Chantal Hamelin, Director General

Chantal Hamelin joined the Secretariat to the Cree Nation Abitibi-Témiscamingue Economic Alliance in June 2009 as the Director of operations, responsible for promoting business matchmaking between Cree Nation businesses and indigenous and non-indigenous businesses in Northern Quebec. Ms. Hamelin studied Business Administration, Marketing Option.

She has worked for more than a dozen years as a manager for the development of business links in the field of post-secondary education.

She also started her business in 2008 offering advice in market development, in the field of recruitment and development of business links.

She was involved for several years on the Board of Directors of the Fondation du Centre hospitalier de la Vallée de l'Or, where she served as president for two years.
With her practical experience in the Secretariat’s operations and in the field, as well as her extensive network, she has held the position of Director-General of the Secretariat since 2019.

A member of numerous regional economic development and Indigenous communities committees, Ms. Hamelin has also served on the Board of Directors of the Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue since June 2018.Email :

Geneviève Binette, Project Coordinator

Geneviève Binette joined the Secretariat team in August 2020, as administrative assistant and as a Project Coordinator since March 2022. With solid knowledge in logistics and project management acquired during her atypical career, she brings to the Secretariat experience and a thirst for learning and renewal.

In 2008, she returned to her hometown after travelling around the world, mostly by bike, and after having lived in western Canada and in the United States. Originally from Anicinabe on her father’s side, she chose to teach in nearby Anicinabek communities. She will also lead the Jeunes Musiciens du monde (JMM) organization in the Kitcisakik community until 2017.

Geneviève has managed numerous Anicinabek cultural projects and organized several events with JMM in schools as well as with Minwashin. The Secretariat is pleased to welcome this woman of challenge and passion, open-minded and showing great dynamism, just like the organization she joins.


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Lorena Garcia, Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Garcia completed her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Colombia in 2009. She then worked in her country as a Financial Relations Assistant for Maersk, and later as an Internal Affairs Assistant for the Dutch Embassy in Bogota, until she obtained her Canadian Permanent Residency permit in 2015.

Initially based in Montreal, she became a passenger agent for Copa Airlines, then a media service clerk for the John Abbott College library, where she also completed her studies as a documentation technician.

After relocating to Val-d'Or in 2019, she started as an administrative assistant at Cummins, but was attracted by the Secretariat's offer. Since May 2022, she has joined our team and says she is very happy to be closer to indigenous cultures, which remind her of her own culture of origin.

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