Niilo’s involvement with the First Nations Major Projects Coalition goes back to the early days where he assisted the leadership in getting the organization established. He has served as Executive Director since January 2017, when the FNMPC was established as a not-for-profit society.
As Executive Director, he is responsible for the overall organizational strategy including the management of the organization’s technical services provided to Coalition members to assist them in participating in major infrastructure projects on a commercial basis. Prior to this role, Niilo served as an advisor to the First Nations Financial Management Board, one of the institutions created under the First Nations Fiscal Management Act.
Niilo has worked with First Nations at the community level on governance, financial management, and business planning matters. From 2006 to 2013, Niilo served as an advisor to the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples in the Senate of Canada.
Niilo is a member of the University of Ottawa’s Positive Energy Advisory Council for Canadian energy policy. In 2020, Niilo was elected to the board of directors of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships. He received an education in public administration and applied ethics at the University of Ottawa.