S. Michael Fontaine, Vice-President, Ishkonigan Consulting
Ishkonigan is owned and operated by Phil Fontaine, former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Established in 2009, Ishkonigan specializes in consultation and mediation services to Indigenous communities, all levels of government and business.
S. Michael Fontaine is involved in formulating and implementing strategic input into Ishkonigan initiatives and projects as well as overseeing specific client engagements. Michael's background is in government (both federal and First Nation), banking (personal lending) and entrepreneurial both as a business owner and as the managing director of a multi-million dollar Joint Venture.
Michael is a descendant of signatories to Treaties 5 and 6 and is Ojibway from the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba with certification in Mediation and Negotiation from Harvard University as well as from the University of Windsor. In addition, Michael has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from the Schulich School of Business. Michael has devoted a significant portion of his career to the advancement of First Nations rights and interests including the development and enhancement of First Nation economic participation.
Michael is the 2010 Runner-Up for the CANDO Economic Developer of the Year finishing second to the Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Company Inc. (CREECO) from Quebec.
Aboriginal Peoples and Multiculturalism, 2014 Our Canada Symposium session (audio)
Canada 2015 and Beyond, 2014 Our Canada Symposium Session (audio)