The Board is responsible for the stewardship of Indspire, including:
In overseeing the above, the Board is responsible for governance, while the day-to-day operations are undertaken by Indspire’s management and staff under supervision of the Board.
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Honorary Chair – Her Excellency the Right Honourable, Julie Payette C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M. Governor General of Canada
He co-chaired the 2004 Arctic Winter Games Committee, and was active as a director of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network in its early development stages. Dave Tuccaro was instrumental in the formation of Northeast Alberta Aboriginal Business Association (NAABA) in 1994, and was the Founding President. Mr. Tuccaro received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1999 in the field of Business and Commerce.
In April 1998, Mr. Tuccaro was honoured with his inclusion as one of Financial Post Magazine’s “Top 40 under 40”. Venture Magazine, also honoured him in their July/August 2000 issue, as one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People.
Mr. Dion is credited as the founder of Dion Resources Inc., which networks in the areas of oil and gas development, wind power, forestry development, international finance and a variety of other business developments. He is also the founding Chairman and President of the Indian Resource Council of Canada and a founding member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).
For his work in preserving spiritual and cultural ways while working towards a sustainable economic future for his people, Mr. Dion received the 2011 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Business & Commerce.
Ms. Kingdon was the only Indigenous Chartered Accountant in the 2009 graduating class. Ms. Kingdon received a Queen’s Jubilee Medal and Canada Day Youth Award while also being named both a National Métis Youth Model and a National Aboriginal Youth Role Model.
Ms. Kingdon is also the 2005 recipient of the prestigious National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the Youth category and was named the 2006 YMCA/YWCA Young Woman of Distinction. Ms. Kingdon is currently the Controller at Tribal Councils Investment Group, an Indigenous owned Canadian Investment Company.
He has moved the network to a full high-definition platform, and now employs 170 people and provides production opportunities for over 80 Aboriginal producers and production companies in Canada.
He established APTN service in eastern, western and northern communities, became a founding member of the new World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (WITBN), and as partner of 2010 Olympics led the first ever broadcast in eight different Aboriginal languages, 14 hours per day.
In 2011 he received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in Media & Communications.
Yvan Guy Larocque, CD, BA, JD, is a member of the Manitoba Métis Federation, from Sainte-Anne, MB. He studied Economics at the University of Manitoba, and obtained his Bachelor of Arts (Economics) in 2011. Mr. Larocque is an alumnus of the Program of Legal Studies for Native People at the University of Saskatchewan (2013), and a graduate of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia (2016). He received his Juris Doctor degree as part of the Allard School of Law’s Indigenous Legal Studies Program, with a Business Law Concentration and a Specialization in Aboriginal Law.
Mr. Larocque was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2017 and works at the law firm Miller Titerle + Company in Vancouver, BC. He practices in the field of First Nations Economic Development, working with various Indigenous communities on economic development and Indigenous governance.
Mr. Larocque has worked in the non-profit sector as the Administrator for the Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEO) and the Artists’ Legal Outreach and Education Society (ALO). He has also been a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (Petty Officer 2nd Class) since 2002 and has served in both the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force (in the Regular and Reserve forces).
Peter Lukasiewicz is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP. He also serves as a member of Gowling WLG’s global board.
In these roles, Peter is responsible for guiding the firm’s Canadian and international strategies, and championing Gowling WLG’s core belief that the best way to serve clients is to be in tune with their world, aligned with their opportunity and ambitious for their success.
Peter previously served as the firm’s external managing partner, with primary responsibility for client relationships. He also served as managing partner of the Toronto office for 15 years.
Prior to becoming CEO, Peter practised as a senior commercial litigator, counselling and representing domestic and global clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of Canada’s leading commercial litigators by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada.
Peter is actively involved in his community. He is a member of the board of directors of Indspire, an Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. In 2014-15, he was president of The Advocates’ Society, Canada’s premier organization for advocates, having served on its board for the previous eight years. From 2006 to 2010, he chaired Ryerson University’s board of governors.
In recognition of his community service, Peter was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
Maatalii Okalik is a proud Inuk from Nunavut. In her former role as President of the National Inuit Youth Council from 2015-2017 she represented Inuit youth in Canada from the Inuvialuit, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut regions, building awareness and understanding of the circumstances of Inuit youth locally, nationally, and internationally.
