Economic Development Department

AOPFN Youth Engagement 2015
New Retail and Industrial Building Signage
AOPFN Self-Employment Certificate Program
Tour at Algonquin College Woodroffe Campus
Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Tour with AOPFN Chief and Council and Economic Development Department
Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation Career Fair 2014
Employability Workshop with 12 Youth from AOPFN
Chief Kirby Opening Statement
Employability Workshop Training
Industrial Building
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Our goal is to meet the needs of the community for economic growth, stability and employment opportunities.

We do this by creating or increasing opportunities for business development, employment and offering education and training to meet the minimum requirements for successful and meaningful employment.

We have continued networking, creating and maintaining partnerships within Renfrew County, educating local governments about our community, workforce and enhancing opportunities for education, training, and employment.

We are constantly seeking funding sources for small business development, learning about manufacturing and business opportunities in and around Renfrew County.

We are keen on communicating with the community and will be doing so via quarterly newsletters and social media.

Workforce readiness is a priority for us to help the community members become job ready and to assist them to enhance their own education, training and employment opportunities.

Community projects are very important for all the above reasons and we are constantly researching any projects that will benefit the community, be it economic or community development.

What We Do

The mandate is to ensure and promote economic and employment initiatives to First Nation members in the following areas:

Our Team

Taylor Ozawanimke
A/Employment Development Officer
Taylor began her administration career in Economic Development in 2015. She has been gaining significant experience in the organization’s department and is currently attaining her Bachelor’s Undergrad Degree through First Nation Technical Institute and Ryerson University for Public Administration & Governance. Taylor is responsible for assisting members to access financial support to obtain training and programs that lead into careers.
613-625-2800 ext. 253
Christine Lightbody
Manager of Economic Development
Christine began her career in 1994 as an assistant, and in 2004 she become the Manager for Economic Development. She is responsible for all budgets, work plans and all economic development projects.
613-625-2800 ext. 236
Amanda Two-Axe Kohoko
A/Research Coordinator
Amanda started working for the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation as the Acting Employment Development Officer. She has a certificate in Public Administration and Governance through FNTI and Ryerson University. She is responsible for creating and maximizing opportunities beneficial to Pikwakanagan by establishing meaningful partnerships to build capacity for the organization and community. She is also subject to respond to consultation requests.
613-625-2800 ext. 237