Margaret Kenequanash was appointed CEO of Wataynikaneyap Power (translation: Line that brings light) in August, 2017. Wataynikaneyap Power a licensed transmission company, equally owned by 24 First Nations in partnership with Fortis and other private investors to bring grid connection to the remote First Nations currently powered by diesel generators.
Prior to becoming CEO, Margaret held the position of Executive Director of the Shibogama First Nations Council from 2005-2017. Margaret received the “Executive of the Year” award at the Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund (NADF) Business Awards in 2008 and the Emile Nakogee award for “Outstanding Leadership” presented by Nishnawbe Aski Nation in 2016.
Prior to joining Shibogama, Margaret obtained her post-secondary education in business, notably achieving and receiving an Academic Honour Roll award. Margaret has a vast wealth of knowledge gleaned over the past 20 years in various high level positions, including being on the Sioux Lookout Municipal Council from 1990-1994.
Margaret carries the distinction of being the first female Chief in her northern home community at North Caribou Lake First Nation when she was elected in 1996 and is well known and respected throughout First Nation communities, and government Ministries for her remarkable work in promoting a better quality of life, and opportunities for First Nation peoples.