Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy School of Policy Studies
Daniel (Dan) Brant is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and resides on the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory with his wife Roberta Greyeyes. He grew up on the reserve and attended the Indian day school on the reserve and attended high school in Belleville Ontario.
Currently, Dan is proprietor of Daniel J. Brant & Associates (Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario) most recently he was an adjunct assistant professor at Queens University for the fall semester 2020 and summer 2021; he has also served as the Chief Administrative Officer, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Ontario; CEO of Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation (Ohsweken, Ontario); and previously as a sessional Professor at Algonquin College (Ottawa) and Confederation College (Thunder Bay).
Previously, Dan worked as a Special/Executive Assistant and Senior Policy Advisor to four federal Minsters and two Deputy Ministers for Indian Affairs, Government of Canada, and in various executive positions, CEO of the Assembly of First Nations (Ontario), CEO of the National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association (Ottawa), Director of Aboriginal Affairs – Environment Canada (Quebec) and Executive Director of the National Indian Brotherhood (Ottawa).
Dan completed a PhD at Nipissing University focussing on the impact of culture on First Nations leadership. He previously completed a Masters Degree in Public Administration, Queens University, a Masters Degree in Applied Science, (Civil Engineering) University of Waterloo and a Bachelor Degree in Architectural Technology, Ryerson University.
Among Dan’s many leadership and management roles with three different national Indigenous organizations, he was heavily involved in the national expansion of services and establishing many important corporate partnerships.
As a professional, Dan is a member with the Aboriginal Finance Officers Association (AFOA Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager); Board member with AFAO Canada and Chair of the Education Committee; Board Chair of ‘Outside Looking In’ a non profit supporting First Nations youth; and a member of the Departmental Audit Committee of two federal departments namely Employment and Social Development Canada and Infrastructure Canada. He is also on the Board of Governors of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and a national representative on the Indigenous Advisory Council for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Previous Board membership includes, Banff School of Management – Advisory Board; Native Economic Development Board (Federal Order in Council Appointment); Gignul Housing Corporation; Vice-Chair, Eastern Ontario Economic Development Board (Provincial Order in Council appointment); and Chair, First Nations Technical Institute.
As a visionary, Dan has a gift for seeing the ‘art of the possible’, a creative mind in designing new approaches to solve problems ; and a strong work ethic, and thanks his parents for teaching his family that ethics matter.