Pathways to Leadership and Entrepreneurship - A Conversation with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Women

About the event

On Wednesday, March 3, at 12:00 PM, in the week of celebration of womxn and gender awareness, the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, in collaboration with the Idea Connector Network, hosted a panel with Indigenous and Non-Indigenous experts.

Indigenous experts will provide their perspectives on “Education and Skills Development", "Business Success", and "Women and Human Rights," and Non-Indigenous experts will provide perspectives on “Developing Leadership Skills” and “Opening Doors.”


Jace Meyer, Public Speaker and Social Entrepreneurship Coach

Jace Meyer is a Métis mother, teacher, speaker, and artist currently living on the territory of Lekwungen peoples. - In 2019 Jace championed a global network of Indigenous entrepreneurship hubs and met face to face with 70,000 people worldwide to build a shared circular economy, earning her recognition as a 2019 BMW World Responsible Leader. Today she serves her community as a social entrepreneurship educator and speaker coach.


Gail Gallagher, Social Development Officer, Government of Canada

"Marginalization of Aboriginal women and girls

Gail is of Cree heritage, from Frog Lake First Nation, Alberta, and currently resides in the Nation’s capital. She is the daughter of a hunter-trapper and her late mother Flora was an Indian day school scholar. Gail completed her thesis on Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) and has a Master of Arts, Native Studies, from the University of Alberta.


Denise Anne Boissonneau, Consultant in Justice and Reconciliation

"Addressing the past in order to move forward

Denise Anne is a graduate from the University of Ottawa -- Her legal studies were primarily focused on Indigenous concepts inside the criminal justice system. Denise Anne is an aspiring Indigenous Artist-Advocate, an Anishnaabe Ojibwe from Manitoulin Island, and a member of Garden River First Nation, Sault Ste. Marie, On. She is a mom and a grand-mother of two.


Sophia Leong, Executive, Development and International Relations, uOttawa

"Women opening doors for success” 

Sophia Leong is the Executive of Development and International Relations at the University of Ottawa and Global Advisor on Executive Development for Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance. She grew uOttawa’s Executive MBA program to two consecutive #1 global position ranked by CEO Magazine. She successfully exited from two tech start-ups and serves as director/advisory board member of a few tech start-ups. Sophia is also a member of the Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Chantal Fraser, Founder and President, Empowered Path Inc.

"Indigenous Women are Successful Entrepreneurs

Through her company, Empowered Path Inc. Chantal acts as a ‘Thought Partner’, to help people learn how to help themselves, their communities and organizations thrive. Ms. Fraser offers a variety of services including: delivering Indigenous Inclusion Sessions to Canadian employers from Coast to Coast to Coast, with strategic partners Indigenous Link; and coaching for entrepreneurs. Chantal has Métis ancestors and is a military veteran.

Sandra Schillo

Sandra Schillo, Core member of the ISSP and Associate Professor at The Telfer School of Management, uOttawa

Collaborating on a National Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs’ Ecosystem

Sandra has research and professional experience in the areas of science and technology, research and innovation management and entrepreneurship. She leads the Inclusive Innovation Research Cluster at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy and is an Associate Professor at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa.

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