After delivering cultural support services and facilitating work placements for a Winnipeg Construction Association Training Project, First Nations entrepreneurs E.J. Fontaine and Eva Wilson-Fontaine identified a void in the market. In 2006, E.J. and Eva founded AMIK, Canada’s Original Indigenous Job Board. AMIK immediately filled a niche within the market, simplifying work placement between the country’s fastest growing labour force and employers.
AMIK has since grown to become Canada’s #1 Leader in Indigenous Workforce Engagement & Training services. Through innovative strategies and customized solutions, AMIK continues to develop strong partnerships across the country, building a stronger Indigenous future – Today!
AMIK™ is dedicated to enhancing the socio-economic participation of Canada’s Indigenous demographic through respectful collaboration.
The foundation of our business is based on the 7 Sacred Teachings, which will continue to guide us into the future.
E.J. Fontaine (Sagkeeng First Nation)
In 2003, E.J. Fontaine founded Anishinabek Consultants Inc. dedicated to promoting Indigenous socio-economic development through Business Development and HR initiatives. In 2006, E.J. and his wife Eva co-founded Canada’s first Indigenous job board - AMIK™. It immediately filled a void within the market, bridging the gap between Indigenous job seekers and employers using innovative solutions.
Eva Wilson-Fontaine (Peguis First Nation)
As the Team Leader for ANISH Corporation, Eva Wilson-Fontaine has a long professional career working with Indigenous communities in social services and human resources. ANISH Corp. has become a valuable resource to survivors of the Indian Residential School system through the delivery of cultural awareness sessions and workshops on the effects and impacts caused by these events.
Christie Spencer (Norway House First Nation)
I am the HR/Recruitment Specialist for AMIK and a proud First Nations woman from Norway House Cree Nation. AMIK is a 100% Aboriginal owned company that is focused on recruitment, retention, cultural sensitivity training and bringing opportunities to the people. In my role I lead the recruitment and retention process by screening and coaching job seekers who want to connect with some of Canada’s top employers. I pride myself on creating lasting connections with the people I work with by celebrating their success and offering guidance and coaching during challenging times.
Before joining AMIK I worked in the Financial Services industry for a Big Bank and some local Credit Unions. Starting at the bottom and working my way into Management allowed me to really understand the needs of the business and how to grow and develop a strong team.
When I’m not at work you can find me at some sporting event. I’m a proud hockey mom and believe in giving back to my community, which is why my husband and I volunteer our time to our local hockey association. We’ve been married for 10 years and have two amazing children, so we are always running. When I do find some time for myself I enjoy movie marathons and relaxing with a good book.
I’m truly passionate about all of the work I’ve done but have found working for and with my people to be the most rewarding. I look forward to many years of continued success in helping Indigenous people realize their gift, talents, skill and abilities.
HR/Recruitment & Retention and Smart Work Ethics Specialist
Katherine Francis (Long Plain First Nation)
I am the Team Assistant for Amik.ca. I am a proud member of Long Plain First Nation. I will be a key member of the Amik.ca team; I am the first point of contact and responsible for AMIK.CA’s overall administrative duties, website management, as well as communicating with Amik.ca customers and providing administrative support.
I gained my exceptional interpersonal skills working with clients every day. I love building and maintaining relationships and I am very outgoing, companionate and strive to go above and beyond to meet the needs of Amik’s clients. I am extremely excited to be a part of the AMIK team.
If you would like to know about AMIK.CA’s services and advertising packages, or just need help navigating our website, please give Katherine a call.
AMIK Team Assistant
Business Development & Industry Engagement Manager
Sherman has been closely involved with the Indigenous community for the last 15 years. He holds a degree in Economics & Business from the University of Manitoba and has worked at many large Canadian corporations such as RBC, First Nations Bank, The Business Development Bank of Canada, as well as private for-profit and non-profit organizations. In all his roles, he’s always had a connection with the Indigenous community in a variety of capacities including as a founding board member for Manitoba’s largest First Nation development corporation, and as a consultant.
As an entrepreneur, Sherman has worked with businesses stretching from Japan, China, Scotland, and the United States. After working with Polar Bears in Churchill, Sherman founded Maple Leaf Survival™ - Manitoba’s Leader in Survival Training - where he teaches mostly private industry on Wilderness and Extreme Cold Weather Survival Tactics. His clients have included Manitoba Hydro, Stantec Consulting, First Nation communities, arctic research teams, and military service members from the U.S. Airforce to name a few.
Sherman is currently the Business Development & Industry Engagement Manager for AMIK Inc. assisting Canadian companies such as CN Rail, Great West Life, Assiniboine Credit Union, and PCL Construction with strategic Indigenous Engagement Solutions.