Melissa is located in Cobourg, ON: the traditional and treaty territory of the Michi Saagiig (Mississauga) and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, in the Lake Ontario Basin.
Melissa has 10 years of experience in the Environmental and Government/Aboriginal relations field; 6 years working directly with First Nation communities. Melissa joined CIER in May 2021. She is Métis and grew up in Lac du Bonnet and Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has attained a B.A. in Law from Carleton University and an LL.B. from the University of Ottawa. In 2006, she successfully completed the Bar Admission Course and articled at the Indian Claims Commission of Canada. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario.
Melissa is currently one of CIER’s Research Associates. She is responsible for delivering projects related to CIER’s thematic areas (Water, Climate Change and Energy, Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity, Youth, Indigenous Food, and Sustainable Waste Management) and developing and maintaining collaborative initiatives and partnerships with Indigenous communities, government agencies, private sector companies, philanthropic and charitable organizations, non-profits and academic institutions.
In her free time Melissa enjoys reading biographies, photography and watching documentaries about different communities and cultures around the world. She also loves exploring the outdoors year-round with her two children and her dog.