Who we are

Indigenous-owned. Indigenous-led. The Warshield team is made up of experts who understand the objectives of Indigenous peoples, government, and industry. We are committed to working together to find solutions. We believe in meaningful engagement and consultation, and building partnerships that lead to measurable results for all parties.

Warshield’s team has experience in strategy, policy, negotiation, communications, consultation, and more. Each unique project requires its own unique Warshield team, made up of experts with the skills required to execute successfully.

Max Fineday

Warshield CEO, Partner
max@warshield.com

Max FineDay is a policy, communications, and government relations professional, and a citizen of the Sweetgrass First Nation in Treaty 6 Territory, Saskatchewan. With over a decade of experience working for Indigenous peoples, Max specializes in navigating governments, developing organizational capacity, and working with Indigenous communities to achieve their goals.

As CEO of Warshield, he is dedicated to advancing the rights of Indigenous communities through building partnerships with industry, civil society, and government.

Scott Hitchings

Warshield Vice President, Legal & Negotiations
scott@warshield.com

JD, University of Saskatchewan College of Law
Master of Laws (LLM) Indigenous Commercial Law, University of Saskatchewan

Scott is a lawyer specializing in Indigenous rights and Indigenous business and commercial law, with years of experience working with Trust Agreements, Settlement Agreements, Specific Claims, and financing agreements. His Masters of Laws research and thesis focused on increasing access to capital for First Nations located on reserved lands. Prior to joining Warshield, Scott was the Legal Counsel for First Nations Bank of Canada and FNB Trust. As Warshield’s VP of Legal & Negotiations, Scott is dedicated to advancing the rights of Indigenous peoples with a specialized focus on wealth creation.

Tristan Smyth

Warshield Chief Strategy Officer
tristan@warshield.com

Recognizing their contribution to the not-for-profit sector, Tristan was named one of Canada’s top 21 Young Impact Leaders in 2019 by Future of Good. As a queer, nonbinary person with living experience of disabilities, Tristan brings over a decade of community engagement and operations experience in the not-for-profit sector, having served as a senior executive at regional and national charities. In addition to their work with Warshield, Tristan teaches about responsible investing for Carleton University’s School of Public Policy & Administration and serves on the boards of the Mount Royal University Alumni Association and Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity.

Tammy Oliver-Snook

tammy@warshield.com

BComm (Honours), Memorial University
Certified Associate in Project Management, Project Management Institute 

Tammy was born and raised in outport Newfoundland and Labrador where she learned entrepreneurship and love for the land first-hand. Her work experience spans multiple sectors, including banking, oil and gas, security, event planning, and program management, within both corporate and not-for-profit organizations. Staying true to her values, her pathway has brought her to working in the space of entrepreneurship, business development, strategic planning, facilitation and consulting. In addition to her work at Warshield, Tammy supports small businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador and the Territories to co-create integrative solutions to achieve operational excellence. Tammy is always eager to expand her knowledge and get involved with the community.

Brontë Campbell

bronte@warshield.com

BJourn, Toronto Metropolitan University, Minor in Politics  

A passionate individual focused on advocating for the equality and equity of minority and underrepresented groups, Brontë is Métis and First Nations and throughout her career, has led Indigenous-related conversations within a variety of sectors, including the federal government, non-profit and global corporations. She has made significant contributions to Indigenous strategy committees and equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) committees, ensuring that EDI efforts are embedded into every element of an organization. Using her passion and experience, Brontë also supported the creation of the first Indigenous internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) program in Canada. Brontë is a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in political science. During her time at TMU, Brontë freelanced for the student paper as an Aboriginal Affairs Correspondent and covered topics related to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Monique Harjani

monique@warshield.com

MPPA (Public Policy), Carleton University
MicroMasters Data, Economics, and Development Policy, MIT
BComm (Business), University of British Columbia

With deep interests in environmental and social issues, Monique Harjani has studied business, economics, and public policy with the goal to solve real-world problems in a rational and ethical manner. She has worked as a policy, research, and data analyst at the Canadian federal government and has won a policy design competition and several youth venture challenges focused on eliminating barriers for people in marginalized and underserved communities. Monique’s varied experience includes curating several TEDx events in British Columbia, researching open innovation and the digital economy, and developing courses for the Sauder School of Business and a children’s leadership and public speaking program operating in six countries.

Jennifer Laewetz

jennifer@warshield.com

A member of George Gordon First Nation, Jennifer is a policy analyst and communications professional from Northern Saskatchewan. She obtained an undergraduate degree in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a proficiency in Indigenous Governance. During her time at the U of S, she sat as a member on the anti-racism and anti-oppression committee helping to ensure an inclusive learning space for students. She is currently a Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies student at the University of Saskatchewan, worked in federal politics for five years and has many years of additional experience in the private sector. Jennifer is a huge advocate for self-determination and Indigenous policy across Canada. Jennifer believes that grassroots involvement is a pillar to a healthy community, having sat on various boards and volunteering in multiple capacities throughout her life.

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