Nihkanatpat (Executive Director) competition currently in progress 

Legal and Governance Advisor

Gillian Paul

Gillian Paul is the Legal and Governance Advisor for WNNB. She is Wolastoqey from Neqotkuk. Gillian is a lawyer who holds a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Brunswick. Gillian was previously an associate with Olthuis, Kleer Townshend LLP, an Indigenous rights law firm based out of Toronto.

Fisheries Biologist

Dr. Colin Curry

Dr. Colin Curry is the Fisheries Biologist for WNNB. Originally from Calgary, Colin Curry finished his PhD in Freshwater Ecology at the University of New Brunswick and came to WNNB in 2017 after working with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Colin has worked on a number of fisheries and freshwater environmental monitoring projects, and is motivated by a desire to protect the land and water and to ensure that Wolastoqey Aboriginal and Treaty Rights are respected.

Director of Finance

Sandra Polchies

Sandra Polchies is the Director of Finance at WTCI and WNNB. Sandra is Wolastoqey from the Sitansisk. Sandra was previously employed by Sitansisk from 2001-2017 as their Finance Clerk. Upon being hired with WTCI and WNNB she enrolled with UNB Extended Learning where she gained her Human Resource Management Certificate in 2018.


Dr. Jason Hall

Jason is the Ethnohistorian for WNNB. Jason has a Ph.D. in History from the University of New Brunswick, a master’s degree in Environmental studies from York University and an Undergraduate degree in history from St. Thomas University. Jason’s work includes presentations on Wolastoqey history, and preparation of reports on historic Wolastoqey use for WNNB’s consultation work.

Administrative Assistant

Gail Fullarton

Gail Fullarton is the Administrative Assistant for WTCI/WNNB. Gail is the first face that visitors meet when entering the office. Gail’s strong attention to detail and helpful personality is what keeps our office running smoothly. If you need anything just ask Gail and she will make it happen! Gail graduated from Stanley High in New Brunswick and has earned herself a certificate in Human Resource Management.

Environmental Assessment Coordinator

Gordon Grey

Gordon is the Environmental Impact Assessment Coordinator for WNNB. Gordon is Wolastoqey from Pilick. He has a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. Gordon works extensively on files for Offshore Oil and Gas,provincial Environmental Impact Assessments, federal environmental assessments (i.e.,legislation, regulation and policy review), mining and quarry leasing and licenses.

Environmental Technician

Dakota Tomah

Dakota is engaged in a study that will rely on the novel monitoring technique of environmental DNA analysis combined with indigenous knowledge to map plant communities, their distributions, and traditional uses. He hopes that through his work with WNNB and through his studies, he finds himself involved in a paradigm shift in environmental management where indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and land uses are given the consideration they deserve.

Fisheries Research Coordinator

Victoria Cluney

Victoria Cluney is the Fisheries Research Coordinator for the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick. She has a Master of Science in Evolutionary Ecology and a Bachelor of Science in Biology, both from Saint Mary’s University, and has participated in several fish population surveys throughout Atlantic Canada. At WNNB, Victoria assists with various fisheries files and helps to further grow Wolastoqey-led fisheries science and management practices.   

Director of Human Resources

Jennifer Miles

Jennifer is WNNB’s and WTCI’s Director of Human Resources. She has over 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resources.

Elder in Residence

Edward Perley

Elder Perley will fill a critical role in WNNB’s commitment to support Indigenous perspectives, knowledge, and approaches to environmental management within consultation. The Elder in Residence will provide guidance and an Indigenous perspective for our staff, member communities, and our partners. Ed will help guide our organization in blending western and indigenous knowledge as well as helping us to promote ceremony and culture where appropriate.

Fisheries Technician

Kianna Bear-Hetherington

Kianna Bear-Hetherington is the Fisheries Technician for WNNB. Kianna is a proud Wolastoqey woman from the beautiful community of Sitansisk. Being proudly of the Wolastoqiyik, she grew up with a special relationship with the land and all living things in it. She has recently completed her final year of a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources with a major in Water Resource Management at the University of New Brunswick. Kianna works with the Fisheries team on various consultation files and environmental monitoring projects.

Public Relations Associate

Logan Perley

Logan Perley is WNNB’s new Public Relations Associate. He was formally a journalist at CBC. He is a Wolastoqey from Neqotkuk.

Consultation Manager

Ian Peach 

Ian Peach is the Consultation Manager for the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick, as well as Director of Research and Projects for the Wolastoqey Language and Culture Centre. He has been staff to M.P.s and parliamentary committees, and an official in federal, provincial, and territorial governments across Canada, including nearly 6 years as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Policy and Priorities Secretariat of Saskatchewan Executive Council. He has also been the director of a university-based public policy institute, the Dean of a law faculty, and a consultant to various governments and non-governmental organizations. He has, and continues to, publish extensively in his areas of specialty – constitutional law, constitutional negotiations, federalism and intergovernmental relations, Aboriginal law, policy, and self-government negotiations, and strategic planning, policy development, and the policy process. He is also a regular columnist for Brunswick News.