2018 Indigenous Women in Leadership Award

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The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business is pleased to announce Indspire President & CEO, Roberta Jamieson O.C., I.P.C., LL.B., LL.D. (Hon). as the recipient of the 2018 Indigenous Women in Leadership (IWIL) Award!

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. An innovative K-12 Indspire Institute was launched providing support to educators and communities working to improve educational outcomes with culturally grounded curriculum and techniques. 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 member of Hydro One’s Board of Directors and  a member of Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency.

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 25 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.

Roberta L. Jamieson

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

President & CEO, Indspire

Executive Producer, Indspire Awards

The CCAB Indigenous Women in Leadership Award celebrates successful, accomplished, committed Indigenous women with an award that serves as not only a national recognition but as a platform to the future and a role model for young Indigenous women. A future where Indigenous woman take their rightful place at the table among men and women of all cultures in true celebration of lives well lived from tradition to academia, family to prosperity they continue to lead the way. In keeping with the changing times, CCAB, with support from our founding sponsor TD Bank, wish to send a strong message of national support for Indigenous women and the leadership they have championed through this exciting new award.

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Master of Ceremonies

Waneek Horn-Miller

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Cheri Maracle

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Thank you to our sponsors

Founding and Exclusive Award Sponsor



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Registration Information

Ticket Level
 Cost Tax  Total
CCAB Aboriginal Business Members*: $115.00  $14.95  $129.95
CCAB Members: $125.00  $16.25  $141.25
Non-Members (Individual): $140.00  $18.20  $158.20
Student**: $50.00  $6.50  $56.50

*Defined as Aboriginal Business owned and operated by 51% or more Aboriginal person(s). If you are unsure whether your company is registered as a member or not, please visit the CCAB Membership Directory for more information.

**Must provide valid student ID

Venue Address

Design Exchange
Trading Floor
234 Bay St
Toronto, ON M5K 1B2


5:30 pm Registration and cocktail reception
6:30 pm Award presentation
7:45 pm Networking reception
9:00 pm Event to conclude

Sponsorship information

Events are one of the main sources of revenue for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Sponsorship of events contribute to CCAB’s day-to-day operations. Sponsorship enables CCAB to continue to deliver quality programs, and provide platforms for discussion, knowledge sharing, understanding and potential business opportunities between Canadian businesses and Aboriginal entrepreneurs and communities.

Why Sponsor CCAB Events

  • CCAB provides your company exposure to events that attract 100 – 400+ delegates per event;
  • CCAB events create networking opportunities with Aboriginal peoples and businesses across Canada; and
  • Support CCAB work that builds prosperity in Aboriginal communities.

Sponsorship opportunities can be found HERE. To further discuss sponsoring this event, please contact Lynda Keith.