Stellina Williams is a policy and program development guru driven by a passion for achieving excellence in advancing the public policy agenda and a desire to drive economic development priorities across Ontario. With experience leading innovation and collaboration strategies and partnerships; managing complex and multi-party initiatives, and developing multi-million dollar funding programs, Stellina combines her experiences to advance priority initiatives from concept to completion. As Executive Director, Stellina leads the NII’s efforts to develop strong partnerships between local communities, industry, and academia and to foster an innovation ecosystem in Bruce, Grey, Huron Counties and across Ontario.
As the Business Investment Specialist for the Nuclear Economic Development and Innovation Initiative, Stellina led the design, development and execution of the Initiative, a public-private partnership between Bruce Power and Bruce County, focused on expanding the nuclear supply chain into the regional economy and building the necessary economic base to support this growth. She has also been a Communications Specialist for Bruce Power and has extensive experience working with the Government of Ontario in numerous roles including: managing the Policy Research Unit and research priorities of the Ministry of Economic Development; providing expertise, recommendations and advice to Minister’s and Deputy Minister’s on the economic impacts of government policy as Senior Policy Advisor, and developing and delivering the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund to growing businesses across the region.
Stellina began her career in rural economic development policy with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, where she found a passion for advancing the economic well-being of rural Ontario and the importance of a healthy eco-system to ensure sustainable and vibrant rural communities. Stellina holds a Masters’ in Public Administration (MPA) from the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University and a BA honours in Political Science from Laurentian University in Political Science.
Chief Information Officer
Johane Lemay is an innovation leader who actively promotes the transformative power of technology-led initiatives. As Chief Information Officer, Johane provides leadership and expertise to advance the NII’s technology strategy to foster innovation and collaboration within the industry. Johane has a professional reputation for recovering troubled projects as well as strong professional integrity and persistence in overcoming obstacles to get the job done. She is capable of building committed teams, both an active team player and a coach, with excellent interpersonal skills.
Johane brings over 30 years of IT experience from the public and private sector, with a focus on the Education, Food Manufacturing, and Nuclear Industry. Johane possesses extensive experience in managing IT Systems in support of plant operations. She also has extensive experience as a Senior Program Manager and IT strategy lead for various industries working on projects in support of plant operations and modernization projects and leading in major transformation within IT, Finance, HR, Supply Chain, Marketing and Operations.
Johane has a background in Computer Science and recently graduated from the Cybersecurity program at Harvard University. She is currently pursuing an MBA at the Australian Institute of Business. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), ITIL Practitioner, and Scrum Master.
Johane is actively involved in the Bruce and Saugeen Shores Communities, serving as Vice-President and Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Kincardine and has served as past Vice-President of Sponsorship to the Project Management Institute – South Western Ontario Chapter. She lives in Kincardine with her family.
Talent Development Officer
As Talent Development Officer, Pierre works within NII’s Trades and Skilled Workforce Secretariat, a segment of the Talent Development & Training Coordination Hub.
Pierre has an extensive career in the trades as a licensed journey person along with time in the corporate environment where he supported Original Equipment Manufacturer dealerships providing technical direction, developed and delivered training across North America and managed districts and national accounts across Canada. More recently, Pierre has been part of the administration team at Georgian College as Associate Dean of Engineering & Environmental Technologies and Chair of Heavy Duty, Motive Power and Truck/Coach Technician programs at Centennial College. During this time he along with his team completed several large scale projects including the approval of nine new ministry funded certificate/diploma programs, a graduate certificate and degree program that is currently pending approval.
Pierre has a B.Ed. from Brock University in Adult Education and a B.B.A. from Davenport University. He also holds a Motive Power Technician Diploma from St. Clair College and two red seal certificates of qualification. Pierre has been a board member of many provincial apprenticeship initiatives and college advisory committee’s over the years. He lives in Saugeen Shores with his family.