Merv McLeod

Indigenous Affairs

McLeod Wood Associates Inc.


Merv McLeod considers himself a cultural translator. Well-versed in public policy and government channels, Merv focuses his efforts on building the paths that create economic sustainability and opportunities for his clients.

Merv has a unique talent in nurturing long-term relationships, and has built a solid network of contacts both inside and outside of the First Nations world.

With this balance of relationships, experience and expertise, Merv has a concrete understanding of how to find successful solutions for his clients while navigating the process of Indigenous rights and consultation and the mainstream business environment.

Merv knows how to find the resources, navigate the system and make the connections required to achieve his clients’ desired end result.


“My goal is to make sure that all who are at the table are appreciated and understood, so that the outcome is respectful to all involved.

My approach to often-tense situations aids in diffusing conflict and ensuring that all who need to speak and participate are included and heard. I have found a balance between the First Nations world and the Canadian mainstream, and understand what needs to be done and how to make it happen in a way that results in win-win outcomes.”


  • Partner at McLeod Wood Associates Inc. for more than two decades.
  • Several campaigns on the Ontario First Nation and Tribal Council level, including nomination and leadership campaigns.
  • Advisor to the Deputy Grand Chief, Nishnawbe Aski Nation.
  • Aboriginal Policy Advisor at Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines.
  • Certificate in Becoming a Powerful Negotiator, Stitt Feld Handy Group, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor.
  • Honours Undergraduate in Public Administration at University of Windsor.