Heather combines her frontline experience as a case manager and counsellor with her background in politics, policy development, project management and information technology to provide clients with exceptional real-world advice and support. Serving vulnerable people is Heather’s forté, which is why she is a great fit for the Public Progress team. She has worked in youth diversion, family violence, mental health and addictions counselling, and sexual violence counselling. Based in Kingston, Ontario, but originally from Prince Edward island, Heather has recently completed her Masters in Education, complementing her undergraduate degrees in psychology and English.
Jason Neepin has been active in housing, economic development and cultural training for over twenty years, working in government, and the corporate and community sectors. He brings a range of experience to his role as an Associate with Public Progress, assisting clients to achieve their housing and community development priorities.
Jason has worked in the corporate sector with the Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Company (CREECO, James Bay Cree, QC); government sector with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN); community sector with the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ) (Tyendinaga, ON) and Fox Lake Cree Nation (FLCN); as well as National Board experience representing Ontario for CANDO. Jason’s INAC government experience includes Major Business and Emerging Sectors, Major Business Projects, Resource Partnerships, Resource Access Negotiations, and economic development opportunities.
Jason worked for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte as the Director of Housing and Sustainable Development for five years. Jason was successful in finding community buy-in through a series of community engagement meetings, development of community working groups to facilitate changes to the housing portfolio provided to the citizens of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
Jason completed his Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Native Studies and Minor in Management and Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) with a double major in Aboriginal Business Studies and Generalist from the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. He is a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer (PAED) certified by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO). Jason is a member of the Fox Lake Cree Nation located in northern Manitoba currently living in Ottawa, Ontario.
Fowzia has over 10 years experience working in the equity, diversity and inclusion sector in school boards and Higher Education Institutions in Toronto, Dubai, United States, UAE and London, UK. Currently, she works as a Professor at Humber College in the social service worker program, dual credit program and graduate certificate in systems navigation. Most recently she worked as a School Trustee with the Toronto District School Board with responsibilities to oversee 600 schools in Toronto. In this capacity, she provided leadership supporting transformative changes in schools through the implementation of effective models of inclusion to close access, opportunity, achievement, and participation gaps.
Fowzia has worked as a researcher with youth-based organizations, such as Pathways to Education, where she helped students from inner city communities with high dropout rates achieve their full potential, and Delisle Youth Services, where she was a youth counsellor for mental health services.
Fowzia gained invaluable domestic and international experience in the education sector in various capacities, including but not limited to working as a: professor at Humber College; a health promoter at a Community Health Centre; a student equity program advisor; a central coordinator for parent and community involvement; an applied researcher; and an entrepreneur.
Rob Davis has been active in municipal, provincial, and federal politics for three decades. First elected to city council in the former City of York in 1991 as one of Ontario's youngest elected officials and re-elected twice to city council, Rob has been a leader in the areas of public transit, public works, crime prevention, and municipal finance and tax policy. In his consulting practice, Rob Davis and Associates Inc, Rob provides clients with solutions and support in policy development, government relations, public relations, issues management, and stakeholder engagement with a particular focus on community consultation, grassroots mobilization, and anti-racism consulting.
Dan is a veteran consultant in research-based strategic planning, organizational development, communications and advocacy. Specialized expertise in program evaluation, needs analysis and strategic planning through logical framework analysis; development and implementation of complex communications and advocacy strategies for strategic plans; comprehensive communications support to policy development and program implementation; political and democratic governance program design and delivery; monitoring, evaluation and research including surveys/focus groups undertaken with local partners; management of donor/executing agency/local partner liaison, integration and coordination; mission/project planning and leadership. Field experience in Asia (Afghanistan), Africa (multiple countries), southeastern Europe (Bosnia, Bulgaria, Ukraine), Middle East, the Caribbean and throughout Canada/US.