our Team

Our team at ORIGIN is made of innovators and creative individuals that are all passionate about working towards our mission of connecting people to careers and increasing Indigenous participation in the workforce. Learn more about us below!

Melissa Hardy-Giles

Owner, Operator, Inspirer, Leader, Anishnabekwe

Melissa Hardy-Giles, the owner of ORIGIN was born and raised on Red Rock Indian Band. Her formal education is in Executive Office Administration and Human Resource Management.

Paul Giles

Director, Lead of Innovation

Paul Giles is a Director at ORIGIN and is a graduate of the Master’s in Management program from Lakehead University, with a Degree in Sociology, an Honors Degree in Social Work and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business.

VP, Operations

VP, Operations

Keegan Varella was born in the Middle East and spent most of his early years there before moving to India for his undergrad and then to the UK to obtain his MBA Marketing and MSc. in Finance & Investments.

Nicholas Giles

Finance and Technology Lead

Hello! My name is Nicholas Giles-Pelletier. I am born and raised in Thunder Bay and the surrounding area. I have traveled NWO extensively and have a love for this part of the country. I enjoy hiking and enjoy being around (and in) the many local lakes.

Charmaine McCraw

Project Manager

Charmaine McCraw was born and raised in Caramat, ON and now calls Thunder Bay, home. She is a proud member of Bigitigong Nishnaabeg, situated along the northern shores of Lake Superior and has built her career in Community Economic Development with a focus on building capacity.

Breanna Stephney

MarComm Intern

Hi! I’m Breanna and I was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. When I’m home, I like to go camping, spend time with my family and my two dogs – Bean and Boo.


Emma Chilton

VR 360 Film Designer

Emma Chilton was born and raised in Moose Factory Island along the James Bay Coast. Thunder Bay has been her home since she was young. She is a member of the Taykwa Tagamou First Nation.

Curtis Jensen

Applewagon Films ImmersiveLink Videographer

Curtis Jensen has a formal education in film production, which he has utilized since establishing his business (Apple Wagon Films) in 2007.

Combo Bravo

ImmersiveLink Videographers

Introducing our valued team members and partners Combo Bravo. Combo Bravo is an awardwinning, full-service boutique studio creating story driven digital media based in Toronto. 





Andrew Wigwas

ImmersiveLink Connect Software Developer

Andrew Wigwas is a First Nation member of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek, which is two hours north of the city of Thunder Bay. 

ORIGIN is the creator of ImmersiveLink; a virtual application that creates a unique learning and development environment for cultural awareness and career exploration.


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