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Leadership and Mentorship

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Belinda DanielsReclamation + Language Revitalization + Education

Awarded the “Outstanding Indigenous Educator Award” of 2015 by Canadian Teachers Federation and one of the top 50 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize of 2016, Dr. Belinda Daniels has been recognized internationally for her valiant efforts in language, culture, and education. Founder of nêhiyawak Language Experience Inc., her transformative work in language revitalization has garnered nominations from Indspire and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations. By creating safe spaces for community wellness and learning, she motivates audiences to embark on their own personal journey back to themselves and their culture.

Cody DemeraisEntrepreneur + Mental Health Advocate + Youth Mentor + Changemaker

Recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce’s 2021 Young Entrepreneur of the Year ABEX Award, Cody Demerais has inspired countless individuals with his triumphant story of recovery and renewal. A memorable and authentic storyteller, Demerais shares the defining moments of his early life and his journey to becoming an entrepreneurial changemaker, and a proud and active member of his Métis community. With his incredible perspectives on self transformation, Demerais empowers audiences to rewrite their histories and begin anew.

Colette BourgonjeTriumph + Perseverance + Inspiration

Ranked one of the world’s foremost Paralympian athletes, Colette Bourgonje is a ten-time medalist in both the summer and winter Olympic games. Inducted into the Canadian Disability, Saskatoon, and Canadian Sport Halls of Fame, Colette has inspired countless audiences with her story of immeasurable strength and perseverance. Paving her own path with a fierce resilience, Colette empowers us to endure and reimagine adversity to reach our biggest hopes and dreams.

Ernie LouttitHonesty + Integrity + Leadership

As a highly sought-after speaker, multi-award-winning author, and changemaker, Ernie Louttit shares meaningful perspectives on creating long-lasting change in our policing systems, government institutions, and communities at large. Reflecting on his experiences as an Indigenous police officer, Ernie has dedicated his career to advocating for the safety and protection of marginalized populations. With a passion for progressive leadership and social justice advocacy, Ernie paves the way to a future of empathy and tolerance.

Greg HopfIndigenous Tourism + Bridge Builder + Youth Advocate

Award-winning Dene Indigenous tourism leader, entrepreneur, and Indigenous youth advocate, Greg Hopf is passionate about building vibrant and thriving Indigenous communities. Charismatic and insightful, Greg shares powerful stories of Indigenous experience and ways of knowing and inspires audiences to work towards reconciliation in an authentic and meaningful way.

Jack SaddlebackGender Equality + Education + Identity

Riveting, captivating, real, insightful, grounded, and illuminated, these are just a few words that have been used to describe Jack Saddleback’s presentation of his life as a Cree Two-Spirit Transgender Champion. Saddleback has won numerous awards, including Red Cross’s 2018 SK Young Humanitarian of the Year, CBC’s 2016 Future 40 Under 40, and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network 2015 Young Eagles Award. Jack’s life story embodies how one person’s spirit can help transform a community, while providing validation to struggling trans youth.

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Jaris SwidrovichPharmacist + Health Care + Educator + Two-Spirit

CIHR funding recipient, National Pharmacy Leadership Award winner and named one of CBC Saskatchewan’s "Future 40", Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is Canada's first self-identified First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy. Professor, Mentor, and Community leader, Swidrovich brings his experience of bridging organizational needs with Health Care mandates. Jaris is a Two Spirit Champion passionate about health, education, and how Indigenous and marginalized people are impacted at all levels. He integrates personal stories to explain complex issues which resonate with listeners of all ages. His powerful presentations illustrate how we can all be part of the cure and partake in the TRC’s Calls to Action.

Joel PedersenSuccessful + Powerful + Motivated

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.

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John HerringtonMentor + Naval Aviator + Astronaut + Educator

Featured on the International Air and Space Hall of Fame and the National Native American Hall of Fame, John Herrington’s road to success was carved out of the trials and tribulations of his early life. A meritorious Naval Aviator who later became the first Indigenous person to venture into space, Herrington is an expert at transforming audiences—inspiring them to find the perseverance, “ancestral purpose”, and resilience required to overcome any obstacle.

John LagimodiereCommunity Builder + Media Communications

Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and Saskatoon’s Living in Harmony Award, John Lagimodiere is a dedicated educator and entrepreneur. President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and the Editor/Publisher of Eagle Feather News, Lagimodiere is also the recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Award Business for Aboriginal Business. John’s enthralling performance as host of the award-winning national show, As If, on CBC Radio serves as another reason why he is a highly sought after keynote speaker, master of ceremonies, and facilitator.

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Jolene StockmanAutistic Advocate + Leadership Developer + Author

Ultra-enthusiastic TEDx speaker and multi-award winning author, Jolene Stockman, gives us a rare view into the world of Autism. Diagnosed as an adult, Jolene has achieved things that this so-called invisible disability has deemed impossible. A Master of Neuro Linguistic Programming, Jolene is revolutionizing perceptions and encouraging respect for human neurological variation.

