Board Members and Staff

Staff –

Natasha Akiwenzie

Manager & Owner of Akiwenzie’s Fish and More

Natasha is an experienced business owner and manager, running a successful provincially regulated fish processing plant and community supported fishery, including selling at Toronto Farmers Markets for 15 years. 

Board Members –

Andrew Akiwenzie

Chair & Nawash Commercial Fisher

Andrew was a Commercial Fisher from 2003-2018, owning and operating Akiwenzie’s Fish’n More with his wife Natasha. Previous to this, he worked as a carpenter and welder, in addition to doing sustenance fishing, with more than 40 years of experience in the fishing industry.

Guy Nadjiwon

President & Nawash Commercial Fisher

Guy has been a Commercial Fisher since the 90s, and previous to this was a sustenance Fisherman, in total for over 30 years experience. His nonprofit experience includes previous involvement with the United Way of Bruce Grey.

Victoria Serda

Treasurer & Climate Leader

Victoria is a social entrepreneur with a Bachelor of Independent Studies from the University of Waterloo, and has founded and served on a wide variety of not-for-profit corporations, including SauGreen for the Environment, Grey Bruce Sustainability Network and the Climate Reality Project Canada. She was a Municipal Councillor in Saugeen Shores, on the Board of the Community Foundation Grey Bruce, and a Strategic Advisor to Saugeen First Nation’s Band Council, who has been the project manager and fundraiser for millions of dollars of community initiatives. An early career was as an administrator of a 30 worker, 350 acre organic farm.

Brandi Farr

Board Member-at-Large & Saugeen Youth & Climate Leader

Brandi is an Anishnaabekwe and youth from Saugeen First Nation in Ontario. She is an experienced Climate Leader in Al Gore’s organization, the Climate Reality Project, and has worked toward starting a Farmer’s Market in her community.

Doug Miller

Board Member-at-Large & Global Entrepreneur

Doug is a long-term environmental activist, and international pollster, having founded and run GlobeScan, a research and consulting firm, until 2018. 

Leigh Grigg

Board Member-at-Large & Recreation and Tourism Consultant

Leigh has a Bachelor in Commerce and Sports Administration from Laurentian University. He has run his own tourism and recreation business since 2007, and is the President of the Peninsula Adventure Sports Association and the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network.

Advisors –

Francis Lavalley

Founding Board Member and Advisor & Nawash Commercial Fisher

Francis has been a Commercial Fisherman since he was a teenager, and so brought over 40 years of experience to the Bagida’waad board as one of its Founders.

Dr. John Anderson

Founding Board Member and Advisor & Retired Fisheries Professor

John is a retired fisheries scientist who spent most of his life studying cod in Newfoundland. When he retired back to Ontario, he studied how climate change is affecting the Great Lakes, and continues to advise us on projects.