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EXECUTIVE TEAM

Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant executive team fnti

Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant, M.E.S, I.M.C, P.H.C.P,

PRESIDENT

suzanne@fnti.net 

Suzanne provides leadership, vision and innovation in Indigenous post-secondary education at the First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI). She is Bear Clan and a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, located along the shores of the beautiful Bay of Quinte. 
 
She holds a Master’s degree from York University in Environmental Studies with a focus on Indigenous post-secondary programming. Suzanne graduated from the Institute of Integrated Medicine as an Integrated Medical Clinician. Suzanne is a current and founding board member of Honouring Indigenous Peoples, HIP, (“Understanding the Past, Moving Forward Together”) an initiative of Rotary International and a committee member of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force.  
 
Suzanne is a past board member of: Aboriginal Institutes Consortium (Vice-Chair), St. Lawrence College Board of Governors, Prevent Cancer Now (national board), member of the Great Lakes United (bi-national) and founding board member of CKWE Tyendinaga radio. 
 
She is a past committee member of the Remedial Action Plan/Bay of Quinte, the Environmental Advisory Committee - Mohawks of Bay of Quinte, and the Health 
Advisory Committee - Mohawks of Bay of Quinte 
 
Suzanne is the 2019 recipient of York University’s Bryden Alumni “Tentanda Via” award, recognizing a graduate who has demonstrated innovative, unconventional and daring leadership and success, reflecting the University’s motto – Tentanda Via (“The Way Must Be Tried”).  

Suzanne was appointed in July 2020 to sit on the Premier's Council on Equality of Opportunity, an intergenerational and cross-sector advisory group to provide advice on how young people can overcome social and economic barriers and achieve success. 

Suzanne has a strong commitment to Indigenous language, culture and traditions. She is an accomplished visual artist and photographer who has exhibited her work at the Woodland Cultural Centre, Brantford and Gallery 121, Belleville. She is a seasoned gardener and specializes in traditional food systems and medicinal plants. Suzanne has four incredible children and two beautiful granddaughters. 

 

Select Publications:

Williams, K., & Brant, S. (2021). Plant persons, more-than-human power, and institutional practices in Indigenous higher education. In V. Fletcher & A. Dare (Eds.)Intimate Relations: Communicating in the Anthropocene(pp. 197-214). Lexington Books.
 
 Williams, K.J., Umangay, U. & Brant, S. (2020). Advancing Indigenous research sovereignty: Public administration trends and the opportunity for meaningful conversations in Canadian research governance.The International Indigenous Policy Journal, 11(1). doi: https://doi.org/ 10.18584/iipj.2020.11.1.10237
 
Williams, K., & Brant, S. (2019). Good Words, Good Food, Good Mind: Restoring Indigenous Identities and Ecologies through Transformative Learning.Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development,9(B), 1-14.https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2019.09B.010

 

Adam Hopkins, B.A., M.P.A. executive team fnti

Adam Hopkins, B.A., M.P.A.

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, ACADEMIC  

adamh@fnti.net 

Adam is Lunapeew and Anishinaabe and grew up in Eelünaapéewi Lahkéewiit, formally known as the Delaware Nation - Moraviantown. He also spent a lot of his childhood in Bkejwanong (Walpole Island), which is his mother’s community. Adam is proud a graduate of Trent University and a joint graduate program at FNTI/Queen’s. He’s spent 10 years working in the university sector, mostly in student support and recruitment, before coming to FNTI in September 2016. 


Currently, as the Senior Vice-President, Academic, he oversees the following portfolios at FNTI: Standalone Programs, Partnered Programs, First Peoples Aviation and Information Technology. Adam was heavily involved in the provincial recognition process of Indigenous Institutes as the third pillar of publicly assisted, post-secondary institutions. In his new role as SVPA, he is most excited about seeing FNTI receive accreditation for standalone Bachelor level degrees and assisting in continuing to build FNTI’s profile as a global leader in Indigenous education.

 

Shari Beaver

VICE PRESIDENT, ENROLMENT MANAGEMENT AND STUDENT SERVICES  

sharib@fnti.net

 

Donna Silver-Smith

VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE SERVICES  

donnas@fnti.net 

Donna is Vice President, Corporate Services at First Nations Technical Institute where she focuses on organizational strategic operations and initiatives. Prior to her work as an executive team member, she has held management positions with St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University. Donna is a proven professional with over 25 years of experience in human resource management and post-secondary professional development training. Donna attended the Bachelor of Arts, Sociology at Trent University.  As well as being part of leadership teams for international private corporations, she has spent the last decade and a half working with organizations to align their strategies with business outcomes.

 

Cathie Findlay

DIRECTOR, GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AND COMMUNICATION

cathief@fnti.net