Mashkosii Ojibik Apprenticeship Program


Courtney Ward, Apprenticeship Manager
Devon Meekis, E-Learning Coordinator
Will Robinson, Apprenticeship Coach/Mentor
Bentley Cheechoo, Apprenticeship Coach/Mentor


Purpose and Objectives include:
  • Removing barriers and obstacles so its First Nation members can be ready for employment opportunities and overcome challenges in order to sustain their employment
  • Increasing number of skilled trade workers and journey persons among Matawa First Nations communities by attaching apprenticeship opportunities to current construction projects and or assisting participants with many years of skilled trades experience challenge the final exam to obtain Journeyperson status
  • Supporting the development of a dynamic Indigenous workforce, increasing their participation in the labour market
  • Connecting Indigenous job seekers to potential employers
  • Ensuring the First Nation participants have mental health care and the wrap-around services available to sustain their future

The Apprenticeship Team

Courtney Ward

Apprenticeship Manager
All of our instructors are highly qualified professionals, widely acknowledged in their field.

Will Robinson

Apprentice Coach Mentor
Steve Davis has been in the Marketing field for 30 years. He has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Digital Marketing and has been teaching for over 20 years in San Francisco.

Bentley Cheechoo

Apprentice Coach Mentor
Bentley once ate 3 large pizzas and then asked for dessert. He left a big tip.

Devon Meekis

E-Learning Coordinator
Devon has been involved in all aspects of the Information Technology field for over 20 years.