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Meet The Team

I am a strong front-line leader with a win-win attitude. My rigorous commitment, discipline and reliability, combined with my dynamic and inclusive style of communication, have allowed me to work very successfully with diverse groups, their communities and organizations across Canada and the US.
My best and most powerful learning’s come from the non-traditional teachings I have acquired over the years. In addition, my life experiences, acute intuition and ability to deeply connect with people from different walks of life have served my clients well in getting to the root causes in all the facilitations and mediations that I have conducted.

I am the Founder and Senior Director of M. Thorpe & Associates Inc., a company committed to Conflict Resolution, Learning Circles and Coaching Services. I am acutely aware of the need for cultural sensitivity whenever disputes occur between members of different communities and organizations. In mediations/facilitations, I place true value on humanness, which allows all participants not only to be heard, but also to gain a deeper awareness of fairness, honesty and interpersonal responsibility.

I am frequently invited as a special advisor and keynote speaker at various forum and national conferences. Some of the topics include Positive Lifestyle Choices, Embracing and Celebrating Diversity, Power and Freedom Through Story and Stress Management.  One of my most exciting keynotes was the very first World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs and the World Mediation Summit in Madrid, Spain.

I am a strong front-line leader with a win-win attitude. My rigorous commitment, discipline and reliability, combined with my dynamic and inclusive style of communication, have allowed me to work very successfully with diverse groups, their communities and organizations across Canada and the US.
My best and most powerful learning’s come from the non-traditional teachings I have acquired over the years. In addition, my life experiences, acute intuition and ability to deeply connect with people from different walks of life have served my clients well in getting to the root causes in all the facilitations and mediations that I have conducted.

I am the Founder and Senior Director of M. Thorpe & Associates Inc., a company committed to Conflict Resolution, Learning Circles and Coaching Services. I am acutely aware of the need for cultural sensitivity whenever disputes occur between members of different communities and organizations. In mediations/facilitations, I place true value on humanness, which allows all participants not only to be heard, but also to gain a deeper awareness of fairness, honesty and interpersonal responsibility.

I am frequently invited as a special advisor and keynote speaker at various forum and national conferences. Some of the topics include Positive Lifestyle Choices, Embracing and Celebrating Diversity, Power and Freedom Through Story and Stress Management.  One of my most exciting keynotes was the very first World Summit of Indigenous Entrepreneurs and the World Mediation Summit in Madrid, Spain.

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Matt Thorpe

Vice President

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Jennifer Wells

Business Director

10+ years of expertise in managing national sales teams. 30+ years total sales experience. Worked as Director of Business Development for Deloitte/Cornerstone Group. Founder of Wells Marketing in 2017 – a consulting firm helping organizations grow their business; put together sales strategies, implemented and managed effective sales teams and global channel partners. Became a Certified Professional Life Coach and Co-founded Right Now – a life-coaching business. Developed the business concept, strategy & execution. Assisted in developing the website and digital strategy. Counselled and mentored clients ages 15 – 57. Developed strategies for clients to discover and meet goals. Led a team responsible for the development of activities and lessons for the GirlPower Summer Camp in 2019 and led the team to a successful role out. Worked with girls age 11 – 14. My holistic approach to health & wellness, draws on techniques from across a huge range of counselling & social areas, to individualize and customize helpful routines and programs that are best suited to the needs of my clients. My passion is in helping others become self-aware to help them feel empowered so they can live their best lives.

Lori Flinders-McMillan is Anishinaabkwe and community member of Couchiching First Nation in Treaty 3 territory. Her knowledge bundle includes over 25 years of experience in leadership, management, program and staff development, mentorship, mental health and addictions counselling, and Governance.  Lori published an Indigenous mental health and addictions leading practice with Accreditation Canada and is currently researching traditional Customary Family Systems.  After 20 years of working for Tribal Organizations, Lori began “Binesiwag Center for Wellness” as a sole proprietor and moved to Incorporation with partnership in July of 2020.  Lori has a Master of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier and is a Certified First Nations Health Manager (FNHMA).  For more information visit www.binesiwagwellness.com

In her spare time Lori enjoys creative writing and has been published in “First Lady Nation” volumes I and IV and “Before the Usual Time: A collection of Indigenous Stories and Poems”.

Lori carries an Anishinaabe Traditional bundle that includes knowledge in medicines, lands-based healing methodologies, ceremonies and she has relationships with numerous Elders, helpers, and healers.  Lori’s greatest accomplishment is being the mother of 2 beautiful daughters and 5 amazing grandchildren who call her “Kokum”.

