Jeff is Turtle Clan, Michi Saagiig Anishinaabe and a Citizen of Hiawatha First Nation in Ontario.
He is currently retired after having worked for 35+ years, first with CMHC in a variety of management positions and then with INAC, as the Regional Director General for BC and as the Deputy Ministers Special Representative in the Deputy Ministers office at INAC Headquarters. Although dividing his time between Ontario and BC, he spent over 20 years in BC working with First Nations communities and leadership which has helped to prepare him for the work he has taken on with the First Nations Housing & Infrastructure Council.
Jeff retired from public service in 2012 but has remained active and involved in First Nations programming and politics. He is currently in his second term of office as a Councillor for his home community of Hiawatha and holds the Community Development portfolio which includes Lands, Housing, Economic Development, Capital, Infrastructure and Public Works. He is also leading work on the creation of HFNs Comprehensive Community Plan and Economic Development Corporation as well as the formation of a community Trust to manage investments from a recent treaty settlement.
He began assisting the FNHIC in 2018 with involvement in government-to-government negotiations and was asked in the Spring of 2020 to step into the Executive Director role on an interim basis, helping the Board of Governors in their efforts as well as supporting the work of the Operations Team with emphasis on rolling out Phase 3 of the Engagement Strategy and FNHIC negotiations with Canada.