Chantal Fraser is a leader, an entrepreneur and a Métis woman. She is passionate about helping people learn how to lead a successful life. Chantal shares the lessons she learned in the Canadian Armed Forces where she retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, and as a community volunteer and an entrepreneur.
Chantal is an experienced Human Resources Professional and an enthusiastic natural leader with excellent communication skills. She provides consulting services to organizations with a focus on leadership development and strategic planning. Chantal holds an MBA from the Royal Military College and is a graduate of the Joint Command Staff Program of the Canadian Forces College.
Karen is President of MacKintosh Canada, an Aboriginal owned international consulting company, and ATHAPASKA, an Aboriginal training and development company. A highly-skilled leader, Karen brings her traditional knowledge of indigenous ways into the contemporary workplace. She inspires people to find their inner passion and to move forward in the direction of their dreams.
Karen holds an MBA and is experienced in areas such as: Working with First Nations and Aboriginal organizations to build capacity and developing and manifesting sustainability, Education and Building learning organizations and Leadership development. Karen assists individuals, teams and families, organizations and communities from moving where they are today to where they want to be.
Sandi is an entrepreneur, a published author, and a much-loved and passionate motivational speaker with a vision – a world where every man, woman and child is empowered and through her company, “Traditionally Speaking.ca Speaker’s Network” she works diligently to accomplish that goal.
Sandi knows the challenges, having acquired her wisdom through real life experiences including personal and familial poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence. She uses the lessons and teachings of those dark days and her traditional Ojibwe teachings as the foundation for her successful career as she passes on her wisdom through her books, workshops and a wide variety of motivational seminars.
Debbie Eisan is an Ojibway Anishinabee Kwe from Batchewana First Nation. During her 36 year military career, Debbie served numerous tours of duty, including closing the United Nations Base in Rwanda, Africa, and seven months on HMCS Iroquois in the Arabian Sea supporting the War against Terrorism. She retired from the Forces with the rank of Chief Petty Officer Second Class.
In 2004, Debbie received the National Aboriginal Women in Leadership Foundation Award of Distinction, and in 2012, she was presented the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal for her work in advocating Aboriginal Cultural awareness in the Canadian Forces. She is a board member of ‘Indspire’, a charitable organization dedicated to raising funds for programs that provide tools for indigenous peoples. Debbie is presently the Coordinator for the Urban Aboriginal Strategy: Halifax Aboriginal People’s Network.
Nadine Spence is an accomplished eco-friendly artist and designer. She founded Rev/Evo to use art as a voice of the land we should honor. Nadine was selected to represent Aboriginal designers in the 2010 Olympics. A mother at 14, Nadine overcame many challenges including abuse and alcoholism. She is both a University and College graduate.
After several family tragedies Nadine redirected her creative energy to improving the lives of her community, the Cook’s Ferry Indian Band. She is a passionate advocate for building a resilient and sustainable future for Aboriginal communities. She moderates First Healing Through Art sessions empowering Aboriginal people by sharing their stories through art.
Kim Baird is the owner of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting and advises on First Nation policy, governance and economic development as well as consultation, communication and engagement issues Previously, she was the Chief, Treaty Implementation Director and Chief Negotiator for Tsawwassen First Nation where she negotiated and implemented British Columbia’s first urban treaty through the BC Treaty Process. Kim serves on the BC’s Aboriginal Investment Council as well as several boards, including BC Hydro, Canadian Electoral Democracy Association, Aboriginal Skills Group, and Chief Joe Mathias Aboriginal Scholarship Fund. Kim also holds an Institute of Corporate Directors designation.