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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AOPFN Youth Engagement 2015


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

Lisa Meness
Funding Research Coordinator
Lisa has been employed as the Funding Research Coordinator since 2003. She was transferred under the Economic Development department and still maintains her Funding Research responsibilities which include proposal writing, research, and all projects that may benefit the community. Lisa is currently working on a special project- Core Consultation Coordinator. She is responsible for seeking partnerships, Economic Development opportunities, and responding to consultation requests from external government and private sector activities that are within our First Nation lands and surrounding traditional territory.
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
Employment Development Officer
Amanda started working for the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation as the Acting Employment Development Officer in 2012. She has a certificate in Public Administration and Governance. She is responsible for assisting clients with employment and training goals. she provides assistance to members with employment opportunities, resume development, referrals and employability workshop that will enhance member's opportunity for employment. She is also responsible for the Summer Student Employment and Youth Work Experience programs.
613-625-2800 ext. 237