Wayne K. Spear
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Wayne K. Spear | Founder and President

Wayne is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) citizen of the Haudenosaunee with 35 years experience working in, and with, Indigenous organizations like yours.

Since 2012 he’s been Managing Editor of AFOA Canada’s Journal of Aboriginal Management and his work has appeared in the National Post, Huffington Post, CBC, Ottawa Citizen, and elsewhere. Wayne was a weekly CTV News panelist and currently hosts The Roundtable Podcast, featuring interviews with prominent Indigenous leaders and professionals. His book Residential Schools, With the Words and Images of Survivors was a 2015 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist and winner of the 2016 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award. Full Circle: the Aboriginal Healing Foundation & the Unfinished Work of Hope, Healing & Reconciliation (download as a PDF) was published in 2014 and tells the story of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, where he was Director of Communications.

He’s a certified practitioner of workplace assessment tools, including WorkPlace Big Five, DiSC, and StrengthsFinder. His strengths based approach blends Haudenosaunee culture with proven, cutting-edge industry practices.


Judith C. Spear, MS, CMC, BCC | Team Development Associate

Over 40,000 leaders in for-profits and non-profits benefit from Judi’s 40+ years as an executive coach and facilitator. Her clients are in education, manufacturing, retail, consumer goods, health care, utilities, entertainment, and First Nations government. Judi is certified as a Management Consultant (CMC) and designated as a Board Certified Coach (BCC) and executive coach (BCEC) by the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE).

Mike DeGagné, LLM, PhD | Governance Review Associate

The President of Nipissing University, Mike was formerly Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Director of Accounting Operations at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Director of First Nations and Inuit Health Programs at Health Canada, and Senior Negotiator at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. He has sat on numerous boards—including as Chair of the Child Welfare League of Canada and Queensway Carleton Hospital. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Indspire Award.

Terry Goodtrack, MPA, B.Admin | Financial Review Associate

In addition to an PMA and B.Admin, Terry holds FCPA, FCGA, CAPA, CAFM, and C. Dir designations. He is President and CEO of AFOA Canada and was the Chief Operating Officer at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, the Chief Executive Officer at the Indigenous Gaming Regulators, and the Chief Financial Officer at the Federation of Saskatchewan Nations and the Assembly of First Nations. He has extensive Board and advisory committee experience, as well as approximately ten years of management experience in the Government of Canada, in finance, audit, and operational policy.

Robin Henry, CHRP | Human Resources Associate

Robin has twenty years of human resources and leadership experience. He is a former Manager of Human Resources & Administration at Westbank First Nation and former Executive Director at the Kekinow Native Housing Society. He was also Manager of Human Resources at the Aboriginal Healing Foundation.