Joseph Tokwiro Norton


*** Please note that the Joseph T. Norton Willis Scholarship
is no longer available. ***

Joseph Tokwiro Norton is a leader. Born in the Mohawk territory of Kahnawá:ke, Quebec, he attended school and played lacrosse. Qualified and union member of the Ironworkers of America, worked on heavy building projects in northeastern US. First elected to public office, Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke, 1978. Two years later, Mr. Norton won office as Grand Chief, post held until retirement in 2004.

For more then 20 years, Chief Norton has exhibited the highest standards of dedication, loyalty, and perseverance in leading his community. He has been involved in education for many years and cares greatly about the future of our youth. In July, 2004, Norton ends his office in good standing, total of 26 years of public service of which 24 were as Grand Chief. Norton left office with a surplus in the budget and 2% unemployment rate and top notch administration that is accountable and transparent with regular reporting mechanism to the community.

Joseph Norton continues to represent First Nations and their issues throughout the world. He serves on several Boards of Directors including TeKnoWave Inc. His exemplary leadership has resulted in the Mohawks' achievement of significant cultural and economic presence within the Aboriginal community, and commands respect in Canada as a whole. Through his strong leadership skills, he is truly setting the standards for the next generation.

Major achievements are: Kahnawá:ke Gaming Commission, Kahnawá:ke Economic Development Commission, and Mohawk Internet Technologies. Promoted indigenous culture with creation of the Kahnawá:ke Kanienkéha (Mohawk) Language Literacy Certificate Program. In conjunction with Willis College of Business and Technology established the Joseph Tokwiro Norton Scholarship, an annual award for Aboriginal youth to pursue a high technology career. He is recipient of Recipient 2002 of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for community development.

Mr. Norton is presently a special consultant for The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited, a founder and CEO of Turtle Technologies and CEO of Mohawk Internet Technologies.






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