Bob Goulais

Bob Goulais, an Anishinaabe from Nipissing First Nation, is a well-versed and experienced senior executive and consultant having provided over 25 years of service to industry, not-for-profit and Indigenous organizations. He is a well-known speaker, traditional teacher, facilitator and Master of Ceremonies, providing cultural context, history and traditional knowledge to diverse audiences across Canada.  Bob is President and Senior Principal of Nbisiing Consulting Inc. an Indigenous relations consulting firm that he founded in 2015.

Throughout his career, Mr. Goulais has excelled in situations requiring significant change management, organizational and policy development, human resource management and complex community engagement.

Prior to his most recent role, he served in a number of executive roles with the Government of Ontario including as the founding Director of Aboriginal Relations for the Ministry of Transportation, Manager of the Culture Policy Unit and Manager of the Strategic Policy and Planning Unit at the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport.

Bob has served also as Chief of Staff to the Assembly of First Nation (AFN) National Chief as well as Chief of Staff for the Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation, a provincial territorial organization representing over 40 First Nations across Ontario.

A practicing journalist and professional communicator, Bob once served as the primary speechwriter for the Minister of Indigenous Affairs.  During his time at the Anishinabek Nation, he was responsible for media relations for the Grand Council Chief’s office and was a designated spokesperson for the Anishinabek Nation.  His website, Anishinaabe.ca, has had over 2 million visitors since it was established in 1997.

Bob is a second-degree member of the Three Fires Midewiwin Lodge, a traditional society of the Anishinaabe (Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatami) people. He is a strong advocate for the retention and proliferation of the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibway language) and Anishinaabe Aadiziwin (Indigenous ways of knowing and being).  He actively leads Indigenous cultural competency training, implementation of Truth and Reconciliation processes, and integration of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) values and concepts in projects across Indigenous territory.

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Bob Goulais

Prior to his most recent roles, Bob served as the founding Director of Aboriginal Relations for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, responsible for establishing the new Branch and fostering relationships between the government and First Nations and Métis communities across Ontario.

Well-versed in strategic policy and planning, Bob also served as the manager of the Culture Planning Unit and Strategic Policy and Planning Unit at the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Throughout his career, Bob has excelled in situations requiring significant change management, organizational development, human resource development and community engagement development.

From 2004 to 2009, Bob served as the Chief of Staff for the Grand Council Chief’s of the Anishinabek Nation, a provincial territorial organization representing over 40 First Nations across Ontario.

Bob has also served as the Senior Communications Advisor for the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and communications officer for the Union of Ontario Indians. During his time at the UOI, Goulais was responsible for media relations for the Grand Council Chief’s office and was a designated spokesperson for the Anishinabek Nation.

His website www.bobgoulais.com and the “Anishnaabe Blog” has had over 2 million visitors since it was established in 1997.

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Competencies

Executive Management
Policy Development
Community Engagement
Indigenous Community Relations
Indigenous Cultural Proficiency
Government Relations
Human Resource Management & Development
Business Development
Communications and Public Relations
Media Relations
Leadership