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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 woman who has enjoyed a distinguished career of firsts. She was the first First Nation woman in Canada to earn a law degree; the first non-parliamentarian appointed an ex-officio member of a House of Commons Committee; the first woman Ombudsman of Ontario; and the first woman elected Chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, where she continues to reside with her family. An accomplished expert in alternative dispute resolution, Roberta also served as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario.

Under Roberta’s leadership, Indspire has flourished. Raising funds from government, corporate and private sectors, Indspire’s annual disbursements of bursaries and scholarships to support Indigenous students in post-secondary education have increased sevenfold. Since 2004, Indspire has provided over $115 million in financial support to more than 37,500 First Nations, Inuit and Métis students and on average, 90% of students who have received funding have graduated from a post-secondary institution. Roberta is also the Executive Producer of the annual Indspire Achievement Awards.

Roberta, a long-time advocate for greater diversity on corporate boards, is a former member of Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency and Hydro One’s Board of Directors.

She has earned numerous awards, including, most recently, YWCA’s President’s Award and Women’s Executive Network’s “Canada’s Most Powerful Women” Hall of Fame, as well as 27 honorary degrees. In 2015, Ms. Jamieson was recognized by the Public Policy Forum for the outstanding contributions she has made to the quality of public policy and good governance.

She is an Officer of the Order of Canada.


Speeches, Keynote Addresses and Interviews

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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