Samantha Morton, Director of Research at the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB), has played a leadership role in the development of Indigenous business Research in Canada since early 2017. Samantha’s extensive research experience and knowledge was instrumental in the CCAB’s development of CCAB’s 2019 report, Industry and Inclusion: An Analysis of Indigenous Potential in Federal Supply Chains. These research findings played a key role in the Liberal Government’s 2019 adoption of a 5% procurement target across all federal departments by 2024. Samantha is a demonstrated not-for-profit leader and has been involved in over 50 individual research projects at the CCAB. Her work managing CCAB’s latest national research project, National Perspectives on Indigenous Prosperity, which visited over 100 First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities across Canada has provided her with invaluable community engagement experience. Samantha serves on the recently developed Indigenous Business COVID-19 Response Taskforce with the Government of Canada and several leading national Indigenous business organizations. She also assists with knowledge mobilization efforts and policy guidance for a number of other national and international advisory committees – including the Canadian Centre for Energy Information’s National Advisory Committee in partnership with Statistics Canada and Natural Resources Canada, the Indigenous Working Group on International Trade with Global Affairs Canada, and the Indigenous Advisory Committee for the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC).
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Global Development Studies from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She also holds a Certificate in Major Challenges in Today’s Boardrooms from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto as well as a cursory program from George Brown College in Project Management.