Profile

  • An experienced executive director working with staff, budgets, strategic planning, fundraising and multiple provincial/national projects including policy reports, events and conferences.
  • Strong public and motivational speaker with a willingness to travel.  Topics include Aboriginal people and culture, youth empowerment, education, workplace inclusion, LGBT and 2 Spirited issues, and personal journey. 
  • The ability to live and work in both the United States of America and Canada.
  • A demonstrated ability and experience in supporting a Board of Directors and high profile external stakeholders. 
  • A member of Magnetawan First Nation located in Ontario, Canada.

Skills

  • Experience in educational and economic development public policy fields as demonstrated in the development of a proposed common Aboriginal Self-Identification Recommendation Report and the National Tools and Financing for Aboriginal Business Program.
  • Experience in executive board management and external stakeholder engagement as learned through my experience with the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Aboriginal Professionals Association of Canada and the Council of Ontario Universities Reference Group on Aboriginal Education.
  • A minor degree in Native Studies and Aboriginal Economic Development 

Education

Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada 

Master’s of Industrial Relations - Focused courses in social policy development, human rights, health and safety law, specialized comparative law between European Union and Canada in labour at Herstmonceux International Study Centre in the United Kingdom.

Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Business Administration Major – Minor in Native Studies, Specialization in Human Resources, classes in recruitment, management and leadership, motivation and compensation, strategy development, and human resource planning.

Experience

CURRENT: Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology, Founder and President of the Board

CIIT was created in response to the underrepresentation of Indigenous peoples in the technology and innovation sectors in Canada. Our Mission is to provide programming that provides excellence in technology training, increases Indigenous representation in the tech industry in Canada, and promotes problems solving using technology with an Indigenous lens.

CURRENT: Troon Technologies, Business Partner: Philanthropy and Business Development

Troon was founded in 2012 to address the Small to Medium Size Business (SMB) and Healthcare market’s demand for digital innovation by providing the necessary software development skills and brand marketing expertise needed in today’s business landscape.  Troon Technologies is the lead sponsor of the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology.  Troon Technologies also has a learning centre providing job readiness training located in Pakistan targeting women from rural parts of the country. 

Aboriginal Institutes Consortium, Senior Administrative Officer

Reporting to the Board of Directors, I was responsible for establishing a strategy and work plan to help prepare the organization to move from a working to governing board.  I was the first employee of the Consortium in over 5 years.  I also coordinated and helped to develop a first ever provincial co-creation process for educational legal, regulatory and policy development for Aboriginal Institutes in Ontario. From this process, Aboriginal Learning Insititues now have the ability to grant recognized degrees. 

Aboriginal Professional Association of CanadaExecutive Director

Reporting to the Board of Directors, I am responsible for the overall strategic direction and operations of APAC’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. While working for APAC, I have undertaken the development of a new three year strategic plan and change management strategy helping move the organization from a volunteer based to paid staff. During the execution of this strategy I have tripled the staff and funding capacity of the organization.  

Canadian Council for Aboriginal BusinessDirector, Programs and Strategic Initiatives

Coordinate and manage development, operations and evaluation of four national programs that includes the: Progressive Aboriginal Relations Program, Certified Aboriginal Business Program, Aboriginal Business Mentorship Program, and Tool and Financing Options for Aboriginal Businesses Program. Additional strategic initiatives include development of organizational human resource policies, job descriptions, research, and organizational strategic planning.

Council of Ontario UniversitiesSr. Project Coordinator, Strategic Initiatives

Coordinate and managed all aspects of provincial Aboriginal initiative projects including a Strategic Aboriginal Communication Campaign, the COU Aboriginal Self-Identification Project and a provincial Aboriginal Education Council Gathering. Additional projects include the development of recommendations of a RFP for an Indigenous Masters of Public Administration in Ontario, Canada and an Aboriginal Communications Research Project.

Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, York University, Aboriginal Relations Liaison

Coordinated the creation of a new Aboriginal Student Centre on campus for Aboriginal learners attending York University. Other tasks include raising the profile of Aboriginal issues within the York University Community, analyzing how university policies impact Aboriginal learners, and acting as a local adjudicator responding to violations of the York University Code of Conduct.

Queen’s UniversityAboriginal Recruitment and Admissions Representative

Coordinate, plan, and budget for Aboriginal recruitment activities for undergraduate and graduate admissions at Queen’s University. Other duties include building relationships between the Four Directions Aboriginal Student Centre and learners. Also organized many campus wide events to raise awareness about Aboriginal People within the Queen’s University community.

Volunteer

Current:

Past: 

  • Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada
  • Innoversity: Roadmap 2030
  • Four Direction Aboriginal Student Centre
  • Gzowski College Cabinet (4 years)
  • Trent University Senator ( 2 years)
  • Trent Central Student Association Board of Directors.