These amazing women shared their stories and revealed how they’ve overcome many challenges and obstacles throughout their personal and professional journeys.
Métis Nation, AB
Alicia Dubois is Market Vice President, Indigenous Markets at CIBC and a true Champion of the Indigenous Women’s Leadership Summit. In her professional and volunteer roles, Alicia has worked diligently toward Indigenous economic prosperity and Reconciliation at the National level. Alicia earned a B.Sc., with Distinction, from the University of Lethbridge and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto and has led a very diverse career. She held legal counsel positions at Native Child & Family Services of Toronto, ENMAX Corporation and Alberta Justice. Having worked closely on environmental sustainability files, Alicia proudly represented Canada on an Antarctic expedition that focused on the environmental and economic benefits of alternative energy solutions. As a delegate of the Canadian Electricity Association, she was honoured to attend the COP15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Alicia is Executive Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum.
“Once a woman knows she is sacred, she will know she has the right to be Silent No More.”
Métis Nation, MB and SK
Andrea is an accomplished Métis singer, songwriter, actress, and international speaker. A tireless advocate for reconciliation, Andrea’s uplifting musical keynotes land exactly where they need to – in the heart. Whether she is addressing a hall of businesswomen, a high security room full of NATO Generals, or a stadium of Indigenous youth, this inspiring and funny keynote speaker brings joy to every engagement to break down barriers between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Among her many accomplishments, Andrea has written and starred in several Netflix and television programs and has released four award-winning cds. She was also recently featured at TedX Stanley Park and just released a new song, Silent No More, to spark dialogue and end the silence around violence against women.
“A real leader faces the music, even when she doesn’t like the tune.”
Angela Ferguson is TD’s Regional Manager, Indigenous Banking, Prairies and Territories. She has spent most of her career creating positive and sustainable relationships between governments, financial institutes and Indigenous communities and has held several posts in the federal and provincial public service. Having worked in the financial services sector for almost 5 years, Angela considers herself a true pathfinder in her supporting role with Indigenous clients across a broad and diverse region. Angela holds designations as a Technical Aboriginal Economic Developer (TAED) and a Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer and has an MBA from Cape Breton University. Angela also recently completed the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program at St. Francis Xavier University. With support and encouragement from elders, mentors and 14 Indigenous women from across the country, Angela embraced the challenging program and committed to returning that positive support across the Indigenous community. She is Co-Chair, Indigenous Advisory Council for Homeward Trust Edmonton; she sits on the Indigenous Wisdom Council with Oxford Properties; and, has been the recipient of an Esquao Award in Community Development.
“Everything I do is for my community and it gives me great satisfaction when I am able to help make my community healthy and safe for everyone. When things get tough, I remember the joy in the eyes of the young people and elders that we have helped.”
CHIEF AVA HILL
Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk, ON
Ava Hill is Chief of Six Nations of the Grand River. Now in her second term as elected Chief, Ava has served her community for more than 14 years including three terms as a Councillor. Chief Hill is a proud member of the Wolf Clan and she has extensive experience working Indigenous organizations locally, regionally and nationally. She represented the Chiefs of Ontario on the Ontario Provincial Government’s Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion and has been active in the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Chief Hill represented Six Nations as one of the Host First Nations for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games and for the 2015 Pan Am Games. Formerly, she served as the Executive Director of the Chiefs of Ontario Office, worked closely with the Assembly of First Nations and with the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. She has also dedicated many years as a volunteer member for impactful non-profits and committees both in major cities and in her home community.
“I believe that women, especially women in our community, don’t always get the hand-up or mentoring they need to find their talents and gifts.”
Metis Nation, MB
Brenda is an executive search partner at Leaders International after merging with the company she founded, Higgins Executive Search. As an unlikely entrepreneur, Brenda developed a national practice that is now recognized as the Canadian leader in the recruitment of diversity and Aboriginal executives and professionals. Brenda is a proud Anishinaabe Métis woman from Manitoba — having grown up in the inner City in North end Regina, Brenda left home at 15 and worked her way through high school. She is now a Certified Management Consultant (CMC), a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, has completed the Institute of Corporate Directors certificate program, is a Co-Founder of SHEday, and was the 2015 Indspire Award winner for Business & Commerce.
