About 

Biography


Marlene Finn is a writer, educator, and trainer who consults in Indigenous education, health, and social services to support communities and organizations to design and deliver programs and services that improve the quality of life among Indigenous peoples.

 

Marlene’s great passion is designing tools and resources that Indigenous people can use to achieve lasting change in their lives. 

 

Her company, Marlene Finn Wolfman Consulting, is a learning development company that has worked with the federal government, the Ontario government, and numerous First Nations and nonprofit organizations from coast to coast.  Marlene Finn Wolfman Consulting, formerly Marlene Finn & Associates, is a unique source of Indigenous education consulting services in Canada.  

 

Marlene writes curriculum and is the co-author of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada:  Teacher Resource and Cooking with the Wolfman: Indigenous Fusion (co-authored with Chef David Wolfman, her husband).  Their cookbook was awarded Best Book of the Year for Canada (English) by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards in addition to a bronze medal by the Independent Publisher Book Awards.  


Together, Marlene and David have consulted for First Nations seeking to advance their communities through hospitality and tourism.

 

Before devoting her work full-time to consulting, Marlene served as Vice President of the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business, as Director of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, and as a high school teacher of Business Studies, Computer Studies, and Cooperative Education at the Toronto District School Board. She has also taught Aboriginal Relations to Ontario government staff and Native Studies at George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology.

 

Marlene’s educational background includes a Master in Education from Nipissing University; a Bachelor in Education from the University of Toronto; and a Bachelor in Applied Arts and a Certificate in Business Administration from Ryerson University. 

 

Marlene lives and works from home in Toronto. She is a member of the Metis Nation of Ontario.  She is also a gardening enthusiast and novice painter.




Portfolio

 

  • Co-authored and published an Ontario Ministry of Education-approved Grade 10 Ontario Native Studies teacher resource, for Pearson Canada Inc. 
  • Co-authored a study on First Nation student wellbeing; co-authored the People's Report on the Ontario Regional Health Survey; and co-authored a funding proposal for poverty reduction for Chiefs of Ontario.
  • Co-authored a Toronto Indigenous community study for the Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy Management Committee 
  • Conducted a comprehensive five-year school evaluation; conducted a parent engagement study; created a school improvement plan; and co-authored a school expansion study for Curve Lake First Nation.
  • Conducted a needs assessment on urban Indigenous post-secondary education and co-authored a funding proposal for an upgrading program for Indigenous students at George Brown College.
  • Facilitated discussions between Toronto Urban Aboriginal Strategy stakeholders and Human Resources Skill Development Canada in order to formulate a framework for community development.
  • Produced roll-up reports on the Ontario Region Aboriginal HeadstartProgram, for First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada.
  • Created culturally-based outdoor education curriculum for Wahta First Nation, in partnership with the Trillium Lakelands District School Board.
  • Created the FourDirectionsTeachings.com online multidisciplinary curriculum for youth, based on traditional teachings provided by several elders, for Invert Media.
  • Created webinars and online training curriculum geared to Indigenous peoples’ vocational interests, for A Learning Community Network (ALCN).
  • Created small business curriculum and delivered computer training to Indigenous entrepreneur clients in Toronto, for the Aboriginal Business Resource Centre.
  • Created multi-media career education curriculum for Indigenous youth, in partnership with the Ontario Mining Association, for Big Soul Productions.
  • Created online peer support training curriculum for Muskoka high school students, for Muskoka/Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services. 
  • Created employment and training curriculum and directed pilot project implementation of a carpentry apprenticeship training program for Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training, in partnership with George Brown College.
  • Taught Aboriginal Relations to Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources staff and management.
  • Taught Native Studies at George Brown College.
  • Taught career planning to unemployed and underemployed Indigenous adults at the NativeCanadian Centre of Toronto. 
  • Coordinated sponsorship and donations, marketing and communications, and Aboriginal breast cancer survivor participation in international medical conferences for the World Conference on Breast Cancer Organization, Inc.