FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION – Mr. Darren Harper, Co-Founder and Executive Vice-President of Maawandoon Inc., today announced the appointment of the Honourable Greg Rickford, P.C., B.S.N., M.B.A., LL.B., B.C.L., as Strategic Advisor to their Executive Team. Rickford begins his responsibilities for Maawandoon Inc. effective immediately.
“Now more than ever, indigenous community engagement is at the forefront of responsible and respectful business in Canada. Maawandoon is bringing greater certainty for businesses pursuing natural resource, and major infrastructure projects, by ensuring effective Indigenous consultation and engagement,” said Harper. “Greg is widely respected for his vast experience with indigenous people, and brings considerable heft to the value proposition we offer our clients.”
Rickford is a practicing lawyer specializing in natural resource and indigenous legal and advisory matters. Previously, he served as Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Minister of State for Science & Technology, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario (FedNor) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.
He has considerable experience and an estimable reputation across Canada in matters pertaining to indigenous affairs, science, technology and – around the world – in the natural resources sector. Prior to his political career, Greg gained important professional experience as a registered nurse, business consultant and lawyer focused on indigenous peoples.
“I am very pleased and honored to join Maawandoon as a Strategic Advisor to their executive team. They have an impressive and growing reputation in the resource and major infrastructure project sectors helping businesses and Indigenous communities develop an economic opportunity, embrace environmental processes and make final investment decisions that are a win-win for everyone – that’s my passion too, and the kind of team I want to be a part of,” said Rickford.
About Maawandoon Inc.
Maawandoon is a traditional Ojibway term meaning ‘bringing us together’. We are a leading national firm in Indigenous community engagement. Our team’s expertise is grounded in our unique experiences with community-based development and capacity building. We guide projects to completion by drawing on our deep understanding of local governance, community protocols, regulatory frameworks, and legislation affecting Indigenous communities.