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Lori Flinders-McMillan

President

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Kelly Anderson

Advisor

Accomplished, forward-thinking Senior Finance Director with extensive portfolio of success driving finance strategies, planning, functions, analysis, initiatives, and improvements for technology, energy, and governmental sector organizations. Demonstrated acumen in senior corporate services leadership and management experience within the private, non-profit, and public sector. Experience working with and reporting at the Board level. Strategic, emotionally intelligent, confident, and collaborative. Able to usher and lead positive change.

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Randy Chase

Treasurer

Guy was educated in Thunder Bay obtaining his degree from Lakehead University in Business Administration.  Later on, he obtained his Professional Certification in Supply Chain Management from Supply Chain Canada. In 2002, Guy became a Certified instructor for Supply Chain Canada, Sault College and later Northern College with specialization in contract law, negotiation, logistics and procurement.

Guys work history includes over 30 years in Supply Chain Management in a senior management role, working in the forestry, mining and electrical utilities industries. Firms include, GP Flakeboard, PUC Services Inc. and De Beers Canada. In the past 15 years, Guy worked for Moose Cree First Nation as the Director of the Impact and Benefit Agreement with De Beers. In addition, he has been a board member representing Moose Cree and currently Vice President of Kimesskanemenow Limited Partnership (KLP) the winter road company responsible for managing the James Bay winter road between Moose Factory and Attawapiskat. The KLP work continues.

Today, Guy is semi-retired however works with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) as a member of the NAN Negotiation Team negotiating Education Jurisdiction with the Federal Government. This important work will eventually result in Self Government in Education for NAN communities across Ontario. Guy also volunteers as a board member with the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce of Ontario.

Guy was educated in Thunder Bay obtaining his degree from Lakehead University in Business Administration.  Later on, he obtained his Professional Certification in Supply Chain Management from Supply Chain Canada. In 2002, Guy became a Certified instructor for Supply Chain Canada, Sault College and later Northern College with specialization in contract law, negotiation, logistics and procurement.

Guys work history includes over 30 years in Supply Chain Management in a senior management role, working in the forestry, mining and electrical utilities industries. Firms include, GP Flakeboard, PUC Services Inc. and De Beers Canada. In the past 15 years, Guy worked for Moose Cree First Nation as the Director of the Impact and Benefit Agreement with De Beers. In addition, he has been a board member representing Moose Cree and currently Vice President of Kimesskanemenow Limited Partnership (KLP) the winter road company responsible for managing the James Bay winter road between Moose Factory and Attawapiskat. The KLP work continues.

Today, Guy is semi-retired however works with Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) as a member of the NAN Negotiation Team negotiating Education Jurisdiction with the Federal Government. This important work will eventually result in Self Government in Education for NAN communities across Ontario. Guy also volunteers as a board member with the Indigenous Chamber of Commerce of Ontario.

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Guy Ginter

Advisor

Director of Economic Development for the Moose Cree First Nation is a proud member of Moose Cree and makes his home with his family in Moose Factory, Ontario. Stan has been involved in Economic Development in the James Bay region since beginning his career in 2002 in various positions that have included Business Development Officer, Employment Counselor, and Executive Director of an Aboriginal Financial Institution / CFDC and now employed with Moose Cree. Since beginning with Moose Cree in spring 2014, Stan has made it a priority to address key elements that the community faces including the high cost of living in a remote community, transportation, and energy.

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Stan Kapashesit

Advisor

Legal and Strategic Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives.    Chair of the McCarthy Tétrault Reconciliation Committee.
Mentor in the McCarthy Tétrault & Martin Family Initiative - Mentorship Program for Indigenous Students which is committed to improving education and outcomes for Indigenous youth by linking the firm’s lawyers as mentors with Indigenous students in Grades 8 through 12.
In partnership with Pro Bono Students Canada, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, and the Ontario and Canadian Human Rights Commissions, McCarthy Tétrault contributed to the development of a new Indigenous Human Rights Clinic. John is a member of the Advisory Council for the Clinic and in addition will be assisting and mentoring the firm’s lawyers who will be providing culturally sensitive legal services to Indigenous clients, and representing them at mediations and before tribunals.

John is a member of the Giiwedin Anang Council of Aboriginal Legal Services. The Council is comprised of Indigenous community members and provides an Alternative Dispute Resolution program for mediating child welfare, custody and access disputes involving Indigenous families using traditional methods. A key objective of the Council is to ensure that the children’s relationships with their Indigenous culture, traditions and history is respected, protected and maintained.
John is a member of: the Advisory Board of LEAP | Pecault Centre for Social Impact the Canadian Bar Association Indigenous Advisory Group the Indigenous Bar Association
John’s family on his father’s side is Sto:lo whose traditional territory is the
Fraser River Valley in British Columbia. He is of mixed heritage.

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John P. Brown

Advisor