Jarret Leaman is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) from Magnetawan First Nation. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Human Resource Management with a minor degree in Native Studies from Trent University, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations through the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University.
Jarret was awarded The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers for his work in the Indigenous and LGBT2S communities. As official Canadian honour, Jarret was awarded this by the Governor General of Canada on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Jarret is currently is the Director of Business Development and Philanthropy for Troon Technologies and the Founder of the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology. Jarret is also a successful entrepreneur with his business Ayaabe Management, where he works with Indigenous talent in the entertainment industry.
Previously, Jarret was the Senior Administrative Officer at the Aboriginal Institutes Consortium (AIC), a non-profit membership organization that comprises nine Aboriginal controlled postsecondary education and training institutes in Ontario, Canada. AIC plays an instrumental role in driving and setting the Aboriginal Institutes agenda at the regional, national and international levels through the development of strategic relationships and advocacy.
Prior to that, Jarret was the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, a membership-based, leadership-focused organization that connects, supports and promotes outstanding leadership within the First Nations, Métis and Inuit community of professionals. Prior to APAC, Jarret was the Director of Programs and Strategic Initiatives at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB). In this role, Jarret managed development, operations, and evaluations of CCAB`s national programs. Prior to CCAB, Jarret was a Sr. Project Coordinator at the Council of Ontario Universities, where he has managed a range of provincial projects within the postsecondary sector from Aboriginal self-identification to strategic communications.
Jarret specializes in diversity and inclusion, labour market readiness, entrepreneurship, non-profit management, Aboriginal engagement and policy development, and has worked with several large organizations in the energy, resource, and educational sectors.
Jarret is highly involved within the Aboriginal community in Toronto as previous Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Postsecondary Information Program, and through his active volunteer work with the following organizations.
2. Community Council Program, Aboriginal Legal Services