“The time is now for Indigenomics—it examines the pathway of where we have come from & where we are going; it seeks to inspire the characteristics of accountability, reciprocity and responsibility.”
CAROL ANNE HILTON
Nuu chah nulth, Hesquiaht Nation, BC
Carol Anne Hilton is CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute and an award winning First Nation Social and Economic Development company. She was recently appointed as a senior advisor to the Federal Minister of Finance on the Canadian Federal Economic Growth Council. Having led the establishment of the principles of #indigenomics, Carol Anne is dedicated to building and developing Indigenous economies. She’s currently authoring ‘Indigenomics – a Global Power Shift’ which is expected to be published in the Fall of 2018. She currently serves as Director on the McGill University Institute for the Study of Canada and the Canadian Community Economic Development Network. Carol Anne holds an International MBA from the University of Hertfordshire, England, is an instructor in the Community Economic Development Program at Simon Fraser University and is a faculty lead & Fleck Fellow at Banff Center’s Indigenous Business Program.
“Honouring my mixed-heritage First Nation and European background, my life purpose is to facilitate the building of bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.”
Tla’amin Nation, BC
Chastity is a successful entrepreneur who’s managed her own Consulting business since 2011. She is the Chair of the Ministers’ Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women, BC and is co-founder and co-chair of the Professional Aboriginal Women’s Network. She also serves many non-profit organizations including Uplifting Indigenous Families Fund (UIFF), supporting surviving family members of MMIWG, and the Indigenous Leadership Development Program (ILDP), supporting Indigenous people through their professional journeys. Balancing her passion for Communications and Heart-Centred Leadership, Chastity brings the ancient practice of Yoga to her highly-credentialed work with Indigenous communities across the country. She has been awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the BC Aboriginal Business Awards and was named to the “Top 40 Under 40” by Business in Vancouver.
“Growing up I had the privilege of living within a predominantly First Nations’ community on the Sunshine Coast of BC. This gave me an understanding and a deep respect for their knowledge, strength, and culture. The Spirit Collection is my way of honouring the Indigenous People of Canada. Collaborating with Indigenous artists to create a modern representation of Canadian style for women, men, and home.”
4th Generation Canadian (British, Irish and Scottish descent)
Chloë Angus is a passionate Canadian designer that thrives on creating innovative, collaborative, fashion and home decor representing Indigenous art and culture across Canada.
Proudly based in Vancouver, BC, since 2004, Chloë has been focussing on uniting art and fashion, Chloë is honoured to collaborate with First Nations’, Inuit, and Métis artists to create the Spirit Collection. All artwork is licensed and the artists are fairly compensated. Each piece comes with the artist’s signature to ensure authenticity.
Chloë finds inspiration in the Indigenous history, art, and culture and has made it a priority to promote and share the significant artwork that they create. Chloë’s goal is to unite people, to encourage an open dialogue, better cultural understanding, and to celebrate Indigenous culture in Canada.
Dené Sinclair is a communications consultant and currently serves as the Director of Marketing for the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada. She has over 15 years experience in public relations and tourism marketing having spent her career working for industry leaders such as Travel Manitoba and the North American Indigenous Games.
In November 2018, she will have completed her Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, examining the connections between tourism, an industry with extractive and exploitive practices towards Indigenous peoples, and the ongoing reclamation of story, language, land and place by Indigenous peoples in Canada.
Dené was one of Manitoba’s Top 40 Under 40 (2016) as well as a 2016 Finalist of the YMYWCA’s Manitoba Women of Distinction. She lives in Winnipeg on Treaty 1 Territory and within the Homeland of the Métis Nation. Dené acknowledges her traditional homeland around Selkirk, Manitoba (St. Peter’s Band) as a member of Peguis First Nation and a proud Ojibwe-Anishinaabekwe.
