Chantal Hamelin, Director General

Chantal Hamelin joined the Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance in June 2009 as the Director of operations, responsible for promoting business matchmaking between Cree Nation businesses and indigenous and non-indigenous businesses in Northern Quebec. Ms. Hamelin studied Business Administration, Marketing Option.

She has worked for more than a dozen years as a manager for the development of business links in the field of post-secondary education.

She also started her business in 2008 offering advice in market development, in the field of recruitment and development of business links.

She was involved for several years on the Board of Directors of the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de la Vallée de l'Or, where she served as president for two years.
With her practical experience in the Secretariat’s operations and in the field, as well as her extensive network, she has held the position of Director-General of the Secretariat since 2019.

A member of numerous regional economic development and Indigenous communities committees, Ms. Hamelin has also served on the Board of Directors of the Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue since June 2018 and accepted the Vice-Chair in January 2021.

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.

 

Email : JacquelineMonfourny@creenation-at.com

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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