Mark is a proud Ojibway and member of the Whitefish First Nation Indian Band of Manitoulin Island. He has over 30 years’ experience working in Social Services. He has held several positions within Aboriginal organizations helping to develop and oversee First Nation’s justice programs and to ensure that the courts and Indigenous people understand the programming available whether on bail, incarcerated, diverted or reintegrated back into the community. In addition, Mark spent over 17 years working as a Case Manager with phase I, phase II and adult offenders both in open and secure closed facilities, as well as working over 9 years with adolescents legislated to a Secure Intensive treatment facility with mental disorders. Presently, within IndiGenius & Associates Mark is responsible for the daily activities of the company and liaises with the Aboriginal Court Workers, Aboriginal Programs, NADAP Workers, CSC Healing Lodges, Police, Courts, Law Firms and Correctional Services Canada on judicial matters pertaining to cases they are actively involved with, and offers a range of Aboriginal justice services within his company, including research on community needs within the justice system, development and monitoring of restorative justice programs, Peacemaking and Sentencing Circles, and Gladue services. Mark also maintains a position as an IRSSS Residential School Crisis Line Counsellor with Donna Cona, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (Resolution Individual Affairs Sector). In addition to this work, Mark has held important positions on a number of committees, including the Restorative Justice Network, Mental Health Steering Committee for the Ottawa Courts and the Canadian Association of Mental Health. Mark also spends a great deal of time teaching and mentoring Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal students, individuals and organizations who have an interest in understanding the fundamentals of Aboriginal justice and the impact these have on Aboriginal people and communities.