Indigenous peoples represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories.
Of more than 130 clinically useful major prescriptive drugs that are derived from plants over 70% came to the attention of pharmaceutical companies because of Indigenous peoples use in traditional forms of medicine.
Andrea MenardActor + Singer + Writer + Messenger
A Canadian Aboriginal Icon, Andrea Menard has performed for Royalty, Prime Ministers, Premiers, Ambassadors, Governor Generals, and even sang her song Peace to NATO’s Generals. From five-time Gemini-nominated actor to multiple award-winning singer/songwriter, Andrea’s electrifying, spiritual and heartfelt performances surpass the boundaries of culture and language and capture audiences of all ages and nations.
Michelle ThrushCaring + Creative + Inspiring
Gemini Award winning Actress, and multi-award nominee, including Best Lead Actress and Best Actress in a TV series, powerhouse celebrity Michelle Thrush knows what it takes to light up a stage. Wit, humour, passion, and creativity are just a few of Michelle’s attributes, outside of celebrity, that draw her to stages world-wide. Whether she is speaking from her heart, hosting galas, or breaking down the barriers of stereotypes, Michelle engages, captivates, and moves audiences to feel and see her unique vision of life.
Raven SinclairGender Equality + Education + Inclusion
One of Canada’s most sought after experts on the ‘60s Scoop’ era, director and executive producer of the Film ‘Truth to be Told’, Dr. Raven Sinclair uncovers the atrocious facts of this period in Canadian history. Author of ‘Wicihitowin-Aboriginal Social Work in Canada’ Sinclair is experienced at creating effective and respectful methods of working with diverse populations specifically Indigenous peoples. A Two-Spirited Champion of George Gordon First Nation, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dr. Sinclair transforms misconceptions regarding diversity and identity.
Shauneen PeteEducation + Inclusion + Leadership
Multiple award winner and nominee, including Global Citizen, YMCA Women of Distinction and Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Dr. Shauneen Pete is a recognized authority on ‘Indigenization’, Transforming Education and Organizations to suit local cultures. Co-Producer of television show ‘The Four’ and RezX Magazine writer, Shauneen is a highly sought after First Nations storyteller and Presenter on Women’s Leadership.
'Zoey' Zondra RoySocial Entrepreneurism + Inspiration
Energetic, passionate, driven, and an award winning social entrepreneur, Zondra (Zoey) Roy thrills audiences with her stories, experiences, and insights in her personal journey of bringing change to our world. Zoey has changed the world with “Rock the Vote” 2011 and has been recognized for her incredible efforts to bring social change. She also performs and inspires with spoken word poetry and hip hop.
Self-proclaimed ‘Indigeneer’, Deanna Burgart dedicates her career to combining Engineering principles and commitments with an Indigenous respect for Mother Earth, to find solutions to today's challenges. She focuses on the power of integrating Indigenous worldviews, to assist both industry wants and the public needs. Deanna is a highly sought after expert in uniting diverse communities, through understanding each other and identifying common goals.
There is only one First Nations Chief Warrant Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, and Joel Pedersen is it. As most senior non-commissioned officer appointed by the Minister of National Defence and the Chief of Defence Staff, Joel Pedersen is the embodiment of what it takes to reach the top and never give up. Decorated soldier, Police Sergeant and Fitness Guru. Joel inspires audiences to do more than what is expected, to appreciate your strengths and limitations and to develop their leadership potential.
What if together Industry and Indigenous communities could create a safer, natural, and more effective means to reclamate land?
Joseph Wabegijig has experience doing just that! As Vice-President of the Aboriginal Environmental Leadership Circle (AELC) and the Indigenous Projects Advisor for Hatch, one of the world’s largest Engineering firms, Joseph shares with you his expertise from working on major projects all over the world. Joseph’s knowledge and experience of solving complex environmental and engineering problems, is matched by his passion and ability to strengthen relationships between Aboriginal people, government, and industry.
Julie Ann Wriston was one of the youngest, female, aboriginal CEOs of a multimillion dollar corporation in the mining sector in Saskatchewan. Her expertise and perspective on corporate development, strategic planning, and community engagement are second to none. Whether for-profit or non, Julie Ann provides the leadership and knowledge to expand your impact and sustainability. Her inspirational story and corporate success will capture your heart and inspire audiences to excel.