After delivering cultural support services and facilitating work placements for a Winnipeg Construction Association Training Project, First Nations entrepreneurs E.J. Fontaine and Eva Wilson-Fontaine identified a void in the market. In 2006, E.J. and Eva founded AMIK, Canada’s Original Indigenous Job Board. AMIK immediately filled a niche within the market, simplifying work placement between the country’s fastest growing labour force and employers.
AMIK has since grown to become Canada’s #1 Leader in Indigenous Workforce Engagement & Training services. Through innovative strategies and customized solutions, AMIK continues to develop strong partnerships across the country, building a stronger Indigenous future – Today!
AMIK™ is dedicated to enhancing the socio-economic participation of Canada’s Indigenous demographic through respectful collaboration.
The foundation of our business is based on the 7 Sacred Teachings, which will continue to guide us into the future.
E.J. Fontaine (Sagkeeng First Nation)
In 2003, E.J. Fontaine founded Anishinabek Consultants Inc. dedicated to promoting Indigenous socio-economic development through Business Development and HR initiatives. In 2006, E.J. and his wife Eva co-founded Canada’s first Indigenous job board - AMIK™. It immediately filled a void within the market, bridging the gap between Indigenous job seekers and employers using innovative solutions.
Eva Wilson-Fontaine (Peguis First Nation)
As the Team Leader for ANISH Corporation, Eva Wilson-Fontaine has a long professional career working with Indigenous communities in social services and human resources. ANISH Corp. has become a valuable resource to survivors of the Indian Residential School system through the delivery of cultural awareness sessions and workshops on the effects and impacts caused by these events.
Amanda Fredlund (Tlicho Dene Nation)
Recently accepted the role as the new AMIK Operations and Team Assistant. She is the first point of contact and responsible for AMIK.CA’s overall administrative duties, website management, as well as communicating with Amik.ca customers and providing administrative support. If you would like to know about AMIK.CA’s services and advertising packages, or just need help navigating our website, please give Amanda a call.
Amanda is Tlicho Dene and grew up in Churchill, MB. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Indigenous Studies and enjoyed working in student advocacy and community while at the University of Manitoba. After graduating from the University of Manitoba, Amanda worked with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and became familiar with its mandate and the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She enjoys supporting Indigenous Grass Roots initiatives that empower and promote success.
Business Development & Industry Engagement Manager
Sherman has been closely involved with the Indigenous community for the last 15 years. He holds a degree in Economics & Business from the University of Manitoba and has worked at many large Canadian corporations such as RBC, First Nations Bank, The Business Development Bank of Canada, as well as private for-profit and non-profit organizations. In all his roles, he’s always had a connection with the Indigenous community in a variety of capacities including as a founding board member for Manitoba’s largest First Nation development corporation, and as a consultant.
As an entrepreneur, Sherman has worked with businesses stretching from Japan, China, Scotland, and the United States. After working with Polar Bears in Churchill, Sherman founded Maple Leaf Survival™ - Manitoba’s Leader in Survival Training - where he teaches mostly private industry on Wilderness and Extreme Cold Weather Survival Tactics. His clients have included Manitoba Hydro, Stantec Consulting, First Nation communities, arctic research teams, and military service members from the U.S. Airforce to name a few.
Sherman is currently the Business Development & Industry Engagement Manager for AMIK Inc. assisting Canadian companies such as CN Rail, Air Canada, Great West Life, Assiniboine Credit Union, and PCL Construction with strategic Indigenous Engagement Solutions.