Team

Meet Our Team

Chief Roger Augustine
Chief Roger Augustine
President
Chief Roger Augustine
President

Chief Roger Augustine is Mi'kmaq from the Province of New Brunswick, and is currently the Regional Chief for NB/PEI, Assembly of First Nations (AFN).

In 1981, Chief Augustine was one of several dozen representatives (from across Canada) that signed the historic 1981 Declaration of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights.

Chief Augustine co–founded the Atlantic Policy Congress (APC), which became the political voice for First Nations Chiefs in Atlantic Canada. He also co–founded the North Shore Mi’kmaq Tribal Council, and was the Chairman for the Center of Indigenous Environmental Resources, and a Commissioner for the Indian Land Claims.

Chief Augustine considers one of his greatest career accomplishments to be in the field of addictions treatment. After receiving specialized credentials from St. Francis Xavier University in Drug and Alcohol Education, Chief Augustine made enormous strides in dealing with addictions in his community by introducing a curriculum for Eel Ground Federal School. During his tenure as the Chairman of the National Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, Chief Augustine received several awards in his field.

On July 5, 2017, Mr. Stéphane Ouellette, President and CEO, Merchant Navy Commemorative Theme Project (MNCTP) appointed Chief Augustine as an Honorary Governor, Board of Honorary Governors, MNCTP.

Tom Mann
Tom Mann
Advisor - Board of Directors
Tom Mann
Advisor - Board of Directors

Tom Mann is a trusted advisor for Workforce Warriors in government and community relations. As a former labour lawyer and Executive Director of the New Brunswick Union, and former Deputy Minister, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, Tom provides guidance and expertise in labour relations and fostering an inclusive and equitable work environment for our Warriors.

Tom is currently a member of the Executive team of Gitpo Consulting Ltd. along with Chief Roger Augustine and Galen Augustine.  Gitpo Consulting Ltd. works with community partners to develop, enhance and provide opportunities in housing construction to the benefit of the First Nation “through respectful cooperation and collaboration with First Nations and their organizations enabling economic development that is in balance with social and environmental concerns.”

Susan O’Quinn
Susan O’Quinn
Wellness Leader
Susan O’Quinn
Wellness Leader

Susan O'Quinn has been innovating in counselling and social-emotional development, in a variety of clinical roles across Canada, for over 25 years. She has been providing online wellness counselling online since 2006, despite being told it couldn't be done.  She persevered and has been doing online counselling for 15 years- helping people resolve difficulties and reach their optimal potential.

Susan is a proud indigenous leader and subject matter expert in her field. Her expertise and guidance in the collective wellness of our Warriors is central to Workforce Warriors' holistic leadership program development.​ In her words “We can all use a little tune-up towards improved wellness… we are all suffering from some degree of pain or anguish, stress or worry, that is getting in the way of our progress… we can open up opportunities, but if we are not emotionally well enough to receive, and act upon, those opportunities, there is limited chance of our success if we are not well enough or feel strong enough to succeed…”

Karen Gillam
Karen Gillam
Founder & CEO
Karen Gillam
Founder & CEO

Karen Gillam (MSc), founder of Workforce Warriors, has decades of experience in research and development, especially innovating transformative advances in Indigenous capacity development. First in Science and Engineering where she developed and led successful capacity building programs tied to employment and participation in environmental permitting, and in recent years, dedicating her career to building Indigenous capacity, and increasing diversity and inclusion in the skilled trades.

Contributing to the processes and strategies which break through change resistance, Karen’s greatest strengths are her ability to bring growth through collaboration; her understanding of future trends and needs; and most importantly her ability to inspire and motivate essential change. A dynamic ambassador committed to personal values of purpose, inclusion and respect, Karen plans to use her skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to establish and refine effective workplace strategies and cultural requirements, within the Canadian workforce, to help sustain increased Indigenous participation well into the future.

Kelly Power
Kelly Power
Executive Director
Kelly Power
Executive Director

Kelly Power brings 25 years of experience in project management and workforce development within the skilled trades.  She has extensive experience in developing and managing innovative projects focused on improving labour market outcomes for women and indigenous populations within apprenticeship trades.

Kelly is a graduate of the Adult Post Secondary Education Program, Memorial University, NL, and served three terms as a member of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women.  She has dedicated much of her career to working with underrepresented groups to break down barriers to employment and finding solutions to create sustainable career opportunities. Kelly has a proven track record for creative design of diversity projects such as the Innu Nation Legacy Project, and the establishment of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices. She brings her leadership and mentorship expertise, combined with her vision for innovation and creativity to lead Workforce Warriors in building a national leadership program for our nation’s Indigenous communities.

Rick Dalton
Rick Dalton
Senior Advisor
Rick Dalton
Senior Advisor

Rick Dalton (RSE), Red Seal Electrician in both Construction and Industrial.  Rick has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry.  During this time, Rick demonstrated his leadership in building capacity for under-represented and marginalized groups within the skilled trades.  Rick proudly and boldly stood on his principles and fought for innovative approaches to help women and indigenous people become employed and supported in the construction trades.

​Rick was the first labour leader within the building and construction trades in NL to take a stand on equality and diversity.  Despite much adversity and criticism he received for his perseverance, he didn’t waiver and he continued making provisions to allow women and Indigenous people to enter the trade.  He further supported them by working with project owners and contractors to implement mechanisms in the workplace to support the inclusion of women and Indigenous people and to mentor them through their apprenticeship.

​Through his dedication, commitment, and belief that the industry would become much stronger by diversifying, he blazed the trail for others to follow his lead on making the construction industry more inviting and supportive of under-represented groups.

While Rick Dalton deserves full credit for his personal commitment and dedication to equality and diversity, he remains humble and works in the background.  He always makes others shine as he mentors them to become leaders themselves.  He takes his reward from knowing he’s making a difference and is helping our Warriors to become leaders in their communities.

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