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.

Maggie Kistabish, Liaison Officer

Originally from Pikogan, Maggie Kistabish, a young Aboriginal mixed between two nations, Algonquin and Cree, is the first graduate of the "Obakwadan" initiative of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue College. Ms. Kistabish has a strong ability to work under pressure, particularly in terms of work organization and logistics.

Indeed, mother of two little girls who are her great pride, she also continued, throughout her studies, her work as an office clerk for the Cree Nation Government who also referred her to the Secretariat. Her demonstrated administrative and customer service skills were also noted by the Wolf Camp Corporation where she worked for a little while as an administrative officer at Opinaca Mine, Eleonore.

Furthermore, the fact that she is fluent in French and English coupled with her experience are significant assets for the position of liaison officer she holds at the Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Temiscamingue Economic Alliance, since May 2019.


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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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