Melissa Hammell

Senior Associate

Melissa Hammell is a talented facilitator and community connector with over 18 years of experience working with urban Indigenous communities. Melissa strives to balance her Anishinaabe (Kitigan Zibi) and European mixed heritage, using her experiences to bring voices from different cultures together in a welcoming and respectful way. She has been involved in the creation of high school enrichment programs, cultural camps, social enterprises and major fundraising events. Prior to consulting, Melissa was the Director of Development at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, an award-winning centre of excellence in Indigenous-led community healthcare.

As a senior consultant with First Peoples Group since 2018, Melissa has designed and led major reconciliation initiatives, multi-stakeholder engagements and community conversations with several Indigenous organizations, municipalities, government departments, businesses and not-for-profits.

Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication from the University of Waterloo specializing in public speaking and small group communication. She is a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) and is working towards becoming a certified Integral Facilitator. At the community level, Melissa volunteers for several organizations and is the President of the board of directors at Tewegan Housing for Aboriginal Youth. She has three young children who all share her love for drumming and singing.