Peter Dinsdale

Public Service (2019)

Curve Lake First Nation, ON

Peter Dinsdale spent years as the Urban Aboriginal Homelessness Manager at the Ontario Federation of Indian Friendship Centres. He has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres, Interim Chief of Staff of the Assembly of First Nations, and Chief Executive Officer of the Assembly of First Nations. He has been instrumental in the Friendship Centre movement in Canada, advancing the National Association of Friendship Centres relationships with other national organizations and securing an agreement with the Assembly of First Nations. He has also authored and co-authored policy papers, including “Urban Aboriginal Communities in Canada: Complexities, Challenges, Opportunities”. Peter Dinsdale has now made the crossover from Indigenous public service to leadership in the broader public service, as President & CEO of YMCA Canada, making him active in cross-cultural understanding. In January 2017 he was elected to the Carleton University Board of Governors, and in March 2018, he was appointed to the Order of Ontario.