Melanie Demers

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Summary

Driven and versatile.

Indigenous Astronomer & Technical Lead, Information Management

Experienced author, speaker, data analyst, and researcher who is passionate about holding and communicating multiple perspectives. I can tell a story based on complex quantitative and qualitative data analysis in many contexts. Learning more about Indigenous and Western Knowledge systems is what drives me forward.

My career began after completing an MSc. in Astrophysics at McMaster. I have since worked as an Oracle Analytics consultant and solved technical problems pertaining to loading and analyzing data from large Oracle databases. At Six Nations Polytechnic, I was put on a path to become a professor of Indigenous Astronomy, and have been a guest speaker since then to explain how I navigated learning more about Indigenous Knowledge about astronomy coming from my western astrophysical background.

At Two Worlds Consulting, I now work with a group of consultants who navigate the ethical space between Indigenous and Western Knowledge systems. I've completed projects for Indigenous Nations, governments (municipal, provincial, and federal), and not-for-profit organizations. I'm a Qualified Indigenous Facilitator with the Government of British Columbia, and I've completed research and authorship pertaining to impact assessments in the regulatory sector, and on reconciliation planning projects.

Here are some of my speaking engagements:

Highlights

Events as an Invited Speaker

Projects Completed

Impact Assessments

Reconciliation Planning Projects

Resume

Summary

Melanie Demers

Adaptable and agile problem-solver. Experienced author, speaker, data analyst, and researcher who is passionate about creating and communicating multiple perspectives.

Professional Experience

Technical Lead, Indigenous and Stakeholder Information Management

2023 - Present

Two Worlds Consulting

  • Provide technical direction and mentorship for TWC team members on project work.
  • Develop and maintain leading standards and methodologies pertaining to information management.
  • Act as an internal expert on information management platforms and emerging technology and as a liaison between TWC and its clients.

Oracle Analytics Consultant

2018 - 2022

Prometheus Group

  • Managed 5 clients and provided technical advice on all Prometheus Group (PG) Oracle data analytics projects.
  • Developed custom reports in Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE).
  • Maintained Oracle datawarehouse and Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) processes.
  • Technical tools and concepts used: Oracle datawarehousing, OBIEE, Informatica, the Oracle Data Administration Console (DAC), ETL processes, the Oracle Administration Tool, Oracle SQL.

Education

MSc. Physics and Astronomy

2016 - 2018

McMaster University

Studied and published a paper about how the disc properties of spiral galaxies vary in X-ray strong and X-ray weak groups, contributing to the understanding of galaxy evolution. Published datasets for further scientific use (see VizieR catalogue).

BSc. Physics and Astronomy

2011 - 2015

York University

Studied observational astronomy and raised $11,000 through tele-donations at the York University Call Centre.