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Roberta L. Jamieson, O.C., I.P.C., LL.B., LL.D. (Hon)

President & CEO, Indspire
Executive Producer, Indspire Awards

Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk who has achieved many firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

As President of Indspire, Canada’s award-winning Indigenous charity, Roberta has overseen an eightfold increase in the bursaries and scholarships awarded to Indigenous students.  Since 2004, over $132 million has gone to more than 42,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. Charity Intelligence Canada named Indspire a Top 10 Canadian Impact Charity for 2017, 2018, and 2019, and recognized it for its donor accountability, financial transparency and cost efficiency.

During her tenure, Roberta has launched a number of highly successful programs and events. In 2012, she developed the National Gathering for Indigenous Education, a unique conference for educators to network and learn best practices that will help to improve educational outcomes for K–12 Indigenous students. Following her belief that education and mentorship are the keys to creating systemic change in communities, Roberta launched Indspire’s Rivers to Success: Indigenous Student Mentorship program. She is also the Executive Producer of the Indspire Awards, a nationally broadcast celebration of Indigenous culture and the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own people. After 27 years, the Indspire Awards have honoured 373 First Nations, Inuit, and Métis individuals who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in multiple categories.

Roberta has long promoted greater diversity on corporate boards. She served on the inaugural Gender Equality Advisory Council that advised Prime Minister Trudeau during Canada’s G7 Presidency, sat on a number of corporate boards, and is currently on the board of directors of Deloitte Canada.

She has received 27 honorary degrees, earned numerous awards and is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


March 30, 2020.

Indspire and COVID-19: A Message from Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO, Indspire

April 15, 2020.

Message from Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO, Indspire

May 4, 2020.

Message #2 from Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO, Indspire


Speeches, Keynote Addresses and Interviews

Walrus Talks: How Indigenous education will change Canada’s future

Video: British Columbia Institute of Technology Commencement (BCIT)

Roberta’s address to BCIT graduates as she receives the 2019 Honorary Doctorate of Technology, October 2018

Keynote Speaker at Converge 2017

Video: Keynote Speaker at Converge 2017

Hosted by Universities Canada at Shaw Convention Centre, Ottawa
Keynote address at Converge 2017 on the path to Canada’s future – Education and Reconciliation

Podcast: Ideas with Paul Kennedy, June 2017

Roberta talks about how Canada has a chance to recast its historically troubled relationship with First Nations for the next 150 years.

https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-23-ideas/clip/15585976-canadas-original-promise-still-waiting-to-be-realized-encore-june-30-2017

Speaking Engagement Request

To request Roberta to speak at your upcoming event, please contact us at speaking@indspire.ca.

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