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Our Team 

Our knowledge and experience working with Indigenous peoples and as members of First Nations communities makes our skillset, expertise and service offerings unique in the Canadian consulting marketspace. In addition to our in-house experts, i7 also engages the expertise of seasoned Associates as necessary to enhance the quality of service offerings for our clients.

Owner, President
Dale Booth


Dale Booth is the Owner, President and a Subject Matter Expert who specializes in the field of business, community and economic development. With more than 20 years of experience working with Aboriginal people, all levels of governments and in the construction industry, he is known as a visionary leader with special and tested talents for shaping productive, cooperative working environments by eliminating deficits and creating a successful corporate vision for the future. 

Dale specializes in the provision of advisory services to public sector clients and First Nations communities related to infrastructure development using alternative procurement solutions such as P3, ASD, and AFP. He has held senior positions within Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the Chief Executive Officer of Assembly of First Nations and Director of Economic Development. He has demonstrated keen abilities in the areas of effective strategic planning, operational management, and financial management. 

Chief Executive Officer
Justin Smith

Justin Smith is the CEO of Innovation 7 and provides subject matter expertise on the development, management and implementation of infrastructure projects.  He has 14 years of experience working in a variety of public sector and private sector roles, including providing advisory services and working in the fields of procurement, alternative project delivery (e.g. public private partnerships) and First Nation housing, infrastructure and economic development. 

Justin has worked on infrastructure projects with a total value exceeding $3.0B in all phases of development from conception to construction.  He has developed and negotiated financial agreements, infrastructure contracts and facility management contracts.   

Indigenous Relations, Marketing

Erika Booth

Erika holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa, with a Major in English, Minor in Philosophy. Erika is a member of the Naotkamegwanning First Nation, an Anishinabe community in Northwestern Ontario. She has been with Innovation 7 for 8 years and has a deep knowledge of engagement with Indigenous communities. She is involved in strategic research and solutions and the coordination and operational planning of engagement events from project outset to project close: participant outreach, literature research, document development, note taking and final report writing. Erika has pioneered new quantitative approaches for engagement reporting, worked on engagement in Indigenous communities that has resulted in moving forward strategies and submissions of Memorandums to Cabinet.

Human Resources Manager
Karen Dolan

 

Karen provides Human Resources services to both Innovation 7 and its clients.  She maintains the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation and holds a BA Psychology from Carleton University.  Karen obtained her Human Resources Management Certificate, Honours, from Algonquin College in September 2010.  She has completed the Workplace Diversity and Human Rights Certificate and Comprehensive Project Management Certificate Program through the HRPA. This has uniquely positioned her to develop and implement HR strategies aligned with Indigenous values in a project management setting. 

 

Karen is deeply knowledgeable about the employment and human resource challenges that Canada’s Indigenous populations face.  She applies an Indigenous framework to all Human Resources projects and hiring initiatives. She develops, implements HR strategies and initiatives that are aligned with business strategies and Indigenous core values for Innovation 7 and clients.  

Manager, Major Projects and Infrastructure
Alex Puppa

 

Alex is a Manager for Innovation 7's Major Projects and Infrastructure. He advises on financial, procurement, strategic and public-private partnership issues for large-scale infrastructure projects and programs. He also advises organizations to seek out and respond to risks and/or opportunities related to project impacts on Indigenous lands or to their communities.  He is focused on creating long-term stakeholder value by embracing opportunities and managing risks resulting from social, environmental, and economic factors.