“Don’t be intimidated by your dreams; just because you don’t know anyone doing what you want to do, or no one like you has done it before, doesn’t mean you can’t. With hard work, dedication, and humility you can reach your goals.
Dr. DONNA MAY KIMMALIARDJUK
Dr. Donna May Kimmaliardjuk is a fifth-year cardiac surgery resident at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. With a BScH from Queen’s University and a Doctor of Medicine from University of Calgary, Donna May is the first Inuk heart surgeon in Canada. She was presented to The Senate of Canada in 2016 for becoming the first Inuk heart surgeon and the first Nunavut land claims beneficiary to become an MD. She was also presented to the House of Commons in 2017 for receiving the 2018 Inuit youth Indpsire award. She was featured in the Globe and Mail’s article on 16 reasons to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018. Donna May proudly works with, I Love First Peoples, a charity that empowers Indigenous youth to succeed through education and promotes projects in support of reconciliation. She also partners with The Heart and Stroke Foundation to improve Indigenous heart health.
“Always take as much time as possible for family and friends & integrate your busy job with a fulfilling life that goes far beyond a career.”
Kitigan-Zibi First Nation, QC
Ms. Gina Wilson is the Deputy Minister, Status of Women Canada and has successfully led major programs and projects across the Federal public service since 1996. For more than 22 years, Ms. Wilson has spearheaded important initiatives within the offices of the Privy Council, Correctional Services, Human Resources and Skills Development and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. Among many notable achievements, Ms. Wilson is known for her instrumental role in implementing a settlement agreement for approximately 80,000 survivors of Indian Residential Schools. She is also credited with coordinating the Prime Minister’s historic Apology in 2008. Most recently, as Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety, Ms. Wilson skillfully transformed the department to a healthy and caring workplace, and led files such as cannabis legislation, firearms and criminal justice reform. In her early career, Ms. Wilson was a Senior Manager with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) and held leadership positions in the Health and Social Services field with her home community of Kitigan-Zibi First Nation and the Wanaki Treatment Centre for the Algonquin nation.
“I believe in the potential of women in business. I encourage women to find something they love doing, get good at it, and be patient. If you stick with it, you’ll find success on your own terms!”
Cree, Fort McMurray, AB
Isabell is the Founder and President of TAWS Security. Although spending some time being raised in the foster care system is an unlikely path to success, the inherent lessons of toughness and kindness have shaped Isabell’s leadership style. She put herself through school in the field of Corrections and became a guard in a maximum-security prison for men. She gained valuable professional experience and resilience. When Isabell had an opportunity to reconnect with her family and her heritage, she moved home to the Fort McMurray First Nation. She continued to work in the security industry and took a leap of faith to branch out on her own. In 2007, Isabell launched TAWS Security to provide unique and specialized security services for clients in the oil sands. Under Isabell’s guidance, TAWS has grown to 85 staff. Isabell and TAWS have been recognized with many awards. Most notably, TAWS earned special accolades for its, resourcefulness and heroism during the devastating 2016 wildfires in Northern Alberta.
“Mistakes are just opportunities to learn something new.”
Ojibwe, Whitefish Bay, ON
Jenn Harper is founder and President of Cheekbone Beauty Cosmetics INC. With a passion for empowering women, Jenn created a cosmetics brand for real people. She’s created products that are made in Canada, are never tested on animals and that generate social value for First Nations. Cheekbone Beauty is a social enterprise supporting a charitable cause that hits home for Jenn’s family. Their mission is to close the educational funding gap that exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students by donating a portion of profits to the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society (FNCFCS). Jenn often speaks publicly about social entrepreneurship, leadership and First Nations history and has a special interest in youth empowerment. Cheekbone Beauty has been featured in Flare.com, APTN News, CBC Radio Unreserved, The Kit and Global’s News Radio. Jenn was awarded the 2017 Social Enterprise Award by the Women in Niagara (WIN) Council and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC).
