Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons
Senior National Advisor Deloitte Indigenous
Fiona is Senior National Advisor / kā-nīkānīt* with Deloitte Indigenous, co-leading the firm’s Indigenous marketplace strategy and is a passionate champion of Deloitte Canada’s Reconciliation Action Plan, the first of its kind in corporate Canada. She is also a sought-after speaker, conference panelist, and moderator.
She is a proud nehithaw-iskwew (Woodland Cree woman) and member of Lac La Ronge First Nation, Treaty 6, northern Saskatchewan, now based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax), on Mi’kmaq Territory, Nova Scotia. Prior to her current role, she led the marketing team for Deloitte’s Atlantic practice and spearheaded Deloitte Canada’s initial steps toward reconciliation, advocating for the establishment of the firm’s first of what would later become six Downie Wenjack Legacy Spaces. Fiona’s career spans four decades and two provinces, with leadership positions in the media, public, and private sectors. She has held roles as facilitator, manager, entrepreneur, writer, communications/marketing consultant, graphic designer, and mentor to entrepreneurs, as well as to Indigenous and international students.
She is the first female chair of the North American Indigenous Games, set to be the largest multi-sport and cultural event in Atlantic Canada’s history. A passionate community-builder and volunteer, she has also chaired the renowned Halifax Comedy Festival, was president, International Association of Business Communicators-Maritime Chapter, and has held director positions on several non-profit boards in both Halifax and Calgary. Atlantic Business Magazine named her as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business (March/April 2021 issue).