Dawn Sands has 9 years of executive management experience specializing in the community economic development sector. Originally from Nipigon Ontario, she completed her education in Social Work and Human Resources Management at Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Dawn has extensive experience leading non-profit organizations that focus on project management, building effective networks and administering government funds. She is skillful at facilitating and participating in multi-stakeholder boards and committees that focus on strategic planning and social innovation projects that build communities in a sustainable way. As an Indigenous woman, she values collaboration and is passionate about community building by fostering respectful relationships and utilizing grassroots community-led development principles. Her experiences have taught her that this approach is fundamental to the success of effective community building.