“Women are the communicators, leaders, and visionaries who have the greatest untapped potential. They are the ones who can move forward with changes that will enrich the lives of everyone in their communities.”
Anishnabe, Shawanaga First Nation, ON
Jennifer is President and Founding Partner of Design de Plume Inc., an award- winning, Indigenous and women-owned, communication firm. After starting in business straight out of College, Jennifer has built a reputation for responsive, high-quality work that is National in scope and that provides both practical and beautiful design for her clients. Leading a path for the next generation, Jennifer balances her professional practice with a social conscience by working on meaningful projects toward empowering marginalized groups. Guided by her Indigenous roots, she focuses on creating culturally sensitive materials that provide her clients with powerful visual messages that create change. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication (honors) and is a Registered Graphic Designer.
“I have succeeded despite many challenges, so if I can do it, so can others. I’m here to share my story, inspire others and help our young people accomplish their dreams.”
Munsee Delaware Nation, ON
Born and raised in her First Nation community, Jodie-Lynn wanted to be a lawyer since she was 10 years old. Her education began in an old residential school in the neighbouring First Nation. She would later go onto university, including in England and lastly, law school. She became a lawyer at 26 years old. Her legal career started in private practice and she is now Senior Legal Counsel for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. She is currently on secondment and working as Senior Legal Counsel at the Independent Street Checks Review. Jodie-Lynn has played a key role in several high-profile cases and projects for the provincial government. Jodie-Lynn is very proud of her culture and believes in leading by example. She has served her Nation as an active mentor, elected Councillor and a national Aboriginal Role Model.
“We must remember that we all have a responsibility to one another in Reconciliation. Economic Reconciliation requires genuine relationships, trust & courage.”
Karen Joseph is a Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw social change maker who brings more than 25 years’ experience inspiring diverse partners to collaborate on transformative initiatives. Ms. Joseph is CEO of Reconciliation Canada. To uphold a dream held by her father, she co-founded this organization to witness thousands of people walking together in support of Indian Residential School survivors and Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In September 2013, the Walk for Reconciliation brought 50,000 people to the streets of downtown Vancouver to display their commitment to revitalizing the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Since then, she has championed 100’s of gatherings with a diversity of leaders to advance individual, organizational and societal Reconcili[action]. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Systems Change and a graduate of the Getting to Maybe: Social Innovation Residency. In 2017, Karen was recognized by BC Business Magazine as one of the Top BC Women of Influence and was recently awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) to recognize her contributions to Canada’s reconciliation movement.
“You don’t need to be an elected politician to be a leader, you just need to find your voice and use it to lead yourself, your family and your community.”
Tsawwassen First Nation, BC
Kim is the owner of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting and offers First Nation related and strategic advice to industry, government and First Nations. While Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation for over thirteen years, her most notable achievement was the successful negotiation and implementation of British Columbia’s first urban treaty, replacing the Indian Act with self-governance for her community. She spent six years on the BC Hydro Board – providing her with in-depth knowledge on energy issues in BC. She currently sits on several boards including the Infrastructure Bank of Canada, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the Canada Public Policy Forum, and Clear Seas. Kim is a member of both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada and holds an Institute of Corporate Director’s designation.
“Leadership to me is an inclusive journey. Hearing and bringing forward the voices of youth, women and communities inspires my effort every day. Our cultures and teachings provide an essential, strong foundation and I am honoured to continue on the path set by our ancestors.”
