SYNOPSIS: According to the 2016 Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business report, Promise and Prosperity, the population of Indigenous entrepreneurs grew by 37.6% between 2001-06 and 15.6% between 2006-11, while the population of Canadian entrepreneurs overall declined by 4.4% between 2006-11. These self-employment trends, coupled with innovative economic and community development and business models created by Indigenous women in particular, are changing how businesses interact with Indigenous peoples and communities, and present opportunities for reimagining Western economic development and business models. As Canada continues to struggle with decolonization, it is important to consider how we move forward together in a dynamic and rapidly changing environment. Emphasizing Indigenous communities’ and peoples’ knowledge and experiences both within and outside the economy is an essential part of truth and reconciliation, and also of constructing a vision of our shared future. Join us as Carol Anne Hilton and Devon Fiddler share their successes and challenges in navigating the economy as Indigenous women, and their views on where we might go from here.
WELCOMING REMARKS: Sarah Kaplan, Professor of Strategic Management and Director, Institute for Gender + the Economy, Rotman
INTRODUCTION OF PANELISTS: Kristyn Wong-Tam, Councillor - Ward 27 (Toronto Centre Rosedale), City of Toronto
BIOGRAPHIES: Devon Fiddler is a Cree Woman from the Waterhen Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan. Devon is a social entrepreneur, and the Chief Changemaker of SheNative Goods Inc, a brand of handbags and accessories. Devon has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Aboriginal Public Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. She has been recognized by and successful in obtaining funding through Futurpreneur, BDC, the Aboriginal Youth Idea Challenge, the Michealle Jean Foundation’s Young Arts Entrepreneur Grant and crowdfunding campaigns on Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Devon has been nominated for various entrepreneurial and leadership awards such as the 2015 CBC Future 40 Under 40 designation in 2015. Devon was also among 20 entrepreneurs who represented Canada at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance (YEA) Summit in Istanbul, Turkey in September 2015. She received the 2015 Start-up Canada Young Entrepreneur of the year award and the Sustainable Business of the Year for the Prairie Region. In 2016, Devon received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in the under 29 category. Devon’s most recent achievement was becoming one of the top 5 SheEO Ventures of 2016.
Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO of Transformation International, an award winning First Nation Social and Economic Development company, as well as the Founder of The Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island. Carol Anne was recently appointed as a senior advisor on the Canadian Federal Economic Growth Council and serves as Director on the McGill University Institute of the Study of Canada and the national Canadian Community Economic Development Network. She is currently an instructor at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program and an instructor and Fleck Fellow at the Banff Center’s Indigenous Business Program. Transformation’s work has been recognized with a BC Aboriginal Outstanding Business Achievement Award, a Creating Wealth Award from the National Indigenous Council of Elders and Business of the Year Award from the Nuu chah nulth Economic Development Corporation. Carol Anne led the establishment of a line of thought on building and developing local Indigenous economies, and is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics – a Global Power Shift.’
SERIES HOST: Institute for Gender and the Economy at Rotman
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