Chantal Hamelin, Director General

Mrs Chantal Hamelin joined the Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Temiscamingue Economic Alliance in June 2009. In charge, among other things, of the promotion of business ties between the Cree nation and the business people of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.

Passionate about the human dimension of business relationships, Mrs Hamelin has an education in communication and marketing.

She has worked for more than twelve years as manager for the development of business ties in the field of postgraduate education. She also started her own company in 2008 offering counselling in market development, recruiting and development of business ties.

She also volunteers as Chair on the Board of Directors of the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de la Vallée de l’Or and is a member of the social club Richelieu-Fontaine.

Jacqueline Monfourny, Communications Coordinator

Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Earth Science (geology) and of an MBA, Jacqueline has over fifteen years of experience in economic development. She has been the export commissioner for the Outaouais region for six years. Also, she has also been involved, many years, as an international consultant to transfer the Quebec’s Economic development model in South America, mainly within the framework of CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) projects.

She has worked in various sectors: consulting, social economy and environment, agri-food and manufacturing, construction and artificial intelligence, as vice-president of division at DIAGNOS. A return to mining as a co-founder or officer of mining companies has once again brought her internationally, to Ghana and Haiti.

Versatile, adaptable and a good communicator in the three languages ​​she masters (French, English, Spanish), she taught as a lecturer at the University of Quebec in Hull, UQAH (now UQO) as well as NEXPRO trainer for Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Ms. Monfourny enthusiastically joined the Secretariat in January 2020 as Communications Coordinator.


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Geneviève Binette, Administrative Assistant

Geneviève Binette joined the Secretariat team in August 2020, as administrative assistant. With solid knowledge in logistics and project management acquired during her atypical career, she brings to the Secretariat experience and a thirst for learning and renewal.

In 2008, she returned to her hometown after travelling around the world, mostly by bike, and after having lived in western Canada and in the United States. Originally from Anicinabe on her father’s side, she chose to teach in nearby Anicinabek communities. She will also lead the Jeunes Musiciens du monde (JMM) organization in the Kitcisakik community until 2017.

Geneviève has managed numerous Anicinabek cultural projects and organized several events with JMM in schools as well as with Minwashin. The Secretariat is pleased to welcome this woman of challenge and passion, open-minded and showing great dynamism, just like the organization she joins.


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