KLUANE ADAMEK, “Aagé”
Kluane First Nation, Yukon
Kluane is the Assembly of First Nations’ Yukon Regional Chief. While her current mandate is to bring the priorities and interests of Yukon First Nations to the national level, Kluane has dedicated her professional and volunteer life to organizations focused on creating positive relationships with Indigenous Peoples. This includes Yukon College, Kluane Dana Shaw Corporation, Northwestel and the Government of Yukon. She has a passion for supporting youth and emerging leaders in the north and has worked on educational initiatives at the Council of Yukon First Nations and, while pursuing a Northern Fellowship with the Walter and Duncan Foundation, she led and founded “Our Voices”. This is an annual Indigenous Youth gathering that supports participants to build on their leadership skills and carry forward their vision for the future. Kluane is from the Dakl’aweidi- Killerwhale Clan and maintains her cultural connections through the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers. She has a B.A, is fluent in French and English and is currently pursuing an MBA at Simon Fraser University.
“Inspiration alone is insufficient to reach your goals. Inspiration + Information + Application = Transformation.”
Mohawk, Six Nations
Kristin Sherry is three-time author and Founder of Virtus Career Consulting. She helps people love Mondays through five areas of focus: certifying coaches, career discovery coaching using her trademarked YouMap® career profile, executive coaching, workshops & speaking, and writing career books. She is one of only 20 consultants world-wide certified as a Master Trainer in the WorkPlace Big Five ProfileTM; a human resource optimization and workforce development tool used by more than 8,000 organizations across 48 countries. Formerly, Kristin served as a Learning & Development leader at a Fortune 20 company where she managed the company’s learning strategy. Her latest career discovery and job search book, “YouMap: Find Yourself. Blaze Your Path. Show the World! releases November 8, 2018.
“Being able to see the goodness in others is a gift passed on to me by my mom. I’m passionate about finding that light—seeing women find their confidence to take that next bold step in their lives.”
Gitxsan Nation, BC
Laurie Sterritt is a Partner with Leaders International and IWLS event coordinator. She is a values-based leader with over 25 years’ experience in the fields of Indigenous, government and community relations. Laurie has a passion for creating economic and social change with the participation of companies, governments and communities that have normally been at odds. Inspiring connections that lead to balanced and thoughtful partnerships, Laurie is known for her commitment to influencing diversity and inclusion within corporate Canada. She’s worked across the natural resources sectors including electric utilities, mining, forestry and LNG and has supported education and training initiatives with and for 100+ First Nation communities. Active in her community, she has been appointed by the provincial government to several Crown boards in BC and volunteers for many non-profit organizations and committees. A member of the Kispiox Band of the Gitxsan Nation, Laurie holds a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC and a Certificate in Professional Fund Raising.
“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” ~Nelson Mandela
Killer Whale clan, Nisga’a Nation, BC
Leslie Varley is Executive Director, British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, an umbrella agency supporting 25 Friendship Centres. She is a committed social justice advocate with over 30 years’ experience working for Indigenous groups, organizations and causes. She previously held the Indigenous health portfolio at Provincial Health Services Authority where she co-led the development of San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training. This is a facilitated, online program focussed on decolonizing and anti-racism training for the health and social justice sectors. Leslie’s community work focuses on ending structural racism and violence against Indigenous people, particularly towards women and girls. Leslie holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and sits on the board of Central City Foundation, which focuses on social impact real estate in the downtown east side of Vancouver.
“It’s my commitment to showcase positive success stories and to inspire Indigenous youth to dream big and be willing to get out of their comfort zone to develop personally, professionally and spiritually.”
Lisa Charleyboy is a storyteller, radio and tv journalist, and vibrant Indigenous leader who found her culture in an urban setting. Although she wasn’t raised in the traditional ways of her ancestors, Lisa has found a deep connection to Indigenous culture as she explored her ancestry and pursued higher education. With a degree in Professional Writing and an Executive Master in Business Administration, Lisa is known as a positive and inspiring role model for Youth. She has published content ranging from pop-culture & fashion to Indigenous politics, and has contributed her thoughtful prose to publications like The Guardian, CBC online, THIS Magazine, Spirituality & Health, SPIRIT Magazine and her own Urban Native Magazine. Lisa was recently named as one of three Aboriginal Millennials to watch by Huffington Post and recently hosted on CBC RadioOne’s New Fire.
