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!
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.
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.
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.
Indigenous Engagement and Training Lead
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.
Community Outreach Liason
Randy Moore was born and raised in Thunder Bay Ontario. He is married and enjoys camping and the outdoors with his wife and family. He has been a part of Age Friendly Thunder Bay since its inception in 2009 and currently serves as its Vice Chair. He has also been a long-time musician having performed at the Canadian Country Music Awards in 2006 and closed out the Red Rock Folk Festival in 2008.
With an honours degree in Visual Arts, a master’s degree in audiovisual expression and studies in Documentary Making, Script Writing and Storytelling, Luisa started her path in Virtual Reality by self-toughing the medium’s nature and technicalities. Which gave her a strong knowledge of the platform leading her to become an award winner creative lead shaping the beginning of her quest to blend storytelling and technology.
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.
Community Outreach Liason
Boozhoo, my name is Colette Hele. I am a Community Outreach Liaison here at ORIGIN.
I’m a mom of two young adults and one teenager. I am originally from the Fort Frances/Rainy River district. I moved to Thunder Bay as a youth and currently live in beautiful Kakabeka Falls, Ontario.
Operation & Production Support
Ruba is a qualified mechanical engineer, PMP certified, and has had a diverse career in project management and business development.
Ruba moved to Canada with her young family in 2015. Since then she has built on her career in operations and project management and participated in leading different projects all while achieving her goals and objectives.
Andrew Wigwas is a First Nation member of Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek, which is two hours north of the city of Thunder Bay. Andrew works on writing custom code in various frameworks and languages to bridge the gap between database and VR technology to deliver innovative solutions in the VR training industry. Our technology is designed from the ground up to support new and growing training applications.
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.
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.