Who We Are
Our circle is made up of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous experts who believe in building sustainable mutually beneficial partnerships. Our combined experiences and expertise allow us to fully engage on projects and leverage each other's strengths and gifts, ensuring the best possible outcome for our partner organizations.
PhD (C) (Nipissing University) | Master of Human Kinetics (Laurentian University) | Bachelor of Health Education (Laurentian University)
Giiwedin Noodin kwe (Northern Wind Woman) is often described as a people-centered leader who is passionate about using others’ gifts to bring about change. As the founder and CEO of the Aazhoganike Family of Companies, Randi has supported over 100 non-Indigenous & Indigenous clients in their goals of developing meaningful projects and strategies tied to their growth plans. Randi operates business like her life, honouring and fostering the relationships she has created in a mutually beneficial way.
Indigenous Relations Support,Organizational Strategy,Community Relations & Partnerships,Team Management & Leadership,Facilitation & Community Engagement
Masters of Business Administration (Institute for Management Development) | BA, Economics (Western University)
As a self-identified settler with significant experience working with and for First Nations, and over 10 years of senior executive-level experience in Ontario’s publicly-assisted higher education system, Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the project. Chris has supported a wide range of organizations on a project basis, including dozens of organizational transformation and learning initiatives focusing on improving Indigenous relations. Some of the portfolios he had led throughout his career that informed his perspective include; finance, strategic planning, government and community relations, Indigenous relations, business development, and communications. Chris has his MBA from IMD, is fluently bilingual (E/F) and is the recipient of a Top 40 Under 40 award.
Project Management,Organizational Strategy & Transformation,Indigenous Community Relations & Partnerships,Education,Community & Economic Development
MA Ed (c) (Lakehead University) | BA (Lakehead University) | BEd (Lakehead University)
Zaagaate Kwe (First Light of the Morning Woman) is an Indigenous educator. The praxis of Indigenous Ways of knowing, being and doing is the emphasis of all projects that she is involved in. Marlo has supported a multitude of organizations through the transformation of learning initiatives which fosters strong relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Marlo has led projects that involved Indigenous language, human resources, team building, professional development, mentorship, and resource development.
Education,Indigenous Pedagogy/Facilitation,Indigenous Relations Support,Indigenous Research Methodologies,Community Engagement,Team Management & Leadership
MBA, School of Management (Laurentian University) | BA, Economics (Laurentian University) | Leadership certificate, Northern Leadership Program
Justin is fluently bilingual (French & English) and Indigenous (mixed background of Algonquin and Métis) from the Nipissing region in Northern Ontario. He brings over 15 years of management and consulting experience in education. Over his career in the public and private sectors, Justin has excelled in assisting organizations in becoming extremely high-performing and accountable through strategy development and execution, effective community relations, and policy and practice development. His previous work includes Indigenous community planning and business development for NGO’s, municipalities (Ec Dev), public and private organizations, as well as policy research and development, and organizational practice reviews. Justin is a master facilitator who has worked in 12 countries with hundreds of organizations over his career.
Project Management,Organizational Strategy,Partnerships Exploration,Education,Community & Economic Development
B.A.(Lakehead University) - Double Major - English and Sociology | B.Ed (Lakehead University | M.Ed (St. Paul University)
As an experienced educator in the Indigenous and public education sectors, Bill brings 34 years of administrative, managerial, and professional experience to open the lines of communication between clients, customers, and organizations and complete projects effectively and efficiently. During his career Bill has led projects that involve management consultation, human resources, team building, professional development, strategic implementation, organizational collaboration as well as data driven decision making and analysis.
Education Pedagogy,Methodologies,Governance & Policy Development,Team Management,Leadership Community Engagement
B.A. Health Psychology (Carleton University) | MSc. Neuroscience (Carleton University)
Val is a franco-ontarian and Woodland Métis of the French River Métis region. With over 10 years in the Health and Wellness space, she is committed to bringing health and holistic wellness literacy, access and mobility to those typically marginalized. Her expertise in translating health and wellness knowledge into strategic opportunities have helped many communities and organizations. Val brings a solution-focused approach to empowering communities to improve their overall health, healing and well-being. She values being strategic and considered as much as being creative, innovative and connected. She has ability to create a safe environment where others are informed, empowered, and collaborative. She continually focused on helping move projects forward towards meaningful results. She is also uniquely able to integrate and increase the reach of messaging across all marketing and communication vehicles. Val has led projects that involve facilitating health legislation round tables, western and traditional health and wellness models, community development, youth and emerging leader development, team building, activism through sport, data-drven decisions and analysis.
Community Relations & Partnerships,Mental Health and Wellness Strategy and Development,Project Management,Marketing & Communications,Strategic Planning,Education
Completing a BA in Criminology
Ryllie is completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology with a minor in Indigenous Studies. She is a former competitive varsity swimmer and a proud Northern Ontarian. She is passionate about advocating for equity for Indigenous communities and committed to truth and reconciliation.
Research & Data Analytics,Project Management
To help people, organizations and communities to build on their existing strengths - and develop new ones as needed - through culturally informed strategic, economic, organizational and community development support.
To be the Indigenous consulting partner of choice for organizations in Canada.
We believe in the importance of all stakeholders' voices and value diversity in ways of being, ways of knowing and ways of doing.
We listen actively and are grateful for the knowledge and wisdom of others.
We demonstrate integrity in our work and our relationships.
We share information honestly, openly and proactively.
We value humility and use humour daily.
We challenge assumptions when warranted, and suggest alternative approaches.
We are brave, and speak our truth always.