“Believe in your own power, and in that power, we may all rise up.”
Mary Jane (MJ) Maillet is an accomplished Indigenous business leader and independent consultant dedicated to advancing Indigenous inclusion in all aspects of society. MJ recently retired from her ten-year post as IBM Canada’s Executive Lead, Indigenous Relations. It is her belief that “a society that exudes economic and social success, is one that ensures the well-being of ALL women and children.” This is why she co-founded SHEACCELERATOR and SHEday, well before the ‘Me Too’ and ‘TimesUp’ movements took hold, but right in step with ‘Idle No More’ and the TRC Calls for Action. MJ holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a CA-CPA designation and a Masters Degree in Native Studies. She focussed her Masters thesis on Indigenous Women and Entrepreneurship because she knows that understanding the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada is key to unlocking solutions for the future. MJ is a founding member of the Winnipeg Police Board, serves as an executive member of Ka Ni Kanichihk Council and acts as Advisor to the President of the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada. She is the former Chair of Economic Development Winnipeg and has served on many other boards including Travel Manitoba, Aboriginal Human Resource Council of Canada, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.
“I believe in fostering change by building authentic relationships and creating space for fearless, beautiful people who are willing to co-create new ways forward.”
Secwepemc Nation, BC
Nadine believes that we’re at a place where there’s an important shift taking place for Indigenous people. As an Indigenous woman of the Secwepemc Nation, she feels proud to share her world view in order to work and collaborate with others who also want to see change. Nadine feels that to build those relationships and create change, we need to be fearless and open to ideas that are yet to be explored.
In her work, Nadine fosters strong relationships with Indigenous communities and provides guidance and hands-on support to these communities by leading educational and employment skills development programs. She also devotes a lot of effort to develop and maintain network relationships, and feels that by understanding the needs of the communities and individuals, we can co-create solutions to strengthen the Indigenous workforce talent pool. Nadine is an advocate of empowering Indigenous people to create economic health for themselves and their communities through skills training, education and career opportunities.
“Education is key to our future as Indigenous Peoples.”
Mohawk, Grand River Territory, ON
Roberta Jamieson is President & CEO of Indspire and Executive Producer, Indspire Achievement Awards. She is a Mohawk woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she continues to reside with her family. An accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, Roberta also served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario.
Under Roberta’s leadership, Indspire has flourished. Raising funds from government, corporate and private sectors, Indspire’s annual disbursements of bursaries and scholarships to support Indigenous students in post-secondary education and training have increased sevenfold. An innovative K-12 Indspire Institute was launched providing support to educators and communities working to improve educational outcomes with culturally grounded curriculum and techniques.
She has earned numerous awards, including, most recently, YWCA’s President’s Award and Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 25 honorary degrees. In 2015, Ms. Jamieson was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
“As a leader, my goal is to hold and create space for more women leaders. When we balance our political systems, we decolonize, and we heal.”
Taykwa Tagamou Nation, ON
RoseAnne Archibald is the Ontario Regional Chief, Chiefs of Ontario. She is a calm, respectful and heart-centred leader who strives to create future possibilities and a better quality of life for First Nations people. She has a special interest in empowering women and youth to find community-based solutions that encourage capacity-building, leadership development and resiliency. RoseAnne has more than 25 years of experience in First Nations politics. Her past roles include Grand Chief, Mushkegowuk Council; Deputy Grand Chief, Nishnawbe-Aski Nation; and, Chief, Taykwa Tagamou First Nation. She has been breaking down barriers and bringing diplomacy and unity to the First Nations political system throughout her career and has held many ‘firsts.’ RoseAnne was the first female Chief and the first to complete a Master’s Degree in her home community. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Humanities from Laurentian University. Among many accolades, RoseAnne has been awarded the prestigious Canada 125 medal for Aboriginal Leadership and having made a signiﬁcant contribution to Canada.
