Merv McLeod considers his job to be that of a cultural translator. Well versed in public policy and government channels, from his formal education and extensive work experience with the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation and the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, and for the last 19 years, McLeod Wood Associates Inc., Merv has focused his efforts on building the paths that create economic sustainability and opportunities for clients. As complicated as cultural barriers may seem, Merv strives to make the solutions seamless and well understood by all parties included in the process at hand.
His capacity to nurture long-term relationships cannot be underestimated. To do this, Merv has built a solid network of contacts. He knows how to find the resources, how to navigate the system and how to make the connections to achieve the desired end result. This can only be accomplished by someone who has earned the respect of his peers on all sides of any project.
It all comes down to facilitating a project in a way that ensures that all who are at the table are heard, respected and understood so that the outcome benefits everyone. It requires an openness and professionalism that stems from Merv’s appreciation for people. His calm approach to a situation aids in diffusing conflict and ensures that all who need to speak and participate are included and heard.
Building the underlying infrastructure necessary for economic growth and independence is vital to the future of clients. Merv has the ability to think outside the box and develop creative solutions to clients’ issues, striving to find new solutions with strong foundations. Merv has found a balance between the First Nations world and the Canadian mainstream with an ease and understanding of what needs to be done and how to make it happen. That makes him a force of positive change.