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First nations executive education celebrates its second graduating class

Monday September 19, 2022


Tiohtià:ke (Montreal), September 19, 2022 – Earlier today, First Nations Executive Education (FNEE) proudly handed out certifications to the members of its second-ever cohort, formally recognizing that they had fulfilled all the requirements of the Becoming a Transformational Leader program. The certifications awarded recognize participants who have successfully completed the ‘Becoming a Transformational Leader’ development program.

The 17 participants, two-thirds of whom are women, are officials from First Nations governments or administrators from First Nations organizations. Together, they represent seven Nations and 10 communities. The graduates have completed all of the modules that make up the university-level certification program in strategic leadership. The FNEE curricula have been developed to enable First Nations leaders to strengthen their skills through a combination of traditional knowledge and contemporary management practices.



“With the second cohort coming to the end of their journey, it is clear to us that FNEE is meeting a real need for executive education among First Nations clients,” said FNEE Director Manon Jeannotte. “We are already seeing the impact these programs are having on participants and their communities. My warmest congratulations go out to everyone in this second graduating class, along with my thanks for their commitment to their community and their Nation.”

Manon Jeannotte, FNEE director


“On behalf of AFNQL, I want to congratulate the success of the second cohort of the First Nation Executive Education programs. Their personal commitment is an inspiration and will contribute to strengthen the governance of our communities. Nation building is no longer a goal, it is happening. As we prepare for the next cohorts of leaders, I want to pay tribute to the continued support of Executive Education HEC Montréal. Their contribution is also an important part of the achievements we celebrate today.”

Ghislain Picard, Chief pf the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador


“We are proud to contribute to the development of leaders in First Nations governments and organizations,” said Serge Lafrance, Director of Executive Education HEC Montréal. “By working together and respecting the contexts and approaches specific to First Nations, we hope to be positive and constructive allies. I congratulate our newest graduates for their perseverance, and I am grateful to our Indigenous and non-Indigenous trainers for all their hard work.”

Serge Lafrance, director of Executive Education HEC Montréal


One of the defining features of FNEE is its innovative co-creation approach. Each course is developed jointly by HEC Montréal professors and First Nations trainers with recognized expertise in their field. The short programs are both future-focused and outward-looking, while still remaining rooted in the rich history of First Nations. They have been designed specifically around the needs, values and image of First Nations. Executive Education HEC Montréal has been a key partner and incubator during the development and rollout of this new school.

October 30 will be the start date for the third FNEE cohort, which will be made up of women from Quebec First Nations active in the political, entrepreneurial, administrative arenas as well as aspiring leaders.



List of participants

Normand Ambroise
Innu, Uashat mak Mani Utenam
Administrator, Centre Kapatakan Gilles Jourdain

Brenda Michel
Innu, Ekuanitshit
Administrator, Ekuanitshinnuat Management Company

Adéline Basile
Innu, Ekuanitshit
Administrator, Corporation de développement économique Ekuanitshinnuat

Nadia Mollen
Innu, Unamen Shipu
Councillor, Concil of the Innu of Unamen Shipu

Audrey-Lise Basile
Innu, Ekuanitshit
Councillor, Council of the Innu of Ekuanitshit

Isabelle Napess
Innu, Ekuanitshit
Administrator, Apuiat

Céline Cassivi
Mi’gma, Gespeg
Councillor, Mi’gmaq Nation of Gespeg

Lorrie Ann Oke
Kanien’kehá:ka, Kanehsatake
Aspiring community leader

Derek Jeremy Einish
Naskapi, Kawawachikamach
Councillor, Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach

Ève Pagé
Wendat, Wendake
Aspiring community leader

Sipi Flamand
Atikamekw, Manawan
Chief, Manawan Atikamekw Council

Nicky Petiquay
Atikamekw, Wemotaci
Administrator, First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission

Sabryna Godbout
Wendat, Wendake
Administratrice, Puamun Meskenu

Manon Tremblay
Anicinapek8e, Pikogan
Councillor, Council of the First Nation of Abitibiwinni

Vincent Jeannotte
Mi’gma, Gespeg
Administrator, First Nations Human Resources Development Commission of Quebec

Shikuan Jean-Sébastien Vollant
Uashat mak Mani Utenam
Administrator, First Nations Quebec-Labrador Youth Network

Tammy Marie Martin
Mi’gma, Gesgapegiag
Councillor, Micmacs of Gesgapegiag Band




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