“When we build a community of diverse warriors leading brave-hearted, we can individually and collectively contribute to the change needed in our world.”
Métis Nation, NWT & AB
Teara is the CEO of the Raven Institute – connecting hearts, minds, and hands for a united and thriving nation. Raven is inspiring the individual and collective leadership needed to shape a better world; the kind of leadership that draws upon Indigenous worldview and wisdom for a return to ecological, social, and economic well-being. Teara is also a commercial pilot and former CEO of Kîsik Aerial Survey, an air operation she built from the ground up. She established the Aviation Leadership Foundation, served as Board Director for the British Columbia Aviation Council and is Co-Chair of the Professional Aboriginal Women’s Network. With an exciting new venture on the horizon, Iskwew Air, Teara’s entrepreneurial pursuits continue. Teara holds an M.A. in Leadership and is a Certified Executive Coach. She is currently undertaking a Ph.D. at Fielding University in Human Development, exploring Warriorship: Leading Brave-Hearted©.
“I have learned that generosity (giving) and gratitude (receiving) are the in-breath and out-breath. You need both or you are out of balance.”
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. Vicki is Founder of SheEO and #radical generosity a global initiative to radically transform how we support finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs. Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Vicki was recently named one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women”, In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.
“When the going gets tough,
the tough put on lipstick!”
Mi’gmaq, Listuguj, QB
Victoria is CEO & Co-owner of Wejuseg Construction and owner of Wejipeg Excavation. She’s a partner in several joint ventures and volunteers countless hours, mentoring for the Coady International Institute’s Indigenous Women in Community Leadership and New Brunswick’s Joint Economic Development Initiative, an Aboriginal Business Accelerator Program. She is also a regular facilitator of Financial Fitness Workshops for Indigenous women. A Mi’gmaq from Listuguj, Quebec in Gaspésie, Victoria holds a BA and an MBA from the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton. She is a proud alumnus of the 2017 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.
“If we are to embrace the true spirit of Indigenous reconciliation, we need to make it a way of life–a cornerstone of how we proceed as a multicultural society, and not a mere destination to be gained and forgotten.”
Mohawk, Kahnawake, QC
Waneek is a Mohawk bear clan woman. She works and travels extensively throughout the Indigenous world as a sports commentator, and as a passionate advocate for sport, fitness and wellness. She also has traveled extensively throughout North America as a motivational speaker, speaking of her journey from being stabbed during the famed Oka Crisis to the Olympic Games. As one of Canada’s few Aboriginal Olympians, Waneek has used her passion and experiences in sport to influence Aboriginal and non-aboriginal leadership towards making Sport and Wellness a community building priority. Waneek is currently working as the brand ambassador for the aboriginal forward company Manitobah Mukluks, and is the director of the Storyboot Project, a program that supports traditional artists by selling their work for art prices world wide, and the running of Storyboot Schools, where the art of mukluks and moccasin making is passed onto the next generation.
“We always knew who we were. Our connection to the land was very strong, learning hunting & fishing as a way of life, so I’ve grown up knowing my ancestry.”
Anishnawbe, Shuniah, ON
Wendy Landry is the Mayor of the Municipality of Shuniah. She is the 1st First Nations woman in Ontario to serve as a Mayor. She is President of the Northwestern Ontario Municipal Association and sits on the Executive of the Associations of the Municipalities of Ontario. She is also Manager of Indigenous and Municipal Affairs for Union Gas, an Enbridge Company. Wendy’s been a college instructor, has worked in Correctional Field and has led many committees, organizations and boards. Wendy is a member of Red Rock Indian Band and is also of Métis descent. She has strived to educate people about First Nations and Métis people, striking down misconceptions and untruths as she goes. Mother to 6 children, Wendy has been awarded with the Exceptional Citizen Achievement, as well as the Volunteer Recognition Award from the Province of Ontario.