 “I tell the world that being wired-up differently is not only okay, it’s maybe even amazing!”

- Jolene Stockman

Julie BullPassionate + Visionary + Change-Maker

An award-winning Indigenous Scholar with over 25 publications, Julie Bull is a passionate changemaker who educates and inspires audiences with messages of reconciliation, health, leadership, and empowerment. Combining artistic creativity with a wealth of expertise in the fields of Indigenous research, education, ethics, and Indigenization, Julie demonstrates ways individuals, institutions, and communities can shift their practices to be more interconnected.

Keolu FoxGeneticist + Researcher + Surfer

Featured on the BBC, CBC, NPR, The Atlantic, Forbes, Wired and more, TED Fellow, Dr. Keolu Fox has garnered international attention, for his breakthrough idea that 'Genetics needs to be more Native'. With over 95% of genetic research and trials being conducting on only people of European descent, we are missing out. Our genetic ancestry plays a huge role in what diseases we get and what ones we don’t. Dr. Fox proves that genetic studies should include all demographics.

Lori CampbellEducation + Two Spirit + Indigiqueer+ Identity

A natural born leader, 2019 Canadian Federal election candidate and recipient of the 2020 Women of Inspiration Indigenous Leader Award, Campbell is a resolute activist who advocates for and uplifts individuals from all walks of life. With published academic journals specializing in Indigeneity and education, she hopes to open new doors for Indigenous, BIPOC, and 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

Madelaine McCallumResilience + Healing + Growth

An actor, model, dancer, and choreographer with a powerful presence, Madelaine graces the stage with elegance. Taking her audiences through an extraordinary journey of transformation and healing, her performances have been received by the Métis Nation British Columbia, the Métis National Council, and landed her a spot at the opening ceremonies for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Winner of the Best Experimental Film category at the Festival du Film étudiant de Quebec (FFEQ), Madelaine has found a compelling way to share her life's journey through a diverse range of visual storytelling.

Michael EtheringtonKindness + Reconciliation + Insight

With the sharing of his lived experiences and insightful perspectives, Michael Etherington has captivated international audiences at TEDxWLUBrantford, the United Nations, the Pan Am Games, and many other large corporate and educational venues. Rooted in Indigenous perspectives, Michael focuses on relationship building, promoting awareness and cultivating sensitivity with the “Truth and Reconciliation” recommendations as his platform.

 

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.

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Ngahihi BidoisBusiness Leadership + Environment + Inspiration

Recipient of the NSA’s New Zealand’s Master of Ceremonies of the Year and Inspirational Speaker of the Year awards, Ngahihi o te ra Bidois has transformed audiences internationally, bringing them empowering messages that transcend cultural boundaries. A Māori leader, entrepreneur and changemaker, he is “The Face of New Zealand” and is renowned for combining centuries of tradition with his extensive industry and business experience, to teach the power of ancient wisdom as modern solutions.

'Savvy' Savannah SimonMotivational + Entrepreneur + Visionary

An entrepreneur, activist, and public speaker, ‘Savvy’ Savannah Simon is a born leader with a natural desire to stand up for what she believes in. Living a life with true intention, everything from her professional to her personal life has a meaningful purpose and has contributed to the messages she’s shared with her many different audiences.

Teara Fraser Aviation Leader + Entrepreneur

"The Sky is No Limit"

For award winning entrepreneur and Canadian Aviation leader, CEO Teara Fraser, "the sky is no limit." As the first Indigenous woman to establish her own airline, Iskwew Air, Fraser is carving her own path through what has historically been a male-dominated industry. Named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Women and featured on the MacLean's 2021 Power List and chosen as one of 18 "real-world hereos" for DC's Comics Graphic Novel Wonderful Women of HistoryTeara is inspiring the next generation of women and applying her gifts to the empowerment of indigenous peoples around the globe.

Tracy PrimeauIndigenous Leadership + Environmental Advocacy + Empowering Women in STEM

Recipient of the Women of Distinction Award presented on IWD by the Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey, and the Canadian Nuclear Society Education and Communication Award in 2020, Tracy Primeau is shaping the energy sector of the future. Providing thought-provoking and open hearted approaches to navigating male-dominated industries, she inspires individuals to bring their authentic selves to the workplace and create a more inclusive world. In challenging audiences to think beyond the existing limitations of the energy industry, Tracy helps explore and expand the possibilities of what can be achieved with sustainable and renewable resources.

Wayne D. Garnons-WilliamsLegal + Environment + Storyteller

From the Court room to the theatre, Wayne Garnons-Williams engages his audience to see another perspective.  Specializing in Aboriginal and Environmental issues, Wayne is an expert in Corporate, Commercial and Trade Law.  With experience from Corporate, government and Indigenous worlds Wayne brings a wealth of insight and depth of knowledge to his audience.  Wayne takes complex historical and legal problems and transforms them into future possibilities for all.

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