Marco Bacon, Chairman of the Board of Directors is from the Pekuakamiulnutsh of Mashteuiatsh. He holds a master’s degree in arts and a bachelor’s degree in arts education from the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi (UQAC). Mr. Bacon held the position of director of the Centre des Premières Nations Nikanite of the UQAC. Today he is Director of the Office of Inclusion and student Success (BIRÉ) at UQAM. He is also co-founder of the First Peoples Innovation Center.
Claudette Dumont‑Smith is a member of the Kitigan Zibi community where she worked for several years as a Community Health Representative and community health nurse, respectively, before relocating to the national capital region. She has held various positions at the national level with her most recent full-time position as executive director of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). In 2018, she was appointed as a Minister’s Special Representative to address inequities in the Indian Act and most recently assumed the position of co-chair on the Federal sub-working group that is working with other sub-groups to develop a National Action Plan in response to the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry’s “Calls for Justice”. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1991, and a Master of Public Administration in 2000 from Queen’s University. She has lived in Gatineau for several years, and understands the realities of urban Indigenous life.
A member of the Innu community of Mastheuiatsh, Alexandre Bacon specializes in issues of Indigenous governance. He has a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in Indigenous self-determination and works as a strategic advisor for Indigenous organizations. He is also a co-founder of the First Peoples Innovation Centre.
With more than 30 years of experience as a senior administrator with the public service and in government agencies, Bruno Bonneville brings proven expertise in strategic policy, mediation, negotiation and facilitation to his role at the FPIC.
Viviane Michel has been involved with the organization Quebec Native Women for more than 10 years, and currently serves as its president. Originally from Maliotenam, Viviane speaks French and Innu. She values tradition and endeavours to honour her nation’s traditional practices and promote respect for the identity and culture of Indigenous nations and women.
Manon Barbeau is the president and founder of Wapikoni Mobile. For more than 30 years, she has worked as a writer and director for organizations such as Télé‑Québec and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). She has written hundreds of screenplays and directed a dozen multiple-award-winning documentaries.