About MECC

Paul Bagordo

Paul Bagordo has 35 years' experience in the development of human resource service systems, organizational development and the design, advocacy, training and development of balanced and respectful partnerships between Canadian service systems and Aboriginal peoples. He has worked with dozens of non/Aboriginal and Aboriginal organizations in human service, business, industry, and education.

He has operated his own consulting and training company; Bagordo Consulting and Training Services Inc. for the past 28 years. His work has been focused on capacity development and organizational infrastructure design. His work covers business, community, industry and educational development. He holds a Master's Degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University and has volunteered his services in the following capacities:

  • Ontario Trillium Foundation Member
    • Regional Grant Review Team
    • Aboriginal Policy Reference Group
    • Board of Directors
    • Future Fund Chair
    • Grant Liason Committee Vice-chair
  • Kirkland and District Community Development Corporation
    • Board Member
  • NeoNet
    • Board Member
  • Spruce Hill Lodge
    • Foundation Executive Member
  • Matheson Learning Centre
    • Board Chair

John Turner

John Turner is the Moose Cree First Nation representative on the MECC and works as a negotiator and advisor to the MCFN on issues related to lands and resources. He has worked extensively in the area of traditional ecological knowledge and traditional land use research.

After graduating from High School in North Bay John spent a number of years as a full time trapper and continues to spend time on the land practicing traditional harvesting activities. He led the organization of the Omushkegowuk Harvesters Association and went on to work at the Mushkegowuk Council as the Associate Director of Lands and Resources. He was a member of the Moose River / James Bay Coalition during the Ontario Hydro Demand Supply Plan Environmental Assessment. He has also worked for the Moose Cree First Nation Lands and Resources Unit.

John is also a Board member of Sagashtawao Healing Lodge since 1994 and is a Board member for the Fur Harvesters Auction in North Bay.

Gabriel Archibald

Gabriel Archibald is member of the Mattagami Extension Coordinating Committee representing the First Nation of Taykwa Tagamou. I was appointed to the Committee in May of 2010 by Chief Linda Job. I was born and raised in Moosonee, Ontario. I named to this Committee to oversee the Terms and Conditions of the (EA) Environmental Assessment Approval.

Jamey Deforge

Jamey Deforge is a member of the MECC representing Ontario Power Generation. Jamey graduated from the University of Western Ontario, with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. Jamey worked for Ontario Hydro/Ontario Power Generation for the past 16 years. He has held various positions, but has most recently spent the last 8 years as the Northeast Plant Groups, Asset and Technical Services Manager based out of Timmins. Jamey has spent in his entire career in the North and is very familiar with the operation and maintenance of the Lower Mattagami stations.