atwin

Occupational Health and Safety Officer

Justin Julien

Senior Director

Kaiden Totten-Archibald

Student Intern

Karlyn O’Hanley

Communications Officer – Outreach

Katelynn Lowe

Cultural Youth Support Worker

Kelley Frizzell-Singer

Finance Clerk

Kelsey White

Program Manager

Kristen McCallum

DCSI Administrative Assistant

Lee Denny

Mi'kmaw Support Worker

Lenley Melvin

Earth Keeper Project Assistant

Lindsay Carroll

Indigenous Fisheries Biologist

Logan McNeill

Project Lead

Lucas Amiro

GIS Specialist

Lucas Dean

Student Intern

Marie Lachance

Project Lead

Marissa Bernard

Cultural Youth Support Worker

Marissa Murphy

Marine Conservation and Engagement Specialist

Martha Levi

Financial Advisor/Adult Care Admin.

Matt Chiasson

Cumulative Effects Coordinator

Matt Russell

Field Technician

Melanie Smith

Environmental Services Manager

Melissa Patriquin

Finance Admin Assistant

Meredith Karcz

Program Manager

Michelle Hepworth

Office Manager

Michelle Francis

Mi’kmaw Support Worker

Mitchell Harris

Project Coordinator

Molly Smith

Community and Strategic Planning Advisor

Nathan Beaudoin

Field Technician

Nevan Paul

Student Intern

Nicholas James

Research and Education Officer

Nikki-Marie Lloyd

Indigenous Liaison Officer

Paula Pictou

Community Planner

Reagan Gillis

Student Intern

Renee Paul

Forestry Manager

Riley MacLeod

Field Technician

Roderick Gould

Field Technician

Sarah Dennis

Purchasing Coordinator

Savannah Barclay

Finance Clerk

Scott MacDonnell

CMM Emergency Management Program Manager

Selena Denny

Earth Keeper Field Team Lead

Shelly Martin

Senior Director

Stephanie Sylliboy

Mi'kmaw Knowledge and Food Project Assistant

Susan Cook

Executive Administrative Assistant

Tami Hachey

Accounts Payable Supervisor

Theresa Leblanc

Membership and Registration Administrator

Thomas Bucher

Project Engineer

Tim Bernard

Executive Director

Tim Bernard is well known beyond his own community of Millbrook as the Manager/Editor of the Mi’kmaq Maliseet Nations News and Eastern Woodland Print Communications. Employed by The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq (CMM) as a Land Claims Researcher from 1988 to 1994, he gained extensive historical knowledge under the direction of Dr. Donald Julien. He now brings his management expertise to The CMM as the Director of History and Culture, and to the development of the Mi’kmawey Debert project.

Tim is the Mi’kmaw co-chair of the Culture and History working committee of the Tripartite Forum as well as a member of the History Month and Treaty Day committees. Through these and other avenues, Tim’s direction affects communities across Nova Scotia. He has set forth and achieved realistic and meaningful outcomes through these avenues, advancing knowledge and appreciation for place names, language growth and retention, cultural resources for educators and the importance of the stories of Elders and others in the communities.

He has served on the task force of the Nova Scotia Heritage Strategy and is regularly involved with overall heritage and tourism sector development. Tim Bernard is a member of the Board of Directors for the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre.

Trina Khattar

Senior Director

Trina is a Mi’kmaq woman and community member of the We’koqma’q First Nation. She is the proud daughter of the Late Keptin Alexander Joseph Michael and Mary Arlene Michael of We’koqma’q. Trina grew up in her home community her entire childhood until she moved to Fredericton NB to attend the University of New Brunswick to obtain her Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. She finished her degree in May 2000 and moved to Halifax to start her family and career.

Trina has extensive experience working in the Atlantic First Nation Communities in several capacities. She worked at Healing Our Nations as Program Manager for eight years, Capacity Development Advisor and Operations Officer at Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation in First Nation Housing for a total of 5 years, and most recently Housing and Infrastructure Policy Analyst at the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nation Chiefs Secretariat.

Trina started as Program Manager for the Community Infrastructure team with the Confederacy of Mainland Mikmaq in October 2019 and have since gained significant knowledge on the housing and infrastructure that our communities currently face. Trina is committed to working with our CMM member communities to co-develop strategies related to but not limited to housing and infrastructure, emergency measures, and solid waste management which are driven by our member communities.

Tyler Sack

Senior Director

Tyler is from the Membertou First Nation. During his youth, Tyler lived on the Sipeknek’katik First Nation, and considers both Membertou and Sipekne’katik his home Communities.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Anthropology from Saint Mary’s University and A Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Guelph. His graduate research was focused on identity-construction, cultural and authenticity, and decolonization.

Tyler previously worked for Membertou as their Communications Liaison as well as a number of student roles such as the Aboriginal Student Advisor, Graduate Student Teaching Assistant, as well as completing three consecutive internships with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Additionally, Tyler is the former Manager of Research and Analytics at Orenda Software Solutions, an artificial intelligence company that uses social media to measure public perception. Orenda was a regional winner in the Innovacorp I-3 start-up competition in 2015, and later accepted into the IBM Innovation Space, the FinTech Sandbox in Boston, and the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Tyler worked for the start-up for five years developing his knowledge of strategic planning, innovation, and taking on various projects related to machine-learning.

Tyler has also volunteered with Digital Mi’kmaq, a curriculum enrichment program designed to introduce and encourage Mi’kmaq students to pursue STEM programs in post-secondary education and related careers.

Vanessa Totten-Paris

Communications Administrative Clerk

Wyatt White

Associate Executive Director

Wyatt White

Associate Executive Director, The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaq

Wyatt White is originally from the Mi’gmaq First Nation of Listuguj, Quebec but called Nova Scotia home for more than 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) degree from Acadia University and a Master of Education from St. Francis Xavier University.  Since joining the Nova Scotia public service in 2002, Wyatt’s career has spanned First Nations community development, intergovernmental relations, crown-Indigenous affairs, and for the past eight years, his attention had turned towards Indigenous education, coupled with his 15 plus-years of experience in facilitating public service training related to the Legal Duty to Consult, Indigenous Perceptions, Treaty Education and Reconciliation learning opportunities.

In the fall of 2021, Wyatt joined the faculty of L’nu, Political and Social Studies at Cape Breton University but after a term, realized his passion for teaching lies in helping to reshape the mindsets of public sector and not-for-profit employees, in our collective work of the indigenization and decolonization of organizations, and institutes through a lens of treaty education and reconciliation. Throughout his career, sound public policy decision-making and relational leadership have been at the heart of his career pursuits.

Wyatt was an active member of the Tripartite Forum from 2002 to 2015, as well as former board member for United Way Halifax.

In September 2022, Wyatt was thrilled to join The Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaw as the Associate Executive Director.  He is a proud dog-dad to a puppy named Mabel who keeps him on his toes and is an avid curler when the weather turns cooler. Wyatt is always proud to continue calling Mi’kma’ki, our traditional and unceded territory, home.

Yvette Maloney

Assistant Finance Controller

Zack Sabean

Project Lead