Brenda LaRose Bio

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Ms. Brenda LaRose brings over twenty-five years of experience leading executive search engagements across a broad range of industries and sectors and throughout most regions in Canada as well as internationally. With strong knowledge of governance and business, Ms. LaRose brings expertise in working closely with Boards and executive teams to assess and identify strategies that will attract and retain the right leaders.

Before joining Leaders International, Ms. LaRose founded Higgins Executive Search and developed a national practice that is now recognized as a Canadian leader in the recruitment of diversity and Indigenous executives and Board members.

Ms. LaRose currently serves as the Past Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Seven Oaks Hospital, The Wellness Institute, and The Seven Oaks Foundation and is the current Chair of the Governance Committee. She serves as Board Member on the Executive of The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (serving on the HR and Compensation committee), and also a Board Member of Air North – Yukon’s Airline and is a founding member of Métis Infinity Investments LLP.

Ms. LaRose is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and a Certified Professional in Human Resources (CPHR). She is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD), from the Directors Education College of The Haskayne School of Business and is an active member in both the ICD Manitoba chapter. Ms. Brenda LaRose is a co-Founder of SheDay in 2015, an annual conference that brings pre-executive, executive and entrepreneurial women who aspire to leadership roles in business, non-profit organizations and the community. SheDay 2018 had 1,500 delegates that attended.

Ms. LaRose is a Metis Anishinaabe citizen who is born in Winnipeg and raised in Regina. Ms. LaRose recognizes her humble beginnings and is extremely grateful for her full and continuing career and all the accomplishments she has attained. She would tell you that she is most of all proud to be a wife, mother, and grandmother and shepherding her family with the culture and heritage from which she comes.

Past Memberships and Other Activities

  • Founding Board Member and served as Treasurer of the Arts & Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba
  • Founding Board Member and Chair of Mother Earth Recycling, a Winnipeg social enterprise
  • Regional Director for the Association of Professional Recruiters of Canada and the Canadian Management Professionals Association
  • Board Member for the Manitoba Paddling Association (recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award)
  • Board Member of the Industrial Training Centre of Winnipeg
  • Founding Board Member and Vice-Chair of Animkii Child and Family Services, Winnipeg, MB, 2001-2004
  • Board Member and served as Secretary, Treasurer and Vice–Chair of Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre, Inc., Winnipeg, MB, 2004 – 2011, 2002- 2003
  • Board Member of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Toronto, ON, 2005 to 2011
  • National Jury member national jury of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business for selection of Progressive Aboriginal Relations Certification from 2012 – 2017
  • Chair of the Aboriginal Economic Development Committee for the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce that led to the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce
  • Board Member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Education and Training Committee
  • Board Member and Treasurer of The Centre for Aboriginal Human Resources Development
  • Past President of Club #3935, Toastmasters International
  • 2015 Recipient of the National Indspire award for Business and Commerce