Chief Denise Restoule
Chief Denise Restoule has been the leader of the Dokis First Nation community since being elected in 2006. Before being elected as Chief she also served as a Band Councillor for two years. For the benefit of her community and the bountiful ecosphere in northern Canada, Restoule has catalyzed the Dokis people around a legacy-oriented project to construct a small hydro-plant and go 100% renewable.
Restoule’s vision to restore the heritage of the Dokis people, revitalise the local economy and reinvigorate the Dokis nation gained the support of the community who made a collective decision to support the Okikendawt Hydro Project. Today the plant is operational, around 4% of the renewable energy generated flows into the Dokis community making the community’s energy 100% renewable – while the remaining 96% flows into the power grid, offsetting coal-based generation.
Denise also has an extensive background working with health programs and helped secure improved health services for the Dokis, Nipissing, and Bear Island First Nations by negotiating with Health Canada. She enjoys traveling, gardening and nature in her spare time.