David Zimmer, Board Chair and President
David Zimmer is the former Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation (2013 – 2018) and a four-term member of the Ontario Legislature. He has the distinction of being the longest serving Minister responsible for Indigenous Relations. Mr. Zimmer represented the riding of Willowdale in both the McGuinty and Wynne governments and acted as Parliamentary Assistant to Attorneys General Michael Bryant and Chris Bentley (2003 – 2011) as well as Parliamentary Assistant to Kathleen Wynne, then Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs (2011– 2013). Mr Zimmer served has a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (2003–06, 2007–11, 2012), Standing Committee on Estimates (2006–07), Standing Committee on Justice Policy (2006–11), Standing Committee on General Government (2012), Select Committee on Elections (2008–09). He is credited with introducing and passing “Elder Abuse Awareness Day” and measures to suspend the driver’s license of anyone who is convicted of impaired boating.
Eric Fisher, Secretary
Member of Wabaseemoong Independent Nations of Whitedog, Eric Fisher served his home community as Chief and Council member for 20 years. He is fluent in the Ojibway language and his is “a voice of reason and understanding” when it comes to negotiations with First Nation Governments and Corporations. Eric has been instrumental in the development of both his own and the greater Aboriginal Community with his dedication and service to many Treaty and Tribal Councils, Chiefs Councils and Advisory Boards. Eric has held positions as a Crisis Intervention Worker and was on the Mercury Disability Board; his compassion and thoughtful reflection have guided many clients and peers through enormous adversities. From 2013 to 2015, he co-chaired the Treaty #3 Spring/Fall National/Chiefs Assemblies.
Hanita Tiefenbach, Treasure
Hanita Tiefenbach, former Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs
Prior to her retirement, Hanita held a number of senior positions at the Ontario Pubic Service in the areas of health, indigenous affairs and inter-governmental relations. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning, innovative policy and program development, building productive relationships, and program operations. Hanita’s background also includes experience in the hospital and private home care sectors prior to joining the OPS.
Hanita has worked with the Kenora Chiefs Advisory over the years, and is thrilled to be part of this initiative that will contribute to the well-being of the member First Nation communities.
Vernon Redsky, Director
Chief of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation
Stephen Chan, Director
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