She spent the majority of her career as a public servant for the Government of Nunavut, most recently as the Chief of Protocol with the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs and formerly as an advisor at the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut. She is completing her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Carleton University. Maatalii is the 2017 Indspire Award recipient for Inuit Youth.
Hilary Pearson is President of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, a national network of family, independent and corporate grantmakers in Canada, representing many of the largest private charitable foundations in the country. Since 2001, when she was appointed President, she has grown the organization to become a significant voice in Canadian organized philanthropy. She has a background in all three sectors, with positions in central agencies of the Government of Canada from 1981 to 1993, an executive role at the Royal Bank of Canada from 1993 to 1996 and a senior consultant at the Montreal strategy consulting firm Secor from 1993 to 2001. Ms. Pearson has a particular interest in nonprofit governance, and has served on several national non-profit boards of directors, including those of Imagine Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of Canada, CARE Canada and Indspire. She also chairs the Advisory Body of the Coady Institute at St Francis Xavier University. She holds a BA and MA from the University of Toronto, and honourary doctorates from Carleton University and the University of New Brunswick.
Gordon R. Peeling has over 40 years of experience in the public and private sectors in mining. He retired from the Mining Association of Canada in May 2011 after 13 and a half years as President and CEO.
He continues to remain active in the industry as a Director of Great Quest Fertilizer Ltd. and as a Senior Advisor to the Natural Resource Practice of Proudfoot (a Global Operations Consultancy). In addition, he runs his own consultancy on responsible resource management practices. Mr. Peeling has a B.Sc. in Geology from Queen’s University and an M.Sc. (Geology) and a B.A. (Economics) from Carleton University. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the CIM’s Syncrude Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development.
Later serving as Mayor of Selkirk, Manitoba from 1980 to 1983; Prairie Regional Director General for Veterans Affairs from 1986 to 1992; and Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg from 1993 to 1996; Mr. Shead is currently the Chair of the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg and Vice-Chair of the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development.
After a distinguished 28-year career with Hewlett-Packard, a leading global technology solutions provider, in June, 2012, Paul decided to take an early retirement from operational leadership, enabling him to expand his work as a seasoned board director.
Tsaparis was appointed Hewlett-Packard’s (HP) Vice-President of Technology Support, Americas in March 2010. He led the Americas organization to maximize support services on all HP products, create differentiated support offerings and help the company deliver a superior client experience. Paul also developed and implemented end-to-end, best-in-class programs through HP’s channel partner network, optimizing market penetration and high-value service delivery.
Before taking on the Americas leadership role, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Co. from September 1998 to April 2010, assuming leadership for all aspects of the company’s operations in Canada, adding distinctive value to the customers, partners and communities it served, Tsaparis joined HP in 1984 and has held progressively senior appointments including Telecommunications General Manager, General Manager for HP Consulting and, prior to his CEO appointment, Vice-President, Computer Organization. He also worked and studied internationally, attending the Co-operative Japanese and Business Society Program in Tokyo with the Council of International Educational Exchange.
Paul’s board service work and community leadership has been wide-ranging. He is Past Chair of the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC) and Past Chair of the ITAC Board of Governors, Paul is currently a board member of Teranet Inc., Humber River Hospital, Greenwood College School, Indspire, formerly the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, a past member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, past Chair of Third Brigade, a security software company and past director of AcuityAds(TSXV). He is a member of the WPO/YPO and Dean’s Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he was honoured in 2004 with an alumni award for his contributions to the School, and is also a member of the York University Board of Governors. In January, 2013, Paul was appointed, ‘Executive-in-Residence’ at the Schulich School of Business.
He holds an MBA from York University in Toronto and an undergraduate degree in science and economics from the University of Toronto. In addition, Paul was honoured in the University of Toronto’s 175th Anniversary ‘Great Minds for a Great Future’ Campaign as one of 100 people recognized with this special distinction. He is a past recipient of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award – a national program that honours Canadians under the age of 40 who have achieved a significant level of success and a 2013 recipient of Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, honouring significant achievements and contributions of Canadians.