AES Inc. is made up a multi-disciplinary team with various backgrounds in research, evaluation, program policy and strategic planning.
Annie Randall, President and Finance Director
Annie Randell, is the President and Finance Director of AES Inc. Annie, a member of Qalipu First Nation, has considerable background in all facets of service delivery to the Indigenous communities. Annie has gained a solid background in Indigenous issues, social policy, program development and delivery in the areas of employment, education (Pathways to Success, Regional Bi-lateral agreements, Aboriginal Human Resources Development Agreements (AHRDA) Indigenous Skills, Education and Training Strategy (ASETS) and labour market development, Aboriginal Housing Repair, Indigenous Commercial Fisheries, Enforcement and science, and Indigenous health over the past twenty-eight years as General Manager of the Federation of Newfoundland Indians and Chief Executive Officer of the Qalipu First Nation. This experience has extended Annie’s experience into qualitative evaluation consisting of field work for community and project case studies.
Annie is a strategic leader, with an outstanding ability to breakdown strategic plans into annual operating plans, revise as needed and inform those that need to know. From a shared organizational vision, Annie has over effectively and efficiently deliver programs and services to the target clientele As a member of the Negotiation Team to form Qalipu Band, Annie has vast experience in interpreting law, legislation and policy. This experience has allowed her to manage risk, be accountable to funding agencies and membership, successfully lead projects and organizations. Throughout the past twenty-eight years working in senior management positions, Annie has gained ample experience in negotiating, designing, implementing and managing programs and services for the Mi’kmaq of Newfoundland in multiple geographic locations within and outside the province.
2014 Bachelor of Business Administration, Grenfell Campus/Memorial University
2014 Certified Quality Assurance Auditor, ISO 90001 Atlantic Halifax
2013 Masters Certificate in Project Management, York University/Memorial University
2013 “Becoming a powerful negotiator- Alternative Dispute Resolution” program at Stitt Feld Handy Group, Toronto.
2006 Diploma in Management, Saint Mary’s University
Ken Organ, Managing Director
Ken Organ is the Managing Director of AES Inc. Ken is a non-status Mi’kmaw and has been involved in supporting ASETS service providers since 2004 through his work with Accountability and Resource Management System (ARMS). Ken has been practicing in the areas of applied social research, policy review and analysis, economic analysis, and evaluation for over 20 years. Ken has managed large national multi-year projects as well as smaller local projects. Ken has been evaluating and collecting labour market programming information for Indigenous populations and managing data collection both on and off reserve for the past 15 years. This experience includes evaluation of employment benefits and support measures (EBSMs) in Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and PEI as well as national labour market programming such as the Targeted Initiative for Older Workers, Youth Employment Strategy, and programs designed to increase Indigenous participation in the labour force.
Ken has been collecting labour market programming information. He has also developed relationships with Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program Agreement Holders and First Nations in all provinces through his work supporting these organizations in the collection of data required to meet ASETS reporting requirements and develop labour force databases. Through his work with the ARMS case management system, Ken has been helping train and support ASETS service delivery staff and manage their data holdings for more than 12 years. Ken’s strength lies in his ability to bridge the gap between qualitative and quantitative research and clearly articulate findings and their implications for the client. Ken’s security clearance is at the Secret level.
Security Clearance: Secret
B.A., Economics & Business – Memorial University of Newfoundland (1987)
Survey Methods & Questionnaire Design – Statistics Canada (1995)
Canadian Evaluation Society
Newfoundland Evaluation Society
BIO coming soon
Sheila O’Neill, Coordinator of Indigenous Research and Training
Sheila, Coordinator of Indigenous Research and Training at AES Inc., is a member of Qalipu Mi’Kmaq First Nation, and has a strong background in communications, community engagement, post-secondary instruction, program development and recruitment.
Throughout her extensive career as an educator, Sheila has worked as a Communications Instructor with College of the North Atlantic (CNA) in both Newfoundland and Labrador, and at CNA’s campus in Doha, Qatar, in the Middle East. While at CNA, she also worked with the Program Development Office and the Dean of Academics and Applied Arts in the successful development and implementation of two new post-secondary programs.
As a founding member and past President of the Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network, Sheila had a role in securing over $1.2 million in federal and provincial funding. As part of this role, she was called to appear as a witness before a Standing Committee on Violence against Aboriginal Women.
As Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Success at Memorial University, Sheila used her solid background in Indigenous issues, post-secondary education and student recruitment to support initiatives to improve the retention and graduation rates of Aboriginal students through coordination, development and implementation of programming that fostered Aboriginal student success, as well as culturally relevant support services.
Sheila has five years of experience working as a Communications Specialist with Canada’s Model Forest Program, and has ten years of experience as coordinator of a federally funded employment preparation program.
She was co-principal investigator of a research paper on Grassroots Empowerment of Aboriginal women, and is currently co-authoring a book on William Cormack’s journey across Newfoundland in 1822.
Sheila’s strengths lie in education, relationship building and public speaking.
Bachelor of Education Memorial University (1984)
Bachelor of Arts (English) Memorial University (1983)
Sherri Russell, Indigenous Research & Training Consultant
Sherri is of Inuit ancestry and a member of the NunatuKavut community on the south coast of Labrador. Though she grew up in Newfoundland and Labrador, Sherri now lives in Epekwitk, more commonly known as Prince Edward Island, with her 3 children, husband and shih tzu.
Sherri has an extensive history in education, training, employment, case management and facilitation – primarily with and for Indigenous peoples and communities across Canada. Prior to joining the AES Inc. team full time, Sherri worked for nearly a decade as the Indigenous Academic Advisor at the University of Prince Edward Island. Part of this role included coordinating Indigenous student supports and programming in an academic, social, personal and cultural context.
Sherri has also held various roles pertaining to program development, delivery and evaluation, with a central focus on the particular interests and needs of Indigenous peoples and communities, including Consultant I (Goss Gilroy Inc.) and Programs Coordinator (Joint Voisey’s Bay Employment and Training Association).
Master of Arts, University of Prince Edward Island (ongoing)
Bachelor of Social Work, University of Manitoba (2014)
Bachelor of Arts, Memorial University of NL (2001)